Good signers have a little Santa in them.
I look at www.sportscollectors.net and see others who note in their tracked response: “Added small photo.”
I think that some of the hobby’s most generous custom card designers are these Secret Santas. Those of you adding an extra or sending some dupes on request are giving a retiree the chance to treat other collectors.
My one request of all of you? When you give, give freely. Add a post-it to a bonus card saying FOR YOU, so the signer doesn’t autograph everything in sight.
I see too many collectors saying, “I told him he could keep a couple if he wanted, but he signed them all.” That smells too much like, “I’ll make a half-hearted offer in hopes of getting lots of autographed extras because of the confusion.”
Someone like Freddy Schmidt loved rewarding the best letters. Help them help us.
Coming Monday: The Yankee who inspired Harvey Meiselman’s address directory!