Are you an aspiring collector?
I’ve been an autograph collector for many years and am very proud of my collection, but I get asked a-lot about how I’ve managed to amass such a collection.
We’ve all seen the signed stuff on sites like eBay, the problem is how do you know it’s real? Unless you buy from a registered UACC (Universal Autograph Collector’s Club) dealer, which is usually very expensive, then you could be buying forgeries.
I’m always shocked by peoples reactions when I tell them that most actors nowadays have their own website where you can buy signed merchandise from them, it’s an extra income for them and most are reasonably priced as-well. Unfortunately it’s postage that can be pricey, especially if it’s from another country such as USA to UK.
Just type the actors name into Google and see what pops up and start adding it all up, you’re going to have to start saving.
Another way is going to conventions, that way you get the added bonus of meeting the actor in person and getting a signed picture from them or even a prop.
The unfortunate thing is that conventions are mainly a US thing but they are gaining popularity here in the UK and other countries so keep an eye out for one popping up near you.
Another method is the good old fashioned way, by post. Now this can be risky but if done properly is usually the best, behind the official websites anyway. There are ways of finding out addresses to send your envelopes to, my preferred way is through the website fanmail.biz as it gets a-lot of fan feedback and is very helpful.
There are right and wrong ways to do this so I’m going to give you some helpful tips to aid you as best as I can in doing this.
Just a couple of more pointers, to make it a more enjoyable experience for you and the actor. A-lot of actors will tell you they love hearing about your personal stories relating to their work, whether it was your first Horror movie, it’s your all time favourite or even if it’s the film you and your partner saw on your first date then give your letter that personal touch.
This goes without saying but be polite, they are people as-well and manners will go a long way, be sure to say thank you to them for taking the time out of their busy schedules to do this for you because in all honesty, they don’t have to.
Well there you have it, I hope this helps those of you who ask about this and I wish you the best of luck!