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Some collectors go to stadiums, hotels, and airports (among other places) to find their favorite athlete, to get an autograph. While you can do this, it takes an enormous amount of time, and you can never be sure of the outcome. You may or may not get the autograph you are after. They might hurriedly sign your item in the wrong place or provide you with a horrible signature. So many things can go wrong.
When I first started collecting, I went to the ballparks and stadiums to get autographs. It was fun but took so much time that, if I did not get the autograph I was hoping for, it could be a real letdown. After trying this approach for a couple of years, I changed my philosophy and began attending sports memorabilia autograph shows. At each show, there was a list of players who would be signing and what their autograph fees were. I happily paid their fees for the following three reasons.
- Doing so guaranteed the signature.
- It saves time.
- You get your item authenticated on site.
There are Sports Memorabilia Autograph Shows all over the country. Some have up to 100 athletes while others have as few as five. If you’ve never attended one, I encourage you just to go and check it out. Most shows feature vendors, and it’s always fun to see what they have to offer.
Gameday Connexion takes athletes to several of these shows throughout the year and all over the country. My business partner travels to most of the big shows throughout the USA. In fact, we even provide a mail-order/drop-off service to our customers so we can take items to get signed at all the shows we attend. This service is a really cool way for us to help out because, if you cannot attend a show, we can take your item(s) to get signed on your behalf. All you need to do is mail in your item or drop it off (at our Grapevine location), pay the autograph fee, and we will take your item to get autographed by the athlete. If you mail your item to us, you will need to add the return shipping cost. We do not up-charge you for this service. You can go to our signings page to see the upcoming shows we will be attending. There, you can find the price the athlete/celebrity is charging and get more details.
If you are ever at an autograph show, be sure look for us. We would love to meet you and help you out in any way we can!
In the meantime, check out GamedayConnexion.com for further information, old blog posts, upcoming signings, and all your sports collectible needs.