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‘Star Wars’ cards signed, sealed, sold

These are some of the autographed cards pulled from packages.
These are some of the autographed cards pulled from packages. Rick Bentley

One of the most coveted item by a “Star Wars” collector is often an autograph from one of the stars. The problem is the only way to get access to the actors is to attend an event like the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim or go to Comic-Con.

And, just because you are in the same building with a Harrison Ford or Carrie Fisher, does’t mean you can get their signature.

If you are willing to snag the autograph of one of the actors who played a more minor role, then a lot of those actors will show up at smaller events.

A big way fans collect autographs are through packages of cards sold through companies like Rittenhouse. The company will randomly insert a card that has been signed by an actor. Depending on the level of the star, the chances of getting the card will go up or down.

It is rumored that for a “Star Wars 30th Anniversary” set of cards for Topps, Harrison Ford signed 10 cards. The card has sold for as much as $10,000.

Other’s who have signed cards include Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels and Samuel L. Jackson. The odds of getting a Jackson card was 1 in 2,795 packs.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1