Ken McMullen’s Personal Touch

Posted May 11th, 2010 by Tom Owens and filed in Ken McMullen


Poor Ken McMullen.

After replying to an autograph request that included personalizing a card, McMullen suffered the recent wrath of a collector on a hobby website.

The post claimed that McMullen added “To —” only as a defense. He wanted to devalue the autograph on ebay, asserted the collector. The cynical attempt at humor followed, speculating on whether McMullen really thinks his autograph would be that valuable and in demand?

Here’s a wild idea:

The veteran third baseman believed the letter he received. In turn, he truly cared about the “fan” writing. McMullen wanted to prove his gratitude and show that he read the letter by inscribing the card.

Could be!

An autograph is an autograph. Yes, someday at an estate sale, buyers may moan, “All these autographs are TO TOM.” That’s because each signature tells three stories: the player’s, my own and the time we communicated. I’m not collecting future commodities for resale. I’m collecting memories NOW.

2 Responses to “Ken McMullen’s Personal Touch”

  1. DMBfan says:

    I’ve been collecting autographs for nearly 20 years by sending letters to players. When I first started receiving personalizations, I was disappointed because I thought of the decrease in value. Now, I truly appreciate the personalizations, as each one tells its own story. I agree with you when you say that you are collecting memories, not commodities. Thanks for the blog. I check it every day and enjoy it very much.

  2. Tom Owens says:

    You’re quite welcome! Thank you for your support. We don’t have forever to reach the retired players. I do believe they’re grateful that today’s fans still value baseball history.

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