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    In baseball, who gave you your favorite autograph? In other words, I am assuming that you are not collecting for the sake of selling the autograph at any time, but for the fun of collecting and the thrill of meeting a ballplayer!

    For me, it was at age 13 in 1973 when I had Bobby Bonds sign in a hotel in Pittsburgh. He had a wonderful signature, with large loops and a lot of style. Its true he was my favorite player at the time.
    Catfish Hunter, RIP. Mark Fidrych, RIP. Skip Caray, RIP. Tony Gwynn, #19, RIP

    A fanatic is someone who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. -- Winston Churchill. (Please take note that I've recently become aware of how this quote applies to a certain US president. This is a coincidence, and the quote was first added to this signature too far back to remember when).

    Experience is the hardest teacher. She gives the test first and the lesson later. -- Dan Quisenberry.

  • #2
    Originally posted by abolishthedh
    In baseball, who gave you your favorite autograph? In other words, I am assuming that you are not collecting for the sake of selling the autograph at any time, but for the fun of collecting and the thrill of meeting a ballplayer!
    TOUGH question. But after sitting here and pondering for a minute or two I would have to say that it's a tie. Between Bob Feller & Ralph Kiner
    Many years ago I went to several card shows throughout the Northeast and obtained both autos on 8x10's. Both men are true gentlemen, and are very nice.
    On a side note: I too despise those who get autographs and sell them for a profit. I do this for the love of the game and the hobby.
    Click here to see my autographed 8x10 collection

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    • #3
      Too many to name as I've obtained autographs from many players. I scanned the one that were very nice to the fans/collectors, while I'll scan some of the one from this season (2005) sometime after the World Serie.
      Frank's Field of Dreams
      "If I build it, you'll come."

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      • #4
        Tom Seaver

        I'd heard stories before, and have since, about how Seaver can be none too pleasant. But I caught him in a good mood at a Chemical Bank event years back. I waited until he came out of the men's room (!) and he was as jolly as could be while signing the '69 Mets ball I'd compiled. We talked about the one-hitters he threw as a Met, and I mentioned the one against the Padres that Leron Lee broke up in the 9th. He popped me with a question, "Who was the catcher?" When I gave the correct response -- Duffy Dyer -- he said with genuine delight, "Very good!"

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        • #5
          the most memorable signature i've seen is bob gibson's on a bananna. i'm not making this up.

          while gibson still attends most cardinal games, he prefers to keep to himself rather than spending portions of the game signing autographs. because gibson's autograph is such a novelty, this old guy who hangs around the stadium, gus, decided that it would be funny if he forged gibson's signature onto a bananna.

          i'm pretty sure that bananna is nothing but rotten mush by now though.

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          • #6
            Broks Robinson. Smiled, shook my hand, ASKED me where on the baseball I wanted him to sign, what to write, talked for a while. Charged about six-eight bucks, not fifty. Never met a nicer guy.
            Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by RuthMayBond
              Broks Robinson. Smiled, shook my hand, ASKED me where on the baseball I wanted him to sign, what to write, talked for a while. Charged about six-eight bucks, not fifty. Never met a nicer guy.
              I totally agree on Brooks Robinson here.I got his autograph about 10 years ago.He is such a nice guy.

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              • #8
                Yaz. He didn't charge me a dime.
                "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
                Carl Yastrzemski

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                • #9
                  Billy Martin.

                  I can still see him smiling and asking me how long I'd been a Yankee fan while autographing my hat.

                  He was the perfect gentleman.
                  "Heroes are people who are all good with no bad in them. That's the way I always saw Joe DiMaggio. He was beyond question one of the greatest players of the century."

                  ~Mickey Mantle

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by runningshoes53
                    Yaz. He didn't charge me a dime.
                    Tell us about it :radio
                    Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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                    • #11
                      I've never paid for an autograph... Ever.

                      As far as my favorite one... I would say Reggie Jackson. I caught him outside the Kingdome before a Yanks - M's game back in 1995 when he would travel with the team as an "advisor." He shook my hand and was very low key and friendly. He even answered a few questions.

                      Other favs are Rickey Henderson, Wade Boggs, Eric Chavez and Eddie Murray who is a notorious tough signer.
                      WAR? Prove it!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RuthMayBond
                        Tell us about it :radio

                        It was before a game in Toronto in 1980. It wasn't at a show. I made that comment because I've been reading latley about players and what they charge to sign a ball. It's special to me cause he's one of my favourite players of all time. Williams is obviously my fav, but I got his ball from his web site, so it's not as special as my Yaz ball. I wish I had more personally signed balls, but we don't get too many shows in Canada and I've been out of the counrty for awhile now.

                        I have close to 100 signed balls, but the majority of them were purchased either on ebay or from Steiner.
                        "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
                        Carl Yastrzemski

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                        • #13
                          Carl Erskine

                          I've been fortunate to accumulate a number of autographed balls, all in person, from stars and soon to be famous ballplayers. Most recent was Richie Hebner, what a character! Harmon Killebrew was cool but friendly, Roy White is a perfect gentleman, (even though he was a Yankee), Willie Stargell signed a ball he launched skyward that landed with me in the basket at Wrigley, and Cecil Cooper was busy at the time, but never too busy to sign and chat for a few. All time favorite though, has to be Dodger great Carl Erskine. Oisk and his son Jimmy come to the park here a half dozen times a season, and the ball he signed for me became a prized possession of mine for only a few months. Over the winter I met an octogenarian who is a huge Brooklyn Dodger fan that shared long but fascinating tales of the Dodgers exploits and his own loyalty with me. As kind of a surprise for him, I brought the ball with me to his home, at first intending to just let him look and handle it to feel that Brooklyn magic once again. His eyesight is failing but he readily made out the distinctive Erskine scrawl, and I knew instantly it was his for keeps. I guess those are the best gifts, the ones you would really like to keep for yourself; besides, I'll likely have another opportunity to get another.
                          Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words ~Ernie Harwell

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                          • #14
                            mine would have to be my mark prior rookie baseball card, my grandpa, got me a signed one, it was awesome!
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                            • #15
                              I did have to pay for my Yaz autograph, but it was great. He was signing with Fergie Jenkins (who would get practically ignored that day and probably would remain so until he missed HOF election in his first year of candidacy.)
                              I had a first edition copy of his 1968 autobiography, and he signed it not only on the front facing page, but on the blank page a couple pages after that. Needless to say, I was thrilled.

                              I've gotten Feller's autographs at shows twice, the last time for free. Very opinionated about a lot of stuff, and enjoyable to talk to. Stan Musial is as classy as they come, another of baseball's true gentlemen. Non-baseball, the first autograph I got at a show was hockey superstar Bobby Hull, who was also first class.

                              The most memorable, though, was not mine, but witnessing my brother chase down Cal Ripken Jr. and his date as they went to their car in the Tiger Stadium parking lot after a night game. Ripken was shocked someone would make that much of an effort for him.
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