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CSA Show and other meets around CSA show

Post by class316 » April 22nd, 2018, 7:20 pm

CSA sports show was talking place and there were some names I was interested in due to their movie roles. Sadly, their prices are too rich for my blood. The pro op prices amount to triple digits even after split, and their auto prices are sky high. Even though they do table ops more often than not, the prices they commend for getting a full combo amount to more than I am willing to shell.

Given that, I need to find alternate methods to get what I seek. So I began looking for flights for people I was interested in. I found everyone I wanted except for Joe Namath. So I decided on a good approach for CSA show. Try to get a table op by finding someone with multiple autographs, and if that doesn't work go to the airport.

Day 1

I had a flight for Michael Irvin, who was in the movie The Longest Yard. I was debating whether to venture for this as it didn't seem too worthwhile. But Bobby McFerrin, known for his hit "Don't Worry, Be Happy" was in town. Sadly the venue is iffy (I've heard stories of them kicking people off the property for waiting) and he is not known to be the nicest guy. However, I then discovered where Bobby was staying. Now I had reliable Irvin info and reliable-ish Bobby info. I decided to go out.

First stop is Irvin and there like like 7 sports collectors. He shows up people beg for autos but he denies saying he has a contract. He went in the elevator. When people cleared away to intercept him at the next floor I pleaded that I had nothing to get signed and wanted the photo op. He said I could get the photo op. He has hat and shades but you can make out it's him. So I'm not too worried about it.

Next up I meet up with another combo hunter at the Bobby spot. We wait and we are afraid that he wouldn't come back after his show, but by all evidence he was supposed to come back. And indeed he did. First the other hunter went for the op and Bobby began to quiz him asking for his name and his occupation. He then goes "some other time" but upon more pleading he agrees to photo ops. Good thing I didn't print for him because I don't think autographs would have happened.

I was going home, happy with a successful evening, then receive a call from markedout's adelta informing him that he scored Tom Selleck at an event (I knew of the event but Tom wasn't an announced guest)! This basically put a HUGE damper on me. I wanted to have a nice stress free day with CSA show after a successful evening, but now I had to go for Tom!

Michael Irvin: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/872/39823 ... cd21_b.jpg

Bobby McFerrin: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/800/41631 ... 8a67_b.jpg

Day 2

Me and another combo hunter wait at check out for Tom Selleck. While waiting we score Reba McEntire. At this point the hotel manager (I assume he was some kind of manager) decided to be a real dick saying we need to get off the property. When Reba went out of hotel property I asked her for an auto and he tried to actually stop me but she told him it's ok.

He threatened me with arrest, probably hoping that it would drive me away. He waited next to me on the sidewalk and after a few minutes he began calling on a walkie for someone to call police. He made sure to do this within my ear range. I told him he could call who he wants I don't even have to speak to them because I broke no law. He goes "do whatever you want" and I respond "I will do whatever I want"

So a black woman in uniform is here. Not sure if she was full fledged police. She had a gun and badge but she may have been a traffic or metro police. I am not sure. I tell her my first name and say that this is all she will get from me. There is also a hotel guard (NOT a police of any kind) waiting. I even tried to stand somewhere else and they were trying to tell me this part is hotel property. That was bull shit because 1) there was a sewer cover and lampost there and 2) I along with many others have waited for people there in the past. They even PHYSICALLY moved me from there! How can this be legal especially for the security guard?

Since I didn't want to cause too much of a scene as I still had celebs to get, I bit. But I told the security guard that I have 1000s of celebs and if I listened to people like him my collection would be 50% less. I also told him some of the A listers I scored in the past. He tries to tell me they are tiered and wanted to go home I respond "that's not for you to say" and he tries to tell me that it is.

Finally I see Tom, I yell for him as they cock block him. Tom gets in his car. I then go across the street to try to get a roll down and they BOTH follow me! WTF? As the car moves away I follow on foot and they follow me back! I tell them I'm no where near hotel property and tell them to leave me alone. Remember one guy isn't a uniformed police man of ANY kind! At this point Tom checked out of the hotel and left hotel property so he has as much power now as he would if I were at the airport.

They follow me up the street and car is far away. At this point I run as fast as I could to both get away from them and hopefully catch up with the car. To my shock it's stuck at the next light. I plead and he rolls down and goes "alright just take it" at one point the car began moving as the light changed but then they stopped for me and I SCORED a shot that is both valid and not blurry! :jawdrop: :praise: :rockvictory: :victory:

With this shot there was nothing worth staying at the hotel for (Chad Lowe who I have and Buzz Aldrin who is a dick anyway). But I decided to go rub it in their faces before heading to CSA show. I show the shot with the hotel manager yelling to him "WOW, you guys made me WORK for that one" and then made sure I showed the photo op to the uniformed black woman as I began to walk away. The black woman calls for a police car to come and orders me to stay put, but I shrug that order away with my arm and say "Nahhhh" as I continue to walk away.

