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STAR WARS CELEBRATION AUTOGRAPH COLLECTING: THEN AND NOW

on April 9, 2015 - 3:41pm

(This piece was originally written as a lead-in to Celebration Anaheim.  I will be updating it to include details of all future Celebrations.)

In just a few short days fans from around the world will be making the voyage to California for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.  This will be the 10th Celebration  and promises to be the biggest and best so far.  Before we start celebrating the upcoming release of The Force Awakens, let's take a look back at the signing guests who have attended the previous nine Celebrations. 

Which celebrities have attended the most Celebrations and which have only attended one?  How has Celebration autograph pricing changed since 1999?  How much did the most expensive autograph cost at CIII?  Has any Celebrity attended every Celebration?  These questions might not keep you awake at night, but they are things I find myself thinking about often, so I decided to find out myself. Here is a listing of every guest, from every Celebration, and how much they charged for autographs at each show.  I may not have caught every cancellation, so if you spot one, please let me know.

Very special thanks to the following people for their assistance in making this piece happen: Dan Madsen, Stuart Harper, Ian Trussler, Mark McColluch, Dave Rowntree, Sylvius Weir, Nigel Jukes, Ian Pritchard, Scott Toth, Jay Dunn and Steve Grad.

"Celebration 0"

Creation Conventions Presents

"Starlog Salutes Star Wars"

May 23-25 1987

Number of Scheduled Guests:

Estimated Attendance:

Stouffer Concourse Hotel

Los Angeles, CA

George Lucas

Ralph McQuarrie

Anthony Daniels

Billy Dee Williams

Peter Mayhew

 

Star Wars Celebration I

April 30-May 2, 1999

Number of scheduled guests: 27

Estimated attendence: 20,000

Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum

Denver, CO

Celebrating the release of The Phantom Menace

*Sources who attended Celebration I state there wasn't an autograph hall, but many of the actors signed for free if you asked.

John Alvin

Pernilla August

Ahmed Best

Trisha Biggar

Brian Blessed (Cancelled)

Gavin Bocquet (Cancelled)

Terry Brooks

Ben Burtt

Scott Chernoff

Doug Chiang

Anthony Daniels

Warwick Davis

Nick Dudman (Cancelled)

Hugh Fleming

John Knoll

Jake Lloyd

Dan Madsen

Rick McCallum

John Morton

Ray Park

Hugh Quarshie

David West Reynolds

Howard Roffman

R.A. Salvatore

Stephen J. Sansweet

Jon Bradley Snyder

Jim Ward

Terryl Whitlatch

Star Wars Celebration II

May 3-5, 2002

Number of scheduled signing guests: 34

Estimated attendence: 75,000

Indiana Convention Center

Indianapolis, IN

Celebrating the release of Attack of the Clones

Autograph Pricing:  According to a story on TheForce.net dated April 13, 2002, each autograph cost one coupon, which you could purchase for $15 each or books of 10 for $120 (Can you imagine getting Carrie Fisher's autograph for $12?)

Amy Allen

Kenny Baker

Shannon Baksa

Jerome Blake

Paul Blake

Bruce Boa

Michonne Bourriague

Phil Brown

Jeremy Bulloch

Silas Carson (Cancelled)

Ken Colley

Warwick Davis

Peter Diamond

Mike Edmonds

Carrie Fisher

Julian Glover

Rusty Goffe

Garrick Hagon

John Hollis

William Hootkins

Nalini Krishan

Richard LeParmentier

Ian Liston

Anges MacInnes

Peter Mayhew

Mary Oyaya

Bonnie Piesse

Dave Prowse

Mike Quinn

Tim Rose

Alan Ruscoe

Michael Sheard

Femi Taylor

Billy Dee Williams

Star Wars Celebration III

April 21-24, 2005

Number of scheduled signing guests: 41

Estimated attendence: 34,000

Indiana Convention Center

Indianapolis, IN

Celebrating the release of Revenge of the Sith

Billy Dee Williams $30

The following people charged $20 per autograph

Kenny Baker

Ray Park

Ralph Brown

Jeremy Bulloch

Sandi Finlay

Garrick Hagon

David Prowse

Michael Kingma (Cancelled)

