I have heard stories about fans and autograph hounds stalking ball players at hotels and airports but never once have considered doing so myself. For one, I am not a fan of the autograph unless it comes from a pack and authenticated or it has sentimental value to me. Besides, being the owner of a baseball card blog, it’s more beneficial to get a photo of the player with Tatiana for the experience it creates and to tell a story the readers of the site will enjoy. That way, I don’t get accused of exploiting the player and selling the autograph on eBay. Besides, there is much less chance to get turned down that way. We have photographed with almost twenty players now and only one has refused Tatiana (Wally Joyner), so it works out well.
While doing my usual eBay Andrew Miller hunt I ran across this auction. It’s a signed ball from Andrew taken from what appears to be outside a hotel or airport. I have no qualms with the price of $10.00 but the fact that Andrew didn’t have to sign but chose to do so on his own and even in the “sweet spot” and this “fan” rushed home to make some cash on it makes me a little sad in some strange way. I am almost 100% positive Andrew reads Wax Heaven so what’s to say that he doesn’t check out eBay once in a while? To me, this is one less autograph Andrew will sign for his true fans in person from this point on.
So am I overreacting? Of course I cannot expect that there will be a day only true fans and collectors ask for autographs but isn’t this kind of low? Maybe I am just taking it too personal since it has happened to my favorite player. Whatever the case, Andrew is turning out to be a great Florida Marlin and would now be 5-4 if it weren’t for Doug Waechter blowing the game against Philadelphia over the weekend. I think there is a chance Andrew can pick up 12-15 wins this season. Not bad for a guy almost everyone lost faith in a month and a half ago.