Open Thread: Share Your Thoughts on Celebrity Autographs Here

Like most of you out there, I am a collector. I often joke that I am one flat cat away from being on a Hoarders episode, but I love my stuff. DVDs/Blu-rays, CDs, books, action figures, collectibles, you name it, I love it. But one area I have never really gotten into is celebrity autographs. As a frequent attendee of science fiction and comic book conventions, I often see celebrities ranging from A-List names (Ted Danson recently did a show in my city) to those on their way out of the entertainment industry whose names I won’t reveal here out of respect to all involved parties. While I like the idea of meeting a celebrity, having an opportunity to thank them for how their work has touched my life, then get a quick autograph or picture, often the cost of such a venture is usually so extraordinary that I don’t do it.

Every now and then, something comes along that makes me rethink this policy of mine though. I’ll give you an example. I recently heard that veteran character actor James Wong will be on the convention circuit this summer. That in and of itself is nothing new, as Wong is a veteran of cons and is all my accounts one of the nicest and most generous people in the industry. But here’s the thing: He will be doing a convention IN COSTUME as David Lo Pan, the evil foe in John Carpenter’s 1986 cult favorite Big Trouble in Little China. That Kurt Russell classic is one of my all-time favorite films, so a part of me thinks that I should take advantage of this unique opportunity, so long as the price is reasonable. For what it’s worth, cosplaying as your own characters at a convention is an awesome phenomenon that I believe was started by Ernie Hudson, who regularly appears as Winston Zeddemore from the Ghostbusters films at shows. Decades ago, before fandom was the sprawling monster it is today, actors like Clayton Moore and Adam West would appear at events like car shows as their legendary characters (The Lone Ranger and Batman, respectively). So there is precedence for such a practice.

For this latest Open Thread, I want you to share your thoughts on celebrity autographs. Do you like to collect them? If so, is their a price limit that you refuse to go over? How much money is too much money? Do you prefer random autographs gotten out in public to organized ones at events? If you have autographs, which are your favorites? Let us know what you think about all of this in the comments below!

  • Quiggy

    I would not PAY for an autograph. Thus my autographs are limited to book signings by authors. (I have three books signed by Kinky Friedman and if you don’t know who Kinky Friedman is you are either sheltered or just ignore Texas with vigor.) I got Gary Richrath, former guitarist for REO Speedwagon, to sign an REO Speedwagon album when he stopped in San marcos to tour with his solo band. Outside of that I haven’t anything else. As far as actors, I’m not into very many, and most are long dead (John Wayne, anyone?). I might, I say might, pay to have John Carpenter sign something, because I am a director groupie and love Carpenter’s work. Other than that, I’m not investing in something for resale value, so paying for an autograph is pretty much an anathema. I would want it to cherish, not resell it.

  • Bernard Seto

    Living in Los Angeles has its advantages as far as a Hollywood memorabilia collector like myself is concerned, over the years, I had collected autographs of actors, directors and film music composers (usually they sign on the LP soundtrack albums, that makes the records more precious!, I will list some of the autographs I have —-start drooling…Actors: Audrey Hepburn,Alain Delon, Barbara Stanwcyk, Richard Chamberlain, Jean Simmons, Rita Hayworth,
    Doris Day, Elaine Strich,Jane Powell….Directors : George Cukor, Fred Zinnemann, Stanley Donen, Fritz Lang……Composers: Miklos Rozsa, Jerry Goldsmith, Jerry Fielding, Henry Mancini,
    Leonard Rosenman, John Barry…. I . like Quiggy, would want to cherish these treasures, not
    resell it, but then if my son thinks these are just junk, all of you can contact me I will ….let you have them…for a price or a promise.