Rare - Authentic Autograph from 1972: Pete Ham of Badfinger 
Time Ended: Jan 15, 2019 at 17:47:29 PST 
Starting bid: US $450.00 
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New Orleans (March 31, 1972) Pete Ham autograph


On March 31, 1972, I was 13 years old and my younger brother Ami was 11. The  Badfinger concert at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans was only the second  concert I had ever been to and the ticket was $5. King Crimson opened, and then  Badfinger! My brother and I were about three rows from the front and after the  concert we caught up with the band as they returned to the dressing room. Pete  Ham stopped and we took pictures and got his autograph. Below is the picture of  Pete with my little brother. 
New Orleans (March 31, 1972) Ami with Pete Ham
 
Afterward I had my picture taken with him. "I got a girl!" Pete joked, but I was  shy and awkward which seemed to make Pete  feel awkward as well - at least, it appeared that way in the picture. I lost the  picture, just like I lost the autographs of Joey, Mike and Tom. After taking the  picture with Pete the band went on to the dressing room and...we followed them!  We went right into the dressing room with the band and no one stopped us! That  is where the second picture, with my brother and Tom Evans, was taken.
New Orleans (March 31, 1972) Ami with Tom Evans & Mike Gibbins
 
I took  both pictures with my 126 film camera. We stayed with the band until they left,  with no one questioning who we were or why we were in the dressing room. As they  started to walk away, I took off the "peace pendant" from around my neck and  gave it to Joey Molland. He said, "That deserves a kiss," and he kissed me on  the cheek - my very first kiss!
 
One may wonder why I would want to part  with Pete Ham's autograph. It still makes me emotional, and I look upon it with  a feeling of both love and sadness. I probably don't need to explain that to  Badfinger fans. Right now I am thinking of the future. I know that when I'm  gone, this autograph would mean nothing to my children. Yet it is precious and  should be preserved.
 
This may not sell because the  price is high.  In that case, I'll just hold on to it for another 5 or 10 years. I apologize for  the price, but  it is just too valuable for me to sell at a low  price. It is something personal - not like today's autographs that celebrities sometimes charge for. When Pete signed "love" I think it was a genuine feeling of love for all of his fans, meaning those of us who supported and loved him and Badfinger.
 
The autograph is on a torn piece of lined notepaper and is in  fine-point black ballpoint ink. It just says "Love, Pete Ham." There are some  signs of wear on the paper from the years, but the autograph is nice and clear. 
 
Thank you for looking XO 
 
 
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Pete Ham 1972
 

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