Tricks of the Trade

This group offers helpful tips for maximizing your collecting experience! This group is geared towards in-person autograph collecting. Posts in this group have the potential to be included in future 'Tricks of the Trade' columns in the magazine.

Members: 131
Latest Activity: Sep 28, 2023

Discussion Forums

How to keep 11x14's from bending in the field?

Started by BC. Last reply by wjfranz (Bill Franz) Aug 25, 2016. 1 Reply

Beginner looking for advice on framing.

Started by Simon Tam. Last reply by Simon Tam Aug 10, 2016. 8 Replies

Paint Pens vs. Markers

Started by Louis Becerra. Last reply by Lisa Meyer Jul 19, 2016. 21 Replies

Can Something Be Applied To An Autograph To Protect It?

Started by PICTURE PROOF AUTOGRAPHS. Last reply by PICTURE PROOF AUTOGRAPHS Jun 26, 2015. 4 Replies

Is there any way to fix a faded autograph?

Started by Daniel Alayof. Last reply by Scott Paul Jun 16, 2015. 5 Replies

Best paint pen for leather/cleats?

Started by Mike P. Last reply by BC Jul 30, 2014. 1 Reply

Taking A Picture Signing Is Best Authentication

Started by PICTURE PROOF AUTOGRAPHS. Last reply by PICTURE PROOF AUTOGRAPHS May 3, 2014. 1 Reply

How to protect autographs on diecasts

Started by PICTURE PROOF AUTOGRAPHS May 2, 2014. 0 Replies

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Comment by Catcher on Rye on September 28, 2023 at 5:35pm


I am wanting to organize my large collection - everything is in categories and binders - but I want to use a data organizer for my macbook. 

What has any program people here have found helpful and why.

Idatabase looks good so far - but what else do others like?



Comment by Karen Baca on November 7, 2013 at 10:41am
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I am down scaling my collection and am giving away five autographs which I have obtained in person. Winners will be emailed a list to choose from, please sign my guestbook and leave your email address, good luck!
Comment by Jeffery Kite on February 1, 2013 at 4:46am

I've started a discussion in the Discussion Forum on the use of the Staedtler marker on those cheap synthetic leather baseballs that are so bad at fading and bleeding an autograph. I'm conducting an experiment with the autograph of Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren using the Staedtler Lumocolor #317 medium point marker on a synthetic leather Braves baseball. Should be interesting!

Comment by Pablo Abilez on June 7, 2012 at 8:26pm

Hey! Be sure to check out my new album, the 2012 Drew Brees Celebrity Championship Golf Tournament!

Comment by Pablo Abilez on May 18, 2012 at 9:48pm

If you live in or near California, be sure not to miss the return of this year's Celebrity Championship Golf Tournament hosted by Drew Brees!  It will be held at La Costa Resort & Spa.  Info you need to know:  La Costa Resort & Spa, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009.  760-438-9111.  Golfers tee off at 7 am.  Autograph signing at about noon.  No memorabilia will be allowed on the course.  Golfers will sign a postcard pertaining to the event.  Tickets $15 each or free admission with Ralph's Rewards Card.  Event is Friday, May 18 thru Sunday, May 20 (3 days!) Hope to see you all there!

Comment by Jeffery Kite on May 1, 2012 at 8:44am

KDH, as far as black baseballs go, I don't like them! :) But I know a lot of people do, and I'd be willing to help anyone else who does. What they guy in the memorabilia shop across the street from my work does is he gets a gold paint pen to use on a black baseball. It looks really good since the stitching on the ball is gold. He's had some in his shop for about 4 years now, and they appear to be holding up over time. I say go for it! Just use gold, though.

Comment by K D H on April 30, 2012 at 6:55pm

Do you have an update about what you did with the black baseball, Jeffery? I really love them, but I have no idea about (1) what to use to sign them and (2) if the autographs will maintain over time.

Comment by Jeffery Kite on March 31, 2012 at 6:15am

That's about right, Oriole. That's usually what I average. I did not send any out this year; was concentrating on other autograph projects.

Comment by FL Oriole on March 30, 2012 at 9:07pm

 After joining this forum, I learned about requesting autographs via the mail. So this spring training, I sent out around 60 requests during the first week of camp. That was about a month ago, so far I haven’t received any auto's in the mail. On average, if you try this technique how many players do you get back, 20-40%??? Or did i just waste time and money?


Comment by Pablo Abilez on March 25, 2012 at 10:29pm

Be sure to check my album and read my review of the 2012 National Baseball & Softball Expo!


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