|Not the longest name to write!|
He notified all of list purchasers through e-mail update that Ty Cline has stopped signing through the mail, sending this message as the sole reply:
"Ty Cline regrettably is no longer signing memorabilia through the mail"
This news is especially worrysome. The www.sportscollectors.net website reported that, through October, Cline had signed 151 of 156 requests.
When a generous signer stops suddenly, one of three red-flagpossibilities appear:
1. He's quite ill. (Cline is 73.)
2. Someone has perpetuated the myth that the signer's free autographs are being black-marketed on the Internet, with untold riches escaping the former player's family.
3. The fan mail screening service wants a cut of the action, offering to split profits from future TTM signing for a fee.
Cline (or family) have been sending out notices. They could have been trashing mail, instead. I hope to find out if they'll start "Return to Sender" refusing mail, so collectors won't lose their cards.
I'm grateful to Harvey for the update, and to a player who gave generously of his time and signature for so many years.