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  1. #1

    Get To Know The Various Forms Of Non-Authentic Autographs

    Very often autographs are not authentically signed by the individual in question. Autographs come in several forms:

    Autopen
    A mechanical device that "signs" flat objects such as photos, cards, letters, etc. A writing instrument is inserted into the mechanical armature and the device "signs" a name using a preprogrammed pattern (matrix) that simulates the person's real signature. Almost any type of pen can be used by an Autopen. (Note: Autopen is capitalized because it's the brand name of the device.) Good Autopens can be difficult to detect, but there are some tell-tale signs that an Autopen has been used.

    "Shaky" signatures - A signature that appears unnaturally "shaky." This happens when the Autopen armature vibrates as it signs.

    Exact matches - Autopen signatures match each other exactly. This does not occur with real signatures. Sign your name a million times and no two signatures will be EXACTLY the same. If two signatures match exactly they are Autopen signatures. Of course you need 2 samples of the signature to conduct this test. Publications like Pen & Quill, Autograph Collector and Autograph Times frequently publish known Autopen patterns. Buy and save these magazines for reference. There are also many online sources where you can see Autopen patterns. If you're checking out scans on someone's web page and their signature matches yours, guess what? You both have Autopen signatures. Importantly, size of the signature and pen type don't matter. George Bush typically sends Autopenned photos -- some signed with a fine point marker, others signed with a thicker Sharpie. At first glance they may appear to be different signatures, but they match exactly. It's just a different type of pen that was used in the Autopen machine. Also, be aware that some celebrities -- most notably Nolan Ryan -- use several different Autopen patterns. it is also important to note, that an Autopen machine can place a signature anywhere on the item. Just because you have two identical signatures in different spots, does not mean it's authentic.

    Lines are all same thickness - An Autopen holds the writing instrument at a 90 degree angle from the writing surface. This means that, in an Autopen signature, the lines are all the same thickness. When signing, a real hand holds the pen at a 50 - 70 degree angle to the paper. This makes some of the lines in the signature slightly thicker than others. This phenomena can be seen most visibly when a thick tipped pen is used and there are loops in the signature.

    Abrupt starts and stops - When a human hand writes, there are often "drag" or "lift" marks left where the pen was raised from the paper. This can often be seen best at the end of a signature where the last letter "tails" off. With an Autopen, this doesn't happen. An Autopen lowers and raises from the surface straight up or down at a 90 degree angle. This means Autopen signatures often start and end abruptly leaving a dot of ink where the pen lowers and raises. The George Bush Autopen signature is a good example.
    Some people known to send Autopens are:
    Most politicians in office
    Nolan Ryan (several patterns) (will sign authentically for a fee)
    Billy Joel
    Many current and retired astronauts
    Walter Cronkite (seems to have several patterns)
    Samuel L. Jackson

    Preprints
    Preprints are usually fairly easy to detect. A preprint is simply a photographic copy of an original signed photograph. On a preprint, the signature often appears to be below the surface gloss of the photo and the signature is often very "flat." To test, hold the photo up at an angle to a light source -- a real signature is written on the surface of the photo and should have a different level of reflectivity than the rest of the surface. A preprint will blend right in with the surface because it's underneath the surface gloss. Obviously, preprint signatures will match exactly, AND the signature will be in the same exact place on each photo. Depending on the background color and contrast in the photo, some preprints are easier to detect than others. The Jim Carrey "Spank you very much" is a notorious preprint that has fooled many people.

    Some people known to send preprints are:
    Hugh Laurie
    Jimmy Carter
    Many Retired Politicians
    Mark Hamill
    David Duchovney
    Drew Carey
    Most Star Trek actors

    Secretarial Signatures
    Secretarials are perhaps the most difficult to detect. A skilled secretary can emulate signatures very well. In some cases, a secretary may have been signing for so many years that even experts can't tell the difference between real and secretarial. Sometimes a secretarial signature may appear to be more "deliberate" and slowly written. Also look for loops -- sometimes secretarial loops are looser and more "feminine" than authentic. (This assumes it's a female secretary signing for her male boss, of course.) If there is an inscription, does it match signature? Sometimes secretaries let their guard down when writing inscriptions and you can tell the inscription handwriting doesn't look like it came from the same person who signed the item. .

