Cam Newton is charging for autographs?
Cam Newton is charging people for autographing pictures and other memorabilia. Some examples are $125 if he’s signing a photo, $150 if he’s signing a football and $175 if he’s signing a jersey. If you want any kind of message or statement added to the signature, that costs an extra $50. He is totally ripping people off for something he should do for free.
Or is he? Other famous players do signings at a cost. Think about Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and Tim Tebow. So why is Cam Newton ripping people off by MAKING them pay for the signed trophies us mere humans hold so dearly to our hearts? The answer is very simple. He is not ripping people off or forcing them to pay anything.
How much would you willingly pay for a signed picture of Cam if the Panthers won the Super Bowl? Would it be $200, $500, or even $2000? If so, Cam Newton would never see a dime and the person who got it free, then sold it, would make a killing. That’s not bad, that’s good old fashioned business. It’s as American as selling water.
There are a lot of opinions about this subject. Some people believe Cam should only do this outside of his home town. Others are just plain mad he is doing it at all. They whine that he makes millions playing a sport and gets all the endorsement money. He should give away his signature to us regular guys and girls who pay his salary by going to the games or watching him on T.V. Bull$#@!
Listen up to why it’s not such a bad idea. Here are five good reasons in order of importance on why he should continue doing this:
5. He signs free autographs all the time.
4. He is a new and marketable player.
3. The NFL makes enough money off his merchandise that he never sees.
2. There are fake versions of signed items and people can get real and “officially” signed merchandise this way.
And the number one reason:
1. BECAUSE HE CAN!
Look, if I could sell my autograph for money I would. It’s not like Cam Newton ONLY signs baubles, pictures, and balls for money. Superman is young, a star, and still a man. Let him earn as much as he can. If you don’t like it, go to a Panthers game or training camp and get a signature. As long as there are people willing to pay for the items he signs, he should continue the practice. Heck, he could make thousands of dollars in only a few days. Anyone who disagrees or gets mad should take a good look in the mirror and ask themselves, “Would I do that?”
Cam Newton is a smart, enterprising, and popular athlete. I’m a Cam-ulist…er…Capitalist. If you want a signed picture of me I’ll only charge you $5.00. Want a glass of tap water, it’s only $1.00. What a deal! Anyone who doesn’t like it, get over it. This business is one of the many things that make living in America wonderful.