Riders and Their Autographs

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11/3/2019 4:00 PM

Basically a pointless thread wasting space in the off-season.. dizzy

Anyways, it seems to me that most of the top riders today just squiggle their initials and number. Has this always been common? I know they sign a lot of stuff on race day, but as someone who likes collecting, having some of these autographs isn’t as appealing as I’d hope

Who’s got good/bad/ugly ones?
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11/3/2019 5:05 PM

You can pinpoint where the home schooling started...

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11/3/2019 5:06 PM

Maybe it has something to do with the age of MM24, BB4, AC9, ET3, JA21....

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11/3/2019 5:06 PM

I am not a professional athlete but I typically carry around a bottle of india ink and a fountain pen and have a notary readily available for just this reason.

On the off chance someone requests my signature I want it to be written in classical calligraphy with indelible ink and notarized. This way they will not be offended I took the time out of my day to do something special for them.

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11/3/2019 5:30 PM

motoGleamer wrote:

I am not a professional athlete but I typically carry around a bottle of india ink and a fountain pen and have a notary ...more

wut

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11/3/2019 5:43 PM

motoGleamer wrote:

I am not a professional athlete but I typically carry around a bottle of india ink and a fountain pen and have a notary ...more

For what it’s worth you lost me in the beginning, but that was pretty funny

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shit'll buff out

11/3/2019 7:37 PM

This guy really takes his time with his autograph...
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11/3/2019 8:17 PM

Stewart’s autograph looks like really nice graffiti hah.

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11/3/2019 9:22 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/3/2019 9:26 PM

At some point in the career of any elite Athlete there will come a time where the Novelty of being asked for an autograph wears off. They have to suck it up as it's part of the job.

Tomac signed a bunch of stuff for me to bring back as gifts to South Africa. I speak English....my African accent did not help....I thought he couldn't spell at one point. We got through it but I left thinking with the way he writes he would make a fine damn Doctor.

Now on race day, these guys have to focus on the job of two gruelling motos, things may not be 100% with the bike or body. Then the clock strikes 11h00 and they are obliged to sit at a table and sign autographs. Most fans would like something personified signed....these Athletes go through the steps at banging messages and signatures out as fast as they can.

I typically go through the back door when I need something signed, its not always easy but if you are prepared to wait then it's the best route.




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Non Gratum Anus Rodentum

11/3/2019 11:52 PM

I have been lucky over the last 40 years to get many autographs from a wide range of motor sports, The best and most time consuming was from Richard Petty, one great autograph, Michael Schumacher comes a close second, followed by Valentino Rossi, then Followed by Roger DeCoster.

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@TONY351KTM

11/4/2019 1:50 PM

It's a time issue. Riders learn quickly that they'd be sitting there all day and night signing their name if they took their time and signed everything "nicely."
You don't want to make that wait for the autograph any longer than it already is, do you?
Most top riders barely have enough time to look up, give a smile and a selfie for each fan, much less sign a nice clean autograph.
It's the same in present day stick and ball stuff too.

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Make sure you downvote!

11/4/2019 2:43 PM

Stew's is pretty elegant.

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11/4/2019 6:13 PM

I got Malcom Smiths autograph at an AMA District 14 trophy banquet round 1988-89 and he was the most down to earth pro I ever got lucky enough to meet. He took prob 3-5 minutes and talked to me like he was just a mail man. Such a class act. Ill have to dig that out and post it here.


Bubbas "John Hankcock" is pretty nice looking.

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11/4/2019 7:44 PM

Shae Bentley had a good autograph and my autograph from Tomac looks better than what the OP posted.

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11/4/2019 8:19 PM

Maverick313 wrote:

Shae Bentley had a good autograph and my autograph from Tomac looks better than what the OP posted.

I got an autograph from Shae Bentley when I was about 11 or 12, I need to dig it out next time I visit my hometown. I’m curious to see it now, I know for sure it wasn’t initials tho

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11/4/2019 9:01 PM

observeroffacts wrote:

Stewart’s autograph looks like really nice graffiti hah.

I honestly think James' looks pretty damn cool. I think that's what you meant as well. Look at his , and then look at AC's....haha. James autograph just looks cool as hell. AC's??.....hmm? haha. laughing

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And there goes Jeffro. One of God's own prototypes. A super high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

Ezza is Da man!

Pimpin' Ho's , Rollin' fatty's......drinkin' beers , beers , beers!! ~ Ja

11/4/2019 9:04 PM

If you’re over the age of 12 and care about autographs, you’re a weirdo.

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11/4/2019 9:43 PM

gnarwhip wrote:

If you’re over the age of 12 and care about autographs, you’re a weirdo.

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