They’re teammates for one night only, members of a club whose membership dates back to the days of the Babe. All-Stars from the National and American League gather this week in Anaheim to decide a winner–but also to commemorate the event through autographs.
It used to be a pretty informal affair, but now Major League Baseball organizes the whole process. Players are asked to sign jerseys, balls and other items to distribute among special sponsors and charities. Players share them too, though.
In fact, each player can come away from his All-Star appearance with quite a valuable haul of memorabilia.
Some players aren’t that into it. They’re more about sharing stories and camaraderie during a three-day break from the grind of the regular season.
For collectors, visualizing the scene inside the clubhouse as all of the stuff–and all of the writing utensils are laid out–is the stuff of dreams. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution gets to experience it through the eyes of the Braves.