I agree 100% some people are making some good money by running those sites, but it's nice to come to a site like SCF and find address/website contact info for free, I think it's nice to share success's so that we can all build our collections. But I guess they probably use the money they make, to give them the time to search for the info...... so I can see both sides of it. I share all my success's but would like to make some money from it too, so I'm looking into putting ads on my autograph blog so I can make money, while continuing to give the info away for free.
it really does make you wonder don't it? I think it just comes down to the "honor system" which is good, in THEORY. but not everyone is as honest n respectful as you seem. Me personally, im a member of a paid site, but don't post that info here out of respect for what they do at the other site. The way I see it, is if I DID post that info here, someone would lose a job, a job they need to feed their children n keep a roof over their heads. I don't wanna mess that up for someone....but man, itd be nice once in awhile to not have to dig so hard lol
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That's definitely a great way to look at it, autograph collecting is a great way to spend extra money........it's unique, something that is actually signed by a famous person, and online/ttm request are really cheap! I'm sure my autographs would have cost me a LOT more if I would have gone out and bought them from other people. Most of the people that I went to high school with were into drugs and alcohol too.......some even died because of it, or others wasted their money on stereo systems, or whatever else they thought would make them "cool".
I wish I would have started collecting autographs when I was younger too, but I never even knew how easy it was until a couple years ago, and I got hooked from the start. I've never waited by the mailbox for the mailman, but I did stare out the window
He probably thought it was strange when I received a letter from the CIA and a package from Mikhail Gorbachev’s executive assistant………That’s another thing that makes autograph collecting so fun, is the stories that go along with some of them.
I've thought about collecting them from my favorite teams, or just sports in general but it's hard not to just go crazy and send out tons of requests like a madman And it's fun opening the mail, and getting a bunch of envelopes/fan packs from anyone, when I get them I don't really care who they're from! As I get older and have more money to spend on the hobby, I'd like to try to increase the value of my collection and maybe even buy some autographs, or try to get autographs from athletes before they become "too famous to sign for free"..... But I still have plenty of time to figure out which direction to take my collection.
Cliff, I don't post here often but after reading this I thought it was appropriate. I'm a 22 year old collector who has the same bug as you do. I've been vigorously collecting signatures for almost 10 years now. For a couple years I was all over the board in terms of autograph collecting, getting anyone I could. Like you emailing celebs got me hooked. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that I was, and still am for that matter, a poor student. What I didn't need for food or rent went to stamps. What free time I had outside of work and school was mostly spent emailing or writing for autographs. I think I scared my mailman a little when I started waiting for him at the box. Looking back I guess It was real life that got in the way of my collecting and significantly lowered my addiction habits. A promotion at work, a new girlfriend and an increased school load simply forced me to stop spending so much time seeking autographs. As you get older you'll find your priorities changing. I shifted to sports autographs and then eventually to hockey autographs. My goal now is to get one autograph of everyone who has played in the NHL. I'm about half way there with just under 3,700 unique signatures. Now I spend more time researching players whereabouts, organizing my autographs and writing about my collection than actually sending requests. My blog: Hockey Ink in the Mail
My advice is this: don't fight it. If we are addicted to this autograph collecting thing then one thing is for certain, there are much worse things we could be addicted to and much worse things we could be spending our money on. Do I regret the countless hours I spent collecting autographs? Not a bit. While my peers spent their money on video games, booze and drugs at least I have something of value to show for my dollars spent. As you get older your also find how fun it can be to look through all those signatures you've acquired. The enjoyment I get from opening my envelops is still unparalleled (don't tell my girlfriend!) and if anything it has become a big stress reliever for me. Look at it this way, most people need to get drunk or high to escape from real life. We just have to play with autographs. If autograph addiction is a real thing then look at it as a blessing, not a curse.
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I have a few problems 1. I don't just focus on certain types of autographs, I try to get them from anyone and everyone which probably isn't the best idea. I know that lots of people mostly collect a few players, a certain team, sport, or hof autos which makes a lot more sense. Problem 2. is that I have a blog where I post all of my success's and a lot of the followers/visitors are from all over the world and could care less about American sports, so I feel like I'd be letting them down if I narrowed down on what I collect. My email even got blocked last night because I had been sending so many email requests lately. I think I'd be the poster child for autograph addiction if people started taking it seriously. I've gotten +/- 480 autographs in less than 2 years and I'm only 21. Sometimes I spend days requesting as many as I possibly can, and other times I go weeks in between sending request. The one positive change I've made is substantially lowering the amount of TTM's I send out, so the main thing I need to spend money on now for my collection is protection.
Let's get one thing straight, you are crazy. Well so am I. I amassed over 3000 autos before deciding(health issue bills) to stop collecting, or I would have kept going. Step 1 is admitting you have a problem, so what if you stop there, as long a you will not regret anything down the line. I only cared about HOF autos had over 500 different players for the 4-sports, a few were TTMs back when they still replied. Liked on-line request because it was so easy & free, so I raked up 50 or so. Good luck with future collecting.
Yep! my addiction never harmed my relationships with anyone around me, they just thought it was cool that I was getting lots of autographs from so many famous people all the time, and I don't think they knew that I "needed" to get more in order to be happy. But it doesn't really matter as much to me now. I still love to get autographs of course, but I don't feel bad if I don't because I've already gotten more than I ever thought was possible when I first started.
Yes it's real, anyone can get addicted to anything imo. The question becomes if doing it hurts those around you? If the answer is yes to that then your on the same level of other addictions that you mentioned above. If the answer is no, then its harmless
Thanks for the comment! I'm glad to know that I'm not crazy
I don't know if "autograph addiction" is for real, but I did enjoy reading your blog. I too get disappointed if my mailbox doesn't have autographs for me. I think all of us do.
A little confused here. Why?
If the HOF had a veterans wing, then maybe he should be featured prominently with other guys who served, but induction into the HOF? Not nearly enough wins, strikeouts, or any other metric that can be argued as HOF worthy. Heck, the only things he ranks in the top 20 in TIGERS history for are shutouts (10th) and walks (also 10th).
Until a guy like Jim Kaat is elected, and after him about 15-20 other guys, then maybe, kinda, sorta should we consider Virgil. His number isn't even retired by the Tigers, and they have a ways to go before they do... Trammell and Whitaker have MUCH more of a HOF case than Trucks.
Not sure I can sign that petition... but it was a fun start to a discussion!