When it comes to adding autographed items to hobbyDB, you, the hDB faithful, were strongly in favor.
We started by adding easy ones. For example signed Funko items with their own series, stickers and quantities from trusted distributors and partners such as 7 Bucks A Pop and ToyZilla as these are effectively products in their own right.
Now we’ve begun to introduce a wider variety of signed items. And have some other fun features arriving soon.
Categorizing Signed Items
All autographed items signed by the same person, will be found in the database as a Subvariant of its original Funko item. So, for example, all signed copies of Pop! Clark Griswold #242 signed by Chevy Chase will be assigned to the same database entry, regardless if they had been signed in red or white pen or on the top or the front and named Clark Griswold (Signed by Chevy Chase).
Autographed items aren’t reserved just for Funko. For example, here is a Hot Wheels’ Turbine Time signed by Larry Wood.
Only logical signatures will be accepted. By that, we mean items autographed by actors, designers and artists, or anyone specifically related to that item. In this instance, probably only Chevy Chase. If you have this item signed by anybody else, we will not be able to accommodate it at the moment (but have some plans for later). We do this to help limit the number of these new Signature Subvariants to one or two per item.
We will be adding a new Subject field on each database entry which we’ll call “Signed By.” This will allow users to find all items (books, comics, film posters etc) autographed by a specific person, in addition to only signed items for sale in the hobbyDB Marketplace.
Once there are a few hundred of these in the system, we will create a unique Signature Variant option for each item. See the mock-up here.
That way you can easily see if there are Signature Variants and if you don’t care for them you don’t have to see them.
You Can Help
This is a massive undertaking and we could always use more help. If becoming a part of the team is of interest to you, let us know by messaging us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking the green Contact hobbyDB button on the right side of every page.