View Full Version : Vintage 12 backs signed by Actor

06-17-2008, 06:40 AM
Hey, just wanted to ask what people thought. I have a few Kenner vintage 12 backs such as Luke and Leia. (I also have a SW Boba Fett carded and a ROTJ Vader) None of these cards are mint. They look nice from a distance, lol. Actually, Luke is in the best shape w/ slight bubble damage, but the card only has some minor 'spider webs'. Anyway, if given the opprotunity to get these signed by the actors(Hamill, Fisher, etc..), do you think it would add to their value?(I also have a vintage ESB poster I thought about having signed as well.) Basically what I'm asking is, do you think it is better to leave the cards as they are or have them signed? Let me know your opinions. Thanks.:razz:

06-17-2008, 08:36 AM
It all depends on your preference. Some collectors like autographs others think that is brings down the value. I personally am not a fan, but they are your figures. Do what makes you happiest.

06-17-2008, 10:14 AM
I just wanted to know what others thought. I haven't decided yet. I like the idea, but at the same time it seems like it might take away from the carded figures.

Bel-Cam Jos
06-17-2008, 10:34 AM
If you're trying to raise their value, I'd say no. If you have extras and these would be something different, I'd go for it. Since getting the autographs (or at least being able to verify them) isn't guaranteed, it'll take some effort. Maybe Yoda said it best, "no more will I teach you today." :p No, no, I mean "do, or do not; there is no try." :yes:

06-17-2008, 11:16 AM
Like I said, it's not like they are mint. So it's not like I'm ruining them, lol. If I do get the signatures, they would be obtained in person. Maybe signatures would be better on the poster or maybe a lightsaber. I do have Ray Parks on a Hasbro lightsaber. I made my own Luke from ANH from an actual Graflex 3 cell, but it would be hard to get his signature. I have a Vader ANH saber from Icons, but I don't think Prowse's signature would add much since his is more common and easier to obtain. That is another reason to consider Hamill and Fisher's signatures, they are much harder to get than the others.

06-21-2008, 02:57 AM
If you are just doing it for yourself, then go for it. However, like mentioned by everyone else, autographs often reduce the collectible value unless you can provide some kind of certificate of authenticity or other proof that the autographs aren't forgeries.

06-21-2008, 03:47 AM
I haven't seen many vintage figures signed myself. I guess if people get their figures signed, then they keep them for themselves(like I would).If I kept(for my kids), until I died it would be like 60 years old or so with the actor's autograph(who would be dead by then also). Then it seemslike it might be worth more. Maybe not now, but later. The only proof you can really get, is if you have a photo made at the time I guess.

06-22-2008, 03:20 PM
Although they aren't vintage figures, I've had a few of my cards signed by actors (Kenny Baker and María de Aragón [Greedo]) because I had the opportunity and wanted to. I'm really glad that I did. Granted these are POTF2 cards and are as common as grains of sand, for me it enhances the pieces for me personally, and that's all that matters.

The big question is because these are 12 Backs: what value do they hold for you? Are you looking for monetary value or intrinsic value?

06-28-2008, 06:34 PM
I think it will increase the current value if your toys can get the Actor's signature. That was exclusive

06-30-2008, 10:24 AM
Well, it looks like the few who replied would not do it. That is fine, I still haven't decided. Spending $200 on Mark Hamill's signature on a figure seems kind of crazy. Of course, it will cost that much on whatever he signs. What do you think about a signed lightsaber? If Mark Hamill signed and Icons or MR lightsaber, what would you think. I saw a Icons Vader lightsaber signed by David Prowse on Ebay for $1200. It seems like that might be a little high for his autograph, maybe Hamill's, but even that seems extreme.

Bel-Cam Jos
06-30-2008, 11:04 AM
Basically, the hardest part about signed items is finding someone who wants them. For my own personal collection and sense of accomplishment, I'd always say go for it. I have a few signed items from sports figures and entertainers, and I will probably never let those go. Are they worth something? Possibly.

If you are trying to find the best value or most expensive investment (meaning what someone would pay you for them), I'd try something less common. Photos, trading cards, books, posters, event programs/tickets, and figures are done quite a bit. How about a magazine article (not the front of the mag) where he's referenced, one of Mark's comic book series, or the Simpsons DVD that had him do the voice of himself? Those are a tad "unique."

Good luck on whatver you decide! :thumbsup:

06-30-2008, 03:57 PM
I agree. I've got lots of different things signed by people. Figures (Mayhew, Prowse, Bulloch), Artwork(Baker, Dorman), Photos(Fisher(personalized), Phil Brown(Uncle Owen before he died), Danile Logan, Mara Jade, some lesser known Jedi), Hasbro Lightsaber(Ray Parks). Non-Star Wars I have Robin Williams, Kyle Petty, and Linda Carter(She signed a portrait I did of her:thumbsup:). All of them were obtained personally and is probably something I will never part with. I'm not doing it to re-sell the figures to make a profit or anything. Its just something nice to keep and display as conversation pieces.

07-02-2008, 06:50 AM
Well, I asked this question once, to AFA, in regards to my C3 Vader that I had autographed. I was certain, and still am, it would receive a C9. Although, I didnt want to have it done for monetary reasons, I just thought that it was an exclusive, in perfect condition, and it had Proweses signature on it, and I wanted to protect it. The only way I would have had it graded is if it would have gotten a C9 and I was unsure of what the signature would do so I emailed them. Their response back was that they could give it a grade no higher than a C7 because the card now had a defect on it. The actors signature, a defect. Needless to say I didnt send it in.

I guess if I were looking at 12 backs I would pass on anything with a signature, and I would certainly not pay more for it. Not to mention aside from Hamill, Ford, and Fisher, those signatures will only "add" the $20-30 that you end up paying for it in the first place.

If you are just doing it for yourself for display reasons, do it. There was someone on RS that did the same thing with near mint 12 backs and they looked pretty good.

If it were as an investment, I would pass.

07-05-2008, 03:38 PM
I collect autographed MOC figures. But I would never buy one. They are the way I have chosen to remember meeting the particular celeb. So if that is the reason for getting the autograph, then go for it. But if you are looking to increase the value of your collection DO NOT DO IT! You will just ruin perfectly good carded figures. I would never get a vintage item signed. What I like to do is get the new Vinatage style cardbacks signed. Then you have the vintage look for the most part without ruining and actual vintage item.

In the end any collecting should be done for you and for no other reason. If you collect as an invesment you will only end up dissapointed. I have been collecting vintage Star Wars for 15 years now and I have never turned a profit from selling an item. I have tried buying an extra of something because it was cheap. But when I tried to sell it, it always ended up going for about the same price I paid. Never worth the trouble of getting it and reselling it.