News that players get paid to sign autographs at card shows is apparently just now reaching Edmonton, while one guy has a Mr. and (former) Mrs. Alex Rodriguez signing story.
By most accounts, Mickey Mantle was the first paid autograph guest. About 25 years ago, the Mick got an outrageous $5 a pop to sign at a card show. Joe DiMaggio wasn’t far behind.
Now, though, just about anyone who draws a pro sports paycheck–or got one at one time can be asked to sign. It’s the one sure way of getting an autograph without having to stand outside a hotel or wait around after the game.
At card shows, sometimes the appearance fee is eaten by the promoter in hopes of attracting a bigger crowd. More often than not, however, the players get paid per signature and autographs are sold to the public.
It doesn’t mean the athletes never sign for free and the card show autograph ticket is not exactly news…except to the Edmonton Sun, which is apparently just tuning in.
Meanwhile, one creative autograph hound got Alex Rodriguez to sign a baseball, then tracked down the woman who used to be ARod’s wife and asked her to sign it.
A unique touch, but now that the two have split, the ball is up for bid on eBay, as a "1 of 1". No bids so far at a $3500 Buy it Now but offers are being accepted.
Proceeds, the seller says, are going to be donated to charity.