Bai Ling

Daniel Logan

Peter Mayhew

Leeanna Walsman

Temeura Morrison

Matthew Wood

The following people charged $10 per autograph

David Barclay

Caroline Blakinston

Jerome Blake

Paul Blake

Michonne Bourriague

Christine Hewitt

Gerald Home

Jesse Jensen

Zach Jensen

Nalini Krishan

Richard LeParmentier

Ian Liston

Shannon McRandle

Rena Owen

May Oyaya

Sean Crawford

Toby Philpott

Amy Allen

Mike Quinn

Tim Rose

Alan Ruscoe

Michael Sheard

Orli Shoshan

Bodie Taylor

Femi Taylor

Simon Williamson

Star Wars Celebration IV

May 24-28, 2007

Number of scheduled signing guests: 57

Estimated attendence: 35,000

Los Angeles Convention Center

Los Angeles, CA

30th anniversary of Star Wars

Anthony Daniels: $35

Carrie Fisher: $35

Dave Prowse$30

Jake Lloyd: $25

The following people charged $20 per autograph

Amy Allen

Kenny Baker

Jeremy Bulloch

Michael Carter

Grey Delisle

Nina Fallon

Anthony Forrest

Julian Glover

Zach Jensen

Tom Kane

Michael Kingma

Daniel Logan

Mat Lucas

Peter Mayhew

Tem Morrison

Ray Park

Bonnie Piesse

George Roubicek

Orli Shoshan

Bruce Spence

Howie Weed

Matt Wood

The following people charged $10 per autograph

Lightning Bear

Jerome Blake

Paul Blake

Richard Bonehill

Michonne Bourriague

Debbie Carrington

Ken Colley

John Coppinger

Sean Crawford

Dermot Crowley

Tim Dry

Mike Edmonds

Rusty Goffe

Garrick Hagon

Collin Higgins

Barrie Holland

Gerald Home

Nalini Krishan

Richard LeParmentier

Ian Liston

Shannon McRandle

Rena Owen

May Oyaya

Tim Rose

Alan Ruscoe

Margo Schellhorn

Andy Secombe

Felix Silla

Femi Taylor

Kevin Thompson

Simon Williamson

Star Wars Celebration Europe

July 13-15, 2007

Number of scheduled signing guest: 43

Estimated attendence: 30,000

ExCel Exhibition Centre

London, UK

30th anniversary of Star Wars in the UK

*Several sources stated that these were the initial prices for autographs, based on coupon system where each coupon cost £5. Some remembered a drop in the number of coupons required for each autograph on the second day. 

Mark Hamill £85

The following people charged £25 per autograph (5 coupons)

Billy Dee Williams

Anthony Daniels

David Prowse

The following people charged £20 per autograph (four coupons)

Peter Mayhew

Jeremy Bulloch

Kenny Baker

Dave & Lou Elsey

Jay Laga'aia

Daniel Logan

Ray Park

The following people charged £15 per autograph (3 coupons)

David Barclay

Lightning Bear

Caronline Blakinston

John Coppinger

Dermot Crowley

Michael Culver

Mike Edmonds

Julian Glover

Christine Hewitt

Barrie Holland

Mary Oyaya

Toby Philpot

Matt Sloan

Matthew Wood

The following people charged £10 per autograph (2 coupons)

David Ankrum

Jerome Blake

Paul Blake

Peter Burroughs

Sean Crawford

Tim Dry

Garrick Hagon

Richard LeParmentier

Ian Liston

Anges MacInnes

Shannon McRandle

John Mollo

Brian Muir

Joe Viskicil 

Danny Wagner

Simon Williamson

Christian J. Simpson (no data)

Star Wars Celebration Japan

July 19-21,. 2008

Number of scheduled signing guests: 19

Estimated attendence: Data not available

Makuhari Messe

Chiba, Japan

30th anniversary of Star Wars in Japan

Mark Hamill  ¥20,000

Carrie Fisher ¥8000

Anthony Daniels ¥8000

Amy Allen ¥3500

Jeremy Bulloch ¥3500,

Anthony Forest ¥3500

Jake Lloyd ¥3500

Daniel Logan ¥3500

Peter Mayhew ¥3500

Tem Morrison ¥3500

Ray Park ¥5000

Dave Prowse ¥5000

Tim Rose ¥3500

Orli Shoshan ¥3500

Matt Wood ¥3500.

