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Morning Tweet: That's cold, Alex Ovechkin

Dec 29, 2009, 9:00 AM EDT

Yes, the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin will be charging $150 per autograph at an appearance at a sports memorabilia store on Jan. 30, but that’s only if you want your jersey or helmet signed. For a card or a puck, it’s only $125; very reasonable I’m sure for all the young Caps fans out there. Here’s the rundown from PS Game Gear.com, which is playing host to Ovechkin’s appearance in its Dulles, Virginia store … in the mall, right across from Banana Republic!
* 8×10, Puck, Card, Program Autograph Fee: $125.00
* 16×20, Jersey, Stick, Helmet, Skate or other Autograph Fee: $150.00
* Tickets are limited to only 200 available!!
What exactly is Ovechkin spending this money on? It sure isn’t for dentistry or shoes. May I suggest the much more affordable Brooks Laich autograph instead? A bargain at only $30, plus he’ll walk your dog.
Is it my imagination, or are NHL players stingier with their autographs than players in other pro sports? I’ve noticed that at a few celebrity golf tournaments, although my sample group is admittedly a small one (Mario Lemieux, Gretzky, a few others).
Tuesday will sign only one book, but will not personalize the inscription. Please keep the line moving. He will not sign body parts.

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  1. CAPSROCK - Dec 29, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Why all the complaining Rick?, it is his autograph and he can charge whatever he wants for it. If you don’t want it don’t pay the charge, but believe me in Loudoun County, Virginia there is no shortage of fans that will pay the fee gladly to get Ovie’s autograph. This is the same area that Redskin Park is located in and I’m sure there are autographs over there going for the same amount or maybe even more (if you can believe that!).
    It is also possible that the money maybe donated to charity as well, ever think of that?

  2. Threat Level: Midnight - Dec 29, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    If you wanted something cheap from Ovechkin, you should have asked for a knee-on-knee hit.

  3. Sig - Dec 29, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Supply/Demand Ricky… as soon as fans stop standing in line for that price, they’ll lower it. You should’ve seen what Toronto sports fans were paying for a Lemieux auto at the recent annual card show; makes this look like chump change.

  4. Steve Lustbader - Dec 29, 2009 at 7:01 PM

    Is it possible it’s the store charging that fee and not Ovie? He’ll happily sign autographs at Caps events, practices, etc for free.

  5. Mark - Dec 29, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Ovie is a beast.

  6. OV for life - Dec 30, 2009 at 8:09 AM

    Over the past 4 years, OV has signed 4 pucks, 2 sticks, one glove, and one jersey, and posed for two pictures with my two children. All for free. All with a smile. Never at an official event where others are profiting from his presence (other than the Caps general profit from him being on the team) Promotional events are bringing in more money to the store sponsoring them and OV is getting his cut. Buy season tickets or know a season ticket holder by going to some games and you can get your autographs for free. Show up at practice on a cold weekday and you might get lucky, too. Of course a fan, rather than a collector will also be thrilled when lesser names walk by on their way to their cars and gladly stop to sign something and say “hello. If it’s really for personal use, it shouldn’t be a problem. If it’s to resell on ebay, well I guess the $125 investment won’t make it very profitable to you unless you wait a few years.

  7. chris - Dec 30, 2009 at 8:11 AM

    I’ve gotten his autograph several times (for different items) and never had any problems.

  8. Paul - Dec 30, 2009 at 8:42 AM

    Unless this money is going to charity, it is ridiculous. Hockey players have been the most accessible and reasonable athletes we see in today’s society. I am confounded on how a multimillionare could do a money grab. Come one Ovie, give it to charity. I am sure there is a need in the DC area that you support.

  9. capsyoungguns - Dec 30, 2009 at 9:02 AM

    Before you start making assumptions, try going to Kettler, the Capitals practice rink, where Ovechkin as well as the rest of the Capitals will sign autographs–for free of course. And going to the practices is free. This team is incredibly accessible to and appreciative of the fans. Moreover Ovechkin is even more likely to give a child an autograph. He signed my son’s jersey with grace, charm, and a winning smile.

  10. Wes - Dec 30, 2009 at 9:07 AM

    Everyone that is crying about how much “ovechkin is charging” needs to stop. This price is NOT SET BY OR PAID TO OVECHKIN. Ovechkin will be paid an appearance fee by the store. The store will then sell the autograph tickets at this price. Like it or not Ovechkin is one of the hardest autographs in hockey, and the one you get at practice is little more than a scribble. If you want a nice clean autograph its not that expensive. If you look at when Arod does a signing your paying $300 or more for a ball.

  11. CapsGoOnTheTop - Dec 30, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    How much? I’ll never wash the knee again.

  12. Ken - Dec 30, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Alex Ovechkin signed my kids jerseys with a smile for nothing. Check your facts on this before implying something sinister. It’s probably a business proposition that mutually benefits him and the store. As long as people know beforehand than there should be no issue.

  13. Justin - Dec 30, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Nice hack job there Ricky; way to dig deep there to get the real story.
    You can go to any Caps practice or morning skate at their Kettler Iceplex in Arlington, VA and get a free Ovechkin autograph. You either wait by where the Caps come off the ice for practice or wait outside where he almost always comes out the front doors.
    He patiently and joyfully signs autographs before he heads to his Benz parked 20 feet away.

  14. Randy - Dec 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    So what is the store in Virginia getting for all of this? Heck, a store in Baltimore was charging $100 for autographs from NFL players. I’m sure Ovie is getting a fat appearance fee, and the store is making the profits.

  15. Rick Chandler - Dec 30, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    I was totally with you, all the way until the final few words. “A winning smile”? Sir, your credibility is now seriously in question.

  16. Jason - Dec 30, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    This is a promotional event that allows people to pay for his autograph. If you want one for free TAKE SOME INITIATIVE AND GO GET ONE! He happily sign anything for anybody after practice on the roof of the mall.

  17. Tim - Dec 30, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Sounds like you have no clue how this works.
    - Store pays Ovechkin to appear and sign autographs.
    - Store charges customers
    - Store takes profit
    Ovechkin is getting paid nothing more than your standard appearance fee.

  18. Sharky - Dec 30, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Ovechkin isn’t setting the price. Anybody who knows ANYTHING about auto appearances knows that the athlete gets paid an appearance fee. It is the host that sets the price. So bash the owner of the sports shop, not the athlete…

  19. Old Puck - Dec 31, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Why doesn’t Ovie just sign autographs while doing nothing in the neutral zone…cherry picking…watching the rest of the Caps break their asses and take the punishment so he can be the recipient of 50 foot outlet passes. As he is standing there…just watching…he can make the most out of this free time and sign a few autographs.

  20. scrosby - Jan 1, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Much of this comes from the profiteers who gather everything they own for the autograph so it can be sold later at a profit. The days of a simple autograph has turned into big business and as many said, the best way to get a signing is to show up at a practice.

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