Having witnessed Autograph Hounds first hand at Roger Dean and Dolphin Stadium, I can’t blame Mike for his ill-feelings towards these guys. The people he’s talking about are the kind that spend all Summer stalking players at hotels, bars, and malls looking for just one more autograph.
For starters, not everyone classifies as a “Hound”. If you are getting just a single autograph at a time, no need to worry. I’m talking about the guys with giant binders with 8 cards of each player who expect the guy to sign everything or else they will run to a message board and post about what an “arrogant jerk” the player was.
As for the article regarding Mike’s signature being worth $100 or more, someone should tell the 3-time MVP that his low-end certified autographs sell for as low as $25 dollars on eBay, while signed baseballs and photos can be had for much less.
It’s not 1983 anymore.