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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
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   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 was a Buddhist prodigy 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.

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