What is the best way to get a player's autograph?

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  1. Rubi

    Rubi Everything's Golden

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    I recently bought a framed photograph of Conor McDavid and I would love to get it autographed.
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    Now before I get ravaged, this is a Christmas present for my Grandson who's a huge McDavid fan. I got it at Costco for $50 which is a reasonable amount to pay for a 10 year old boy but the autographed ones were 3x the amount that I paid for the unautographed photo.

    Just a little background... my Grandson loves to play hockey but unfortunately he'll be unable to play this Fall as he will be undergoing a couple of surgeries in October and November. In October he'll be getting a fairly routine tonsillectomy and in November he'll be undergoing a major surgery where he'll be getting a new ear. You see, my Grandson is deaf on his left side as he was born without an ear there. They will be removing cartilage and skin from his body and molding it in the shape of an ear and surgically implanting that new ear on the left side of his head.

    He won't be able to hear out of the new ear but at least he will look more like all his friends and hockey buddies.

    So anyways I'm trying to do my best to give him the best Christmas present ever. I wrote the Oilers to see if I could get the photo signed by McDavid when he's here on November 17 for the Flames Oilers game, and explained why I wanted to do this, but they replied back saying they were unable to accommodate my request.

    So I guess now I'm at the point of waiting around somewhere hoping to see McDavid and hoping he will be kind enough to sign the photo... just don't know where the best place to do this would be.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Calgareee

    Calgareee Registered User

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    Could always reach out to the team PR people and see what they say. Teams love good stories like yours!
     
  3. Corpus X

    Corpus X Wearing Stanley's cup.

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    Kidnapping. 60% of the time it works every time.

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  4. Fig

    Fig Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis

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    Do it with your grandson? The overall memory of going to get it will be just as valuable as the present itself.

    The Flames for instance will post when the players are out and about and available for autographs (ie: At the arena, Pizza 73, Charlesglen Toyota etc.) . I assume the Oilers do the same. Usually having kids in the crowds give a higher likelihood of getting an autograph. I think the players often do adults last as there's the perception they're probably just going to go out and sell the autographed item.
     
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    Sometimes you might be able to catch the team at the airport when they arrive or before they leave the city.
     
  6. Rubi

    Rubi Everything's Golden

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    I would love to do that but my Grandson lives in Golden BC so the logistics just wouldn't work out. Plus when the Oilers come to Calgary in November my Grandson will most likely be at home recovering from his surgery.
     
  7. OvermanKingGainer

    OvermanKingGainer #FreeBennett #CurseofTheSpulll

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    Try:

    - Flying the zone, you'll probably run into McDavid there.
    - Entering a padded room, McDavid might still be lingering as his stats will be there
    - Golfing in Richmond Hill in mid-April, you'll likely run into McDavid
     
  8. Snazu

    Snazu I contribute nothing

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    Maybe try contacting Mcdavid via twitter. Or you used to be able to send fan mail to players at one point. I don't know if that's still a thing or not. Maybe you could send a letter to him directly.
     
  9. super6646

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    Was just reading this post on cp.
     
  10. Dube Dube Doo

    Dube Dube Doo The calls are coming from inside the house!

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    You might be able to ship it to them if you can't make it in person.
     
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    Just sign it yourself, he will never know.
     
  12. Corpus X

    Corpus X Wearing Stanley's cup.

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    Where I'm sure posters have found a way to argue about this topic as well.
     
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    Probably should have just paid the $150
     
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  15. Corpus X

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    Here's his signature taken from this card. Take it to a print shop and have then print it on.

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    @Rubi, it's not unheard of to try and catch them after practice. I'd try reaching out to the Oilers organization and seeing when they're practicing. If you explain your story to them, the staff might even be able to help.
     
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    Have it signed by a Flames player, he'll never know. I bet Tkachuk would do it.
     
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    he might take the kids stick though
     
  19. tmurfin

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    You can try reach out via Twitter, DM and tweet, I'm sure some fellow fans would be happy to RT it for you. That being said. Might be a tough go without some evidence, a lot of scummy people out there make up stories to get autographs and turn around and flip them on eBay.
     
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  20. Snazu

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    "Grandpa Rubi"
     
  21. DominikBokkFan

    DominikBokkFan Unlike Chiarelli, at least Chia seeds benefit you.

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    That's why I personally don't get autographs, just pictures when I meet players lol. I believe some players flatout refuse autographs and only take pics (Like Weber for example).
     
  22. Fig

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    Looking at Snazu's comment, I wonder if you could "customize" the framed pic a little to increase your odds it gets signed by showing it's unlikely to be flipped for a profit.

    ie:

    "For my Grandson, I hope this gift brings you joy for the days to come." - Grandpa Rubi. (Somewhere on the glass without obstructing CMD's face)

    ... and in the other corner, CMD's autograph and hopefully a small blurb.

    Remember when typical graffiti was, "X was here?" I think autographs is really just another geeky facet of what an item can be. (ie: "Game worn. Fully of sweat and everything). But in some senses, sorta creepy if not immortalized in a museum or something.
     
  23. GuitarGuy

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    Reminds me of the Everybody Loves Raymond episode when Frank (his dad) signed the baseball for Raymond when he was a kid.
     
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    Rangediddy The puck was in

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    My daughter's Iginla jersey is signed by someone from the Stampeders... I'm not even sure how I got the jersey, but she'll never know :dunno:
     
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    Send a nice and polite letter to McD mother, dont forget a stamped return letter!
     
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