History In Ink®  Historical Autographs


Ordering and Payment Information

Ordering.  The best way to assure that you get the item that you want before it is gone is to call us, but you can also email or text us.  To order, please either:

  • call or text us at (417) 234-6845 (Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time), or

  • click here to email us, or copy and paste this address into your email:  rick@HistoryInInk.com.  In your email, please include your name, your telephone number, and the item number and a brief description of each item that you order.

We return calls (if you had to leave a voice mail message) and reply to emails and text messages as soon as possible.  If you email us but do not receive a response within a few hours, please call or text us.  We check email regularly but sometimes are away from the computer.

Payment.  Payment must be in U.S. dollars.  We accept the following types of payment:

  • Credit and debit card payments through MasterCard,® Visa,® and Discover® by telephone or other arrangement.  Please do not submit card information by email.  For card transactions, we will need (i) the cardholder’s name as it appears on the card, (ii) the billing address associated with the card, (iii) the card’s expiration date, and (iv) the 3- or 4-digit security code from the back of the card.  For your security, we do not retain card information.

  • PayPal®, which allows you to use either an electronic funds transfer or a credit card.  Click here to sign up for a free PayPal® account if you do not have one.

  • Electronic bank account transfers from both American and international banks. We will provide you with our bank electronic transfer information.

  • Cashiers’ checks and personal checks.  Except by special arrangement, such as with established clients, personal checks must clear before items are shipped. 

  • Money orders.

Availability of material.  Please note that all items are subject to availability and prior sale.  We will accept your payment or will invoice you if the item is available, and we will hold items for a reasonable time pending receipt of payment.  We will be happy to offer you available alternatives or help you find a similar item if the one that you order is not available.  We strive to keep our listings up to date by promptly removing items that have been sold, but occasionally a sold item will be online for a short time until we can remove the listing.

Terms of sale.  All sales will include the following, as applicable:

  • estimated shipping costs, rounded up to the nearest dollar, unless shipped on the buyer’s account;

  • insurance based on the United States Postal Service rate, rounded up to the nearest dollar;

  • packaging charges of $15 for shipment of oversize unframed items and $35 for shipment of framed items up to 16” x 20” (oversized framed pieces may require additional charges, depending upon the size); and

  • applicable sales tax (Missouri residents must pay 8.1% sales tax; sales tax in other states may or may not be required, so ask us).

International sales are subject to an additional handling fee of up to 4.5%.  Depending upon size and weight, multiple items may be shipped together to minimize cost.  Orders will be shipped promptly upon receipt and clearing of payment.  Clients outside of the United States are responsible for the payment of any import duties, customs fees, and taxes that their countries may assess.

Our commitment to the environment.  We typically ship unframed autographs in archival sheet protectors between pieces of corrugated cardboard in order to prevent damage to the items.  To do our part to conserve resources and protect the environment, we often harvest and reuse cardboard from boxes that we receive.  You therefore may find your autograph protected by cardboard imprinted with other companies’ names, logos, product names, photographs, or information.  Our reuse of that cardboard does not imply that we have any relationship with the companies or approval of their products.  We just like to give new life to the cardboard, if possible, and we recycle the parts of boxes and other packaging that we cannot reuse.  When we ship signed books and framed items, you may find that we have reused a box, plastic bubble wrap, and packing peanuts or other packing materials.  We do not like packing material that is not recyclable or biodegradable, such as certain types of packing peanuts, but if we have received it in shipments to us, we would rather reuse it than send it to a landfill.  We encourage our clients to recycle the cardboard and recyclable packing materials that they receive from us.  We cannot solve all of the world’s environmental problems, but together we can and should do our part to make our own corners of the world better places to live. 

Shipping.  We ship items in the United States by the United States Postal Service or by Federal Express, both with a signature required for delivery, unless you make other arrangements.  We ship items internationally by Federal Express, with a signature required for delivery.  We make every effort to have items delivered in a timely manner, but we cannot guarantee a particular delivery date.

German law.  We occasionally offer autograph material of personalities of the German Third Reich.  We believe that to decline to offer that material, although it is offensive, would aid those who want to sweep the Third Reich under the rug and deny that the Holocaust occurred.  So we offer that material because the world must never forget what happened, lest it happen again.  To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history and uniforms.  Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under applicable German law, including § 86a StGB.


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