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.