1940s Autograph Books from Count Basie to NFL HOFers (197 sigs)
From famed in-person autograph hound Steve K. comes this outrageous collection of autographs featuring celebrities of all kinds. Collection includes:1) Autograph Book Pages (1945-48) featuring Katherine Hepburn, Walter Houston, George Raft, Danny Kaye, Clyde Beatty (circus), Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Vaughn Monroe (2), Bob Hope, Tallulah Bankhead, early Angela Lansbury, Gene Autry, Gracie Allen, Tex Ritter, Louis Prima.2) 1945 "Movie Diary" with seven (7) signed pages including Bob Hope, Sonny Tufts, Eddie Bracken, Lynn Bari, Gene Autry, Dick Haymes, Roddy McDowall.3) 1993 datebook with Johnny & June Carter Cash, Phil Rizzuto, Timothy Schmidt (Eagles), Doak Walker, Air Supply (2), Race Car Drivers, The Nelsons, Sid Luckman, Mel Blount, Phil Lesh, Gale Sayers (2), Tom Jones, Jim Otto, Davey Jones, Chris Isaak and others.4) 1991 autograph book with Dizzy Gillespie, Bo Belinsky " 5/562 No Hitter," Football HOFers Jim Brown, Dan Marino plus Boomer and other celebrities.5) 1948 autograph book with Burt Lancaster, Peter Lawford (Rat Pack), Henny Youngman, Laraine Day, Uta Hagen, Ted Weems, Constance Moore w/"Kiss", Dorothy Shay, Spike Jones, Mary Welch plus 1948 Cleveland Indians Keltner, Oneil, Wertz, Trout and Spahn.
This amazing collection of 30,000 autographs was obtained in person by one of the pioneering autograph hounds, Steve Kostrubanic. This Cleveland-area native wandered outside the theaters and sports venues of Cleveland searching for celebrities from the late 1940s right up to the early 2000s. He was fluent in all areas of popular culture including baseball, football, boxing, sports, rock ‘n’ roll, music, cinema, theater, television and more. His later job as Senator Jacob Javitz’s personal driver gave him even greater access to the rich and famous. A Golden Gloves Boxing Champion, he is a member of the Ohio State Boxing Hall of Fame.