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Re: What's the big deal about selling signed cards?
I think that Vaughn does make some valid points here.
It's not that there's a strong outcry of selling signed stuff. The outcry
is selling "FREE" autographed stuff and pictures that were drawn and
autographed to a specific persons name.
Accept it like this. If you want to turn around and sell an original Groo
page that was inked by Sergio, that is acceptable in my book. But, when you
wait in line for 10 minutes to get Sergios autograph on a free card and
turn around and sell it for $10!?!?! That to me is wrong. So, I guess that
when Gary and I had Sergio sign all those cards for individuals, we should
charge them $10 each?!?! That's about $60-$70 in Garys pocket!!!
Because of scalpers and sellers of art, I cannot even get Sergio to sketch
my autograph book!!!! Not even my girlfriends book!!! And we all know that
Sergio is sweet on girls. He's drawn large pictures, for free, in my
girlfriends book for the last 3 years.. but not this year. She had to wink
and plead with him to get a small thumbnail sketch next to last years
thumbnail. And I do mean, it's not bigger than you thumbprint. (And don't
tell M.E. that he did a 'really small' sketch for her!)
At 09:02 AM 8/19/99 -0600, Vaughn H. Seward wrote:
I don't fully understand why there is such a strong outcry over selling
signed stuff on eBay. Although I personally would likely never do such a
thing, I don't see the big deal about all this "soft-flaming".
Think about it, when artists stop signing stuff because they fear people
are profiting from it, they are actually making the matter worse. First, it
hurts the true fans. Second, the fewer things that are signed, the more
valuable they become (under nornal circumstances) and the bigger price they
will fetch on auctions such as eBay. However if the value drops because of
increased availability, it will be less worthwhile for the "scalpers" and
you will likely see less of it happening.
Besides, there may be some poor slob out there who has no other way of
getting a signed card. In this case the scalper is actually providing a
I say we get on with being groopers with all the silliness that goes with
that and avoid making people feel so guilty (in posting this however, I
risk making the soft-flamers feel guilty). :o)
Fifty years from now when a signed card is gets sold on eBay for $8000
($250 in today's dollars), I doubt we'll be so upset by it. Why waste
energy on the issue now when the same card today is likely to not even sell
I think if Groo got a signed card he'd be the first to sell it for a few
kopins or trade it for some cheese dip (especially since he doesn't have a
pocket to keep it in).
P.S. Have you noticed that M.E. has been rather silent on this issue even
when prompted about it?
~Vaughn Seward (cFlat7)
backslash dot com all day long!