I knew I had to go get Kopi & Smitty's signatures when I heard they were signing at the Sports Chalet five minutes from my house.
The signing was supposed to take place from 7:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday. From my past experience with Dodgers players appearances, there's always a mixture of collectors, fans and shoppers that camp out for autographs. I knew I needed to go early.
I got there around 5:45 and was already about 40th in line. The line just grew from there. By 6:45 when the guys arrived, there must have been over 150 people in line.
From my past life as an autograph seeker at the Toyota Training Center, I saw some familiar mugs. Funny to see the same guys first in line here considering they live at the TSC. If you see a short Filipino guy limping after a player with a sharpie; it's this man (http://myworld.ebay.com/sassportsintl/). He's already got his Kopi bobblehead up for $80!
Crazy to see some guys selling obvious Getty Images that they ripped off and made copies of. Selling them for $5 a pop. Terrible. Even worse is that people were buying them.
Taking photos has started to become a hobby of mine. I printed a couple of them 11 x 14 and got Kopi and Smitty to sign them. I made extras. Should have given them copies. Oh well. Next time.
Two solid signatures in black sharpie. Smitty complimented my photo when he found out that I took it which was pretty cool.