Photos of the Robert Sacre autograph signing can be found by clicking the above image or by clicking here.
February 1, 2014 – This year Tip A King was held at the LA Live Event Deck which is the roof of the West Garage. The event also followed the Kings vs. Flyers game that afternoon. Anthony and I arrived to LA Live around 4pm to park at the Convention Center parking lot. We had just gotten a quick bite to eat just moments before since we did not want to pay an arm and a leg for food at Dodgers Fan Fest. As we made our way to the West Garage of LA Live, Anthony noticed that Dustin Brown was making his way across the street from Staples Center right behind us. Dustin was nice enough to take a really quick photo with Anthony that I was not able to get one myself. After the photo op, we continued our way to the general admission line since I was not able to afford the VIP ticket this year. When we finally made to the Event Deck, I noticed that there were a lot more people than the years prior that it did not seem possible to get an autograph from the whole team.
As the sun was fading away into the horizon, it was time for Tip A King to open its doors to the fans that purchased general admission. If Anthony and I had not gotten lunch before the event we would have been towards the front of the line. With that being said, we were at the tail end and when we were allowed inside the event we found ourselves waiting an additional thirty minutes just to get our first autograph. The first person that we went for was Anze Kopitar. I had him sign my jersey that I have been holding since 2011.
After we got Kopitar, we made our way to Jonathan Quick’s line and was told that the line was so long that they did not guarantee that we would be able to get his autograph. Because of that we were discouraged since we purchased a lot of Tip A King money before hand that we wanted to hit up as many lines as possible. So our next line ended up being Mike Richard’s line. His line was so short that I barely had time to prep my marker for him.
As we exited Mike Richards’ line, we tried our luck for Dustin Brown. When we got there, the line was already closed. So our next autograph that we went after was for Coach Darryl Sutter. I needed him to sign my 2011-12 Season Jersey. I started this jersey at the last Tip A King event.
My final autograph line for the night was for Luc Robitaille. I have a lot of items for him to sign was was only able to get him on a couple of jerseys that I had been sitting on for a while. Luc was nice enough to give me a couple of inscriptions that I did not want to push my luck and ask for more.
November 9, 2013 – My friend Derek from MVP Trading Cards hosted a signing with So Cal native and Lakers Forward/Guard, Nick Young. The autograph signing was held at Westside Sports Cards and Memorabilia in Santa Monica. Derek asked me to take photos of the fans that came through to get their items signed. From what Derek told me, about sixty-five came out to the event, a handful of which I knew from other autograph events.
At the signing, I had Nick sign a jersey, photo, and a baseball for me. I did the baseball instead of a basketball because I am running out of space for my memorabilia. I told Nick that I am trying to cover an entire wall of just baseballs and he thought that it was a cool idea. Nick tripped out when I handed him my baseball covered with the Sweetspot Jacket. He said he did not know that the area where most graphers try to get their baseballs signed was call the sweetspot.
Big thanks to Nick Young for coming out to do the signing, Derek at MVP Trading Cards and Westside Sports Cards for hosting the signing, Nigel and Denny for the crowd control. Ryan, Alan, Doug, the Gill family, and the Vergel De Dios family, it’s always a pleasure to see you all at the events.
Photos of the Nick Young autograph signing can be found by clicking the above image or by clicking here.
November 5, 2013 – The Los Angeles Kings held their annual “Meet the Players” event at the L.A. Zoo for the season ticket holders. I was fortunate enough to this event thanks to my buddy Larry. Larry came across a pair of tickets and knew that I’m a big hockey fan that he invited me to go. This year’s event had a major change on how you would get the autograph you wanted. When the season ticket holders would claim their tickets for the event, they would need to decide on which group of players they would like to receive autographs from. I told Larry that my goal was to get Quick to sign my photo. Larry too wanted to get Quick but on Quick’s model goalie stick. Since my goal was only for Quick, I got an 11×14 photo of the Kings logo for other autographs.
I did however have some photos that I’ve been sitting on of Jim Fox and Sean O’Donnell that I decided to bring with me just in case I was able to get them signed. I was glad that I had brought the photos because they were signing and the line for them moved really fast that I was able to have Jim sign two photos for me. When I showed him the photos, he was amazed at the sight of them. He even told me that one of the photos that I brought was rare because he was wearing the number “4″. Sean enjoyed seeing the photo I brought of him because it was a photo of him in The Forum.
November 3, 2013 – My apologies for not keeping up with posts but I have been really busy looking for work. I am currently putting my photography skills to work by taking photos at various events. With that being said, I recently took photos at a celebrity poker event which featured Jack Black and Kyle Gass. During a break from the tournament, I was able to ask Jack for a quick photo and an autograph. I had him sign my baseball with the Sweetspot Jacket. Since I know that Jack does not like signing memorabilia with blue ink, I just handed him a black ball point pen. Well at least he did not use a sharpie on my ball.
