Pitcher Marvin Freeman threw me a curve. A totally unexpected curve. (As in ‘called strike.’)
I contacted him via Twitter, asking two questions.
- Why are you a PastPros client?
- Why do you choose not to autograph your 1989 Donruss card?
I did get a response, I suppose.
He returned just two words. Sure, it could have been a bad day for him. However, Freeman missed a golden opportunity.
All he had to share was one URL:
The former player is running a great program, started in 2018. His website describes the foundation as “…committed to making a positive impact in our community by raising funds to bridge the financial gap for low-income families.” Baseball is just one part of the foundation’s mission.
Furthermore, if TTM collectors knew that Freeman used every dollar in autograph revenue for his foundation, who could complain that “Free” doesn’t sign for free?
PastPros, by the way, is one of a growing number of businesses that help former players deal with their fan mail. These middle-men vow to help you get your desired autographs on your items (as long as you pay their price.)
Regarding the second question, I’m unsure about Freeman’s non-signing policy on that Donruss card. In the past, I have found that retired players seem to favor one of the following answers about their autograph restrictions:
- (Pictured team) did not treat me well.
- I hate the picture on that card.
- That’s not me in the picture.
If your choice is none of the above, here’s your chance to set the record straight, sir. The floor is yours.