Pitcher George Frazier battles autograph dealers

Posted March 19th, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in "Handsome Ransom" Jackson, www.sportscollectors.net

Might the only autograph collectors see someday be the facsimile on Frazier’s Topps card?

George Frazier pitched for five teams from 1979-87. He’s known today as a Rockies commentator.

I think he may gain the most fame by striking out autograph dealers.

From the always-amazing www.sportscollectors.net comes word from one of Frazier’s friends. The former reliever is getting hounded in the worst way by mail, getting 20 to 30 cards monthly. The names change, but the address is the same. Yes, the addresses are matching eBay sellers with Frazier autographs. A reply of all cards personalized brought another letter Frazier asking for more autographs, leaving off the inscriptions. (After all, personalized autographs are harder to sell, right?)

Frazier is asking true collectors to limit their TTM request to 4 or 5 items. Frazier’s friend says the ex-pitcher is mulling over new responses. Requests of 10 or more items will get one autograph and he’ll start keeping duplicates.

Another former major leaguer is ready to stop signing by mail for everyone. Worse still, Frazier has access to the airwaves. His choice could be reflected by an entire Rockies organization. Or by former-player-broadcasters from other teams repeating the tale of hobby greed during broadcasts.

The baseball world is watching. Be on your best by-mail behavior.

 

One Response to “Pitcher George Frazier battles autograph dealers”

  1. Ron Martin says:

    Sadly this is becoming too commonplace among TTM collectors. We have had many spirited conversations on http://www.sportscollectors.net about this and the sad irony is that some seasoned collectors are okay with pounding these guys with overwhelming requests. I have been doing TTM requests for years and each year, my returns as a percentage go down. In 2014 my return percentage dropped to 67%. It is early but thus far this year my return rate is a very modest 34%. I realize that I am sending to guys that have historically not been great signers but still 34% is low. Thus far it has been very disappointing this year.

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