How to Remove an Inscription From an Autograph

Written by sarah coennen
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How to Remove an Inscription From an Autograph
Some people who sign autographs leave inscriptions, taking up prime autograph space. (autograph ball image by Richard Kane from

Autographs are collected for several different reasons, including the novelty of having celebrity memorabilia, investments and to make your friends jealous. When you use one particular item to collect autographs, such as a baseball cap, or a mini helmet, inscriptions such as "To Kirsten" can take up a lot of prime autograph space. Autograph dealers erase these inscriptions to enhance the marketability of their autographed items, too. As a result, you may opt to remove them from your autographed items.

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Things you need

  • Retractable white eraser
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • White, clean cloths

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    Place the item on a flat surface so it won't wrinkle or bend when you remove the inscription. If you're trying to remove an inscription from a baseball cap, put it on a mannequin head or on your knee so the surface you'll be working on is facing you.

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    Rub the inscription with the retractable white eraser while holding the photograph securely in place with one hand. Begin with slow, long strides, increasing slowly to quick and short strides. Continue until the inscription is gone.

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    Brush the eraser particles off of the photograph with a white clean cloth in very gentle brushing strokes. You can even use the cloth to gently remove your fingerprints that were left there with a gentle circular motion rub.

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    Place the item on a stable surface so you won't have issues with the object moving around while you work on it.

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    Open the peanut butter jar. Wrap a cloth around your index finger and dip the cloth into the peanut butter.

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    Gently rub out the inscription using a circular motion with the cloth, dipping the cloth back in the peanut butter as needed.

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    Dampen a different cloth with cool water and wipe off the peanut butter.

Tips and warnings

  • Matt photos hold up better under the eraser and allows you to be a bit rougher than the glossy photos. You may find it helpful to switch to matt finishes instead of glossy.
  • Pressing too hard and not holding the photograph in place can result in bending or damaging the photograph. Exercise caution. Don't use crunchy peanut butter to remove inscriptions. The peanuts will damage the memorabilia.

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