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Signatures on books - detract or entice?1939

#GLOM DarthLego private msg quote post Address this user
It depends on the book, the cover art, and the signature placement, and the artist. Usually I'll only buy unsigned unless I really enjoy that artist's work and find a sig at a decent price. There was once I actually paid more to find an unsigned copy of a book because I loved the artwork and wanted it pristine, for some reason signed copies were a lot more abundant.
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Collector ZosoRocks private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by Captain_Aspirin


I do like multiple signatures if they fit a theme ( Creators or cast) but signature placement is important in that. For single signatures I prefer it to be as non interfering as possible. If there's room to sign besides over the artwork. Signing over faces just bugs me. I do think there a books better left unsigned, and certainly inappropriate books people have signed. I've seen a GSX1 on ebay that on the first page is signed "I didn't do this. John Byrne" which is terrible and I'm sure there's an Avengers 4 signed by Chris Evan out there....It all depends on the book.


Why would an artist or writer....when they know they didn't work on the book, still sign it?

I can think of only one thing....the presenter, didn't know, and doesn't care.

A little research on their behalf would save lots of time for all involved.
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COLLECTOR Foghorn_Sam private msg quote post Address this user
Overall, I'm not a big fan of obtrusively placed signatures on books. Stan Lee has signed so many books, I think it's getting to the point where a book may be valued less because his signature is on it.
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Overall, I'm not a big fan of obtrusively placed signatures on books. Stan Lee has signed so many books, I think it's getting to the point where a book may be valued less because his signature is on it.


I've been known to pass up a book on eBay because Stan signed it a time or three. If I'm looking for a Darth Vader I sure as hell don't want Stan Lee on it! Sure enough, there he is.
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Collector RyanHicks private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by Johnnylray
As an autograph collector since early 1970's, I have one comment to make: autographs do not last forever. Black ink, black sharpie etc fades over time. (they all do) but Black leaves a "ghost" yellow image around it when it starts fading. I will have to dig one up to show you all. I am at the point I ask for BLUE sharpie or paint pen. FYI..Good luck!


This is due to the acid in the ink; now, you can buy acid-free permanent markers (many manufacturers but BIC makes some really good,cheap ones). Regular sharpies do still contain acid, including the blue ones. When i facilitate signings or take my clients books to a show, i only use acid free markers unless they request specific markers themselves.
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Collector BrianGreensnips private msg quote post Address this user
@RyanHicks What would be your brand choice of acid free marker?
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@RyanHicks What would be your brand choice of acid free marker?


These are my go-to for black




These are really good for matte covers but not good for glossy covers (unless you have the time to be patient enough to let them dry):


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Collector RyanHicks private msg quote post Address this user
These are thinner acid free permanent markers and this is the best thin-point gold marker you can get for signings (it is absolutely beautiful) but it is also one you need to give a few seconds to dry


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