When looking at the price of a Connoisseur Series signing, let's consider the costs of obtaining autographs at the typical convention:
Transportation: Gas for your car if it's local, airfare or gas if you have to travel to it - anywhere from $5.00 to $500.00+ just to get there.
Admission: One-day cost, anywhere from $10.00 to $25.00. Weekend passes can be anywhere from $25.00+
Hotel: If not local, expect to pay $50.00+ per night
Food/Drinks at the Event: $10.00 should get you a daily junk food "snack" and something to drink. Multiply this by how many days you attend.
Autograph Costs: $10.00+ each, dependent on whether it's your item or theirs. The general trend is now $20.00 per signature, regardless of who provides the signing item. Overseas, autographs range from £10 and up, with the general trend going to £15 and higher.
Cost of obtaining a SINGLE signer at an event (conservative estimate): $60.00 for a local event / $405.00 for an out-of-town event, staying two nights at a typical hotel. This is the price for ONE person's autograph.
And, keep in mind that the chances of some of the combinations of people we plan to bring you would never appear at a single convention together or at a convention at all (at the time we did our Ewoks CS, only two out of the total amount of Ewoks had ever done a show). You'd have to take your chances hoping they'd show up at another convention at another time. You'd have to wait in lines of people, all the while hoping that no one bumps into your large-format photograph and bends it.
We'll be doing everything we can to keep these signings affordable. Obviously, this is a "business," so we'd have to make a profit on the whole thing in order to make it worth the time spent putting everything together. But, this would certainly be much less than if you'd purchased a comparable item from an autograph dealer.
We're estimating that the initial cost for the 16 x 20 photograph itself (again, keep in mind it will be a photo, not a printed lithograph) will be in the $20.00-$25.00 range. It might be slightly more expensive or slightly cheaper, dependent on how many people participate. Any 8x10 or 11x14 offerings will be priced about $5.00-$10.00 higher -- after all, we want the Connoisseur Series to be specially-autographed items in the larger format. Then, there will be an initial price for the first one or two autograph signers to be added to the piece. See the section above for the breakdown estimates on pricing and timing.
Following the initial photograph and autograph signer price, we try to keep individual signatures in the $10.00-$30.00 range as each person is added. We'll also add a small shipping and handling charge per each person's "turn," in order to hold down costs for shipping items to and from each actor.
Costs for each piece will not be all at once, but rather over time as the individual signers are added. This means that you won't have to lay out a huge amount of money all at once. You'll pay the initial fees, then you'll pay when we get ready to send the items to the next signer. It's almost like a "payment plan" over time as the piece gets more and more complete. We DO have to pay the actors up front, so we'll need your payments before the items get sent out for each round. With our first Connoisseur Series piece, signings were typically two actors per month. Later offerings try to get one person a month, but this will vary considerably as we try to match up schedules to have these pieces signed.
Please be advised that if you miss a payment deadline, your item will not be sent to that round's signer(s) and you will not get that/those individual(s) on your item. We will not send your item further until you have prepaid for the next signer. We are doing this in order to not have delays in keeping our schedule for getting the particular piece completed. One person not paying could effect dozens of other people, which is something we'd definitely like to avoid! Additionally, if you miss a signer, you will not receive the completed pieces's COA, but rather individual COAs for each person who has signed.
We prefer payments made via PayPal, as this allows both parties to have an electronic "paper trail" in the event of any confusion. We will, however, accept check or money order or well-concealed-in-an-envelope cash payments. You will need to email us ahead of time in order to pay with any non-PayPal manner. And, all payments MUST arrive before the cut-off date in order to allow us to keep our time schedules for the signing.