Using signed items, displaying or carrying around autographs
I was curious to the collectors here…do any of you wear your signed shirts, read your signed books or use your signed sports equipment? Or does it all stay safe and protected? Or perhaps you wear, read or use some signed items but the majority are preserved?
I have yet to wear a signed shirt, or read a signed book…but when I was a little kid I did have a signed baseball (of no one famous, I think it was a local baseball player) and would play with it by throwing it around (never played a baseball game with it though). It always reminded me of the movie the Sandlot where the kids ultimately chose to use a Babe Ruth signed baseball when they ran out of regular baseballs to use, and the ball ends up ruined after many attempts to rescue it from the dog behind the fence.
I wanted to add another part to this: Do you carry any of your autographs around? Such as in your wallet (a special autograph you keep folded up in your wallet), or have them in your bag, briefcase or suitcase that you regularly bring to places (such as work, travel, the gym etc), or just bring certain pieces to shows a lot to show them off?
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