Serious Fan Appreciation

Three weeks ago I got on the subway at about 5am and headed to Crumbs Bakery on Beaver Street in Manhattan for a Lost fan appreciation event where “The Crash” poster was released. It was a disaster. The other 10 or so Lost fans who showed up were likewise disappointed, as we walked away with nothing. Not even cupcakes.

This event was part of an ongoing fan appreciation project known as Damon, Carlton and a Polar Bear. Prior to this some fans had received skate decks with a unique Dharma logo, seen DJ AM at one of his last shows, or were simply told not to bother going anywhere, and instead watch Attack of the Show. Feeling like New York had gotten the short end of an otherwise awesome stick, I became a bit frustrated with this whole “fan appreciation” event. I remained silent, however, resisting the urge to make a blog post about the negative experience, as I thought the basic premise of this project, and the art that’s coming out of it, is something really special.

And it was a good thing I kept my mouth shut, because today the folks at Lost have gone well beyond anything I could have hoped for, and given me something that is truly unique and a memento of both this hiatus fan event, the show, and my love of music. This is Audibly Lost, after all. A blog that (in its glory days) was dedicated to music/audio on Lost. That makes the gift I received an even more appropriate token of appreciation for the time I’ve put into this show, and its fan community.

Last week I was the first to purchase Jason Munn’s 4-Toed-Statue poster. Yesterday the poster arrived. (For people following closely it was poster 101/300, it seems the first order gets poster 101.) Today a huge box arrived (notice the Lost DVDs for scale.)

To preface the unpacking pics, the URL for this poster (each poster has a unique URL released at one of these “events,”) “” was released at a Fall Out Boy concert. FOB’s members were playing instruments branded with a Fall Out Boy Dharma logo, and the URL for this poster.

To say that I was excited by this point, is an understatement. Upon seeing the case I immediately knew what it was. The word “Fender” on the case (not pictured) furthered that assertion.

(Also note that the green tape, on both sides of the case, has the numbers written on it. Nice touch.)

And of course, I received a letter telling me what was in the case (though at that point I had opened it already.)

The bit about it being one of three, with the other two in Damon and Carlton’s “personal collections” really made my eyes widen. I hope Carlton doesn’t drop the banjo in favor of the bass. Also, it seems the letter contains a clue about this week’s poster reveal in LA, which you can read more about on

And now, the bass guitar, played on stage by Pete Wentz.

Insanity. It appears to be a modified version of the “Pete Wentz Precision Bass” Squier guitar, which has an MSRP of $500. Like that guitar it features the bat/heart logo at the 12th fret. It was made on July 30th, 2009 in Mexico. All the custom artwork is a part of the guitar, they are not stickers. On the back there is a white piece of gaffers tape with “4 8 15 16 23 42” written on it. The ink on the tape got partly smudged, almost undoubtedly during the show last week as Pete was playing.

In closing I would like to thank anyone involved in this project who happens to read this. That includes everyone from Fall Out Boy, to the Lost producers, down to the people behind the scenes who made this happen. I seriously never expected anything this cool and I plan on holding onto this forever. This is some serious fan appreciation, to a tune I would have never anticipated. Cupcake fiasco?…. What cupcake fiasco?

  • Capcom

    Geezlooweez, that's amazing! I was wondering if that would be the prize this time, but thought no way. Do we have the best TV Powers That Be or what?!

  • Sandman90

    Fantastic! Awesome! I'm green with envy!

  • LotteryTicket

    *watery eyes* a perfect gift for you! Is is coincidence? I think not. Fate. Destiny. Please tell me you can rock out on this hunk-o-burning love.

  • Anonymous

    congrats on scoring the coolest schwag ever. and nice job on the post — good writing.

  • Bauer

    Fantastic post, congested. Hopefully this will inspire you to get your ass back to regularly posting here? Either way, congratulations.

  • Amy Lynn

    This is awesome. You should clearly let me borrow it :)

  • Sayid’sgirl

    I'm so happy for you.
    What a wonderful gift for someone who appreciates music.

  • Avondale Blog

    I'm so happy for you. And so jealous!

  • Scoutpost

    Congratulations Congested…that is so AWESOME!!

  • Zort70

    That is one sweet prize, I'm so pleased for you.

    It gives us an incentive to try and be first for the next one !

  • Eugene

    That is awesome! I'm so glad after the "Crumby" disappointment that you got this.

  • malice

    That is awesome. I love LOST! I'm going to share your story…

  • comixguru

    That is the coolest thing ever!!!

  • Congested

    Thanks for all the comments. I was extremely fortunate and look forward to future poster releases.

    I am very grateful to all involved in organizing this. The guitar is something I will cherish for many years to come.

  • realchemistry

    WOW, I dont even have words for this!!

    Thats so cool and great from the Lost people, youre very lucky!

    Thanks for sharing 😀

  • MK

    wow, happen to be browsing and saw this in detail. this is really beautiful, can't imagine the excitement when it arrived. it's nice when good things happen to nice people, happy for you.