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PipestonePetePipestonePete Posts: 1,583 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited December 31, 2019 12:33PM in Autographs Forum

I have to believe that there are members of the Collectors Universe Autographs Forum who have taken their own photographs of celebrities, sports stars, newsmaker, etc. and then had them signed by that personality. I thought it might be fun to see what some of those successes have been.

The first photograph that I have posted is an image that I took at a Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox game which was played on June 26, 1977. There were many notable events which occurred in this game including it being the largest regular season home crowd in Metropolitan Stadium history, Rod Carew raising his batting average to over .400, a final score of 19-12 in favor of the hometown Twins, and other highlights. This game has gone down in Minnesota Twins lore and can be reviewed in the article attached here https://sabr.org/gamesproj/game/june-26-1977-adams-8-rbis-carews-5-runs-lead-twins-slugfest I happened to attend that game and was seated in the upper-deck out in left field. It was a hot sunny Sunday afternoon and the crowd was into this game right from the opening pitch. One fan, apparently not too happy with his assigned seat (and certainly having enjoyed one too many beverages) decided to climb the left-field foul pole. He was eventually talked down from the pole and immediately taken away in handcuffs. I took a photograph of the kid perched on that pole and often wondered over the years who he might be. About a month ago, a buddy of mine who attended the game with me emailed me with a link to a Facebook story about the young man on the foul pole. The story was posted by non-other than the perp himself! I was able to message him on FB and share my photograph and memories of that game. I had several 8x 10 prints made for him to sign and provided a 16 X 20 of the photograph for him to keep (for his man cave or trophy room). It was almost shocking to finally find out (more than 42 years after taking the photograph!) who that person was that I had photographed back in the summer of 1977.

Also surprising, that young man grew up to be one of the most respected sports historians in the state of Minnesota having authored numerous books on sports history as well as being affiliated with the Twins and Timberwolves as an official scorer and online gamecaster and other sporting achievements.

This second photo is of Barry Gibb. Photo taken at the Bee Gees concert on December 10, 1976, at the Omaha Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska.

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  • JBKJBK Posts: 8,224 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great thread, and great pictures.

    For the past few presidential elections I would travel to New Hampshire where you can meet all (most) of the candidates as NH has the first primary and they all go there to meet the voters in hopes of getting an early win that will propel them to the next rounds of primaries.

    I have a nice pic of Mitt Romney that I took that I had printed out and I took it to an event the next day where he signed it. I also have several pics of me with various candidates which they signed.

  • PipestonePetePipestonePete Posts: 1,583 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Would like to see some of those, JBK. Your reply did remind me that I have several photos that I took at some TwinsFests over the years of Minnesota Twins ballplayers that I have sent out and had signed.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 8,224 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 1, 2020 1:30PM

    Here is my 2012 Mitt Romney photo. I liked it because of all the photographers in the background pointed in my direction.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 8,224 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Here is a photo I took at another Romney rally in a high school gymnasium. NH Senator Kelly Ayotte and SC Governor Nikki Haley were there to support him.

    I angled for a shot that included those two and part of the sign painted on the wall behind them that included the word "champions". I subsequently had it signed through the mail. (Sorry for the messy effort to obscure my name).

  • PipestonePetePipestonePete Posts: 1,583 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I really like the Romney photo. And that second photo shows some pretty nice composition.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 8,224 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @PipestonePete said:
    I really like the Romney photo. And that second photo shows some pretty nice composition.

    Thx! It took me a little time and effort to get an angle where the ladies were lined up nicely under the sign. :)

  • dadamsdadams Posts: 374 ✭✭✭

    Here is a photograph I took at Space Center Houston in the mid-90's. Later I sent it to then Senator John Glenn who graciously sent it back:

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  • JBKJBK Posts: 8,224 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @dadams said:
    Here is a photograph I took at Space Center Houston in the mid-90's. Later I sent it to then Senator John Glenn who graciously sent it back:

    Those types of photos are the best - unique for sure.

    What is this photo of? Is it a rack of uniforms?

  • JBKJBK Posts: 8,224 ✭✭✭✭✭

    P.S. - John Glenn was a great singer, and almost always inscribed the recipient's first name.

  • dadamsdadams Posts: 374 ✭✭✭

    Hi @JBK - it was indeed a rack of uniforms on wheels - I think they are lab coats. It was so long ago but I distinctly remember seeing them lined up with the NASA logo and American flag on the shoulders that I was compelled to snap the picture. I’ve still got the negative somewhere and I should dig it out to make more prints and see whom else I can get to sign.

    Love your pics too and that one of the guy sitting up in the foul pole with the great story by @PipestonePete is pretty awesome too.

    -d

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  • PipestonePetePipestonePete Posts: 1,583 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My family was fortunate enough to meet legendary astronaut James Lovell at a fly-in breakfast in June, 1998. He graciously posed for a picture with my son and then signed it for him when I mailed the picture
    out to him.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 8,224 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That's great!

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