I got an email today from FansEdge about a virtual Pete Rose signing this Easter Sunday!
The event is with StarsLive 365 and FansEdge. StarsLive 365 promotes the Pete Rose signings that he does with Caesar's Forum Shops in Las Vegas.
OK, so it's not the same as being there in person, shaking Pete's hand, and getting to sit next to him... but I think this is really cool.
This Sunday, Pete will call you when he's signing your item. You can also watch him sign your item through http://www.autographcast.com/fansedge/
Through the FansEdge site, you select the item you'd like Pete to sign. Then you'll get a URL that you'll need to visit on March 23. At that time, Pete will call you to get the personalization you'd like and then you watch him sign it.
I've been lucky enough to see Pete at the Forum Shops several times. I'm a big fan and have a Pete jersey, bat, photo, and a few baseballs. But for those who can't get to Las Vegas for economic reasons or handicap issues, then this is the next best thing!
This won't replace autograph shows, but hopefully we'll see more of these from athletes that don't want as much public interaction as autograph shows, but can still stay in contact with their fans.
I don't prefer private signings because you never get to see the person sign the item you send in or purchase. I'd like to see more private signings became autographcasts like the one StarsLive 365 and FansEdge are doing.