This past weekend I got a chance to get an autograph from Oakland A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson. Due to the amount of people lining up, there was no time for photos. A quick chat and a signed item was all I could get. I did shake his hand though.
It took me back a few years ago when the same thing happened. There was a huge line to meet Rickey Henderson. I was given the option to either take a photo with him or get an autograph. I opted for the autograph, but unfortunately I could only get a small placard of his face signed. In hindsight, the photo would have been better.
Which one is the better choice? I guess it really depends on who you are but these days, I’ve been leaning towards the photo. It’s personalized and in a way, it’s kind of proof that I was there for the specific event. Autographs are nice and hold more value, but in reality, the photo holds more memories.
I’ve been to enough sporting events on and off the field where I had the choice for either. Sometimes I go for the autograph just because a photo is too hard. But if a photo can be obtained, I forego the autograph to ensure I get the picture with the athlete. Plus I have frames at home that need to be used.
What do you prefer: the photo or the autograph?