On a daily basis, Jared Gendron deals with people's obsessions. Neatly stacked against one wall in the office at JG Autographs on the North Shore are dozens of boxes that contain the company’s latest acquisition, a huge collection of hockey-related autographs — nearly 10,000 of them.
Pictured: Jared Gendron, owner of JG Autographs, stands between autographed memorabilia, including a Shepard Fairey print signed by hip hop artist Slick Rick, autographed baseballs, and a pair of shoes signed by a variety of hip hop pioneers. Next
Gendron, 33, founded JG Autographs when he was still a teenager in the mid-1990s. What was once a modest operation run out of his parents' home in Peabody has become a well-respected brand name in the world of celebrity autographs and ephemera.
Pictured: Gendron sorts through photos taken by John F. Kennedy's Whitehouse photographer Cecil W. Stoughton. The photos were purchased from the estate of Kennedy's chief military advisor Chester Clifton. Next
Pictured: Prints signed by mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary lean against a print signed by hip hop artist Dr. Dre. Next
Gendron recently helped Amazon.com launch the site’s new collectibles hub.
Pictured: A print signed by Neil Armstrong shares a shelf with a pair of sneakers signed by various hip hop artists.
His business booms during the holidays, when online shoppers are looking for unique gifts.
Pictured: A base from Fenway Park signed by David Ortiz and dedicated to Jackie Robinson shares space with other sports memorabilia. Next
Gendron went to Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where he effectively used his class projects to launch his autograph business online.
Pictured: A print of the first flight of the Wright brothers with a cancelled check signed by Orville Wright. Next
In hindsight, Gendron considers JG Autographs to be his lifelong art project. "I created my own career," he says. "It is artistic, in a way . . . sculpting this thing out of nothing."
Pictured: A framed print and photograph accompany the autograph of Robert Todd Lincoln. Back to the beginning
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