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Autograph Signing Secrets Revealed with Randy Stone of 3 Monkey Sports

To many collectors dealers represent the dark side of the hobby, but St. Louis-based 3 Monkey Sports isn’t your typical memorabilia shop. In this candid interview, Randy Stone discusses the company’s fresh approach and reveals in detail how private autograph signings are set up with athletes.

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4 comments… add one

  • Dustin April 24, 2013, 12:25 pm

    I have to say this was an AWESOME way to spend a half hour today! I learned a lot, and you asked the questions that I would have asked.

    Thanks for the great episode! Maybe you could do a future episode on NASCAR, which is my area of collecting, along with NBA 50 greatest players.

    Thanks again!

  • Matt Raymond April 24, 2013, 1:42 pm

    Dustin, thank you so much for the feedback, it means a lot. Great suggestions, I appreciate it.


  • Ron April 25, 2013, 10:52 am

    Thanks Matt great video . We have met a lot of players and most of them are great but some of them are real jerks ..They are getting played really good money to do a signing for a 1.5 or 2 hours at least they can act friendly and smile to the people who come out to see them no one is putting a gun to there head to do a signing .. The other thing that gets me upset is when you can’t take a picture with them or you have to pay them we pay good money to get there autograph at least we should be able to get a picture it only takes about 5 seconds to take a picture.. Like I said before it’s only a handful that put a sour taste in your mouth …

  • Randy Stone May 2, 2013, 1:30 pm

    Photos can be tricky Ron, as a promotor we always defer to the player on whatever their rules are, if they’re ok with photos we tell people that, if not we tell people they can’t. And you’re right often it takes 5 seconds for a picture, but if you allow full pictures you will always have to deal with the people who don’t take 5 seconds and instead take several minutes trying to take a bunch of pictures with their full family. As much as we want a good interaction between customers and players we also want every customer to have a chance, and photos can really slow down a line.

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