I see the police car. As I see him I run down the street then I go into a corner to hide. I wait for about 5 minutes then begin walking to my car. As I walk the car manages to spot me. He says he wants to speak to me and I tell him I did nothing wrong. I say I will listen to him. He tries to ask me for ID but I tell him that since I did nothing illegal I don't have to show him ID. He had a moment of silence and bewilderment in his face when I said that.

So in the conversation he said that I couldn't stay on their property. I explained that I did leave and said how they assaulted me on the sidewalk and I explain how they were harassing me and cock blocking me even after I left their property. I also pointed out that if the celeb said yes it's between me and them and they have no say. He actually agreed with me on that point and also said that he understands why I'd be upset if they harass me even on the sidewalk. He then proceeded to ask me about the event and what celebs were there, which I told him. And that was basically it. Honestly under normal circumstances I would have gone back to the hotel just to spite them, but if I did that I would have missed people at CSA show.

Back on track with CSA show, I first score Lar Park Lincoln (F13th 7) and then David Pollock of the Bad News Bears. I mooched the other two at Chiller so I figured might as well get him. Then I found a guy getting a Dan Marino auto who didn't care about the photo op. Offered him $20 to stand with him. He accepted. I know Dan Marino best from the classic Jim Carry movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. When it was time for Marino I got my shot then the guy asked for "one more" and Marino was more than happy do oblige. I also got the guy a proof photo. When leaving the guy declined my money since I took his photo op. I took his email address and I thanked him. This ended my day as I no longer had to go to the airport for Marino.

Tom Selleck: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/914/41591 ... bc59_b.jpg

Dan Marino: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/787/41631 ... fb34_b.jpg

Full list of photo ops: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/798/41631 ... 8b2d_o.jpg

Autograph: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/843/40739 ... 86c1_z.jpg

Day 3

This day starts with me dropping my mom to a family Easter function. Sadly this threw me off timing wise as it meant I had to miss Pete Rose's autograph session. This was upsetting but would eventually work out perfectly. More on that later. Since I had to do Rose at the airport, this meant I had 3 spots to hit up. CSA show for Joe Nameth (no flight on him), Airport for Pete Rose leaving, and at another spot for the Asian child actor from the movie Ready Player One, Philip Zhao.

My first try is Joe Nameth, who has been in various movies. He was $300 for a pro op and $200 for an autograph. As stated, too rich for my blood. Now I know I'm not into sports but how is it that Joe Nameth's con prices is comparable to that of major movie actors like Ben Affleck and Michael J Fox and more money than most major celeb at a con? Even Stallone, one of the biggest movie names you can ever score, was $800 a combo at NYCC. Yet here Joe is $300 less than that.

Anyhow, security seemed to be stopping people from taking table ops. One combo hunter tagged with someone and failed to get a valid shot. But this didn't stop me from trying. I offered someone $25 to stand with him but he declined my money and said I could come up with him. Perfect! We were near the end, I got the guy a proof shot for his item. When I asked for the op they were trying to stop me but he posed. I was trying to be quick and sadly shot is blurry and sub par. However it is valid and you can easily make out who is posing. I guess free is free and most people paid $200 for an auto and got NO shot so I still got the long end of the stick.

Since the Zhao event was not supposed to start till later I had time to go to the airport for Pete Rose. Or so I thought. I drive 10 minutes from CSA show to the airport, park for free, and wait. Then I get a text from another combo hunter telling me the time Zhao is supposed to arrive at the venue and it was much earlier than the event start time. WTF? Since I was already in position for Rose I begrudgingly decided to stay then try for Zhao leaving. But not 2 minutes after this conversation I see Pete Rose limping to his gate. I had to move fast because I thought he was entering the first class lounge (he didn't). I ask him for a photo op and he is happy to oblige, upgrading my sub par shot from 11 years ago! Wow what luck! This meant I could get Zhao going in cause his spot is about 10 minutes away from the airport!

I rush there and go in (30 minutes free parking after that it's $15). As I enter I get a call from the other hunter telling me he is literally on the tail of his car and they are pulling up front. I quickly park and RUSH to the front. I see the child signing and I go up and try to ask for a picture. Security tries to stop me saying I can take pictures of him but the parents say "just one" and I get the selfie! I was quickly in and out before I would get charged for parking!

