Autograph Policy Revisions

By Miranda Charsky

Review our December 2014 policy update here.

As part of our “Fans First” philosophy, we strive to create high-quality trading cards with collectors as our top priority. In line with this philosophy, we made a few decisions to create the type of product that we, as collectors, would want, and that keeps the desires of the collectors at the forefront of our process:

-Increased standard card thickness to make even Base cards very durable, and Wardrobe cards that don't bubble out over the costume swatch

-Card-signed Autographs that were held and actually signed by the actor/actress, never stickers

-We've continued to work with licensors to decrease the frame on the front of Sketch cards, so artists have more room and flexibility to create the art that collectors are really excited to open

-Continuous pressure on printers to increase printing, cutting, collating, and pack-out quality, with increased checks along each stage of the production process to help catch any errors before cards make their way to collectors

-Only including Redemption cards for items that won't fit into packs, never for cards we don't have in hand

Additionally, we strive to release correct information in a timely manner. Part of this strategy has included our policy to release the names of Autograph signers for each trading card set only after we have signed cards in hand. This was in part to make sure collectors were not disappointed if cards did not make it in time for pack-out of the set.

While there were a lot of good intentions with the policy, the reality is Autograph cards are one of the very last things we get back in house before the printer packs out the trading card set.

The fact that this vital information is shared with our community sometimes only weeks before release is something we are aware has caused frustration for our distributors, dealers, and collectors. I think it is really important to acknowledge that we have certainly heard that feedback, and while we think the motivation for this policy was with our collectors' interests at heart, we have decided we can best serve our customers by altering this policy moving forward.

From now on, signers for each trading card set will be announced once we have signed contracts. This happens much earlier in the set development cycle, allowing a lot more time for collectors to have the relevant information to decide to order a product.

It is important that collectors, dealers, and distributors be aware that sometimes signers under contract are unable to fulfill this obligation. This scenario is incredibly rare, but does occur from time to time. Sometimes, just like us, their lives get in the way of even the best of intentions, and sometimes cards are damaged in shipping. While we always try to accommodate such issues by delaying the product within a reasonable time frame, eventually we get to the point where we must move forward to pack-out without cards. This fact weighed very heavily in our decision whether or not to change our policy, but ultimately we decided that these situations are so rare that it is a reasonable risk, especially when we consider the potential upside for collectors.

In the event a signer will not be included, we will make it our very top priority to communicate this fact to everyone as soon as possible. Unfortunately, this will likely be last-minute as we decide to move forward with production merely weeks before the release. However, as it is still our policy never to include Redemption cards for something we don't have in hand, and this means will not insert Redemption cards for Autograph signers that are not available when we must pack-out. Instead, we will work very had to make sure we still acquire the missed cards, and distribute them sometime in the future. It is important to us that all parties involved are aware of this possible scenario, and keep in mind that until we change the status of a signer from Contracted (marked with an *) to Confirmed (Bold) that it is possible that they will not included.

We are excited to share with collectors an updated list of Contracted (*) and Confirmed (Bold) Autograph signers for the following products:

The Big Bang Theory Season 5 Trading Cards
Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter*
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper*
Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz*
Kunal Nayyar as Rajesh Koothrappali*
Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler*
Melissa Rauch as Bernadette Rostenkowski*
Leonard Nimoy
Becky O'Donohue as Siri*
Brent Spiner as Himself
Casey Sander as Mr. Rostenkowski*
Joshua Malina as President Siebert
Vernee Watson as Althea
Kevin Sussman as Stuart
John Ross Bowie as Barry Kripke
Chriselle Almeida as Lakshmi
Peter Onorati as Angelo
Katie Leclerc as Emily
Lance Barber as Jimmy Speckerman
Laurie Metcalf as Mary Cooper
Alice Amter as Mrs. Koothrappali*

Archer Seasons 1 – 4 Trading Cards
Lucky Yates as Doctor Krieger*
George Coe as Woodhouse*
Judy Greer as Cheryl Tunt*
Clarke Peters as Popeye*
Maggie Wheeler as Trinette*
Amber Nash as Pam Poovey*
Rene Auberjonois as Mannfred*
James Hong as Bucky*
Jessica Walter as Malory Archer*
Ona Grauer as Katya Kazanova*
Chris Parnell as Cyril Figgis*
David Cross as Noah*

