Pitcher Bob Allen rewriting baseball autograph hobby history?

Posted February 2nd, 2017 by Tom Owens and filed in Bob Allen, www.sportscollectors.net

Do you think the stone-faced 1960s hurler would crack a smile at the thought of someone paying his new signing fee?

Time for an update…

Pitcher Bob Allen, back in 2013, was shocking through-the-mail collectors by demanding $100 per autograph.

What about today?

One hobbyist on the always-cool www.sportscollectors.net reported that Allen wants $500 per autograph.

If anyone gets a response from Allen that includes WHY anyone should pay $500 for his autograph, I’d love to know. 


Dave ‘Boo’ Ferriss left on Thanksgiving

Posted December 12th, 2016 by Tom Owens and filed in Dave "Boo" Ferriss, www.sportscollectors.net

If there was an autograph Hall of Fame, Dave “Boo” Ferriss would be enshrined.

When he died on Thanksgiving at age 94, collectors lost a friend. The former Red Sox pitcher signed 227 out of 228 recorded requests, says www.sportscollectors.net. I’m astounded at how many hobbyists received notes, photos or other bonuses with their requests.

“Boo” shared this with me in 2010. Enjoy!

Remembering Marlins Ace Jose Fernandez

Posted September 25th, 2016 by Tom Owens and filed in www.Baseball-Almanac.com, www.sportscollectors.net
(Photo credit: Arturo Pardavila III/Wikimedia Commons)

(Photo credit: Arturo Pardavila III/Wikimedia Commons)

Gone at age 24.

What can collectors and researchers learn from such a shock as the accidental death of pitcher Jose Fernandez?

According to the ever-inspiring www.sportscollectors.net, Fernandez had responded to 17 of 67 TTM requests. The last success came in his 2013 rookie season, however.

This isn’t a post about stats, mind you. This is a message about the future.

Hurry up. Fate won’t wait.

Write to those baseball names NOW.