"Autograph please!" "Autograph please!" it is a plea that has echoed through ballparks since the earliest days of our national pastime. The quest for an autograph from a baseball hero has consumed young and old alike for generations. Over these many years, autograph collecting has evolved from a simple hobby to a billion dollar industry. To have an autograph of a favorite player is to have a part of that player. It preserves a cherished memory or becomes a financial investment. Many times it does both.
In 2013, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum examines the extraordinary history of autographs in "Signature Reds" presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, a special exhibit that explores the autograph phenomenon through the prism of Reds baseball. Highlighted by the display of autographs from virtually every player to wear a Reds uniform since 1920, "Signature Reds" will immerse visitors in the world of autograph collecting while taking them on an unforgettable journey through the last eight decades of Reds history. From superstars to journeymen to players whose careers were measured in single games rather than seasons, "Signature Reds" will include them all. "Signature Reds" will present the largest assemblage of Reds autographs ever made available for public display.
Visitors to the exhibit will experience the world of autographs in all its varied forms. From signed baseballs to photographs to game used equipment to novelty items , if an item is connected in any way to the game, a player has inevitably been asked to sign it.
Visitors will also have a chance to leave their mark on the exhibit by signing their own names on the exhibit's Signature Wall.
Throughout the exhibit's run, Reds past and present along with other baseball notables will make appearances offering visitors an opportunity to add to their autograph collections.
The "Signature Reds" exhibit, promises to be an informative, engaging and entertaining exploration of the utterly fascinating world of autograph collecting; an exhibit that will appeal to anyone who ever uttered that most familiar phrase, "Autograph please!"