    Some people known to send (or have sent) secretarial-signed items are:

    Robert DeNiro
    Al Pacino
    Paul Newman
    Barbara Streisand
    Pamela Anderson
    Kevin Costner
    John Travolta
    Donald Trump

    Rubber Stamps
    Perhaps the crudest of all fake signature types, stamped signatures are simply signatures applied with a rubber stamp. They are usually easy to detect. Look for these signs to detect a stamped signature:

    Uneven ink distribution. The ink may "pool-up" in part of the signature.

    Bleeding or smudging may occur when too much ink is put on the stamp.

    In a real signature, you can often see a "brush stroke" in the direction that the pen moved - especially with felt tipped pens. A stamp will not have this. This ink is simply laid down on the surface, there is no directional stroke.

    Of course, stamped signatures will all be identical.

    Celebrities known to send stamped autographs include

    Denzel Washington


    Forgeries
    A forgery is when one forges a signature for the purpose of selling it to another under false pretenses. Unfortunately, there are many forgeries on the autograph market today. Some forgeries are excellent and can fool the most knowledgeable experts, however, most forgers are as unskilled as they are greedy and unethical. To detect forgeries go through this checklist:

    Compare it to samples known to be authentic. While everyone's autograph varies slightly from signature to signature, there should not be major differences in any part of the signature. For example, a person whose real signature has a pointed "A" is unlikely to use a rounded "A."

    Compare the letters within the autograph in relation to each other. For example, if Babe Ruth's real signature always has the "B" and "R" twice the height of the other letters, be wary of a signature where the "B" and "R" are the same size of the rest of the letters.

    Also look for the tilt and size of the signature. Most people are very consistant in the size and tilt or angle of their signature. Stay away from a signature that varies greatly from known authentic exemplars.

    Be wary if the signature looks like it was written slowly and deliberately or it looks like the pen stops in the middle of the signature. This happens when someone is trying to imitate or trace the autograph from another source.

    Make sure there are no anachronisms in the autograph. Forgers often make stupid mistakes. Is the paper and pen type appropriate? I've seen "Einstein" typed signed letters printed with a laser printer. Einstein was dead for 30 years before the laser printer existed! I've seen "Humphrey Bogart" signed with blue Sharpie. Bogie was dead for many years before the blue Sharpie was introduced. Astonishingly, forgers sometimes misspell the name!

    Don't trust Certificates of Authenticity (COAs). They aren't worth the paper they're printed on. Anyone with a printer can make a COA, and if they're going to forge an autograph, they won't hesitate to make a COA.
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    What is a SAE, SASE, SSAE, an IRC & Other Autograph Abbreviations

    What is an SAE, an SASE and an SSAE?

    An SAE is a SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE, and and is really the least you should send if you expect to receive a reply from a celeb. It is basically an envelope with your own address on the front, which the celeb or their agent will use to mail back an autograph to you. To be on the safe side your reply envelope should always be marked: PLEASE DO NOT BEND and be at least 9x12" (A4) in size or big enough to fit the item you sent to be signed

    An SASE is a SELF-ADDRESSES STAMPED ENVELOPE, and is basically the same as and SAE, but with proper postage put on. From my own experience I know that you can vastly increase your success rate by paying for the return postage. If you are mailing within your own country you can use standard stamps, but if you are mailing overseas you must use IRC's (International Reply Coupons)

    An SSAE is a STAMPED SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE and is the same thing as an SASE !

    What is an IRC?

    An IRC (or International Reply Coupon) is a voucher obtainable from the post office to prepay the return postage of an item from abroad.

    IRCs work in just the same way that stamps would if you were sending an SASE to a celeb in your own country.

    Obviously, when you write to a celeb in another country, there is no point sending your SASE with your own country's stamps on, as they would not be accepted by their postal system on the return journey.

    That is when you need to purchase IRCs. Prices very from country to country, and not all post offices sell them, so you might have to shop-around a bit.

    On average if you are expecting anything up to a 10x8 back you need to include at least 2 IRCs. Anything bigger, and you will need more.

