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#1 Gregory DG OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:44 PM

I have an opportunity to have my 2600 Gremlins cartridge signed by Zach Galligan. Wondering if I should do it or not? Does that devalue it in the eyes of a collector?



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Posted Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:50 PM

I would guess that would depend on what kind of collector you would sell it to. I would definately pay more for the star of the movie to sign it.

It is a $20 cart so signing it. I couldn't de-value it that much.

Edited by atari181, Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:51 PM.


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Posted Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:04 PM

I would say it would increase the value, dramatically.   I agree with Atari181. 



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Posted Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:10 PM

I imagine a Gremlins collector would think it was pretty cool.

 

As for Atari collectors, most of them will think a signed cartridge is pretty cool. The few that don't think the game became worthless the second the shrinkwrap came off, so they weren't going to buy it anyway.



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Posted Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:28 PM

Maybe if it's signed "Andy" (like the bottom of Woody's shoe in Toy Story).  I've had many carts with (most likely) some kids name written on it, and I usually made an attempt to remove it whenever possible.

 

But the authentic signature of anybody historically connected would only increase the value in my mind (though paradoxically, I'm sure I wouldn't pay a premium for it).



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Posted Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:46 PM

I agree...if nothing else it becomes worth more to collectors of the movies..etc. I just got my Flash Gordon cart signed by Sam J. Jones at this years Pinfest in Texas. And then stood in line for about 3 hours so I could get Cassandra Peterson (Elvira) to sign my Lynx Pinball Jam cart and inside the manual as well. Cheap enough games loose made that more valuable because they have the star people from the movies etc. that the game is based on signature in it.



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Posted Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:51 PM

I disagree, if you had Sam Jones or Elvira sign a color photo, those would be worth something.  A Gremlins cartridge signed by an actor would devalue the cartridge, he had nothing to do with creating the game.  Signed comics aren't very valuable, people want pristine books, and they want mint cartridges.  And if you don't have a certificate of authenticity, forget it.



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Posted Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:18 PM

The question you need to ask is this: Why do you want to have it autographed? Do you plan to sell it? Or do you think it would be a cool part of your collection? If it's the latter, just do it and stop $&%@ worrying about what it's "worth."

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Posted Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:07 AM

Would be better if Scott Smith signed it, that'll increase the value



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Posted Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:26 AM

I just picked up a 7800 Jr. Pac-Man from a member here. When I tested the cart it didn't work. I cleaned it twice, still nothing. I contacted the seller, he said send it back and he would refund me and shipping. I commented that I didn't know that I was getting an Autographed copy. He said 'WHAAAT?" "I sold you an autographed copy below retail?" I sent him a pic with Bob's Auto right on the cart. He didn't know it was Autographed. He then said send it back for a full refund and he would sell it for more as it was working fine in his 7800 before he sent it out. Ultimately I said I would keep it just for the auto. He then offered me a credit for the defective cart so I ended up buying about 15 more CIB's from him and he made even more money off of me. 

 

I consider Bob D. to be a rock star and an Atari Celebrity. I would say that in most cases it would raise the value for some people or most people depending on who signed it. 

I would have loved to have a Tara Reid autographed Sharknado Cartridge. Even though she is a total train wreck I think it would be a very novel and unique item to have.

Instead I will just have to live with my plain old loose Shark cart. But if she ever shows up at Phoenix Comicon I will get her to sign it. 



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Posted Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:49 AM

I think it would increase the value because it would make it unique compared to the other carts in a meaningful way.



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Posted Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:29 AM

I have a decent-ish collection of signed carts, see here:

 

http://atariage.com/...ned-collection/

 

 



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Posted Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:07 AM

If you can get a game signed by someone who was in the movie or worked on the game it does add value. It becomes a collector item in the group of people who may collect that specific movie or license as well as for the normal game community. Someone else mentioned that the only people who would say no are the ones who collect mint sealed games, which I think is correct. The only time this may be different is if the game was one of the few very high dollar rare cartridges. If the cart is valued less then a $100 I would get it signed every time.

 

I have been cartridges signed by celebrities for years. Usually homebrew games games made specifically to be signed. Below is a small sample of what I do.

