Originally Posted by MUsoxfan
Why should they go out of their way to make sure people can flip their scribble for maximum cash? What do they get out of that?
Just because they made x amount of money playing baseball, doesn't mean they have to put money in a "collector's" pocket
This is a really ignorant comment and generalization.
Anyone who spends the time, money and effort to go to Soxfest or an autograph convention to get something signed generally would not make their money back by selling it second-hand. It's just not worth it. Consider the time involved in standing in line, the cost to go there, park, the tickets, buying the memorabilia, the fees to sell it on an auction site, the item not being certified, etc. The return would not justify the investment in most cases.
Most people collect this stuff to put in their den/tv room because it's a cool to display/fun to talk about. It's a hobby for a lot of people. If there wasn't a market for it, then these huge fan conventions like Soxfest, Cubs Convention, the Rosemont SunTimes shows wouldn't exist.