Wow it's not often that timing works out so flawlessly when you combo hunt! But indeed it did here. With that victory I was able to join my mom at the family Easter function, eat some good food, and after that drove back home to watch Wrestlemania :hellyeah: (via a mooched stream of course)

Joe Namath: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/812/41631 ... fda4_b.jpg

Pete Rose: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/826/26763 ... de5a_b.jpg

Philip Zhao: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/786/26763 ... 993a_b.jpg
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Post by overthetop17 » April 22nd, 2018, 7:44 pm

And this Mr.Staffel is why you are a legend and everyone else is not, loved the Selleck story...... :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Post by class316 » April 22nd, 2018, 7:51 pm

overthetop17 wrote:
April 22nd, 2018, 7:44 pm
And this Mr.Staffel is why you are a legend and everyone else is not, loved the Selleck story...... :clap: :clap: :clap:
Thank you, thank you

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Post by Jason1980s » April 22nd, 2018, 8:22 pm

Definitely sweet photos! Especially sweet score with Pete Rose considering he is one of those "all about the money" types.

I get you don't know Dan Marino and Joe Namath from their sports fame (it's admirable you like them for their lesser known roles) but they are huge names in sports. Namath is getting tougher and tougher with free autographs and his price keeps rising and rising but he is priced as he should be based on his fame and compared to much lesser known names and newer guys just coming from college football.

Not sure what happened but 15 years ago (I know, a long time), Joe Namath gave the fan an experience, would speak to each person at length and take free table photo ops. I think it's more of the show staff nowadays putting an end to jovial Joe. I met him in 2002 and 2003 at (I believe) Tri Star shows but by 2006 (CSA) staff was in full force to decline posed photos and inscriptions.

Another thing about CSA and their pricing (their pricing is "normal" now)...they are owned by a new group, different from 10-15 years ago. 10-15 years ago their prices were usually the lowest but the old staff slowly made it's way into the more expensive (normal) realm for sports autographs. I think the fans who were with the old staff feel the new staff is upping the prices nowadays but those type of prices were in effect during the latter years of the old staff, too.
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Post by class316 » April 22nd, 2018, 8:45 pm

Jason1980s wrote:
April 22nd, 2018, 8:22 pm
Definitely sweet photos! Especially sweet score with Pete Rose considering he is one of those "all about the money" types.

I get you don't know Dan Marino and Joe Namath from their sports fame (it's admirable you like them for their lesser known roles) but they are huge names in sports. Namath is getting tougher and tougher with free autographs and his price keeps rising and rising but he is priced as he should be based on his fame and compared to much lesser known names and newer guys just coming from college football.

Not sure what happened but 15 years ago (I know, a long time), Joe Namath gave the fan an experience, would speak to each person at length and take free table photo ops. I think it's more of the show staff nowadays putting an end to jovial Joe. I met him in 2002 and 2003 at (I believe) Tri Star shows but by 2006 (CSA) staff was in full force to decline posed photos and inscriptions.

Another thing about CSA and their pricing (their pricing is "normal" now)...they are owned by a new group, different from 10-15 years ago. 10-15 years ago their prices were usually the lowest but the old staff slowly made it's way into the more expensive (normal) realm for sports autographs. I think the fans who were with the old staff feel the new staff is upping the prices nowadays but those type of prices were in effect during the latter years of the old staff, too.
Most everyone at CSA does table ops. So it must be a player thing.

Pete Rose is about the money he won't sign free. But normally always does the op.
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Post by Jason1980s » April 22nd, 2018, 8:55 pm

I'm not sure, I know CSA used to be awesome with table photo ops in early 2000s but by mid 2000s (with old staff) they were starting to get away from it unless the player who super friendly and from my experience it was a combination of an unfriendly player or an unfriendly staff member with a so-so athlete.
Good to know about Pete. I kind of wish he had kept going to every wrestlemania but not be embarrassed every year.
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Post by capman » April 22nd, 2018, 9:25 pm

Funny story with success. I myself would be too nervous to play that game with any kind of authority , but you are a go getter. A bit out there, but u get what u want.got torepsect that a little.

However, even though the near impossible Namath is free, it is a bit blurry and weird positioning. May not be valid. Please re-do!

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Post by class316 » April 22nd, 2018, 9:33 pm

capman wrote:
April 22nd, 2018, 9:25 pm
Funny story with success. I myself would be too nervous to play that game with any kind of authority , but you are a go getter. A bit out there, but u get what u want.got torepsect that a little.
Well they were trying to kill my baby and I couldn't let that happen. They may succeed but I will do everything in my power to prevent that from taking place.

The trick is don't break any laws so they have no case against you. Case in point here the cop couldn't even force me to produce ID.
However, even though the near impossible Namath is free, it is a bit blurry and weird positioning. May not be valid. Please re-do!
It's valid but bad. I agree need to re attempt
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Post by mikeyicon » April 23rd, 2018, 10:22 am

I enjoy lasskicker's and AJLee's treks to meet wrestlers and Friday the 13th names as you can see the fandom, interesting.

