Getting Started In Radio Control Cars

Written by Philip Lim

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ARR and RTR models come already assembled. The difference is usually thatrepparttar ARR model doesn't have a radio system installed, while an RTR model does. So don't be fooled byrepparttar 140862 difference in price. When you buy an ARR car, you're going to have to addrepparttar 140863 cost ofrepparttar 140864 radio system to your final cost.

The expense of operating your radio control car can be as little as an occasional replacement battery pack. But as with any hobby,repparttar 140865 more you playrepparttar 140866 more you pay. If you become a dedicated radio control vehicle fan, be prepared for repairs, upgrades, special tools, magazine subscriptions, books, racing entry fees, association dues, travel expenses torepparttar 140867 big meets and races -repparttar 140868 list can be endless. The best advice is to start small, and let your radio control hobby grow little by little to whatever level you find most satisfying.

So all in all, what'srepparttar 140869 best advice for getting started in radio control? Start small, get to know experienced radio control drivers, and learn as you go. Make a list before you buy anything, and make sure have allrepparttar 140870 accessories and parts you're going to need to use your vehicle. Most of all, have fun - RC is a wonderful way to meet people, to challenge yourself, and to fulfill your driving fantasies.

Philip Lim is an avid lover of radio control vehicles who cannot resist but share his passion by writing content providing tips, reviews and product releases and more when you sign up for his newsletter at

Autograph Collecting: Questions and Answers

Written by Lon Strickler

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1) Who has signedrepparttar autograph? The key words here are "demand" and "scarcity." If a particular person's autograph is in high demand and it happens to be a scarce autograph, then you can expect it to have good value. This is why an autograph of Marilyn Monroe sells for over several thousands of dollars. She remains popular and her signature is in great demand. Her autographs are scarce when compared to those of entertainers George Burns, Jimmy Stewart or Joan Crawford, all of whom were around many decades longer to sign autographs for fans.

2) What item has been signed? A simple signature on an album page, menu, airline ticket or piece of paper is normally worth less than a signed document, signed photo, typed or handwritten letter. This is because it isrepparttar 140783 most common type of autograph. All things being equal, a handwritten signed letter demands a premium since not only does it have a name signed atrepparttar 140784 end but may also reveal something interesting, historical, or personal aboutrepparttar 140785 writer. Thus, you're getting more than just a name signed on paper.

3) Isrepparttar 140786 signature in ink, pencil or otherwise? Ink is worth more than pencil. Pencil can fade over time and usually isn't as dark and bold as a nice ink signature. Many collectors prefer and will pay more for ink signatures. But don't take this to mean pencil signatures don't have value. The great Apache Indian chief Geronimo signed pencil autographs atrepparttar 140787 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. Today those pencil signatures on small cards can sell for at least $5,000. Today, most collectors prefer that photos and non-flat items be signed in sharpie or paint pen.

4) What isrepparttar 140788 condition ofrepparttar 140789 autograph? Any damage torepparttar 140790 autograph, photo or paper will lower value. Smears, stains, creases, smudges, fading, tears, holes or other damage will always droprepparttar 140791 value of an autograph. To get top dollar and maximum value autographs must be in excellent condition.

There are several other small variables that can come into play when attempting to place a value on an autograph, but these four important questions are regarded asrepparttar 140792 most basic factors that determine an autograph's value.

These are just a few ofrepparttar 140793 questions we receive from autograph collectors. If you have a question, feel free to contact us.

Lon Strickler has authored several nationally published articles on Baltimore sports & social history and currently writes a monthly autograph collector's newsletter at (The AutoGram). Member of the Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC) and The Antiques and Collectibles National Association (ACNA). Owner of Strickler's Celebrity Autographs at

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