I AM A FREELANCER handling art, editing, writing, and project development. Very often, I get asked about whether I sign cards by mail.

(minor updates 17 October 2021)

cards to be signed

Do you sign cards by mail?
Yes but with this caveat: you may have to wait for me to get to it. Signing cards is not a high priority and I do it when I can. Sometimes (often) this means months go by before I get around to it.

I’m perfectly willing to stay in touch, and you can send me an email nudge when you’re getting concerned, but please don’t ask me to sign cards if you cannot be patient.

A note about prices: ALL prices are subject to change without notice. Examples here may be old, and I may quote a higher price to do similar work. Once you and I agree on a project, that is when the cost is firm and final.

You must arrange to pay return postage in advance. Clients in the US can include a self-addressed stamped envelope. People overseas have gotten American bills from their banks, and tucked the money in among the cards; or they have sent checks in the mail, sent money by PayPal, or have made some other arrangement. For a large signing (over $100 value), I can send you an invoice via Square.

What do you charge to sign cards?
I am presently asking $2 per regular signature, $4 per shadow sig. You can request specific colors, if you like.

Where do I send my cards?
Please use this address: Liz Danforth, PO Box 14824, Tucson AZ 85732 USA.

I would appreciate an email to let me know they are coming and to watch for them, since I do not check my PO Box daily. (You can reach me via [etdanforth AT gmail dot com].)

Do you have whiteback artist proofs from Magic?
Yes, but I am out of many popular cards (including Hymn to Tourach, which I am asked for most).

My prices start at $15 each for most English-language cards; $10 each for most non-English cards. When I start to run out of certain cards, prices will be higher. (Presently, English cards are $25 per card, and some foreign language cards are more than $10 each.) Let me know what card(s) you are interested in, and I’ll let you know if I have what you want, and at what price. You can find my complete card list here.

A signature on the cards you buy is included in the price. Postage to mail them to you is NOT included.

If you want a drawing or painting done on the back, see the prices below for a guide.

Do you alter or enhance cards by mail?
FOR RIGHT NOW (17 October 2021) card alterations and sketches are temporarily ON HOLD. I have too many in my backlog right now, and I do not want to take new commissions when I am not sure when I will be able to do what you want.

If you are still interested, get back to me around in a month (mid-November 2021), and I will let you know if I can take new card alterations at that time. Or… watch this space. If I get clear sooner, I will update this page.

Generally speaking: I will do alters and sketches. I will ask you to pay for even a small sketch. Pieces that are more complex cost more, depending on what you ask for. I will post more examples below as I can, but this will give you a rough idea of where to start.

Occasionally I am asked to sketch on blank-front cards, APs, or index cards. These are commissions like any other, and will be charged for accordingly.

These are my current prices, with examples:
(A) A simple pen sketch or alteration: $25-50
(B) A moderately simple-or-complex alteration (pens, paint-pens, or paint) entirely or mostly within the picture box: $50-150.
(C) An extensive card alteration, in paint, filling most or all of the card face: usually $85-200. 
(D) Multicard sets can run up around $500.

The examples below tend to be priced slighter lower than what I ask nowadays, because they were done almost a decade ago. They will still give you a general idea of what I consider more work (and thus, more money) and what is simpler (and thus, costs a little less).

Simple sketch for Rust on the back of an AP of the same card ($30)
(A) Simple sketch for Rust on the back of an artist proof of the same card ($20 for sketch, $10 for card)
cards, original art, sketches, Magic, Magic the Gathering, MtG, alterations, card alterations
(A) More elaborate examples of sketches on the back of an artist proof ($25-30 for these examples, $10 for each card).
Glacial Chasm, paint-pen moderate alteration ($60, available)
(B) Glacial Chasm, paint-pen moderate alteration ($55)


(B) Merchants Scroll series -- moderate in scope but with detailed work in paint. (Each $75; cards supplied to me.)
(B) Merchants Scroll series — Painted. Moderate in scope but with detailed work. (Each $75; cards supplied to me.)
Merchant Scroll full-card alteration ($160)
(C) Merchant Scroll full-card painted alteration ($160, card supplied to me)
Devouring Deep
(C) Devouring Deep painted on the AP whiteback of the same card ($160 for artwork, $10 for card).

I have come to enjoy doing these, and they make a nice break sometimes. But I work slowly, and have to balance projects like these against bigger and newer images that excite me, challenge me, and that might become your next favorite Danforth drawing, painting, or story.

If your request is a novel idea to me, or intriguing for some reason, you might get a bargain on the price. Give me a little input into the designs (like the Merchant Scrolls above), and I’ll give you more for your money because it lets me have some of the fun.  🙂

Hymn to Tourach, cards, original art, card alteration, Magic, Magic the Gathering, MtG
(D) Multicard set of Hymn to Tourach ($500; cards supplied to me).

More questions?
Email me via [etdanforth AT gmail dot com].

8 Replies to “FAQ: Signing Cards and Alterations”

  1. I love that Devouring Deep, and fully painted backs should be in the three-digit range. I did some chicken farming a couple years back, and the farmer who ran the impromptu instruction sessions reminded us “If you’re going to sell eggs, don’t do it for less than $4 a dozen. You’re not doing anybody any favors by asking less.” The local economy is a real thing that we don’t completely understand, and it applies as much to art as it does to chickens.

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