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Value: Sondheim's signature
Posted by BluCat500 2012-12-10 16:15:11


Quick Question: I was hoping for some guidance in assigning an approx. value to the 2006 revival Sweeney Todd Cast Recording signed by the entire cast and Sondheim in very good condition, I have?

I can't find any information online and I've been wondering awhile if I should make it available to someone who is a more avid collector.

Thanks!

Value: Sondheim's signature
Posted by EricMontreal22 2012-12-10 19:20:56


I think it's still too recent, and his signature pretty "out there" to really be worth much right now. I have three letters from the early 90s when he responed to some of my fan mail with his signature, but I can't see them being worth anything (except to myself--which is why I am keeping them).

Value: Sondheim's signature
Posted by wonkit 2012-12-10 19:34:06


I goes without saying that a signature to a letter is worth far more than a non-personalized signature on merchandise. I have purchased Sondheim signed librettos from Roundabout for the pleasure of owning them, not in anticipation that they are of any appreciated value.

Value: Sondheim's signature
Posted by qolbinau 2012-12-10 19:38:18


To me that does go with saying..I would personally pay more for signed merchandise than a signed letter that was written for someone else.....but maybe that's just me.

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Posted by wonkit 2012-12-10 22:20:22


If the question is one of value rather than personal preference though, there may 300 copies of a signed cd, but only one of a particular letter. Uniqueness always increases price because the owner is the ONLY owner.

Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by PalJoey 2012-12-10 22:38:43


Good luck, kid

Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by CalebMeyer 2012-12-10 22:49:22


^ and the claws are out, ladies and gentleman.

Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by Kelly2 2012-12-10 22:51:18


Unfortunately, most theatre memorabilia is worth more in sentimental value than $. That being said, I've seen people charge 40$ for signed cast recordings of similar stature and I've seen people charge 100$. It's just about finding the right place to sell and the right buyer.

Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by Horton 2012-12-10 23:13:34


Doesn't anybody else watch Pawn Stars. I think with an item like this, the CD is basically worth what somebody is willing to pay for it based on how much they want it. Despite the fact that there are many of them out there, they hold sentimental vale to most people and so few people want to sell them. If you are curious as to what you can get for it, put it in EBay with a reserve of 40 bucks or whatever the minimum you're willing to take for the CD and see how high it goes.

If I am not mistaken, Sondheim and Co. did a few nights of signing the CD of that revival at the theater with the line around the block and so there are quite a few of that exact same item floating around. Also keep in mind that this a very limited market item.

Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by BluCat500 2012-12-10 23:15:53


Thanks for the help guys, I appreciate the input.

Not sure the intent behind the attack? A disgusting euphemism? It's not as if its ill-gotten gains, as a young 22 year old Broadway enthusiast, I waited on line for it in the freezing cold, I saw Sweeney multiple times and as many shows as I could possibly budget in, I waited on countless rush lines. I was extremely active on bww for years.

I'm still a huge Sondheim fan, listen to the music constantly, but I live on my own now and sentimentality has to be measured against resources, I can't afford more than one show a year, I'm not actively engaged in theater at the moment, and its only rational to acknowledge the active fervor other fans currently feel. I find the inaccessibility of theater extremely frustrating these days actually.

Perspective, guys, I'm not a reseller hoarding it waiting for the price to boom.

Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by Kelly2 2012-12-10 23:26:44


BluCat500, ignore the judgmental people. After 6 years working in or being a fan of theatre here in New York, I've acquired many cool pieces of memorabilia and it's not that I don't have great memories or love it, but my apartment is only so big and sometimes I need the $ more than I need the item. It isn't a crime. I sell things at a fair price and I'm glad that they go to a place where they would be able to be displayed more than space allows me.

Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by BobbyRobbyBobbyBaby 2012-12-11 00:07:18


There were several of the signed Sweeney CDs on eBay awhile back and they were all priced between $150-$175 and they all sold. Currently there are signed Merrily CDs for $120-$150 and many have sold. I think there's only one left.

Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by blaxx 2012-12-11 00:30:29


They sold SITPWG autographed by Sondheim scripts during the revival. I assumed one day it may be valuable, but not for a few decades.

Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by PalJoey 2012-12-11 00:42:09


Good luck, kid

Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by g.d.e.l.g.i. 2012-12-11 02:05:42


PJ, I think you're taking this a little harder than you should be. You've never been in a tough spot for money? The kid's love for theater and Sondheim in particular seems sincere to me.

Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by jimmycurry01 2012-12-11 03:15:33


I am really hoping someone has hacked PJ's account. He is usually someone I have a great deal of respect for on the boards. I have even raced to his defense a few times. The posts here seem a bit uncalled for though.

Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by mattyp4 2012-12-11 08:00:25


Chill out, PalJoey!

And BluCat500, "disgusting euphemism" or not, I'd genuinely be interested in buying it if you ever agree to go through with the sale. I remember wanting to go to that signing but I couldn't make it that particular evening.

Just PM me if you want.

Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by Huss417 2012-12-11 09:32:24


I'm confused all Pal Joey said was "Good Luck, kid."

Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by mattyp4 2012-12-11 09:42:31


He edited his posts... significantly.

Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by BluCat500 2012-12-11 14:05:53


Lmao,well color me curious, clearly I missed something. Oh how I've missed forum invective.


Thanks to everyone else for assisting me with my casual, on topic inquiry via this public forum designed to be a comprehensive informational resource of all things Broadway and a friendly hub of communication amongst its fans.


Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by Wynbish 2012-12-11 14:32:32


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Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by JoeKv99 2012-12-11 14:42:26


Good luck bitter old man.

Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by BluCat500 2012-12-13 10:08:29


Bit the bullet! Certainly can't hurt. Thanks again for advice.

I still have my signed play bills etc for memories sake!

Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by JoeKv99 2012-12-13 10:12:43


Good luck!

(Don't tell anyone but Phyllis and I are going to try to buy it for a friend of ours! He's been so cranky lately, we think this might just be the thing to cheer him up!)

Sondheim's signature is something to cherish not to sell
Posted by howardbf 2012-12-13 16:59:57


Depends on how many zeros come after the 1 on the check.