Thursday, July 7, 2011

TTM, IP? What the heck does this stuff mean?

With all of today's texting, tweeting, abbreviations, and shortcuts you have to ask, what the heck does this stuff mean? Here is a list of common autograph collecting acronyms:

- ALS = Autographed Letter Signed (i.e. a hand-written letter)
- ANS = Autographed Note Signed
- AP = Autopen (machine-signed)
- 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 or B&W = Black and White
- C = Color
- CISP = Color Inscribed Signed Photo
- CSP = Color Signed Photo
- COA = Certificate of Authenticity
- DS = Document Signed
- FDC = First Day Cover (issued by the Postal Service)
- HOF = Hall of Fame
- I = Inscribed or personalized
- IP = In Person
- IRC = International Reply Coupon
- ISP = Inscribed Signed Photo
- MOC = Member of Congress
- MOH = Medal of Honor
- PP = Preprint (autograph is part of the photo)
- RTS = Return To Sender (address unknown; not at this address; address incomplete etc.)
- SAG = Screen Actor's Guild
- SAE = Self Addressed Envelope
- SASE = Self Addressed Stamped Envelope
- SIC = Signed Index Card- SP = Inscribed Signed Photo
- SP = Signed Photo
- SPC = Signed Postcard
- STC = Signed Trading Card
- TC = Trading Card
- TLS = Typed Letter Signed
- TTM = Through The Mail
- UACC = Universal Autograph Collector's Club
- VV = Via Venue

I know a lot of people who collect know these things, but other's don't. Plus it is always good to get a refresher on things even for the most seasoned veterans.

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