Sunday, September 20, 2009

Build Your Own Autograph Card Set: Jennifer's Body

So the opening weekend box office numbers are in and Jennifer's Body is about to be dubbed a flop. The horror/comedy stars Megan Fox, who until Friday morning was considered Hollywood's "It girl" du jour. I have actually read a couple of articles over the weekend that are now questioning its validity. I've been wondering it for a while now too. Sure, she's beautiful but sorry folks, it was the robots that sold Transformers, not Megan Fox's short shorts.

I haven't seen Jennifer's Body and probably won't until it lands on Blu-ray, but I do have to say it looks a little cheeky - definitely not like your average horror. I guess I'll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, if you checked out the movie over the weekend and want to build an autograph card set (sorry, nobody's going to be making a set for Jennifer's Body), here's a starting point.

Megan Fox - Jennifer Check
Transformers (Topps, 2007)

This is one of the biggies of the modern hobby. Honestly, I don't know why. The last two have sold on eBay for $404 and $550.

Amanda Seyfried - Needy Lesnicky
Veronica Mars: Season One (Inkworks, 2006)

After holding her own opposite Meryl Streep in last summer's ABBA musical Mama Mia!, Seyfried seems poised to be on the verge of mainstream stardom. Right now you can expect to spend about $20 for her only certified autograph card, however I suspect once the remnants of the Inkworks sell-off start to dry up you'll likely see this card creep up in value.

Kyle Gallner - Colin Gray
Smallville: Season Four (Inkworks, 2005)
Smallville: Season Six "Alliance for Justice" dual autograph with Justin Hartley (Inkworks, 2008)
Veronica Mars: Season Two (Inkworks, 2007)
Veronica Mars: Season Two Autographed Pieceworks (Inkworks, 2007)



Being a big Veronica Mars fan, I'll likely always remember Gallner as the central character of "Beaver" from the second season of the short-lived show. Gallner seems to be making the rounds as a supporting actor. If any of these cards hold any significant value, it's more because of their rarity than Gallner's star power.

J.K. Simmons - Mr. Wroblewski
Spider-man 3 (Rittenhouse Archives, 2007)
Spider-man 3 Autographed Costume Card (Rittenhouse Archives, 2007)

Simmons is another one of those actors that you seem to see almost everywhere. While I remember him from HBO's Oz, he's probably best recognized as newspaper mogul J. Jonah Jamieson in the Spider-man films, whom he is perfect as. If you're patient you can find the regular autograph for under $20. The autographed costume card was an incentive for dealers ordering two cases. If you shop around, you shouldn't expect to pay more than $50 for it.

Overall, there's not a lot of different signers for a Jennifer's Body set but the two headliners are there. Granted it's going to take about $500 to get one autograph from each of the four and I know I wouldn't spend that. But that's largely because I have a hard time spending several hundred dollars on an autograph of someone who's simply "hot."

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