    Your IRCs should be put inside your SAE, or paperclipped to the front of it (so the celeb sees them!) They can then redeem them at their local post office for the cost of postage.


    A genuine IRC valid until 31st December 2009 should look like this:


    Other Autograph Abbreviations:
    • 8x10 & 3x5 = Size of the photo in inches.
    • ALS = Autographed letter written and signed by the star
    • ANS = A short note written and signed by the star
    • AP = Short for Autopen (see below)
    • Autopen = A machine that duplicates a person's signature. At times it is very hard to tell the difference between an "auto pen signature" and a real one.
    • AMQS = Autograph Musical Quotation or handwritten musical notes or a bar of music signed
    • AQS = Autograph Quote Signed (hand-written and signed by same individual; poem verse, sentence)
    • BCS = Business Card Signed
    • BW, B/W, etc... = Black & White
    • C = Color
    • CL = Cover Letter
    • CS = Card signed. Most of the time a 3"X5" index card.
    • CISP = Color Inscribed Signed Photograph
    • CSP = Color Signed Photo
    • COA = Certificate of Authenticity
    • DS = Document signed
    • FDC = First Day Cover (issued by the Postal Service)
    • FOE = Forwarding Order Expired
    • HOF = Hall of Fame
    • I = Inscribed or personalized
    • IC = Index Card
    • ICS = Index Card Signed
    • IP = An autograph obtained in person.
    • IPS = Inscribed Signed Photograph
    • IRC = International Reply Coupon. These are used when requesting autographs from foreign countries. You put them inside of your SASE to cover the cost of postage back to you. Purchase them at your post office.
    • ISP = Inscribed Signed Photograph
    • ISPC = Inscribed Signed PostCard
    • LS = Letter written by someone else, but signed by the celebrity.
    • MOC = Member of Congress
    • MOH = Medal of Honor
    • PP = Pre-Print/Facsimile - an exact reproduction of a person's signature. Often photocopied, or electronicaly duplicated.
    • PSP = Personalized Signed Picture
    • RTS = Return to Sender - Unable to forward, refused, incomplete address, etc.
    • SAE = Self Addressed Envelope
    • SAG = Screen Actor's Guild
    • SASE = Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope
    • SC = Signed Card
    • SIC = Signed Index Card
    • SP = Signed Photo, no inscription
    • SPC = Signed PostCard
    • SPI = Inscribed signed photo.
    • STC = Signed Trading Card
    • TC = Trading Card
    • TCS = Trading Card, Signed
    • TLS = Typed letter signed by the star
    • TTM = Through The Mail
    • UACC = Universal Autograph Collector's Club
    • VV = Via Venue. A request that is sent to a celebrity prior to them performing in an event (concert, play, etc). A VV should be sent and timed to arrive 2-3 days prior to the event. For example, Britney Spears is said to be a bad signer through the mail. However she is a great signer via venue. A good place to find out via-venue addresses is ticketmaster.com
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    How To Write To Your Favorite Star

    Here's a good way to write to your favorite star. This same principle applies to not only actors, but authors, athletes, etc...


    • Address your request to the attention of the actor, care of the studio that carries the show.

    • The key to writing an actor and getting a response is "convenience". Make it easy for them to respond to you and they will.

    • The second best tip is to write the actor when the show is new, and in its infancy. It's then that actors are more excited about their stardom, and more intrigued by their fans. For the first year, or so, the studio is usually paying for the actors black & white photos (for publicity), and you are more likely to get your autograph.

    • Since actors usually have help with their mail, the chances of your getting a quick response are greater if you just send an 8" x 10" SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) and request an autographed photo, instead of sending a precious photo, collectible or thingy. "Thingies" have to be forwarded on to the actor, or a meeting has to be scheduled for the signing of them. This takes time, if it ever happens, and results in delay, delay, more delay, and possibly a lost and irretrievable, thingy.

    • If you have submitted an index card, photograph, or "thingy" for the actor to autograph, it helps if you put your name and address on the back. If it is separated or falls out of the envelope, the actor can still get it back to you. If you have submitted a collector card, put the number of the collector card on the envelope with your return address.