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Trading Cards
Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert *
Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore*
Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore*
Steven R. McQueen as Jeremy Gilbert*
Kat Graham as Bonnie Bennett*
Zach Roerig as Matt Donovan*
Candice Accola as Caroline Forbes*
Michael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood*
Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman*
Joseph Morgan as Klaus Mikaelson*
Susan Walters as Carol Lockwood*
Claire Holt as Rebekah Mikaelson*
Daniel Gilles as Elijah Mikaelson*
Torrey DeVitto as Dr. Meredith Fell*
Alice Evans as Esther Mikaelson*
Sebastian Roche as Mikael*
Persia White as Abby Bennett Wilson*
Casper Zafer as Finn Mikaelson*
Robert Ri'chard as Jamie*

Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1 – 3 Trading Cards
Patrick St. Esprit as Elliott Oswald*
Kenneth Choi as Henry Lin*
Jamie McShane as Cameron Hayes*
Julie Ariola as Mary Winston*
Dendrie Taylor as Luann Delaney*
Jose Pablo Cantillo as Hector Salazar*
Dayton Callie as former Police Chief Wayne Unser*
Kim Coates as Alex "Tig" Trager*
Tommy Flanagan as Filip "Chibs" Telford*
Ryan Hurst as Harry "Opie" Winston*
William Lucking as Piermont "Piney" Winston*
Theo Rossi as Juan-Carlos "Juice" Ortiz*
David LaBrava as Happy*
Emilio Rivera as Marcus Alvarez*
Michael Marisi Ornstein as Chuck Marstein*
Winter Ave Zoli as Lyla*
McNally Sagal as Margaret Murphy*
Taylor Sheridan as Deputy Chief David Hale*
Jeff Kober as Jacob Hale Jr.*
Nicholas Guest as John Teller*

Downton Abbey Seasons 1 – 2 Trading Cards
Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley*
Jim Carter as Mr. Carson*
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley*
Joanne Froggatt as Anna Smith*
Sophie McShera as Daisy Robinson*
Thomas Howes as William Mason*
Siobhan Finneran as Sarah O'Brien*
Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes*

The Walking Dead Season 3 Part 1 Trading Cards
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes*
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Green*
Steven Yeun as Glenn*
Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier*
Vincent M. Ward as Oscar*

The Walking Dead Season 3 Part 2 Trading Cards
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes*
Melissa Ponzio as Karen*
Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha*
Dallas Roberts as Milton Mamet*
Jose Pablo Cantillo as Ceasar Martinez*

Once Upon a Time Season 1 Trading Cards
Eion Bailey as August W. Booth/Pinocchio*
Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills*
Raphael Sbarge as “Archie” Hopper/Jiminy Cricket*
David Anders as Dr. Whale/Victor Frankenstein*
Kristin Bauer van Straten as Maleficent*

Breaking Bad The Complete Series Trading Cards
RJ Mitte as Walter White, Jr.*

Christopher Cousins as Ted Beneke*
Matt Jones as Badger*
Mark Margolis as Tio Salamanca*
Michael Shamus Wiles as ASAC George Merkert*
Tess Harper as Mrs. Pinkman*
Mr. Pinkman as Michael Bofshever*
Jere Burns as “Group Leader”*
Nigel Gibbs as Detective Tim Roberts*
Larry Hankin as Old Joe*
Tina Parker as Francesca*
Jim Beaver as Lawson*
Michael Bowen as Uncle Jack*

Ender's Game Trading Cards
Aramis Knight as Bean*
Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak as Peter Wiggin*
Andrea Powell as Theresa Wiggin*
Brandon Soo Hoo as Fly Molo*
Khylin Rhambo as Dink Meeker*
Conor Carroll as Bernard*
Caleb J. Thaggard as Stilson*

Pacific Rim Trading Cards
Burn Gorman as Gottlieb*
Max Martini as Herc Hansen*
Brad William Henke as Miles*

We appreciate your understanding as we strive to bring you the great cards for you to collect.

Miranda's picture Miranda Charsky

Miranda Charsky is Cryptozoic Entertainment's brand manager for trading cards and collectibles. She strives to create quality collectibles for core hobby collectors and entertainment fans. Miranda's first job out of high school was working in a local hobby store, and she has been working in gaming and entertainment ever since.