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Whats the deal with Cam charging for Autographs today?

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I appreciate and respect Cam even more now for charging grown men for some scribbles of ink - suckers!

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he signed a contract with a memorabilia company that's paying him to be there.

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he does not.

He has for me on several occasions.

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I appreciate and respect Cam even more now for charging grown men for some scribbles of ink - suckers!

what's funny is that someone in here is going to make a thread celebrating the autograph they just got at that signing to put right beside their autographed helmet they spent $500+ for, their collection of baseball cards with pieces of jerseys attached, and their julius peppers fathead in their mancave.

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He has for me on several occasions.

i've heard several times that he only signs for kids. guess not.

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no issue with it if its for charity...but I'd never pay for an autograph unless it was on a blank check. I also have no issue with grown ups getting autographs!

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There was a baseball player years ago that signed anything and everything for anybody that asked for it because he wanted to flood the market so it was worthless. To me, that's the way to go. Because fans that want it to keep for personal enjoyment don't care if a million other people have it too. It doesn't bring down their sentimental value of it, but it makes it so people can't make a ton off of it on eBay. That's the way to do it right there. I wish I could remember what player it was.

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There was a baseball player years ago that signed anything and everything for anybody that asked for it because he wanted to flood the market so it was worthless. To me, that's the way to go. Because fans that want it to keep for personal enjoyment don't care if a million other people have it too. It doesn't bring down their sentimental value of it, but it makes it so people can't make a ton off of it on eBay. That's the way to do it right there. I wish I could remember what player it was.

smart move if you don't want people making money off your name and you not get any royalties.

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i bet he goes to a strip club and hurls all the proceeds across the stadium-sized interior at the strippers

thug

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Personally, I don't get it. Lets say they make 50 grand from autographs today. The promotions company is getting at least 40 percent of that. So Cam gets say 30 grand.

30 grand.

In the grand scheme, the hit it has taken in the court of public opinion is not worth what he gets paid for a tenth of a game of football play.

Will he take a hit? Seems like the national media will defend him. Fowler is just a "humble" local journalist who would have course scoff at this sort of thing. Its not like he's a bright guy, dont ya think someone would have snatched him up by now if he was any good? His opinions suck, quite frankly, because theyre not well thought out.

And please save me the oh $30,000 isnt enough for blah blah. 30,000 is a lot of money and just because Cam has a nice contract now the value of the dollar hasnt decreased. 30 G's is still 30 G's to a once poor preacher's boy. He could do things with that money to help a lot of people. Or fug it, he could just keep it. . . you know, since he's the greatest rookie of all time (imo).

EDIT: I dont think there is such a thing as a "grand scheme" btw in the way you refer to it with regards to how much money you have, that is something that WE rationalize as lesser wealthy people. Money is worth the same no matter what. People often question weathy people for things like this. They didnt get to be billionaires in one giant deal BAM. . BILLIONAIRE WOOO

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I have a free autograph from both Cam and Smitty, the only thing it cost me was a couple trips to the practice field to catch them at the right time. After just about every practice I've attended, Cam will sign a few autographs, mostly for kids.

There are a few professional autograph hounds out there that have a box of stuff with them and clearly couldn't give a sh*t about the Panthers... both Cam and Smitty make a point of avoiding those guys and I don't blame them one bit.

Smith in particular gets very animated about it, I've seen him walk down the line past all these "usual suspects" and say "NO, NO, NO, NO, NO" as he passed each one of them. I was out there another time when he lectured some girl about why he wasn't signing for her after he politely said no and she asked him "why not?" (with a WTF? tone in her voice). He told her that he knew she was with the guys up on the hill and they had already asked him to sign stuff 3x that week, so he wasn't going to help them support their ebay business. She turned around and walked away and he said "Watch, she's going right up the hill to those guys" and sure enough, she did.

I've only ever asked Steve to sign one thing, and he signed it without hesitation and even personalized it with: "To Dave, all the best! Steve Smith # 89". I realize that personalizing it was also a way of making it hard to sell on ebay, but that's fine with me because I have no intent to sell it or any other autographed items I've collected. The point of my story is that if you don't abuse the privilege of asking Smitty to sign something for you, he will happily sign.

I've also only ever asked Cam to sign one thing and I came bearing gifts when I did. I printed out a poster size copy of that "SuperCam" pic and brought it to practice with me. As he was approaching me I told him he could have it if he would sign my jersey and he did, without hesitation.

The difference between my experience and this paid opportunity is that I was not guaranteed to get either of these autographs where I would be if I had paid and I have no problem with that... it's up to me to decide if I want to pay for a guaranteed autograph from Cam, it's not as if I can't get one for free as long as I'm willing to wait and not be a d*ck about it. Cam does plenty for charity, including donating autographed items, so I don't even want to hear about that.

These guys are not obligated to sign for anybody, they do it because they want to, not because they have to. The problem is the autograph junkies that show up at the practice field every day with a box of stuff and then get pissed off when a guy won't sign... they ruin it for everyone.

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Prob a bad move on his part. If it was for charity it would be no problem but its not. He's young and he will learn.

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