I had the pleasure of meeting NY Yankee Hall-of-Famer Phil Rizzuto at a signing today - I had him sign a baseball bat. Mr. Rizzuto was a real gentleman and was sure to exchange a few words with each person before him. Sadly, this is not always the case at public signings. Some celebrities cannot be bothered to look up and acknowledge your presence. Others refuse to add personalizations / inscriptions.
Typically, signing fees for bats and other equipment are prohibitively high. However, occasionally there will be a signing with a flat fee for any item. That's why I always keep at least one unsigned Louisville Slugger bat on hand. (You can't count on getting an unsigned bat on short notice. The bats at sporting goods stores almost always have popular modern players' names stamped on the barrel.) This is a good guide for what type of bat to get signed:
- Louisville Slugger H&B Model - players from before 1970
- Adirondack - players from 70s and early 80s
- Modern Louisville Slugger and Rawlings - players from 1985 to present
I prefer to get a blue Sharpie signature on an ash (light colored) bat. Anaconda Sports has good pricing and super fast service. (Note: old style blank bats may not be listed on web site. Call 1-888-914-6319 to order.)