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Re: The signature file/My two kopins
To answer Mark's question:
I guess collectors, including collectors like me who are actual fans, are a
somewhat obsessive lot (Moi?) and it's really easy to slip into the
obsessive mode with respect to getting stuff signed. "I gotta get
everything! OK, I got everything! Now what? I know! I'll get everything
signed!!! Yeah, that's it! Not only will it be unbelieveably cool all by
itself, but it'll make MY collection better than ol' Fred Ribostat's, even
though he has everything too!" I guarentee you that's what's going on 99%
of the time.
I probably have as much signed stuff as anyone, having been lucky enough to
catch Sergio when there were not a lot of people around and he kept asking
me if I wanted stuff signed (Vancouver BC was primarily a sports card show)
, combined with times I brought stuff hoping to get it signed. It's kind
of a wierd phenomenon. When I see Sergio, I feel silly asking him to sign
stuff for me. I mean, he knows me by sight now, calls me one of his biggest
fans, and jokes with me like we are old friends. THAT is special. Why do I
need anything signed? Then I get home and I start thinking gee, wouldn't it
be cool to have all the #1's signed, including all International #1's. Or
gosh, wouldn't it be neat to have an entire set of cards signed. So on the
one hand I feel really dumb, but on the other hand, I really want those
cards signed! Then I feel guilty as well as dumb because people in the
Boonies, or even New York, can't get anything signed unless they have a long
distance friend or buy something. And you know, I still remember what a
charge I got out of it when Eric sent me a signed Dark Horse card with Groo
thinking "Gary?" before I ever met Sergio or had anything else signed. And
it's still special, too!
So here you have Mark, who has been a major part of the comics industry for
30 years and is close friends with tons of comics folks understandibly
wondering what's the big deal about signed stuff beyond a couple of things.
Then you have folks with almost no hope of getting something signed in
person and understandibly willing to go to great lengths to get it. And
then you have folks like me who have had the oppurtunity to get things
signed and have to fight our obsessive tendencies and not feel foolish or
selfish. It's a goofy world.
Take care all -Gary "No power tools" Grossmann (Who worked all day on
building his stupid shed, is tired, has achy knees, and needs a hot bath and
a warm wife [or is it the other way around?].
From: Mark Evanier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Fellow Mendicants <email@example.com>
Date: Saturday, August 21, 1999 1:45 AM
Subject: Re: The signature file/My two kopins
>On Sat, 21 Aug 1999 02:58:10 -0500, Groosum
>>Well, I'm guilty. Before I discovered the groop, the only way I could
>>obtain Sergios' sig. was to buy it, usually off of eBay. My most
>>cherished pieces in my collection are the ones that are signed, and I
>>have bought them all. I live in the middle of nowhere, about 80 miles
>>from the closest comic shop of any repute, and my best source of books
>>is from eBay. I have purchased Buzz & Bell and Smokehouse 5/ both with
>>signatures and sketches. I have also bought Groo PC #'s 1,3,8 with
>>signatures and am planning on building an entire signed set of the PC
>>issues. There is a limit as to how much stuff a person can mail to ME
>>and ask for him and Sergio to sign, so I and people like myself rely on
>>lowlife like promoman to get me what I want for my collection. Not that
>>I would pay $10 for that card, but I did and will pay good $$$ for any
>>book/item that I deem worthy of adding to my collection.
>ME: Just out of curiosity...what is the appeal of a signed set of
>comics? Do you think it will make the books more valuable for resale
>at some point in the future? Do you just think it makes the books
>I run into people who have every issue of GROO and they want them all
>signed. This, I don't get. I have every book Harlan Ellison has
>written but, even though he's been a close friend for 30 years, I
>don't think I have more than one or two of them signed.
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