Month: August 2014

The Hatch Door is Now Open: Welcome to the 2014 CGL Charity Auction!

The time has finally arrived! Two years in the making, we are very proud to present the official 2014 Cancer Gets LOST charity auction hosted by Blacksparrow Auctions! HERE is the link for auction, which is open 1 day early! It will remain open online until September 27, and anyone around the world is welcome to register and bid!

Bid Together, Buy Alone

If you are interested in participating in our 2014 Cancer Gets LOST charity auction by bidding on any of the 455 items, registration is now open! There are a few simple steps to register on the auction home page, and the approval process is quick (usually same day).

Questions? 

All auction instructions, bidding, payment and shipping information is located right on the home page of the auction! If you have any logistical questions about the auction or auction items consigned by Blacksparrow, please contact them via this Contact Us form or email (blacksparrowauctions@gmail.com).

If you have any questions about Cancer Gets LOST items specifically, please email Jo (jo@jopinionated.com).

Charity of Choice

As a reminder, 100% of final bids (“hammer price”) from all CGL designated items will be donated to the American Cancer Society. We selected this charity because cancer has affected our own families recently, as well as so many of yours – and the ACS is a fantastic resource for cancer research, programs and services.

The auction itself is dedicated to the memory of Amy Jensen, wife of our good friend Jeff Jensen from Entertainment Weekly. Amy passed away in June after bravely battling brain cancer for many years. We are honored to be able to raise money for an organization that offers support for families like the Jensens.

If you are interesting in supporting the cause but not bidding on anything in the auction, we encourage you to please make a donation to the ACS on their site. Of course you do not need to designate that it is for CGL; donate in honor or in memory of anyone you choose. Please email Jo your donation receipt for any contribution amount (jo at jopinionated dot com); we would love to send you either a CGL wristband or poster.  And your name will be added to our list of 2014 CGL ACS supporters.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and FB for daily auction item highlights and updates. Thank you in advance for your interest, support and helping to spread the word!

Namaste!

Jo & Jared

[By The] Numbers: The 2014 CGL Charity Auction hosted by Blacksparrow Auctions

In the interest of complete transparency, we wanted to explain exactly what you will be paying, why, and to whom when the 2014 Cancer Gets LOST charity auction opens on September 1 and closes on September 27.

The Whole Truth

Most of you may not be aware than for our first CGL auction in 2012, the two of us paid thousands of dollars for the shipping and insurance of 280 items to winning bidders around the world. We did so out of our own pockets and it was our choice to do so. Rookie mistake! In addition, we paid thousands of dollars in back-end fees when the auction closed, to our former auction site host. Also out of pocket. We certainly do not regret it, but to be frank – we are just two very passionate people running a grassroots charity on our own, with zero budget/funding/sponsorships. And in order to continue following our hearts and doing what we absolutely love, fundraising for cancer organizations via auctions of rare and autographed pop culture memorabilia, we are simply unable to cover shipping and auction site fees.

For these reasons, we chose to partner and work with Blacksparrow Auctions for the foreseeable future! Blacksparrow is an experienced and professional auction company that is very generously hosting the 2014 CGL auction for us. The amount of incredibly hard work that it takes to create an auction of this magnitude cannot be understated, and we would truthfully not have one at all this year without their help.

Through the Looking Glass: Winning Bids/Hammer Prices

When the auction ends on September 27, your final winning bid amount (“hammer price”) on all Cancer Gets LOST items will be donated to the American Cancer Society through Blacksparrow Auctions. In addition, on your invoice you will see a 20% Buyer’s Premium charge, plus shipping, from Blacksparrow. Please keep in mind that almost every traditional auction operates this way.

EXAMPLE: If you bid on & win a signed poster for $100, the hammer price will be $100.
On your invoice
$100 to be donated to the American Cancer Society via Blacksparrow Auctions
$20 is your Buyer’s Premium for Blacksparrow Auctions
Shipping cost to be determined, depending on size and weight of item
There will be a 9% sales tax for CA residents only
 

Follow the Leader

Please refer to Blacksparrow Auctions’ specific Terms and Conditions on their site, and email them (blacksparrowauctions@gmail.com) with ALL logistical questions about the auction, Buyer’s Premiums, shipping, etc.!

Thank you in advance for your patience, interest and support! We will be posting the charity auction link here and on social media as soon as it is live on Monday, September 1!

