March 12, 2012

Should Older Stars Retire From Signing Cards At Some Point?

In one of Tom The Ripper's newest videos a Stan Musial 2012 Topps Tribute autograph is pulled.  This is a Jake Break, so as usual Jake he didn't seem too excited about it when it was pulled but it is currently the only copy available for sale on eBay.

The card bring to mind some thoughts that I'm not really considered before in card collecting.  In the same way that all professional athletes face a time in which they won't be able to continue on, do players face the same sort of situation in signing collectibles.  No matter how high  public demand might be, should elderly stars just not sign cards and memorabilia at some point?  Granted, I haven't been able to see any of the other card Stan the Man signed for Topps Tribute to compare the signature quality as this is the only card listed currently but I personally just feel bad looking at the card and seeing that signature.  I hope that Stan isn't being exploited in contributing to the set.

I realize that young players tear off hundreds of autographs per set for the various card companies but Stan is currently 91.  If I were to ask my 85-year-old grandmother to sign ninety-nine copies of something it would be a few day ordeal of making them anywhere close to legible and possibly with someone holding the pen with her.  I just hope that's not the case for Mr. Musial.
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