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Offline Zero2Cool  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, May 19, 2010 3:58:56 PM(UTC)
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With an unproven rookie like Tim Tebow charging $160 for the privilege of having his signature placed on the item of your choice, a guy like Brett Favre easily can charge that much, and more.

And so he is.

A group called Radtke Sports is marketing a one-day signing event with Favre, via Brad Biggs of NFP. On July 15, he'll sign 100 items. But there will be no event at which Favre will shake hands and/or smile for the camera. Instead, all items must be sent in advance, with payment up front.

And if your item isn't one of the first 100 items received, you'll be S.O.L. Or, more accurately, S.O.F. (But at least you'll get your money back.)

The charge is $400 for a full-size helmet, $400 for a jersey, $250 for a football, $175 for a mini-helmet, large photos for $250, smaller photos for $175.

Inscriptions will cost an extra $100. ("Dear Joe, with your money, I'll be buying new tires for my tractor.")

Frankly, we think Brett should do more than 100 items. That way, he'll be able to add hand carpal tunnel syndrome to his 2010 list of built-in excuses in the event of failure.



C'mon, $400? I thought $160 for Tebow was about 140 too high.
Offline Nonstopdrivel  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, May 19, 2010 4:42:03 PM(UTC)
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Free market, my friend. If people are dumb enough to pay that much for an autograph, more power to them. It's a little crazy, though: Brett Favre has made in excess of $250 million in his career, and he needs to charge for autographs?
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, May 19, 2010 5:02:16 PM(UTC)
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Gotta pay for ankle surgery somehow.
Offline zombieslayer  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, May 19, 2010 7:08:37 PM(UTC)
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Charging for autographs is stupid, period. All these athletes are bozos, and once again, that's why I'd rather see them and not hear them. The less I know about their personal lives, the better.

JFC, you don't see rock stars charging for autographs. (Yet).
Offline Nonstopdrivel  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, May 19, 2010 7:11:56 PM(UTC)
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Maybe you can start the trend when you hit the big time, Zombieslayer.
Offline Pack93z  
#6 Posted : Wednesday, May 19, 2010 7:42:38 PM(UTC)
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Color me disinterested... I could give a crap less if some people are willing to fork over 400 dollars for the honor of his John Henry.. more power to those that can milk that cash for something that will be meaningless by such an impersonal way to get something signed.
Offline Zero2Cool  
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People SELLING the autographs I believe are reason why signers require such a price for their ink.

I prefer the days when you had an autograph for the sake of HAVING the autograph, not for financial profit.

No signature is worth $400 to me, not Barry, not Brett, not even Earnhardt. I would jump at the chance to have them sign something, in person. I don't care if anyone believed me that it was real or not, I would know.

I'll stop before I continue on a rant on how money has ruined the Card collecting industry ...
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Eh. Who cares? I mean besides Florio the toolio.
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#9 Posted : Wednesday, May 19, 2010 9:58:26 PM(UTC)
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Zero hit the nail on the head, these players are charging for doing this because people will turn around and throw those autographs on EBAY. The good old days of getting autographs for pleasure are gone, Its all about the green and I'm not talking about the players.
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#10 Posted : Wednesday, May 19, 2010 10:16:50 PM(UTC)
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Yes, it makes perfect sense. They felt so bad for the fans that had to pay for their autographs from some random guy on the internet, that they made them pay ridiculous amounts of money themselfs. Because they care about their fans.

Obviously the athletes want a stake in this. They want the money, or they wouldn't be doing this.

And $400,- isn't something someone would give up for a jersey signed by Favre. If he really wants to do this to stop people from re-selling them, let them pay $50, max.
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