Some of my "send-outs" have finally made it back.
-Michael Brooks (Broncos LB)- about 4 months
-Dave Wyman (Broncos/Seahawks LB)- about 10 months
-Gerald "Ice Cube" McNeil- about 4 months
-Billy Thompson (Broncos DB)- less than a week, but he's a local
-Rick Manning (70's/80's OF, Indians broadcaster). Quick turnaround
-Mark Gubicza. About 3 weeks
-Ken Macha. Quick turnaround
-Mark Thurmond (80's RP). Quick turnaround
-Wes Chamberlain. Quick turnaround
-Eric Young Jr. Sent to Citi Field. VERY quick turnaround
-Jimmy Key. Quick turnaround
-Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes. About 3 months
In-Person Sweet Spot Baseballs:
-Eric Young, Sr.
-Mark Melancon (personalized it and wrote "Go Bucs"! Awesome)
In-Person Team Baseball:
-Clint Barmes, Jordy Mercer, Jared Hughes (2014 Pirates)
-Glenallen Hill (mgr), Dave Schuler (pitch. coach), Brian Burres, Michael Ramirez, Jackson Williams, Drew Garcia, Angelys Nina, Rafael Ynoa, Evan Frey, Tim Smalling (2014 Sky Sox Triple A).
-Brian Burres (Triple A game)
-Paul Janish (Triple A game)
-Glenallen Hill (Triple A game)
I went to the Triple A game in mid-June. Until that point, I had gotten ZERO in-person autographs for the season. It was my make or break game; if I didn't get any autographs, I was going to quit going early to games. Got a bunch (11), without much effort. If you do your homework and find a super-fan, Triple A games are an easy effort for autograph hounding.
Went early for two Pirates games in July in Denver. Only got three autographs, pre-game, in two tries. But stayed after the game, at the main gate, and got three in one night. Would've gotten more, if I had been a jerk. For instance, Rockies OF Brandon Barnes was there, but had his dinner in one hand and his daughter in the other. Jhoulys Chacin came by, but I didn't have a card or anything for him to sign.
Think I may skip all future pre-game/BP autograph haggling and just try it after the game. MUCH smaller crowd. While it is tougher to spot guys, it's a much more relaxed environment for both the players and fans. Plus; if you're a cheap ass; you don't need a ticket.
Pre-game/BP used to be the best time to get autographs, from about 2002-2008. Circa 2009, I strongly believe the Players Association said something to their members about pre-game autographing, as guys have been signing less frequently since then. I remember when about 11-15 members of the Reds came over to sign in 2004 during BP... and that wasn't unusual for the time.