I jump on a lot of trains when it comes to Star Wars, but for quite long I have successfully avoided the autograph train. That was all subject to change when Star Wars Celebration Europe II came to Essen, a town in Germany, earlier this year. The line up wasn’t anything too special for the seasoned autograph veteran, but since I didn’t have any Star Wars related autograph before, I felt like a little boy in a candy store. I wanted one of everything. So I preordered quite a lot autograph tickets, 28 in total, some doubles and triples (i.e. Dickey Beer had photos to sign for 4 (!) different characters, John Morton had photos for 2 different characters). I even got a ticket each for the „big names“, like Mark Hamillton, Carrie Fisher and Ian McDiarmid. At first I wanted to have at least one signed photo of each character, but in the end I decided to skip a few charachters (like Tim Rose as puppeteer of Salacious Crumb) and even a few names completely, like Ben Burtt (I already had a CVI signed photo in my collection) and Toby Philpott. I really regret this decision now. I have started to look for CE II signatures which I skipped and was able to find some, but it seems some of them are really tough to get. A CE II Toby Philpott for example went on eBay for over $100 and I wasn’t willing to pay that much.
I have to say that CE II event changed quite a lot on the autograph collectiong front for me. But I think I still have to find my focus. Until now I have a bit of everything, original trilogy, new trilogy, Clone Wars, production crew… It’s just impossible to get everything, even more because sadly a lot of people from the old trilogy have passed away. It was really fun meeting all the actors and that is also the reason why I will always choose to acquire a signature myself over buying it online, but for some signers you don’t get to choose or at least as German you don’t get to choose, as some signers will only sign in other countries.
Today I created a new page for you to see all the autographs which I have in my collection. Currently the most of them were acquired by myself at Celebration Europe II. Some were bought online, the ones bought online from CE II were bought from trusted persons who volunteered for OfficialPix. The link to the new page is at the bottom of this post, but now I would like to elaborate a little on some of the autographs here, to share a little bit of my experiences with you:
Here is the link to my new page, which is also accessible via the top menu: http://www.home-of-boushh.com/?page_id=809
Hope you enjoy.