Question About In-Person Autograph Signings
Over the past 10 years or so, a friend and I have made a habit out of going to the National and other card shows to get in person autographs of legendary athletes on rookie cards. I wasn’t sold on it as part of my collection at first, but I must admit they have grown on me over the years. A neat little sports card tradition that we have really grown to enjoy over the years.
We had great experiences with the likes of Reggie Jackson, Bob Gibson, Cal Ripken Jr, Rickey Henderson, Hulk Hogan, Joe Montana, Barry Sanders, and Ozzie Smith.
But something weird has happened the last couple of times that we have attended in-person autograph events. At the National in Chicago 2023 Jerry Rice was extremely rough and creased my 1986 Topps rookie card when signing it. The same thing happened this fall in Columbus, OH when Bo Jackson bent back my 1986 Topps Traded rookie card while signing it. Both guys lifted the card up and nearly bent the cards in half while autographing them.
Has anyone else had experiences like this? Do the athletes working with TriStar, Fiterman, etc. get any education on this kind of thing? As in how to properly handle delicate items? Is there any recourse we have when we purchase autograph tickets and the athletes damage our items? Especially since this is a service that we are paying significant money for?
Just wondering if anyone else has had any similar experiences or thoughts on the topic?