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Beckett Tip Sheet: Where can you land an autograph? by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

It’s no secret that the autograph is key to many a sports products these days as those certified authentic slips of the pen turn cardboard into collecting gold.

But the certified autograph is not the only way a collector can land a treasured item.

In fact, many a signer of certified autographs actually signs in other ways — ways that collectors may not always think about in a world of commodified, short-print chases and dreaming of winning mylar-wrapped lotteries. It may sound like common sense, but there are other ways to track down signatures besides ripping packs and buying singles at the card shop or online.

Here’s a rundown of ways that collectors — beginners through the long-time hobby veterans — should always consider trying to land an autograph without hitting up a pack of cards or buying a certified signature straight from a trusted dealer.

These days, it’s pretty common for athletes and celebrities to have their own websites where they sell autographed items directly to the public. The signed copy of WWE Magazine above, for example, was purchased on Trish Stratus‘ website, There, the former multi-time women’s champion sells signed magazines, books, photos, posters and more. If you have your own particular item you want signed, she’ll ink it up for a $10 fee.

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Casting Moneyball — the movie by Chris Olds

Columbia Pictures recently signed a writer and director for a big-screen adaptation of the best-selling baseball book Moneyball, which explores the unorthodox scouting and business procedures of the small-market Oakland A’s and General Manager Billy Beane.

Who’s possibly in line to play Beane? Brad Pitt.

While I’m not buying that one, I’m no casting scout so I did the next best thing — I scoured the Internet for some mug shots (not the cards below) and went to and used its Celebrity Face Recognition software to cast the flick …

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The best way to get a (sort-of) free autograph? Book signings by Chris Olds
October 22, 2008, 11:58 am
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If you’re patient and have plenty of time to wait in line, there’s one sure-fire way to get autographs of top sports figures and celebrities.

Book signings.

Any time someone famous decides to write a book, there’s almost always a tour.  Often you just have to be in the right place at the right time, but some larger independent stores will sell signed copies of books in advance of or just after autograph appearances. (Or, if you know where to shop, you can find books that were signed without appearances because the owners have good contacts or know the authors personally.)

I have obtained books signed by football legend Joe Namath, former baseball commissioner Faye Vincent, WWE star Batista, steroids whistle-blower Jose Canseco, To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee and Forrest Gump creator Winston Groom in this way just to name a few.

No show fees. No authentication fees. No personalization fees. Just the cost of a book — and not even always that. Is it worth it? Have you seen what signed anniversary copies of Mockingbird go for? Go look… I’ll wait.

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