Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Monday, August 06, 2012

Jose Bautista, Joe Carter join online company selling digital autographs

For $50 a pop, Joey Bats and Jumpin’ Joe will send you a personalized voice recording on a topic of your choice — within reason (see below) — as well as an electronic signature, courtesy of Egraphs.

“It’s a new generation of autographs,” says Gabe Kapler, who spent 12 years as a big-league outfielder and is now leading Egraphs’ business development team. “The fan is going to receive something that nobody has seen before. The player is going to have an easier method of interacting and sharing a personal experience with their fans.”

The process is simple: you choose a player from Egraphs’ roster, select a picture you would like them to sign and send along a message — including the name of the person to whom the autograph should be addressed — and whatever you would like the player to say in his voice recording.

Former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez shared with one fan his favourite place to get a lobster roll in Boston, while Philadelphia’s Jimmy Rollins gives a heartwarming message to a younger fan who gave him a new nickname.

Bah! Lefty Phillips once gave me his oxygen tank to watch over (Hudson oxygen regulator’s at the time had quirky On/Off malfunctions due to housing cap strippage).

But just because you pay your money, doesn’t mean you can make puppets of these MLB superstars.

All requests are first vetted by Egraphs’ staff and the players also have the option to reject any request.

Repoz Posted: August 06, 2012 at 08:32 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: business, jays

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2012 at 12:16 PM (#4201489)
I really don't get the appeal of autographs. Only an expert knows if they're real or not, and what does it signify? That some ballplayer scribbled his name?

On another note, has anyone seen the show "Ball Boys"? I think its an ABC show, it airs weekday afternoons, it may be syndicated. Its like Pawn Stars for sports memorabilia. Frankly, I didn't know such places still existed anymore, but it is interesting to see how the store hustles for memorabilia.
   2. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: August 06, 2012 at 03:46 PM (#4201684)
So for $50, you get a voice mail and a copy of an autograph. Because those two things have value.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:03 PM (#4201699)
I would get a kick out of getting a personalized voicemail message from Pedro
   4. SG Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:11 PM (#4201704)
Didn't MLB and DirecTV have some promo a few years back where you could get a pre-recorded voice mail from a player? I had 'David Ortiz' call my brother like 20 times a day. He wasn't particularly amused.

Edit: It was XM radio, not DirecTV.
   5. Misirlou's got a job, but it don't pay Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:24 PM (#4201716)
Can I get his voice recording a greeting on my answering machine?
   6. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:55 PM (#4201760)
I would get a kick out of getting a personalized voicemail message from Pedro


Yeah, a personalized voicemail message from a MLB star of your choice would easily be worth $50.
   7. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 06, 2012 at 06:15 PM (#4201850)

Spent a few minutes on the website. While I don't know whether it will take off (a digital autograph is fundamentally different from a non-digital one, IMO), the site and business model seem fairly well executed.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
TedBerg
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogA-Rod connects twice, within 2 of Mays on HR list
(27 - 4:58am, Apr 19)
Last: Weekly Journalist_

NewsblogPete Rose to join FOX, FOX Sports 1 as baseball analyst
(26 - 2:44am, Apr 19)
Last: Cargo Cultist

NewsblogOT: 2015 NHL Playoff thread
(61 - 2:21am, Apr 19)
Last: Meatwad misses Vincennes

NewsblogAngels teammates say Josh Hamilton is physically ready to play - LA Times
(10 - 2:18am, Apr 19)
Last: PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth)

NewsblogOT: Soccer March 2015
(660 - 1:43am, Apr 19)
Last: Baldrick

NewsblogOTP - April 2015: Church, baseball, politics: Rahm and Chuy work to close the deal
(2722 - 12:42am, Apr 19)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

Newsblog4-18-15 OMNICHATTER
(166 - 12:12am, Apr 19)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - April 2015
(1012 - 11:57pm, Apr 18)
Last: Athletic Supporter is trying to remember your name

NewsblogCan Mets make playoffs with 4s up the middle? |
(41 - 11:43pm, Apr 18)
Last: Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee

NewsblogGiancarlo Stanton becomes Marlins all-time HR leader
(47 - 11:29pm, Apr 18)
Last: PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth)

NewsblogU.S. Supreme Court asked to overturn baseball's anti-trust exemption
(34 - 10:29pm, Apr 18)
Last: BDC

NewsblogUbaldo Jimenez's bid for no-hitter over after ejection for plunking Pablo Sandoval - Baltimore Sun
(25 - 9:27pm, Apr 18)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogInside Baseball: How Padres' frenetic moves happened and more MLB notes - CBSSports.com
(8 - 8:48pm, Apr 18)
Last: alilisd

NewsblogRobin Ventura makes controversial decision not to challenge key play in White Sox loss - Chicago Tribune
(15 - 6:12pm, Apr 18)
Last: Bug Selig

NewsblogElite Daily: What if players played for their hometown states?
(28 - 4:28pm, Apr 18)
Last: wjones

Page rendered in 0.1894 seconds
48 querie(s) executed