In-person autograph veteran John Brennan has collected on the streets of New York City, Los Angeles, and even across the world for over 40 years. From a small town in Connecticut, to the electric streets of the Big Apple, over four decades John has amassed thousands of autographs eventually developing into what can best be described as a “monster” collection.
With no indication of what his hobby would eventually become, Brennan “ran head first into the fire,” with his initial signature: the B-52s in 1979. A music fan and record collector first, John began autograph seeking full-time in the Spring of 1984, recently revealing “the passion grew from the difficulty in getting the albums signed by all the members of the group,” there was always one more name to add, one more signature to obtain.
Since his inaugural May 2018 Auction, Brennan has been steadily selling his collection with RR Auction in the hopes of sharing his incredible lifelong endeavour with fellow collectors and fans. As one of the most well-known and respected in-person “graphers” in the field, authenticity is an integral aspect of The John Brennan Collection, and every music item is dual-certified by both Beckett and Roger Epperson/REAL Authentication Services.
Excerpt of Recent RR Interview With John Brennan:
RR: Was there any particular band, musician, or song that got you into music?
Brennan: “The first one was KISS—they set it all off for me. KISS Alive in particular, and the opening song’s introduction, “You wanted the best and you got it...the hottest band in the land: KISS.” There was no turning back, hearing the opening chords of "Deuce" on that album was it for me.”
RR: Do you have an all-time favorite band?
Brennan: “It’s too hard to pick just one...some of my all-time favorites are Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, and the Rolling Stones. Guns N’ Roses were balls to the wall, they put Rock N’ Roll back on the map. They weren’t even a band, they were a lifestyle.”
RR: What’s your favorite signed piece?
Brennan: “My personal picks aren’t necessarily the most outright impressive, or valuable in the marketplace. My favorite autographs are on albums: Van Halen’s 1984, KISS Alive, Aerosmith’s Rocks, and Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction original cover still gets me everytime.”
RR: Is there a particular reason you’ve decided to let your collection go now?
Brennan: “If I had it my way, I would never sell. It just gets to a point where you have to start liquidating to relieve some of the burden of maintaining it. I always obtained for the sole purpose of collecting. My situation was as pure as it could ever get—the absolute last thing that I ever considered was selling anything.”
RR: What’s next for you after all these years of collecting?
Brennan:“I’ve reached all my collecting goals and am happy to reflect on what I accomplished. I finally realized that if I had kept doing it and doing it, it would have defeated the entire purpose. Now, I’m looking forward to taking the time to enjoy what I’ve experienced and the incredible people I’ve met over the past four decades.”