We hear a lot of discussion about the “new normal” these days. For many of us, things will never be the same again. We are constantly being reminded of how societal norms may never return to what they once were prior to the pandemic. This may also be true for autograph collectors.
What will comic conventions look like in the near future? Will celebrities only be willing to use their own markers, never allowing a fan to present to them the one that they prefer to be used on their item to be signed? Will the same be true for athletes at sports collectors conventions? Will autograph guests even attend in person? Many are opting for private signings these days. Regarding photo ops, will they simply become a thing of the past?
In-person autograph dealers are also having less success. Many celebrities may never approach a stranger holding a Sharpie on the street again. It simply may not be worth the risk of exposing themselves to potential illness.
Mickey Mouse is currently suspending all autograph opportunities at Walt Disney World.
Even Walt Disney World has changed the way that character autographs are handled. They have been suspended, and may return eventually, but with rules and regulations that will simply make things less fun for Mickey Mouse’s youngest fans. The characters are currently standing away from crowds of families, and waving from a distance.
Let us hope that things return to the “old normal” very soon. Stay well, everyone!