Now that I've been able to acquire autographs from every generation of Momusu with the one exception of Ichii Sayaka, I've been searching for Berryz Koubou member original autographs and for awhile I thought I'd never find any…until Ohta located these signed cards for me!! Both of these were on Yahoo! Japan Auctions at the same time and I was so afraid of being outbid that I asked him to bid on both of them for me so that if I lost one of them maybe I'd still have a chance of winning the other. 😛 Often times individual member autographs appear but being able to acquire the entire group's autographs all at once was something that I didn't want to miss!!
Both are special promotional (not for sale) cards which measure 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" (above) and 9 7/8" x 8 7/8" (below). What made getting these even more important to me is that Maihachan was still in Berryz Koubou at the time and signed both of them!…making the original group lineup complete and just the thought that all 8 members actually touched these cards melts me!! ^-^ Over time celebrities' autographs sometimes tend to alter slightly and on occasion drastically as Aichan's would be a perfect example of the latter, and even at this early stage in BK's career some of their autographs have taken an artistic turn too. Most notable would be Chinamichan and Momo's with Momo's being by far the most expressive and cute! And I absolutely adore Rii's warped hearts!!! (above). Both cards were signed for special fan events celebrating releases and while the card above has a much more aesthetically pleasing design it's the card below which holds a special significance for me as it's from their "Piririto Yukou!" event…the single release that originally endeared me to them and made me into a fan for life! It was after seeing the pv for this single soon after its release in June of 2004 that I ordered everything that they had released up until that point in a single order and then began my BK fan love affair. ^-^ I'll be trying to get these both framed and matted soon and then I'll repost their finished look. 🙂 I'm so paranoid about leaving any signed items at frame shops (what if another BK fan just happens to work there?!! :O) so I always choose to just take the measurements there and then assemble the frame together myself which I've actually gotten pretty good at after some practice.
One important thing to look out for before bidding on any "signed" merchandise is the word "Jikihitsu" (直筆) which literally means "one's own handwriting" as I've come across numerous "signed" (サイン) auctions where the signatures were printed and not original. BK=<3!!!