Hey, fans. Remember that absolutely fantastic photo released by Bad Robot that showed the first table read of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? We giddily posted it here on SciFi Mafia. It would be cool to own one of those pictures, right? How about if the picture was signed by J.J. Abrams and Mark Hamill and some of the others in attendance that day? And how about if the money you spent on that went to help kids with cancer?
Maybe you’re more of a The Walking Dead fan. How about a Michonne Funko Pop! figure signed by Danai Gurira? Or maybe a Season 3 Blu-ray special edition — yes, the one with the head aquariums — signed by 26 (yes, seriously, twenty-six) cast members?
And Losties, how about a signed copy of the script for, oh, say, the “Pilot,” “The End,” or “The Constant”?
In fact, if you are a fan of any of the following shows and movies, you need to know that rare and/or signed collectibles starting at a variety of price points are going up for auction starting today, August 15, at the online Cancer Gets LOST charity auction:
TV shows: Agent Carter, Alias, Alcatraz, American Horror Story, Arrow, Bates Motel, Battlestar Galactica, The Big Bang Theory, Breaking Bad, Castle, Colony, The Comeback, Dexter, Doctor Who, Fear the Walking Dead, Firefly, The Flash, Friday Night Lights, Fringe, Game of Thrones, Glee, Gotham, Hawaii Five-O, Jericho, The Leftovers, LOST, The Middleman, Once Upon a Time, Orange is the New Black, Orphan Black, Person of Interest, Scandal, Smallville, Sons of Anarchy, Supernatural, Twin Peaks, V, The Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead, The X-Files and The 100.
Movies: The Avengers, Cooties, Friday the 13th, Gremlins, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Incredibles, The Jungle Book, Kill Bill: Volume 1, Love Actually, Mad Max: Fury Road, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Tomorrowland, World War Z and 10 Cloverfield Lane.
HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?! you may ask with understandable incredulity. It is possible because the gathering of such items and autographs has been the challenging, time-consuming, and beloved work of our very own adored Senior TV Analyst, Jo Garfein, the executive director of Cancer Gets LOST, an organization she and fellow Lost fan and pal Jared Wong founded.
This may sound hazily familiar to you; that’s because Cancer Gets LOST have hosted auctions in the past, most notably in 2012 and 2014. Back then, almost all the auction items were Lost-related, which was great for mondo-Lost fans like me. But for the current auction, the number of shows represented has stretched to more than 60, along with the addition of collectibles from at least 15 movies, resulting in more than 450 items that are up for grabs.
The proceeds for every CGL auction go to cancer-related charities, and in the past, CGL has donated thousands of dollars to the National Brain Tumor Society and the American Cancer Society. This time, the net proceeds of the auction are being donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. Alex’s Lemonade Stand raises awareness of childhood cancer causes, funds cutting-edge research projects and creates travel programs to support families of children receiving treatment.
And don’t worry that this is one of those watch-but-can’t-bid, only-for-the-rich-people events. Starting prices on the items vary, but they made sure to include smaller and more affordable options for fans of all ages. Jo and Jared are just that cool. But wait, there’s more! Here’s some more good-for-our-bank-accounts news from the CGL site:
Because of generous and ongoing donations to Cancer Gets LOST, CGL is covering all Buyer’s Premiums for our 2016 Charity Auction, saving winning bidders a substantial fee upon auction’s end! Winning bidders will only be responsible for paying the final sales costs and shipping costs of items (plus sales tax if resident of California).
Yeah, sorry co-Californians, but hey, we get to live in California, so there’s that.
The 2016 CGL Charity Auction opens online at 10am PT on Monday, August 15, 2015. Yes, my cherished Losties, that’s 8-15-16. You’ll need to register to bid; the auction is run this year, as it was in 2014, by Blacksparrow, Inc.
The 2016 CGL Charity Auction will begin closing on Saturday, September 3 at 10am PT: ONE ITEM AT A TIME, in order, as listed. You should note the closing time on each item as you strategize your personal bidding process.
And here are a few people who would like you to bid on something, starting with Jorge Garcia, Lost‘s Hurley, pointing out the significance of the starting date:
So come on, check out the Cancer Gets LOST auction here — there are even screen-used Fringe comic books! Which will be MINE, by the way, so maybe don’t even look at those. MINE, I TELL YOU! Unless you bid more than me, in which case, I will be bitter for myself, but happy for Alex’s Lemonade Stand! Bid often, bid well, and if you don’t win your item(s) — or even if you do — consider contributing to Cancer Gets LOST to help support the good they do for so many; there’s a “donate” button on the site. Namaste!