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Coming up short

One of the most common complaints collectors have with young players involves legibility. Either players have poor penmanship or they’re in a hurry, signing on the run, or they have an abbreviated signature. It’s not as if they’re signing an electronic pad at a grocery store; they’re signing an item that collectors will display or share in some way with others.

A collector once approached the great Oscar Robertson at an All-Star Game event. Great name, right? Clearly, there would be an expectation that fans would ask for his autograph. When presented with one of those white-paneled basketballs, Robertson took the item and the Sharpie and wrote: Big O. At least it’s legible.

Do you have a story to share about a sports figure whose autograph is a mere scribble? Please share.

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