Mike Edmonds Free for VIP ticket holders only

John Knoll Free

Dave Filoni Free

Lorne Peterson Free

Star Wars Celebration V

August 12-15, 2010

Number of scheduled signing guests: 43

Estimated attendence: 32,000

Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, FL

30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back

*Attended

Mark Hamill: $125

Carrie Fisher: $50

Anthony Daniels: $50

Ray Park: $50

Gary Kurtz: $30

The following people charged $20 per autograph

Amy Allen

Dee Baker

Dickey Beer

Paul Blake

Caroline Blakiston

Richard Bonehill

Jeremy Bulloch

Ben Burtt

John Coppinger

Dermot Crowley

Warwick Davis

Ashley Eckstein

Mike Edmonds

Nick Gillard

Julian Glover

Alan Harris

Frank Henson

Tom Kane

Jaime King

Matt Lanter

Ian Liston

Jake Lloyd

Daniel Logan

Peter Mayhew

Jack McKenzie *

Tem Morrison *

John Morton

Chris Muncke

Chris Parsons

Toby Philpott

Mike Quinn

Tim Rose

George Roubicek

Orli Shoshan

Catherine Taber

James Arnold Taylor

Robert Watts

Matthew Wood

Star Wars Celebration VI

August 16-19, 2012

Number of scheduled signing guests: 35

Estimated attendence: 35,000

Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, FL

*Attended

Mark Hamill: $125

Ian McDiarmid: $125

Carrie Fisher: $60

Anthony Daniels: $50

Kenny Baker: $40

Peter Mayhew: $30

Tem Morrison: $30

Warwick Davis: $25

The following people charged $20 per autgraph

David Acord

Amy Allen

Dickey Beer

Jon Berg

Jeremy Bulloch

Ben Burtt

Trevor Butterfield

Roger Christian

Ashley Eckstein

Garrick Hagon

Jesse Jensen

Zac Jensen

Tom Kane

Jake Lloyd

Daniel Logan

Chris Malcolm

Nick Maley

John Morton

Lorne Peterson

Bonnie Piesse

Katie Purvis

Mike Quinn

Tim Rose

Felix Silla

Paul Springer

Robert Watts

Matthew Wood

Star Wars Celebration Europe

July 26-28, 2013

Number of scheduled signing guests: 25

Estimated attendence: 30,000

Messe Essen

Essen, Germany

*Attended

An (*) indicates a slash through that person's price in the autograph guide.  I believe those prices were decreased, but I do not recall the amount.

Mark Hamill: €120

Ian McDiarmid: €110

Carrie Fisher: €60 *

Anthony Daniels: €50 *

The following people charged €35 per autograph

Kenny Baker

Peter Mayhew

Tem Morrison

The following peopel charged €25 per autograph

Amy Allen

Dickey Beer

Jeremy Bulloch

Ben Burtt

Ashley Eckstein

Daniel Logan

John Morton

Tim Rose

Femi Taylor

The follow people charged €20 per autograph

Paul Blake

Michael Carter

John Coppinger

Sean Crawford

Tim Dry

Mike Edmonds

Gerald Home

Toby Philpott

Simon Williamson

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim

April 16-19, 2015

Number of scheduled signing guests: 37

Estimated attendence: TBA

Anaheim Convention Center

Anaheim, CA

*Attended

Mark Hamill: $125

Ian McDiarmid: $90

Carrie Fisher: $70

Anthony Daniels: $60

Kenny Baker: $60 (Friday-Sunday)

Peter Mayhew: $50

Billy Dee Williams: $50

Ray Park: $40

Steve Gawley: $40

John Ratzenberger: $40 (Friday-Sunday)

Lorne Peterson: $30

Jeremy Bulloch: $30

Erik Bauersfeld: $30

Dan Perri: $30  (Announced 4/16/15. Signed Saturday and Sunday)

The following people are charging $20 per autograph

Amy Allen

Margo Apostolos

Dickey Beer

Steve Blum

Debbie Carrington

Stephen Constino

Ashley Eckstein

Anthony Forrest

Taylor Gray

Daniel Logan

Vanessa Marshall

John Morton

Bonnie Piesse

Clive Revill

Tim Rose

Deep Roy

Orli Shoshan

Felix Silla

Tiya Sircar

Kirk Thatcher

Kevin Thompson (Thursday, Saturday, Sunday)

Corey Dee Williams

Matthew Wood

Star Wars Celebration Europe

July 15-17, 2016

Number of scheduled signing guests: 21

Estimated attendence: TBA

ExCel Exhibition Centre

London, UK

Attending All Three Days

Mark Hamill: £135

Carrie Fisher: £80

Anthony Daniels: £55

Peter Mayhew: £45

Jeremy Bulloch: £20

Ray Park: £35

Daniel Logan: £20

Appearing Friday

Kenny Baker: £35 (after 13:00)

Michael Carter: £15

Kenneth Colley: £20

Sean Crawford: £15

Tim Dry: £15

Appearing Saturday

Al Lampert: £15

Kenny Baker: £35

Rusty Goffe: £15

Garrick Hagon:£20

Robert Watts: £15

Appearing Sunday

Paul Blake: £20

Mike Edmonds: £15

Alan Harris: £15

Chris Munke: £15

Simon Williamson: £15

Star Wars Celebration Orlando

April 13-16, 2017

Number of Scheduled Signing Guests: TBA

Estimated Attendance: TBA

Orange County Conenvention Center

Orlando, FL

Mark Hamill $250

Felicity Jones $200 (Saturday only)

Sarah Michelle Gellar $150 (Friday and Saturday only)

Hayden Christensen $130 (Thursday only)

Ian McDiarmid $90 (Friday-Sunday)

Anthony Daniels $75

Alan Tudyk $65 (Friday-Sunday)

Riz Ahmed $65 (Friday only)

Freddie Prinze Jr. $60 (Friday and Saturday only)

Peter Mayhew $60

Billy Dee Williams $60

Denis Lawson $50

Ray Park $50

Temuera Morrison $45

Jimmy Vee $45

Sam Witwer $40

Brian Herring $40

Tim Rose $40

Paul Blake $40

Daniel Logan $35

Clive Revill $35

Jeremy Bulloch $35

Taylor Gray $35 (Saturday and Sunday only)

Matthew Wood $35

Tiya Sircar $30 (Friday and Sunday only)

Mike Quinn $30

Angus McInnes $30

David Barclay $30

Deep Roy $30

Garrick Hagon $25

Steve Blum $25

Vanessa Marshall $25 (Friday-Sunday)

Elizabeth McGlynn $20

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