Egraphs: The Future Of Autographs
A wise man once said, “People won’t remember what you did. People won’t remember what you said. But people will always remember the way you made them feel.” Perhaps it’s that concept that has made sports autographs such a lasting market. Children remember lining up at game, balls and jerseys in hand, hoping their favorite players with stop long enough to sign. But what about the millions of fans who—for geographic reasons—will never have an opportunity to have such an experience with their favorite sports figures? Seattle-based Egraphs has the answer.
Egraphs commissions athletes to electronically sign personalized autographs using an iPad and stylus. Fans simply search the company Web site for their favorite athlete, choose from a variety of actions photos, and pay for the souvenir. The athlete then provides the personalized note and digital signature and even records a greeting meant just for the individual fan. The photo and greeting are then sent electronically to the fan who can either save it, print it or share it using social media. Profits are shared between Egraphs and the athlete.
“It’s about connecting athletes with fans in a meaningful way that’s different from the traditional autograph experience,” former Major League Baseball player and Egraphs’ director of business development Gabe Kapler told Mashable.
Currently, Egraphs offers signatures from a host of MLB and NBA athletes, but hopes to introduce other sports leagues and even music and Hollywood icons in the future.
“Any celebrity that has a fan, we want to give them the ability to connect with that fan,” Kapler said. “We’re a celebrity vehicle, not just a sports vehicle.”
Egraphs prices range from $25 up to $125 for Houston Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon. Other well-known names currently signing egraphs include Sacramento Kings’ Isaiah Thomas, New York Knicks’ Steve Novak, Cincinnati Reds great Joe Morgan, Boston Red Sox’ Tim Wakefield, and Chicago Cubs’ legend Andre Dawson.
[Images via Egraphs]
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