He signed a ball for another collector and I patiently waited my turn as he was walking to the park. I handed him my custom autograph card. He looked at it, handed it back and said :do you have anything else". I politely responded that I had nothing else because he hadn't been featured as an Oriole yet.
His next response threw me for a loop. "Well, you get my bootleg signature then".
My initial reaction was "HUH". Eventually I came back with, "OK. It's just going into my collection".
But his perspective got me thinking.
Players have "bootleg" signatures? Journeymen catchers that have spent a lot of time in the minor leagues have "bootleg" signatures? What, exactly, is a "bootleg" signature?
Well, this is a "bootleg" signature:
If this was indeed my way to make money, I would be better off panhandling for change. Come on man.