    • Avoid commenting on the history or the drama of the show in your letter, and get straight to the point. Any actor who has been on a series already knows the history and the drama of their show, and while it may be very exciting to you, they have heard it all a thousand times by now. Besides, they only have time to skim through the letters, not to actually read each individual one.

    • Limit your letter to one page. State what you want in as few words as possible. If all you want is an autograph, then say so. A thesis is a bit much for someone who has little or no time to read it.

    • Print neatly or type. If the actor can't read your letter, then the post office probably can't read the return address on your SASE either. Before you blame the actor for not responding, you should check your handwriting.

    • It is considered acceptable if you briefly comment on yourself, your age, your interests, your career, your beliefs, the landscape of your country, OR whatever else makes you interesting to read about. Actors also like to hear educated, constructive critiques of the show or their performance.

    • Don't expect the actor to pay the return postage. ALWAYS enclose an SASE (Self- Addressed Stamped Envelope) along with your request for an autograph. Stamp it with more than proper postage. If you hear in the news that postage stamps are going to go up within 6-8 months, add more postage. Your mail may be returned to you after the increase in postage has taken place.

    • The U.S. Postal Service does not accept foreign postage.

    • Do not place Scotch tape over your postage. The U.S. Postal Service will not mail it that way.

    • Don't try tricks to get multiple autographs like, "I'll send it with no name on it." or "I'll use 2 different addresses." Most actors can see those coming a mile away.

    • Limit your requests for autographed items to one. If you submit multiple requests, you are being hopeful, but not being considerate of the actors time - or of others who are writing in for the same thing. Many actors will autograph one item, and send the rest back unsigned.

    • Don't send requests for other actor's autographs to one actor on a show. Send your requests individually, one to each of the actors you are interested in. If you expect an actor to get someone else's autograph for you, you'll be waiting for a very long time.

    • If you are sending International Postage Coupons from overseas, send enough to get your mail back. Better safe than sorry. Those coupons are worth about .80 cents in the U.S. It takes 2-3 coupons to get something to Canada and 3-4 coupons to get something to Europe. One coupon covers the mailing of a postcard, or small letter for both Canada and Europe. This is the one area that causes the most trouble, and takes the most time.

    • Make sure the International Postal Coupons have been stamped by your postal service. It is a circular stamp that has the DATE OF PURCHASE. Unstamped coupons are worthless here in the U.S., and for that reason, your mail will not be returned to you.

    • If you live overseas or in Canada, it is really best if you can get your hands on some U.S. postage through the assistance of a friend in the U.S., or a postal service. This saves the actor from standing in line to cash those International Postal Coupons in for stamps.

    • Stick your return postage stamps to the return envelope (SASE). Don't expect the actor to do it for you. Besides, postage stamps are small enough to get lost in the shuffle.

    • Insert a card to protect your photo from being bent both going and coming back to you. You can use everything from cut-up cereal boxes to file folders. Just about anything will work, but don't forget to add postage for the additional weight of the insert.

    • It's best not to use those large envelopes that have metal clasps on them. The photo rubs on it during mailing, and is damaged when it arrives. Self-adhesive envelopes are recommended.

    • Keep your autographed items down to a reasonable size. Huge framed items and bulky packages are very difficult to transport from studio to home, and from home to post office. Inevitably the actor will have to stand in line because it won't fit in a regular post office box. And, if it is sent to a P.O. Box, the actor will have to stand in line to pick it up since it will be too large to put in the P.O. Box. Inconvenience causes delay.

    • On that same note, don't send anything that is not important to the ACTOR by "registered mail" or "return receipt requested". If it's that important to you, don't mail it. Wait until that special day when you see them and have a chance for them to sign it.

    • Don't assume that the actor has gotten your mail, or your precious collectible, and didn't respond. Actors mail is often mixed up and delivered wrong. Some are even empty when received.

    • Don't enclose a bulky autograph pen that has to be twisted, shaken, and stirred - to be used for one second. Actors have autograph pens coming out of their nostrils.

    • If you don't get a response within 6 - 8 months of sending your request, try again. Something could have happened to your letter.

    • If you plan to move, don't send an autograph request until you are settled in. Your forwarding address may have expired by the time your autograph is returned to you. If you have moved, try again.

