Definitions on personal signings, ttm successes, in person autographs etc.

     A wise man (my fantastically brilliant spouse)  today told me his view on personal signings.  Before I tell you, let me tell you that although not an autograph certified guru, he may be qualified more than myself to give such an opinion. He deals with contract law on a daily basis!  His take is that contracts can sometimes be decided on one word.  In this case, the word in debate is "personal".   It should be said though, that this of course does NOT make him an expert either (but in my view that may be clouded by rose colored glasses, he was pretty honest with me-to my dismay- and seemed to look at it objectively)! 

     "A personal signing is the arranging of an autograph session with a person either contractually or non contractually.  Said person would show up in person and sign autographs for a fee or non fee, for persons at the signing.  However, a personal signing implies that the person is present and that the person arranging the signing is also present.  People would come to this "arranged personal signing".  The signing can be deemed a public or private signing.  Private implies that individuals are by invitation only, or for selected people. "   The emphasis is on the word personal and it's definition. Autographs obtained at the personal signing if paid for by the public, would be purchasing an autograph. Please see definition (as copied EXACTLY from Webster's dictionary):

Main Entry: 1per·son·al
Pronunciation: 'p&rs-n&l, 'p&r-s&n-&l
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin personalis, from Latin persona
Date: 14th century
1 : of, relating to, or affecting a person : PRIVATE, INDIVIDUAL <personal ambition> <personal financial gain>
2 a : done in person without the intervention of another; also : proceeding from a single person b : carried on between individuals directly <a personal interview>
3 : relating to the person or body
4 : relating to an individual or an individual's character, conduct, motives, or private affairs often in an offensive manner <a personal insult>
5 a : being rational and self-conscious <personal, responsive government is still possible -- John Fischer> b : having the qualities of a person rather than a thing or abstraction <a personal devil>
6 : of, relating to, or constituting personal property <a personal estate>
7 : denoting grammatical person

   For those who arrange signings via email, mail, by telephone or through another party, you have "asked and the celebrity has agreed. to sign autographs for you and/or your friends through whatever means ie. email etc."

   For those who arrange a signing via email, mail, by telephone or through another party that has a fee involved, you have "arranged an autograph signing through whatever means for the purpose of making a profit via a option to sell"

   For those who meet a celebrity in person and they sign for just you, you have "obtained an autograph in person for either a fee (like at a convention) or no fee (like if you meet them on the street and they do it at no cost)"

   For those who obtained autographs, even extras for friends through mail requests and by sending a written request, you have "obtained a ttm autograph"

   For those who obtained an autograph through an email request, you have "emailed a celebrity who mailed you an autograph"

   Something that is offered by someone for a fee is called a SALE.  That person is selling a product of some sort.  If you BUY said item, you have PURCHASED it:

Main Entry: 1pur·chase
Pronunciation: 'p&r-ch&s
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): pur·chased; pur·chas·ing
Etymology: Middle English purchacen, from Old French purchacier to seek to obtain, from por-, pur- for, forward (modification of Latin pro-) + chacier to pursue, chase -- more at PRO-
Date: 14th century
transitive senses
1 a archaic : GAIN, ACQUIRE b : to acquire (real estate) by means other than descent or inheritance c : to obtain by paying money or its equivalent : BUY d : to obtain by labor, danger, or sacrifice
2 : to apply a device for obtaining a mechanical advantage to (as something to be moved); also : to move by a purchase
3 : to constitute the means for buying <our dollars purchase less each year>
intransitive senses : to purchase something
- pur·chas·able /-ch&-s&-b&l/ adjective
- pur·chas·er noun

Main Entry: 1sell
Pronunciation: 'sel
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): sold  /'sOld/; sell·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English sellan; akin to Old High German sellen to sell, Old Norse sala sale, Greek helein to take
Date: before 12th century
transitive senses
1 : to deliver or give up in violation of duty, trust, or loyalty : BETRAY -- often used with out
2 a (1) : to give up (property) to another for something of value (as money) (2) : to offer for sale b : to give up in return for something else especially foolishly or dishonorably <sold his birthright for a mess of pottage> c : to exact a price for <sold their lives dearly>
3 a : to deliver into slavery for money b : to give into the power of another <sold his soul to the devil> c : to deliver the personal services of for money
4 : to dispose of or manage for profit instead of in accordance with conscience, justice, or duty <sold their votes>
5 a : to develop a belief in the truth, value, or desirability of : gain acceptance for <trying to sell a program to the Congress> b : to persuade or influence to a course of action or to the acceptance of something <sell children on reading>
6 : to impose on : CHEAT
7 a : to cause or promote the sale of <using television advertising to sell cereal> b : to make or attempt to make sales to c : to influence or induce to make a purchase
8 : to achieve a sale of <sold a million copies>
intransitive senses
1 : to dispose of something by sale
2 : to achieve a sale; also : to achieve satisfactory sales <hoped that the new line would sell>
3 : to have a specified price
- sell·able /'se-l&-b&l/ adjective
- sell down the river : to betray the faith of
- sell short 1 : to make a short sale 2 : to fail to value properly :

I hope this indeed sheds light on what a personal signing is.  If you have something to add to this or would like to send your thoughts or debate the issue, please email me at  I will be happy to hear all sides.  Let's make this hobby one of clear definitions so that the consumer and collector will go into the hobby with an accurate description and not be mislead! 

PS  Someone informed me that this reads too heavily and the definitions may be difficult to decipher for the average reader.  In order to maintain the integrity of the information I applied, I cannot translate that information however because I could be accused of altering it to sway the public.