My folks were older by the time I came along. OK, old! So I grew up listening to Big Band music as that was Dads favorite. To me, that is mid-century music, not the Doo-Wop stuff (don't hate me, just a conditioned preference).
Dad played drums in a Big Band himself, and I recently came across photos of him in the band. Will post some of those soon.
Meanwhile, he loved Gene Krupa since he himself played the drums.
He had Gene autograph these especially for him, years ago. As the story goes, Gene himself suggested to Dad that he cover the autographs with a piece of scotch tape to help keep them from damage.
There is a brown spot on one of them, but with the tape covering, I'm sure I can carefully clean it off.
These have been separated in the house for years and years, and just today I located them both at the same time, finally paired again!
They have virtually no real value I am sure (a Gene Krupa and Johnny Davis autograph on sale now on eBay for $69), but for me of course, they have great sentimental value.
I intend to get these framed and hang them above the drums and such from Dads estate I plan on displaying here in the 1950's Atomic Ranch House.