Originally Posted by Always Red
Autographs? I never could figure out the attraction for that, even when I was a kid. I'd rather shake a man's hand, any day, than have his autograph.
I like autographs because they are a memory of that time you met someone. I got to meet Jim Thome once and I got a picture with him and he signed a ball, which are both things that I have for memories.
If I wasn't there, then an autograph doesn't mean much more than a name written on something unless it is made out to me. When I was younger, I got a signed ball from Sabo made out to me and that was really cool. I think autographs's to me are something to be kept for a long time where I can look back and remember the story of when I got that autograph. It will be much more important to me when I am older.
My dad has a book signed by Jim Brown from the 60's and a letter from Ted Williams to his dad during the Korean war. The Jim Brown sig was made out to my dad because they were buddies while my dad worked at Cleveland Stadium. Those two things mean a lot to my family.