Another TTM Mailday: This One’s Morneau of a Failure Than a Success

One of the autograph requests I sent around a month ago was to current Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau.  I’ve been a fan of his for five or six years now and was excited last year when the Pirates acquired him during the season.  So, I figured I’d give him a shot and send him an autograph request.

Well, he was actually the first to return my request although it was returned unsigned.  Yes, it was returned unsigned and that was a bummer, but he did enclose information on how to obtain his autograph for a small fee of $25 which would be donated to a charity.  I have no issues with him asking for $25 in exchange for an autograph since it could be on any item that I send in.  Will I take him up on his offer?  Probably not.  Is it worth the money? Absolutely…depending on the item I send.  This is where, as a collector, I have to be smart and actually send an item in that’s worthwhile.  Would it be financially sound to send a baseball card in to be signed for $25? Not at all since I could probably get one for half that on the secondary market.  Would it be the $25 to send in an Official Major League Baseball or a mini helmet to get signed?  It definitely would!

Morneau isn’t the first athlete to ask for a donation to be made to a charity of his choosing in exchange for an autograph and he definitely won’t be the last.  In fact, Max Scherzer made a few headlines earlier this year by saying that he would sign autographs through the mail in exchange for a $25 donation to the Washington National Youth Baseball Academy.  In fact, I could see this becoming more of the norm in the years to come.

Justin Morneau Autograph Request

Justin Morneau Donation Request

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