– Jo and Jared

2014 Charity Auction Details!

In just two weeks, our huge online charity auction opens! Beginning September 1 and ending on September 27, the official 2014 Cancer Gets LOST charity auction will be open to fans and collectors around the globe.

Jared models an authentic Dharma jacket, donated by Sterling Beaumon, that will be available in our charity auction!

Hosted By An[other]

The CGL charity auction is hosted by our partner Blacksparrow Auctions, and we will be posting Further Instructions about their bidding, payment and shipping processes next week. A digital catalog of items in the auction will be available on September 1; we will link to that here and on Twitter/FB.

Charity of Choice

100% of the proceeds from all CGL items in the auction will be donated directly to the American Cancer Society! In addition, a percentage of the proceeds from a few items in the auction that are consigned through Blacksparrow Auctions (entirely separate from CGL) will also be donated to the ACS! Auction items will be very clearly designated as CGL or Blacksparrow.

If you prefer to support CGL by making a financial contribution to the ACS rather than bid on items in our charity auction, here are simple instructions to do so. We already have a generous friend who has offered to match the first $500 donated to the ACS via CGL!

Our Hearts and Minds

We selected the ACS as our charity of choice this year because Jo’s mother-in-law has pancreatic cancer. The auction itself is dedicated to the memory of Amy Jensen, wife of our good friend Jeff Jensen from Entertainment Weekly. Amy passed away in June after bravely battling brain cancer for many years. We are honored to be able to raise money for an organization that offers support to all families facing cancer with and on behalf of their loved ones.

The Items Behind the Curtain

On September 1, we’re so excited to be able to share with you the incredible items that have been donated and that we’ve been collecting for this charity auction over the last two years! Here is a list of the films and television shows with signed or rare memorabilia featured in our auction.

Alcatraz
Alias
American Horror Story
Animaniacs
Arrow
Bates Motel
Breaking Bad
Community
Dexter
Dr. Who
Felicity
The Following
Fringe
Game of Thrones
Ghostbusters
Heroes
The Hunger Games
Intelligence
The Leftovers
LOST
Once Upon a Time
Orange is the New Black
Orphan Black
Pretty Little Liars
Revolution
Scandal
The Simpsons
Star Trek
The Strain
Super 8
Survivor 
The Voice
The Walking Dead
Young & Hungry 

 

We would not be able to put this auction together without the incredible support of the many who have kindly taken the time to either sign or donate items. Your contributions are so very appreciated.

Our friend Daniel Roebuck stopped by the Blacksparrow Auctions warehouse recently to sign a Dr. Arzt bobblehead for the auction, and we also attempted to make this silly promo video!

Stay tuned for more auction details and frequent updates!

Namaste,

Jared and Jo

 

The Long (San Diego Comic) Con!

Last weekend we attended San Diego Comic-Con once again, with the primary focus of networking for the charity and getting on the radar of folks who may want to contribute videos or auction items in the future! We are happy to report that with the help of many CGL friends, many pieces of memorabilia that will be featured in our upcoming charity auction were acquired during this trip! As a reminder, our online charity auction (hosted by Blacksparrow Auctions), opens on September 1, 2014 and runs through September 27. The auction is open to anyone around the globe, and proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society!

Sam Underwood, currently starring as Luke/Mark on The Following and formerly Zach Hamilton on Dexter, kindly signed this Dexter: The Final Season DVD for our auction!

Dexter: The Final Season DVD

In addition, Sam also arranged to get the SDCC 2014 name placards signed by his co-stars and show runners from The Following for us!

The Following cast & show runner SDCC placards

Just as she did at SDCC 2013, the very sweet and generous Evangeline Lilly (Kate on LOST, Tauriel in The Hobbit, soon to be Hope in Ant-Man) signed a copy of her book The Squickerwonkers for our charity auction! We will have signed copies of both last year’s soft cover version and this year’s hard cover updated version of her book in the auction.

Jo with Evangeline Lilly at NerdHQ, SDCC 2014

In other LOST-alum related news, Jo was also lucky enough to run into Harold Perrineau – who was at SDCC promoting his new show Constantine. Although he was literally running from one event to the next, he took the time to sign a Michael & Walt costume card for the auction!

Jo with Harold Perrineau at SDCC 2014

We are so grateful to those behind and in front of the camera in the film/TV industry that continue to support our cause; their contributions significantly elevate our auction offerings and fundraising opportunities.

Stay tuned for many more auction updates and instructions this month!

Namaste,

– Jo & Jared