If you’re a retired player, no one blinks an eye when you come back to sign autographs for pay in the city where you once played. If you’re a current player, sometimes the critics are ready to pounce.
It happened to Brady Quinn just before his rookie season in Cleveland.
It happened to some young Oilers hockey players in 2008. They took shots over…get this…$25 autographs.
Over the weekend, Cam Newton took some heat from fans and columnists in Charlotte for a paid session at a local mall.
Apparently not everyone is quite clued in to the fact that hundreds of players get paid for autographs every month somewhere in this big, bold land. It doesn’t mean they don’t sign for free when they can.
Only about 300 ponied up the relatively modest $125-175 but fans who showed up for Newton’s signing session say it was well worth it–and some traveled to see him, according to coverage in the Raleigh News & Observer.
Former Chicago Bear Stan Humphries got some of his championship jewelry back after police looked into a burglary at his home. Some things are still missing, however.
It happened at a home he was getting ready to move out of in Spokane, WA. Thieves broke in through the front door of his home and made off with quite a booty according to police.
Humphries’ Super Bowl XX ring and his University of Michigan Rose Bowl championship ring were recovered by Spokane Police , but his Big 10 championship ring, Michigan senior ring and diamond and gold Super Bowl pendant haven’t been found yet, according to this story.
Officers and import specialists at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport discovered and seized 33,000 trading cards game sets in violation of Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh and Zexal trademarks in a shipment arriving from China.
California Border Patrol officers discovered the infringing shipment with the cards which, if genuine, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the shipment would have been $218,000.
“This seizure is yet another example on how effective targeting and trademark expertise by CBP officers and import specialists prevent the introduction of counterfeit products into the U.S.,” said Todd C. Owen CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles. “CBP maintains an aggressive posture against those attempting to circumvent trade law.”
Counterfeit playing cards are sold over the internet, street markets and have been found even in legitimate retail stores. Most parents are unaware that they are buying an illegitimate product.