So here is an idea for you that I successfully make work. I created my own autograph album out of an artbook. I went to a chain craft store and purchased a 100 page sketch book for $22. And for $4.79 I purchased a box of 750 photo corners to stick the pictures to the pages. So for just $27+ you can create a unique treasure for your collection. Additionally, many players will now look in the album to see who I've met and who they know. It is a conversation piece with friends, colleagues and the celebrities.
There a couple of key practices that I follow to make this work. The first is to have the player sign only in pen ( I prefer blue). A sharpie will bleed through the page. I also request that the player sign on the bottom half and I'll adhere the picture to the top half. That keeps everything consistent and clean. Lastly, I sometimes have the athlete or celebrity sign the page before I have an opportunity to print the picture. There's no guarantee you'll see some of these people in the future, so if possible I'll have them sign the page as a place holder.
|Picture with Rob Gronkowski and autograph on bottom.|