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Does anyone remember Fanfest being held at Camden Yards? I think the autographs were free. You would sit in different sections of the stadium to get who you wanted. Sometimes if one section was too crowded you might end up with no autographs. Some sections were full for the popular players and others very sparse. They used to do it right before the season started. I remember Guthrie had his kid with him and she was drawing on his picture,I got both his kid and him to sign it. Millar was always so funny .

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Does anyone remember Fanfest being held at Camden Yards? I think the autographs were free. You would sit in different sections of the stadium to get who you wanted. Sometimes if one section was too crowded you might end up with no autographs. Some sections were full for the popular players and others very sparse. They used to do it right before the season started. I remember Guthrie had his kid with him and she was drawing on his picture,I got both his kid and him to sign it. Millar was always so funny .

That is kind of how they do the 29/81 game plan holder mid season event. I think they only did that one year maybe two. I think their current format is perfect. I think the only reason its earlier this year is I am sure the convention center had a bigger paying event in January.

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A lot of the cost is paying for the right to meet the player. If the average Joe tried to sell it they would not make their money back or very little profit.

Despite what players think their autographs are not something someone gets rich off of.

I will use Manny as an example. Last year I got him at Fan Fest on a 16x20 and I framed it.

Voucher cost $20

Photo cost $20

Frame cost: $50

My Time Invested: 6 hours (Even if I made min wage thats $46.50)

Total: $136.50

I went to Great Moments 1 day sale and got the same thing for $90 with rock solid authentication that I would have a much easier time to sell vs the one I put $ into.

It should go without saying that I'd prefer people engage in autograph-seeking than collecting the still-beating hearts of their enemies, but it's disingenuous to act as though the behavior isn't odd (just as many other hobbies are odd). If you're an adult-type person with a career/life of his own, gaining some kind of thrill/satisfaction from collecting the signature of a rich, likely disinterested 20-something is...well, it's odd. Further, I cringe a little whenever I see a middle-aged person with a backpack reaching over/around kids in an effort to collect signatures at the ballpark. Regardless of whether that person collects for his/her personal enjoyment or a prospective sale.

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It should go without saying that I'd prefer people engage in autograph-seeking than collecting the still-beating hearts of their enemies, but it's disingenuous to act as though the behavior isn't odd (just as many other hobbies are odd). If you're an adult-type person with a career/life of his own, gaining some kind of thrill/satisfaction from collecting the signature of a rich, likely disinterested 20-something is...well, it's odd. Further, I cringe a little whenever I see a middle-aged person with a backpack reaching over/around kids in an effort to collect signatures at the ballpark. Regardless of whether that person collects for his/her personal enjoyment or a prospective sale.

You're a really good writer.

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It should go without saying that I'd prefer people engage in autograph-seeking than collecting the still-beating hearts of their enemies, but it's disingenuous to act as though the behavior isn't odd (just as many other hobbies are odd). If you're an adult-type person with a career/life of his own, gaining some kind of thrill/satisfaction from collecting the signature of a rich, likely disinterested 20-something is...well, it's odd. Further, I cringe a little whenever I see a middle-aged person with a backpack reaching over/around kids in an effort to collect signatures at the ballpark. Regardless of whether that person collects for his/her personal enjoyment or a prospective sale.

You don't like adults with backpacks who knock the kids out of the way to get autographs? Just because they have looseleaf binders and cards in alphabetical order. They get the sharpie out and then sort of blow on the card. That is one of my favorite things to watch before a game.

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You don't like adults with backpacks who knock the kids out of the way to get autographs? Just because they have looseleaf binders and cards in alphabetical order. They get the sharpie out and then sort of blow on the card. That is one of my favorite things to watch before a game.

We should have a funny off between you and Mr

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We should have a funny off between you and Mr

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I'll surrender in advance. I'm good for 15-20 second fits of inspiration. After that, it's mostly puns and quotes from TV shows that didn't survive their first seasons.

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I'll surrender in advance. I'm good for 15-20 second fits of inspiration. After that, it's mostly puns and quotes from TV shows that didn't survive their first seasons.

This post must have been one of those fits. :)

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This post must have been one of those fits. :)

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"I told him we've already got one."

"What's it look like?"

"Itsa very nice."

Looks like I'm regressing too...