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Posted Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:50 AM

Depends on the game. I would get Gremlins signed. Air Raid, no.



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Posted Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:36 AM

If you can get a game signed by someone who was in the movie or worked on the game it does add value. It becomes a collector item in the group of people who may collect that specific movie or license as well as for the normal game community. Someone else mentioned that the only people who would say no are the ones who collect mint sealed games, which I think is correct. The only time this may be different is if the game was one of the few very high dollar rare cartridges. If the cart is valued less then a $100 I would get it signed every time.

 

I have been cartridges signed by celebrities for years. Usually homebrew games games made specifically to be signed. Below is a small sample of what I do.

 

There you go bringing up Tara Reid. ;) LOL



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Posted Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:43 AM

 

There you go running in Tara Reid. ;) LOL

 

When I met her I had heard the stories about how bad she can be, she was 30 minutes late showing up so all signs pointed to potential problems. There were a few people in front of me and I watched her apologize for running late and also be very friendly and nice to each person. When I handed her the cartridges she was a little confused, not by the Atari 2600 cartridge but because it was Sharknado. Turns out that Tara Reid was an Atari kid. They had an Atari 2600 and she was a huge fan of Adventure and Space Invaders. Tara was awesome and I will always be a big fan.

 

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Confusion with Sharknado on an Atari 2600 cartridge. She thought it was just a label and not a real game.

 

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Tara is very tiny.



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Posted Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:46 AM

That's really cool Scott!


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Posted Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:49 AM

Only if it's my game and my signature.  Then you'd have to pay them to take it and run away before they change their minds. :dunce:



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Posted Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:16 AM

Hmm. I never gave any thought to the value (positive/negative) of the cart, when asking someone to sign it. I just wanted them signed for my collection.  I'm not planning on selling them down the road, although, eventually, I would expect them to make it out into the wild some day.  :)  

 

http://atariage.com/...8-signed-stuff/



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Posted Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:25 PM

If you're looking for the value, a signed item typically works as follows:

Price of the item + price of the signature = value of signed item.

 

Now, that doesn't mean the item is desirable with a signature.  Getting a signature on your Stadium Events cart may make it technically more valuable, but it might not be as desirable to someone buying it.  That isn't to say it's not worth getting a high end game signed, it's just something that one should put some thought into.  A Stan Lee signed Spider-Man Web of Fire would be much easier to find a buyer for than a Stadium Events signed by Usain Bolt, simply because of the relevance to the game itself.  While both have some relevance to the game itself, having a Spider-Man cart signed by Stan Lee is much more desirable than a random track & field game signed by a track star, even if he IS a huge name in the sport.



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Posted Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:26 PM

Very

 

Hmm. I never gave any thought to the value (positive/negative) of the cart, when asking someone to sign it. I just wanted them signed for my collection.  I'm not planning on selling them down the road, although, eventually, I would expect them to make it out into the wild some day.  :)  

 

http://atariage.com/...8-signed-stuff/

 

Very cool. I have several Howard Scott Warshaw carts also signed on the back. I need to make up some 8x10 prints and get them signed.



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Posted Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:45 PM

Personally, I despise any & all signed / autographed collectibles. Be it baseball cards, comic books, or anything else. I couldn't care less about what it does to the value. The instant some globby chicken scratch piss poor writing soils itself over the original image, it completely devalues the item & makes it worthless and unworthy of my collection.

Moses himself, could have signed a Red Sea Crossing cart, and I'd still rather have an untouched / original over that.

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Posted Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:49 PM

Sinners



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Posted Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:27 PM

I love the movie Gremlins and have the 2600 game. I wouldn't have any interest in ever selling it, so it's not a money / value thing.

 

At the same time, I'm a perfectionist and I'd want to see the cart stay 100% original...

 

But the idea of this is just too cool to pass up!



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Posted Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:58 PM

I love the movie Gremlins and have the 2600 game. I wouldn't have any interest in ever selling it, so it's not a money / value thing.

 

At the same time, I'm a perfectionist and I'd want to see the cart stay 100% original...

 

But the idea of this is just too cool to pass up!

 

If I could make it to Spooky Empire this year I would get a Gremlins signed. I could use another signed Strangeland from Dee Snider as well. Hopefully they will be back.






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