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Old 05-22-2011, 12:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Baseball Signers take note from Harmon.

I had the chance to meet Mr. Killebrew a few times. He signed some items for me, and my Grandfather. I always admired the quality and time he put into every auto I watched him sign.
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So I thought it was funny when I saw this quote in the paper from Michael Cuddyer. On a autograph signing they did together
"My Autograph was chicken scratch, and he leaned over saw it and said, 'You know what? If you continue to sign like that. Im going to get up and leave and all these people are going to be mad at you if I leave.'
So I immediately changed the way I signed my name. Its been very legible ever since, for the last six seven years now. Every time I sign, I cant help but think of Harmon Killebrew."

Just a fun story I had to share. Players should take note too. When I got my sigs from "Killer". It was long after retirement. He always took pride in what he did. Thanks for the read.
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Old 05-22-2011, 12:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That is a great story about somebody that really cared about the fans.
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Old 05-22-2011, 12:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have to say that is a great story too. One of my favorite signatures as well.

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It's nice to see/hear when players have their heads on right. So often in the card/memorbilia industry players do signings just to make a few grand and give a half ass effort in signing, but it's really nice that Killer enjoyed doing the signings and appreciated that people were paying for his signature to the point where he would take the time to sign a nice legible sig, sometimes even with an inscription. Unlike harper's bowman autos!
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Seems like the older players signatures are the best. Most players these days just suck at signing
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Harmon also did a similar thing with Torii Hunter. Harmon was a class act for sure!
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I agree. The older players signatures look so much better than the players these days. It just seems like players these days are in such a rush and that if you ask them for their signature at the ball park, they seem like it's such a bother for them to sign a couple of cards. I have gotten a lot of cards signed this year at minor league games and some of the signatures I received on Bowman and Chrome cards looks nothing like the signature printed on the card.

On a good note, Dallas Trahern, pitcher for the Florida Marlins, signed 4 cards for me last week. Nice big signature and he put a Bible verse on all four cards. He also signed some baseballs for kids and again took the time to put the verses on them as well. Class act in my book.
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Seems like the older players signatures are the best
I think they take it more seriously and as more of an "honor" than the present day players. Today I think most of them just say "well I'm getting paid for this anyway so why take my time with the signature?"

Also, penmanship MAY be getting worse in newer generations as well. I could be wrong about that though.
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When you think where cards were 40 or 50 years ago, players weren't hounded for autographs, and didn't have thousands of autos in every set of baseball cards.

So I can understand where the younger players are coming from. If you have signed your name 15,000 times, and you're 19 or 20 years old (Harper, Strasburg, etc.) then it becomes a pain to write every single letter every single time. Especially knowing you'll sign it again another 10,000 or 15,000 times.
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When you think where cards were 40 or 50 years ago, players weren't hounded for autographs, and didn't have thousands of autos in every set of baseball cards.

So I can understand where the younger players are coming from. If you have signed your name 15,000 times, and you're 19 or 20 years old (Harper, Strasburg, etc.) then it becomes a pain to write every single letter every single time. Especially knowing you'll sign it again another 10,000 or 15,000 times.
They are being paid to provide a service. If I dropped alot of coin personaly. I would tell them to at least make it Legible.
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I think they take it more seriously and as more of an "honor" than the present day players. Today I think most of them just say "well I'm getting paid for this anyway so why take my time with the signature?"

Also, penmanship MAY be getting worse in newer generations as well. I could be wrong about that though.
Milt Pappas is the exception to this. I got his autograph on a ball last year at the Cubs convention, and he just kind of ole'd his name onto it. When I thanked him for signing, he sneered. A literal sneer. It was unbelievable.
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