December 07, 2004

Blog For Sports: exposes the sports memorabilia underworld of fake autographs. A must see if you plan on spending your hard earned cash for anything autographed.

posted by jasonspaceman to culture at 10:15 PM - 5 comments

IMHO, selling autographs - genuine or faked - is pretty low. They're supposed to be personal mementos of a particular occasion, not an easy way to make a quick buck. A lot of major sports stars won't even sign autographs any more due to the fact that they end up on eBay three hours later. I believe Man Utd are one club who have banned their players from signing stuff at their training ground. Very sad.

posted by afx237vi at 08:39 AM on December 08

IMHO, selling autographs - genuine or faked - is pretty low Nowadays, yea, the prices have gotten way out of hand. In the 80s through the early 90's, I sold and acquired many autographs, but no where near to the extent of money that is being asked for now. So yea, it is pretty disgusting right now, but it always wasn't like that.

posted by jasonspaceman at 09:21 AM on December 08

No problem, I don't have a problem with legitimate autograph hunters who are willing to part with a couple of bucks to enhance their collection. My only problem is when people get autographs for the sole reason of putting them on eBay when they get home. Sports stars only have so much goodwill, and they don't have to sign fans' jerseys, but most of them do because they're nice guys (and gals) - so it must be especially annoying for them when they see that football they signed yesterday for sale on the internet.

posted by afx237vi at 10:19 AM on December 08

I think I'm missing the point, but a fake signed 8x10 for $15 seems like a better deal than a real one for $50.

posted by Smackfu at 03:00 PM on December 08

I think I'm missing the point, but a fake signed 8x10 for $15 seems like a better deal than a real one for $50. Go for it, it will look nice next to your fake rolex.

posted by jasonspaceman at 06:45 AM on December 09

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