Autographed collectibles, such as a baseball card signed by a player, a film poster signed by an actor, or a figure signed by its designer, are becoming more and more popular. We're on a mission to track every collectible in the world so we track autographed items as individual Database Items in addition to the standard versions.


How we add Autographed Items

Autographed items are typically added as a Subvariant of the original, unsigned item (see here for general instructions on adding Subvariants) with some additional important guidelines:

  • There should be only one Subvariant entry for each signee unless there is a limited run of signed items with their own branding (like the 7BAP Signature Series example below). In that case there should be separate Subvariant entries for the "standard" autographed version and the branded version.

  • We do not differentiate between the position of the signature, the color of the pen, what is written, or the presence or absence of a Certificate of Authenticity (COA). Those specific attributes can all be recorded when adding an item to one's collection.

  • Use the word "autographed" instead of "signed" everywhere on the Database Item form for consistency.

  • The Subvariant Title should be in this format: "Autographed by NAME". If it was released as a limited run with separate branding, add the branding in parenthesis at the end, for example "Autographed by John Waters (7BAP Signature Series)".

  • Set the Production Status to Autographed and enter the name of the signee in the Autographed by field. If the name of the person doesn't show up in the list, create a new Subject for them. The signee should not be listed under Related Subjects once they're in the Autographed by field.

  • When creating the Subvariant, always set the standard (unsigned) version as the Display/Master Subvariant and be sure to go back and set the Subvariant Title for the standard version to "Standard".


Generally follow the guidelines described in the Photos article, but keep in mind these additional specifics for autographs:

  • If the packaging is autographed, the Main Photo should be the item in the autographed packaging.

  • If the item itself has the autograph, the Main Photo will ideally show the item in front of or next to its packaging, if applicable.

  • The Show on Search photo may be omitted if it wouldn't show the autograph.

  • Always add a Detail Photo. Autographed item's Detail Photo should be a closeup of the signature itself. A cropped copy of the Main Photo is acceptable if a separate closeup isn't available. (We plan to add a new Photo Type called Autograph that we can later use for AI to recognize signatures and fakes.)

Example Entry

This John Waters POP has three Subvariants, the standard one and two autographed versions. Both Subvariants were autographed by John Waters himself, but one of them was offered through 7 Bucks a Pop's Signature Series so it is listed separately. Each Subvariant's Detail Photo shows a closeup of the box's window where Waters signed them.


Determining the value of autographed items can be a bit tricky. Follow these guidelines to help us display the most accurate Estimated Value possible:

  • Search eBay and other auction houses for completed sales of the same item autographed by the same person. Remember that the position of the signature, the color of the pen, what is written, or the presence or absence of a COA do not affect the eligibility of the sale to be used as a Price Point. All of the standard qualifiers for eBay Price Points do still apply.

  • If you purchased the autographed item at a convention or retail store (online brick and mortar) you can enter the amount you paid as a Retail Price.

  • If none of the above are available you can enter a User Estimated Value as a placeholder. When confirmed sales are added as Price Points in the future they will replace the User Estimated Value.