Monday, October 21, 2013

MLB Player Poll: What's The Strangest Thing You've Ever Been Asked to Sign?

One of the most meaningful moments of the baseball season came when I viewed a segment of the MLB Player Poll.

I've always dismissed the show as a "Baseball TMZ" or "Diamond Talking Heads."

However, the answers pointed out a problem real collectors are facing.

Once, I thought the guy who wanted a used hot dog wrapper autographed made us look bad.

Now, we're the ones who get the stink-eye.

Autographing a body part or someone's baby is easy. "I don't think you could sell your own kid on eBay, just to get rich off my autograph," thinks the current player.

However, if you take the time to present a meaningful artifact, then the paranoia ensues. "That's so nice, I'm sure you'll sell and make a profit off me! I'd rather sign bits of garbage, knowing that you'll throw the autographs away."

Whether in person or by mail, be ready to tell about your collection to a potential signer. In the hobby's "new normal," we need to redefine what autographs mean to us.






1 comment:

  1. Straight up: at spring training this year Cal Ripken signed a baby onesie for my wife and I. We'd brought it as a lark for players to sign, looking to frame it later, but decided that with Cal it was quits after that.

    Then my daughter was born 6 weeks early and spent 3 weeks in intensive care. Today she's home and doing great at just under 4 months. She now unofficially the "Iron Baby," and has an "Iron Man" signed-onsie to prove it.

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