Stumbled upon a questionnaire about autograph cards while browsing a blog linked from another regularly read blog. Figured I'd post it here so maybe my traffic might increase...
1. What is the best autograph you own? 2008 Topps Heritage Bill Mazeroski red ink
2. What is the best autograph that you've ever pulled from a pack of cards? See #1
3. What is the worst autograph you've ever pulled from a pack of cards? Any one of a few early 90's rookie scrubs from a value blaster. I'll never get rid of them.
4. Do you try to get autographs through the mail? If so, what sort of success (or failure) stories do you have? Nope, never really tried.
5. Who was the subject of your first ever autograph? Rocky Colavito (as KC coach) on the back of an Orioles program at a game circa 1982-3.
6. Do you actively collect any autographs (certain players, teams, brands, etc)? Priest Holmes (all) and the occasional Redskin or baseball player collection guy that I don't already have.
7. Which is better: Autographs or Relics? Autos are better, but I'd take a multi-color swatch/patch (easiest to find in hockey) over a two-letter scribble signature.
8. What do you think of cut autos? Deceased players are fine, otherwise cheesy, especially when they cut up an autographed card and put a piece of it in another card.
9. What is your favorite autograph design (say in the last 5 years)? 2005 SP Chirography
10. If you could get the autograph of any five people (dead or alive) who would you want a signature from (and why)?
Harry Truman (favorite president)
Christy Mathewson, Rube Marquard, or John McGraw (for my 1909 NY Giants collection)
Gene Kranz (Apollo Flight Director - always awed by that whole program)
Leonard Nimoy or William Shatner (see posts below)