Getting The Best Autograph

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Its 2:00 p.m. and your standing in line at your favorite card show waiting to get an autograph.  Your fingers are tired from ripping wax, and your stomach is full with what you hope was a lukewarm hot dog you ate for lunch.  The last decision that you have to make for the day is what do you want the athlete to sign your item with.  What an athlete signs your item with can really affect the way the signature turns out.  Here is a list of common items that collectors get autographed and what type of writing instrument works best for that item.

  •  Baseball = Ballpoint pen
  • Football = Sharpie Marker
  • Basketball = Sharpie Marker
  • Hockey Puck = Sharpie Marker
  • Golf Ball = Sharpie Marker
  • Photograph = Sharpie Marker
  • Baseball Bat = Sharpie Marker
  • Sports Card = Sharpie Marker
  • Hat = Sharpie Marker
  • Jersey/Pants = Sharpie Marker
  • Helmets = Sharpie Marker
  • Index Cards = Ballpoint pen or Sharpie Marker
  • Pennants = Sharpie Marker
  • Shoes = Sharpie Marker
  • Poster = Sharpie Marker
  • Tickets = Sharpie Marker
  • Bobblehead = Sharpie Marker
  • Glove = Sharpie Marker

I guess you can see why Sharpie has a display at the National Sports Collectors Convention every year.

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3 Responses

  1. Some jersey autographs are best used with paint pens. Sharpies may sometimes bleed into some cloth material. Also sharpies come in different thicknesses in terms of tip.

    • aybayz : find piont paint pens or medium size?

      Alec: where do you buy those kind and what pojnt do u get for cards, fine med.

      Thanks rob

  2. I’ve also found that Staedtler’s Lumocolor permanent markers work great on sports cards. They’re what Topps uses for its players to sign, and are instantly-drying and don’t bubble or anything. You can get them at some office stores

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