    • And, finally, double check your mail before sending it. Is it addressed to the right actor at the correct studio? Do you have a self-addressed stamped envelope enclosed with more than enough U.S. postage? Is the envelope addressed back to you? Is it stamped with the proper postage? The actor will not be checking these things for you.
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    Rockiesfan33's guide to sending baseballs TTM

    From Rockiesfan33:

    I've had over 70 baseballs signed TTM so far in 2008 and I get a lot of PMs about how to do it, so I thought I'd post what I do to send them.

    I send all of my baseballs in bubble mailers, not boxes. My theory is to always make an autograph request as easy as possible for the person to whom you are sending your request. Sticking a ball in an envelope seems easier to me than having someone tape up a box for you.

    I use 8x11 1/2 envelopes for the outgoing mail, and they're returned in 6x9 bubble envelopes. I stick the ball in the big envelope first because it seals better if the ball is at the bottom of the envelope. Fold the 6x9 envelope in half and slide it in next. It all fits nicely together.

    Before this year's postage increase, I'm using 5 $0.44 stamps on the return envelope and 6 on the outgoing.

    Always write your addresses in sharpie on the envelopes or cover your writing in clear tape to avoid it wiping off. This isn't as much of a problem with the brown bubble mailers, but the ink easily wipes off of the white bubble mailers made from the stronger material. Those envelopes are nice to use for your returns, but definitely use tape.

    I don't send a pen with my requests and I may start doing it after my Fay Vincent return. Sharpie isn't desirable on a baseball. You want a nice Bic pen for the sig. You may need to weigh your envelope if you're adding a pen to see if changes postage. Don't expect to get your pen back.

    The cons of using a bubble mailer:

    Obviously, the package could rip, but I've never had that happen (to my knowledge).

    The sig can rub on the inside of the envelope if it's not dry or signed with a good pen. Fay Vincent apparently used some purple glitter pen on my ball and it looks like garbage. Smeared slightly as well. If you were to receive baseballs back in a box, I'd imagine you would have less of a chance of the sig smearing.

    I hope this helped answer some questions you might have about sending baseballs TTM. There's nothing more fun than opening your mailbox and seeing it jammed with those big fat envelopes. Having a wall covered in baseballs in cubes (sold separately unless you're buying ROMLBs) looks amazing. Remember that you're upping the ante with sending balls out. The same rule applies to baseballs as it does to anything else TTM: don't send anything that you're not prepared to not get back. I would only use quality baseballs for sigs that you pay for or really hope to have preserved 20 years from now. I made that mistake early on and now I'm about to redo a bunch on nicer balls.

    Good luck!

    Final note: If you see ROLB3 on a baseball, run away. Just run. ***This is still true!!!***
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  5. #5

    Via Venue Guide

    I decided that this would be a valuable addition to the Through The Mail Forums. A great way to get hard to get autographs of celebrities is Via Venue. Via Venue is sending an autograph request to a performance or set of a popular actor, comedian or band.

    VIA VENUE- Movie Set

    Finding an address for a movie that is currently filming can be rather challenging, but it does pay off in the end. First, you must find the address (I am willing to help anyone find an address to a movie just PM me I get a weekly list of what is filming in the US). Second, you must address the letter correctly:

    Actor's Name
    "Movie Title"
    Production Company
    Address
    City, State ZIP

    Please note- not all production offices pass on fanmail, however all of my addresses include a phone number so you can call and ask if they do. Many websites that have these addresses also include some form of communication to the production company, whether it is a phone number or an email address.


    VIA VENUE- Plays

    Another great way to get autographs of famous actors and actresses is through plays. These addresses are as easy to come by as the addresses for performances. I tend to frequent this site often to see who is currently preforming. You can also request cast signed playbills if you write a request to the Stage Manager of the play and include a proper SASE ( 6x9 envelope or larger). Here is how you address a request via a play:

    NAME
    "PLAY NAME"
    c/o Theater
    Address
    City, State ZIP

    and to address an envelope for a Stage Manager (for playbill requests):

    Stage Manager
    "Play Name"
    c/o Theater
    Address
    City, State ZIP

    VIA VENUE- Performance


    The BEST way to get an autograph from a famous comedian or a legendary band is Via Venue. These addresses are extremely easy to find and a website I frequent most to find them is Ticket Master. They provide up-to-date information about future performances and if you click on the performance you can easily find the address to the venue. It is VERY important that you address these right, as many venues will just throw away your request if not. You address these like this:

    Performer's Name
    (If they are in a band I put that here, I do not know if it is necessary though)
    c/o Venue's Name
    Address
    City, State ZIP

    Then be sure to write "VENUE: PLEASE HOLD FOR___(NAME)____ UNTIL___(DATE)____" on the front and back of the envelope.