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You don't like adults with backpacks who knock the kids out of the way to get autographs? Just because they have looseleaf binders and cards in alphabetical order. They get the sharpie out and then sort of blow on the card. That is one of my favorite things to watch before a game.

Once I saw a passerby sneeze on such a card. The card owner's expression of comingled pain and exasperation wouldn't have looked out of place in a warzone. His sweaty visor and fanny pack sort of ruined the effect, though.

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"I told him we've already got one."

"What's it look like?"

"Itsa very nice."

Looks like I'm regressing too...

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That's how you can tell the thread's getting good. My Monday productivity, on the other hand...

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It should go without saying that I'd prefer people engage in autograph-seeking than collecting the still-beating hearts of their enemies, but it's disingenuous to act as though the behavior isn't odd (just as many other hobbies are odd). If you're an adult-type person with a career/life of his own, gaining some kind of thrill/satisfaction from collecting the signature of a rich, likely disinterested 20-something is...well, it's odd. Further, I cringe a little whenever I see a middle-aged person with a backpack reaching over/around kids in an effort to collect signatures at the ballpark. Regardless of whether that person collects for his/her personal enjoyment or a prospective sale.

What's really odd is a 46-year-old dude waiting at the railing to get an autograph at the Blue Crabs game, where the best players are often guys whose career peak was 46 games for the 2009 D'backs.

What's odd to the point of almost wanting to ask what's going on but I was too scared was the time I was sitting in the LF seats at the Blue Crabs' stadium and one of the non-descript 28-year-old players who'd washed out of affiliated ball several years ago came up to the stands where a 50-something woman reached into her bag, pulled out a large bag of what appeared to be Tootsie Rolls, handed it to the player, he nodded at the woman, then ran off to continue warmups. What the...

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What's really odd is a 46-year-old dude waiting at the railing to get an autograph at the Blue Crabs game, where the best players are often guys whose career peak was 46 games for the 2009 D'backs.

What's odd to the point of almost wanting to ask what's going on but I was too scared was the time I was sitting in the LF seats at the Blue Crabs' stadium and one of the non-descript 28-year-old players who'd washed out of affiliated ball several years ago came up to the stands where a 50-something woman reached into her bag, pulled out a large bag of what appeared to be Tootsie Rolls, handed it to the player, he nodded at the woman, then ran off to continue warmups. What the...

That's...basically amazing. I think I'd have spent the entirety of that game constructing elaborate backstories to explain what you witnessed. Spycraft. Illicit, comparatively cheap "favors" on the down-low. A strangely benign offering to the gods of minor league baseball...seemingly endless possibilities.

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It should go without saying that I'd prefer people engage in autograph-seeking than collecting the still-beating hearts of their enemies, but it's disingenuous to act as though the behavior isn't odd (just as many other hobbies are odd). If you're an adult-type person with a career/life of his own, gaining some kind of thrill/satisfaction from collecting the signature of a rich, likely disinterested 20-something is...well, it's odd. Further, I cringe a little whenever I see a middle-aged person with a backpack reaching over/around kids in an effort to collect signatures at the ballpark. Regardless of whether that person collects for his/her personal enjoyment or a prospective sale.

My autograph collection consists of Ozzie Smith, David Wells, Joe Gibbs and Ziggy Marley.

I have no idea where three of the four are and all four were gifts by folks that thought I would care.

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It should go without saying that I'd prefer people engage in autograph-seeking than collecting the still-beating hearts of their enemies, but it's disingenuous to act as though the behavior isn't odd (just as many other hobbies are odd). If you're an adult-type person with a career/life of his own, gaining some kind of thrill/satisfaction from collecting the signature of a rich, likely disinterested 20-something is...well, it's odd. Further, I cringe a little whenever I see a middle-aged person with a backpack reaching over/around kids in an effort to collect signatures at the ballpark. Regardless of whether that person collects for his/her personal enjoyment or a prospective sale.
You don't like adults with backpacks who knock the kids out of the way to get autographs? Just because they have looseleaf binders and cards in alphabetical order. They get the sharpie out and then sort of blow on the card. That is one of my favorite things to watch before a game.

I'm a little late to the party. This discussion reminds me of an evening where I nearly gave an 40-ish adult wearing back pack some free dental work when he all but smashed my 9 year old daughter so he could get a towel from Schoop. My daughter knows how to box out but there was no whistle for the blatant over the back. I said my piece but I had to keep it on the up and up in front of my kid.

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