Remember the days when an autograph collector could attend a comic convention or a sports collectors convention, and pay one price for an autograph that could be placed on anything collectible? Premium pricing did not exist. Whether Mark Hamill autographed an 8x10 photo or a lightsaber, or whether Don Mattingly autographed a baseball card or a baseball bat, the cost was the same. There was no charge for inscriptions. Entertainers and athletes were happy to oblige. What has happened to our hobby since then?
In a recent private autograph signing, Harrison Ford was requiring an additional $145 to autograph an 8x10 photo if it was signed by other cast members. This is a recent example of the direction that premium pricing is taking autograph collectors now. Hopefully, autograph collectors will not be paying an additional amount for each additional cast member on an item in the future. Perhaps it has already happened.
I imagine that premium pricing will continue to increase in our ever-changing hobby. Autograph collectors will continue to pursue successfully autographed items that they desire, and their autograph collections will continue to be enhanced, regardless of how financially difficult the hobby may become.