    To get a success from these be sure to mail them at least a week before the scheduled performance.

    Below is a list of Venues that do and do not pass on fanmail. Look over this before you send out your items or you will more than likely waste your money.

    Alabama (AL)
    DO
    -Amphitheater at the Warf
    -BJCC Complex

    Arizona (AZ)
    DO
    -Dodge Theater
    -Jobing.com Arena (Possibility they will NOT pass on fanmail)

    DON'T
    -ASU Gammage
    -US Airways Center

    Arkansas (AR)
    DO
    -Alltel Arena

    California (CA)
    DO
    -Berkley
    -Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (otherwise known as Coors Amphitheatre)
    -Cox Arena
    -The Fillmore
    -Grammy Museum
    -Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
    -Hollywood Bowl
    -Honda Center
    -Humphrey's
    -The Jumping Turtle
    -Key Club
    -The Konocti Harbor Resort
    -Lestat's
    -Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
    -Pacific Amphitheater
    -Savemart Center
    -Shoreline Amphitheatre
    -Slims
    -Soma
    -Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (otherwise known as Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre)
    -William Saroyan Theatre

    DON'T
    -Arco Arena
    -Club Nokia at LA
    -Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City Walk
    -The Grove at Anaheim
    -House of Blues Anaheim
    -House of Blues San Diego
    -House of Blues Sunset Strip
    -HP Pavilion
    -ipayOne Center
    -The Knitting Factory
    -Mezzanine Theatre
    -The Mint
    -Oracle Arena
    -Rabobank Arena
    -San Diego Arena
    -Staples Center
    -The Warfield Theatre

    Colorado (CO)
    DO
    -Boulder Theatre
    -Cervantes
    -Denver Coliseum
    -Fillmore Auditorium
    -Pepsi Center
    -Red Rock Ampitheatre
    -Fiddler's Green Amphitheater


    Connecticut (CT)
    DO
    -Chevrolet Theatre
    -XL Center (formerly known as the Hartford Civic Center)
    -Webster Theatre

    DON'T
    -Jorgensen Theatre for the Performing Arts
    -MGM Grand
    -Mohegan Sun

    Delaware (DE)
    DO
    DuPont Theatre

    District of Columbia (DC)
    DO
    -JFK Center for Performing Arts
    -Nightclub 9:30
    -Warner Theatre

    DON'T
    -Verizon Center

    Florida (FL)
    DO
    -Bank Atlantic Center (Possibility they will NOT pass on fanmail)
    -Ford Amphitheater
    -Ice Palace
    -Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
    -The Orlando Centroplex
    -Pensacola Civic Center
    -The Philharmonic Centre for the Arts
    -Ruth Eckerd Hall
    -Sound Advice Amphitheatre
    -St. Pete Times Forum
    -TD Waterhouse Center
    -Tinker Field
    -Universal Orlando Studios

    DON'T
    -Cuzan Beach Amphitheatre
    -Florida Strawberry Festival
    -House of Blues Orlando
    -Jannus Landing
    -Seminole Hard Rock
    -The Florida Theatre
    -UCF Arena

    Georgia (GA)
    DO
    -Center Stage Theatre
    -Gwinnett Center

    DON'T
    -Chastain Park Amphitheatre
    -Phillips Arena

    Idaho (ID)
    DO
    -Taco Bell Arena
    -The Venue

    Illinois (IL)
    DO
    -Allstate Arena
    -Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
    -The Chicago Theatre
    -First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
    -The Goodman Theatre
    -i Wireless Center
    -Mark of the Quad-Cities
    -NIU Convocation Center
    -Pops' Nightclub
    -United Center
    -Verizon Wireless Music Center