September 24, 2013 – The kind people of Memorabilia Legends in Rhode Island have agreed to provide members of the Autograph Addicts Community special pricing for their product the “Sweetspot Jacket“. This item helps autograph collectors to get their baseball signed on the sweet spot. Since I like collecting autographs on baseballs, I felt that this would be a great product for me to use. I just can’t wait to use it on the people that don’t normally sign baseballs. It’s just too bad that I ran out of baseballs already.
If you are interested in picking some of these up, they are available in blue and in red at a special rate of $9.99 each with free shipping by clicking the banner below. I will also be getting a shipment of the Sweetspot Jackets in a few days if you just want to get them directly from me if you see me at at signing.
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August 3, 2013 – Harry’s Dugout in Whittier, CA hosted a public signing with former Major League Baseball starting pitcher, Jack Morris. Jack was scheduled to sign for two hours and I arrived with my friend Jordan an hour into the signing. We would have gotten there earlier but there was plenty of traffic on the 101 Fwy near Downtown due to the final presence of the X-Games in Los Angeles.
As we pulled up to Harry’s Dugout, we managed to park right in front of the store. We saw a few customers lingering outside the store. It was a surprise to see my friend Doug since I mostly see him at UFC events. At the signing, I had Jack sign a ball for me with “4/7/84 No-Hitter” inscription. Jack is a very nice person, he was nice enough to take a photo with me.
This was a great signing opportunity at Harry’s Dugout. I wished that I had arrived towards the start of the event in hopes of being chatting it up with the usual graphers. I am looking forward to making out to their next event on August 17th with Dennis Martinez. Thank you to the staff at Harry’s Dugout for the experience.
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August 2, 2013 – There was a buzz going around the day before that James Worthy would be doing an appearance and free autograph signing. The announcement of the event was on the radio but went too fast for people to catch the details. I was not able to get the full details of the event until it was posted online the morning of. Once I found out all the details, I quickly posted the info on the community forum so that other can try to make it out there.
Even though the location of the event is only twenty minutes from my house, it took me almost an hour just to get there due to traffic around Hollywood & Highland. When I arrived to the parking garage, I was able to quickly find two parking spots side by side. Once I pulled into the parking stall, the car behind me pulled into the stall next to me. When that driver pulled into the stall, he parked so close to me that I was not able to get out of my vehicle. I rolled down my window to let that person know what he had done and that douche just walked away. I ended up exiting my vehicle through the passenger side.
After my parking ordeal, I made my way to the Time Warner Cable Store and noticed that there were only a handful of people in line. I was not surprised since this opportunity to meet James Worthy was announced within a twenty-four hour period. As I walked up to take my place in line, I saw Larry there with his bag of basketballs and photos for those who arrived with nothing in had to get signed.
With only an hour of waiting in line, James Worthy walks up to the store and is escorted inside. Once inside, he filmed a short interview for TWC Sports Net and started to sign a few items for the fans in attendance. As the fans in the front of the line exited the store with their signed items in hand, they told the remaining fans in line that James was in a really good mood and was inscribing if you asked him. The line was moving at a glacial pace because everyone there had a chance to chat with Jame for a bit. When it was my turn to meet James, I thanked him for signing for us and asked if he would sign my Laker Edition Nike Cortez shoes. He liked that the shoes had the years of the Championships printed on the soles. I was also able to have James sign a baseball for me as well as a couple of photos with some help.
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May 19, 2013 – My friend Carlos sent me a text asking if I wanted to go with him to see David Spade perform at The Ice House in Pasadena. I told him that I was down. It has been more than ten years since I have been to The Ice House. David’s only show of the night was scheduled for 7pm. Carlos picked me up from my house at 5pm so we could arrive early and be able to find a free parking spot on the street. When we arrived, we still had an hour till they sat us down so we just hung out at the bar and had a few drinks.
After the show, Carlos went outside to the courtyard to wait for David Spade to greet his fans. There were plenty of other fans that waited as well. However, most seemed like they just wanted to take a photo with David. Thirty minutes had passed and the crowd dwindled down to just a handful of people including Carlos and myself. One of the bouncers there approached us and asked if we were there to see a show and we told him that we just saw David’s show but we wanted to meet him. The bouncer told us that David is leaving as he was being escorted across the courtyard to what seems to be an office. My friend Carlos knew that the bouncer was just saying that so that the crowd that was left would just disperse. So we just hung out in the alley to wait for David to really leave. Moments later, David was again being escorted across the courtyard, but this time to his car. Carlos quickly ran up to him and asked him if he would sign. David agreed to sign for Carlos and I as well as take photos for a couple of guys that waited for him. Carlos and both got baseballs signed since he was in a movie called “Bench Warmers”.