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Against Long Odds, Fans Still Wait for Jeter

You could say they’re die-hard fans.  Dedicated collectors.  Addicted to the chase.

You could also say they’re crazy.

JetersignedphotoEvery day, a big line of adults and a few kids wait for Derek Jeter to finish his morning workout in his hometown of Tampa.   He won’t report to spring training for quite a few more days.  Some of those in line have been waiting for hours.

For an autograph they can buy online for a few hundred dollars.

But it isn’t the same.

So wait they do, trying to obey the orders of a security guard who seems hell bent on humiliating them for what they’re trying to do.

The odds that the Yankees’ long-time captain and most popular player since Mickey Mantle will stop and accommodate them all with a quick signature are pretty long.  The odds that he’ll stop and sign a few are less than 50/50.

But, as this story and photos from the New York Times indicate, there’s always hope and sometimes there are other players to get.

About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he's usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected].

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