    DON'T
    House of Blues Chicago

    Indiana (IN)
    DO
    -Allen County Memorial Coliseum
    -Clowes Hall
    -Indiana State Fair
    -Murat Theatre
    -Verizon Wireless Music Center

    DON'T
    -Conseco Fieldhouse

    Iowa (IA)
    DO
    -Des Moines Civic center
    -Hilton Coliseum
    -Mid America Center

    Kansas (KS)
    DO
    -The Cotillion
    -Verizon Amphitheatre

    DON'T
    -Kansas Coliseum

    Kentucky (KY)
    DO
    -The Dame
    -The Mad Hatter
    -The Louisville Palace Theatre
    -Rupp Arena

    DON'T
    -Freedom Hall


    Louisiana (LA)
    DO
    -CenturyTel Center
    -UNO Lakefront Arena

    DON'T
    -Baton Rouge River Center
    -House of Blues New Orleans
    -New Orleans Arena

    Maryland (MD)
    DO
    -Hippodrome at France-Merrick Performing Arts Center
    -Meyerhoff Symphony
    -Ottobar
    -Pier Six Concert Pavillion
    -Recher Theatre

    DON'T
    -1st Mariner Arena (MD)

    Massachusetts (MA)
    DO
    -Agganis Arena
    -Bank Of America Pavilion
    -Boston Opera House
    -DCU Center
    -Lowell Memorial Auditorium
    -Tsongas Arena
    -Tweeter Center
    -Wang Center

    DON'T
    -Calvin Theatre
    -Ram's Head Live

    Michigan (MI)
    DO
    -DTE Energy Music Center
    -Mississippi Coast Coliseum
    -Palace of Auburn Hills
    -The Soaring Eagle Casino
    -Wharton Center

    DON'T
    -DeVos Performance Hall
    -Van Andel Arena

    Minnesota (MN)
    DO
    -Fine Line Music Cafe
    -First Avenue (Possibility they will NOT pass on fanmail)
    -Myth
    -The Orpheum
    -Target Center
    -Xcel Energy Center

    Mississippi (MS)
    DON'T
    -Casino in Biloxi
    -Imperial Palace Hotel

    Missouri (MO)
    DO
    -The Fabulous Fox Theatre
    -The Midland Theatre
    -The Pageant
    -Savvis Center
    -UMB Bank Pavilion
    -Uptown Theater

    DON'T
    -Scottrade Center
    -The Sprint Center

    Nebraska (NE)
    DO
    -Qwest Center

    Nevada (NV)
    DO
    -Caesar's Palace Colosseum
    -MGM Grand
    -The Palms Theatre at the Pearl (not always)


    DON'T
    -House of Blues Las Vegas
    -The Mandalay Bay Events Center
    -The Orleans Arena
    -Silver Legacy Casino
    -Caesars Palace


    New Hampshire (NH)
    DO
    -Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center

    DON'T
    -Verizon Wireless

    New Jersey (NJ)
    DO
    -Count Basie Theater
    -New Jersey Performing Arts Center
    -Papermill Playhouse
    -PNC Arts Center
    -Prudential Center
    -Starland Ballroom
    -Susquehanna Bank Center

    DON'T
    -Boardwalk Hall
    -Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa
    -House of Blues Atlantic City
    -Izod Center
    -Meadowlands/IZOD Center
    -Resorts Atlantic City
    -Sovereign Bank Arena

    New York (NY)
    DO
    -Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
    -Comix Comedy Club
    -The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
    -Gershwin Theatre
    -Governor's Comedy Club
    -Hammerstein Ballroom
    -Madison Square Gardens
    -Magic City Music Hall
    -Metropolitan Opera- Lincoln Center
    -Minskoff Theatre
    -Mulcahy's Pub
    -Neil Simon Theatre
    -Nokia Theatre
    -Northern Lights
    -Revolution Hall
    -Roundabout Theatre
    -Times Union Center (Possibility they will NOT pass on fanmail)

    DON'T
    -Blue Cross Arena
    -HSBC Arena
    -Nassau Coliseum
    -Paramount Center for the Arts
    -Radio City Music Hall
    -Roseland Ballroom
    -St. George Theatre