And then I enjoy these Class reports of fighting with cops and security and valid vs invalid quickie informal shots, interesting.

Thanks Marked Out and you all for entertaining me as I still put into pre-production the future big indie documentary Starstruck starring Class, Jeremiah, Greg, Heelorton, Woodmo, 16times, Lasskicker, AJle and others in which people will start wanting photos and autographs from you all.

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mikeyicon wrote:
April 23rd, 2018, 10:22 am
I enjoy lasskicker's and AJLee's treks to meet wrestlers and Friday the 13th names as you can see the fandom, interesting.

And then I enjoy these Class reports of fighting with cops and security and valid vs invalid quickie informal shots, interesting.

Thanks Marked Out and you all for entertaining me as I still put into pre-production the future big indie documentary Starstruck starring Class, Jeremiah, Greg, Heelorton, Woodmo, 16times, Lasskicker, AJle and others in which people will start wanting photos and autographs from you all.
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Post by Greg2600 » April 23rd, 2018, 2:08 pm

This report is :gottacatchthemall: :gottacatchthemall: :gottacatchthemall: :gottacatchthemall:

And yes Mikey, class clashing with the cops would make good t.v.. there's already a show for it.....COPS

I personally would never want to be associated with his insanity, in any form. I don't sleep in my car, mooch food to survive, fight with security, and I know who the ppl I get are. Plus I don't go into depression from not getting an actress who ive never seen on screen. Nor spend 2 days conspiring and in great distress trying to mooch sports figures I only want because they did 2 cameos or stood outside a WWE ring.
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Greg2600 wrote:
April 23rd, 2018, 2:08 pm
This report is :gottacatchthemall: :gottacatchthemall: :gottacatchthemall: :gottacatchthemall:

And yes Mikey, class clashing with the cops would make good t.v.. there's already a show for it.....COPS

I personally would never want to be associated with his insanity, in any form. I don't sleep in my car, mooch food to survive, fight with security, and I know who the ppl I get are. Plus I don't go into depression from not getting an actress who ive never seen on screen. Nor spend 2 days conspiring and in great distress trying to mooch sports figures I only want because they did 2 cameos or stood outside a WWE ring.
Please explain how you figure this report is :gottacatchthemall:

For instance,

Tom Selleck: huge fan of his, especially Three Men and a Baby

Bobby McFerrin: I've known his hit song for most of my life

Dan Marino: Ace Ventura is one of the best Jim Carrey movies, he is top 5 billing

Pete Rose: clashed with Kane in 3 Wrestlemanias, WWE HOF

Philip Zhao: I watched Ready Player One
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Post by mikeyicon » April 23rd, 2018, 3:17 pm

Greg, Class is in a class (pun intended) all unto himself but dude you have photos and reports every time I blink my eyes and have a unique story to tell as well. I think your passion and the psych of what you do would also make for an interesting documentary besides the influence of Jeremiah on you to do the street stuff from just doing conventions.

the fact Class is almost going to jail and fighting with police for just an informal picture with somebody "famous" would make for great TV and a great study in anti-social behavior during what should be a social thing.

BTW whatever happened to Heelorton?

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mikeyicon wrote:
April 23rd, 2018, 3:17 pm
Greg, Class is in a class (pun intended) all unto himself but dude you have photos and reports every time I blink my eyes and have a unique story to tell as well. I think your passion and the psych of what you do would also make for an interesting documentary besides the influence of Jeremiah on you to do the street stuff from just doing conventions.

the fact Class is almost going to jail and fighting with police for just an informal picture with somebody "famous" would make for great TV and a great study in anti-social behavior during what should be a social thing.

BTW whatever happened to Heelorton?
:heelorton: is still around. In fact I was combo hunting with him during the end of January and saw him at MM Cherry Hill. Not sure why he hasn't posted reports.

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Post by WOODMO » April 24th, 2018, 9:06 am

Greg2600 wrote:
April 23rd, 2018, 2:08 pm
This report is :gottacatchthemall: :gottacatchthemall: :gottacatchthemall: :gottacatchthemall:

And yes Mikey, class clashing with the cops would make good t.v.. there's already a show for it.....COPS

I personally would never want to be associated with his insanity, in any form. I don't sleep in my car, mooch food to survive, fight with security, and I know who the ppl I get are. Plus I don't go into depression from not getting an actress who ive never seen on screen. Nor spend 2 days conspiring and in great distress trying to mooch sports figures I only want because they did 2 cameos or stood outside a WWE ring.
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