    North Carolina (NC)
    DO
    -Amos' Southend
    -Asheville Civic Center
    -The Brewery
    -Cricket Arena
    -Greensboro Coliseum
    -Koka Booth Amphitheater
    -Ovens auditorium
    -RBC Center
    -Time Warner Cable Arena
    -Time Warner Cable Music Pavillion at Walnut Creek
    -Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

    Ohio (OH)
    DO
    -The Agora Theatre
    -Bogarts
    -CBR's Bar
    -Ervin J. Nutter Center
    -Nationwide Arena
    -Peabody's
    -Quickens Loans Arena
    -Riverbend Music Center
    -Schottenstein Center
    -U.S. Bank Arena

    DON'T
    -Columbus Crew Stadium
    -CAPA
    -House of Blues Cleveland
    -National City Pavillion
    -Ohio State Fair

    Oklahoma (OK)
    DO
    -BOK Center
    -Cain's Ballroom
    -The Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center
    -The Conservatory
    -The Diamond Ballroom
    -Ford Center
    -The Historic Brady Theater
    -The Marquee
    -Oklahoma City Zoo Ampitheatre

    DON'T
    -Diamond Ballroom

    Oregon (OR)
    DO
    -Chinook Winds Casino Resort
    -Crystal Ballroom
    -McDonald Theatre
    -Rose Garden
    -Rose Quarter

    Pennsylvania (PA)
    DO
    -Bryce Jordan Center
    -Byham Theatre
    -The Electric Factory
    -Hershey Center
    -Mann Music Center
    -Mellon Arena (Possibility they will NOT pass on fanmail)
    -Montage Mountain
    -Post-Gazette Pavillion
    -Prince Music Theater
    -Sovereign Center
    -Star Lake Amphitheatre
    -Strand Capitol Theatre
    -Tower Theater
    -Wachovia Center

    DON'T
    -Keswick Theatre
    -Wachovia Arena

    Rhode Island (RI)
    DO
    -Dunkin' Donuts Center

    DON'T
    -The Ryan Center

    South Carolina (SC)
    DO
    -Bilo Center
    -Headliner's
    -North Charleston Coliseum

    DON'T
    House of Blues Myrtle Beach
    The Colonial Life Arena (also known as The Colonial Center)

    Tennessee (TN)
    DO
    -Gaylord Entertainment Center
    -Pyramid
    -Ryman Auditorium
    -Thompson Boiling Arena

    Texas (TX)
    DO
    -American Airlines Center
    -Concrete Street Amphitheater
    -Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
    -Lexington Center/Rupp Arena
    -Toyota Center

    DON'T
    -AT&T Center
    -Austin Music Hall
    -Bass Concert Hall
    -Dallas City Hall
    -Dallas Convention Center Arena
    -FC Dallas
    -House of Blues Dallas
    -House of Blues Houston
    -La Zona Rosa
    -Pizza Hut Park
    -Reliant Arena
    -Reliant Stadium

    Utah (UT)
    DO
    -EnergySolutions Arena

    Vermont (VT)
    DO
    -Higher Ground

    Virginia (VA)
    DO
    -Hampton Coliseum
    -Patriot Center
    -Roanoke Civic Center (Possibility they will NOT pass on fanmail)
    -Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater

    Washington (WA)
    DO
    -INB Performing Arts Center
    -The Paramount Theatre
    -Puyallup Fairgrounds
    -Showbox at the Market
    -Spokane Arena
    -Studio Seven (Possibility they will NOT pass on fanmail)
    -Tacoma Dome

    DON'T
    -El Corazon
    -Seattle Center
    -Showbox SoDo
    -Snoqualmie Casino

    West Virginia (WV)
    DO
    -Big Sandy Superstore Arena
    -Charleston Civic Centre
    -Charleston Municipal Auditorium

    Wisconsin (WI)
    DO
    -Alliant Energy Center
    -Alpine Valley Music Theatre
    -Orpheum Theatre
    -Potawatomi Bingo Casino
    -The Warehouse


    DON'T
    -Bradley Center
    -Potawatomi Bingo Casino
    -Marcus Amphitheater





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