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Newton’s autograph session draws roughly 300

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The market has spoken.

With Panthers quarterback Cam Newton conducting in Charlotte on Saturday a for-pay autograph session, with prices ranging from $125 to $175 plus $50 for personalization, a crowd of roughly 300 showed up for the event, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

A pair of brothers drove 3.5 hours from Atlanta to get a signed jersey and a signed helmet, respectively.  But they didn’t bring Panthers gear; the Dooleys went to Auburn.

Overall, the session could be regarded as a disappointment.  With 2.5 hours set aside for the signings, Newton, who declined comment, was finished in roughly an hour.

With a lower price point, he likely would have been there longer.

And that’s how America works.  Goods and services are provided at a cost.  If the cost is too high, fewer will respond.

Still, if all 300 spent an average of $150, Newton grossed $45,000 for an hour of his time.  Which isn’t a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

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28 Responses to “Newton’s autograph session draws roughly 300”
  1. joetoronto says: Jul 15, 2012 6:21 AM

    Unless the proceeds are going to charity, he shouldn’t be doing this, IMO.

  2. stercuilus65 says: Jul 15, 2012 6:31 AM

    What a joke, I wouldn’t give a buck for that thief to make his mark.

  3. xxakshunxx says: Jul 15, 2012 6:34 AM

    Considering if he dropped his price to $50 an autograph and got 1000 people instead he would’ve only made 5k more for triple the “work” he did.. He probably made the right call

  4. cowboyscanada says: Jul 15, 2012 6:49 AM

    Greedy punk

  5. 7to10for6allday says: Jul 15, 2012 6:54 AM

    Lose respect for this greedy millionaire looking for an extra buck. He was looking for lap dance money for the bar that night.

  6. randallflagg52 says: Jul 15, 2012 6:55 AM

    Wow, I really hope this is going to charity or something. No reason a high profile player like Newton shouldn’t be using his likeness to bring attention to some cause, any cause. Come on Cam…

  7. greenjdo says: Jul 15, 2012 7:07 AM

    In the trading card world, anything he signs is worth well over 100$… So if you can get a nice personalization on your own item it’s not a bad deal… Lastly, as autographs go… He takes the time write a stellar auto, just look at CJ2K’s auto!!

  8. ak18346 says: Jul 15, 2012 7:13 AM

    Ok haters get a life and grow up! If you could do it you would and don’t try to say you wouldn’t. Cam does a great job in Charlotte and even in Atlanta with kids and he doesn’t charge them anything for anything he signs.
    How many of the items that he signs end up on E Bay for sell? Is it ok for the seller to gets a star to sign something thinking its for him or her and then they put it on line and make money for it?

    As Cam and the Panthers rule the NFC South for years to come you will say I wish I had gotten something signed.

  9. jharmon64 says: Jul 15, 2012 7:16 AM

    Good for him. This is America remember.

  10. giantssb42champs says: Jul 15, 2012 7:29 AM

    Good for him. I have no problem with it. The guy is hard working player who’s kept his nose clean and is on the verge of becoming a superstar QB. Mickey Mantle used to charge for autographs, too – I doubt you’ll hear too many calling him names for it.

  11. mneal69 says: Jul 15, 2012 7:33 AM

    I think so many people in society are too hypocritical. So this guy charged for his autogaph. So F’ing what he has the right to make as much money as he can. If you want money for your autograph go out and charge for it. Will anybody pay for it…probably not. I’m one of those people wjo cares about famous people or what they are doing and definately not enamored with them. But I don’t begrudge them either for making money. They are persuing Americas dream…making as much money as they can for the short time they are on this earth. So I say go for it Cam..if you find a bunch of suckers in mass wanting to pay $125 for your signature go for it. Because half the people complaining about and saying is wrong would do the exact samething if they were in your position. In other words “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones!”

  12. hwatt says: Jul 15, 2012 7:39 AM

    xxakshunxx hit it on the head. Florio seems to imply it was a failure… I guess it depends on how you define success or failure. If you wanted a whole lot of people to get autographs… well as you said before people can get those at training camp and practice. If he’s out to make money, it was a fantastic value for his time.

  13. tampafan24 says: Jul 15, 2012 8:00 AM

    “Considering if he dropped his price to $50 an autograph and got 1000 people instead he would’ve only made 5k more for triple the “work” he did.. He probably made the right call”

    You forgot a Zero there…he would have made $50,000 in your hypo. Either way, I know some people profit off of these autographs but are we really more worried about that than giving kids an opportunity to see their idols?

  14. sammyscrawfo says: Jul 15, 2012 8:02 AM

    50 times a thousand is slightly more than 5k, bud

  15. kesselchamp says: Jul 15, 2012 8:24 AM

    i don’t understand charging extra to personalize the autograph. Why would I pay more for something that would make it harder for me to sell later on if I were ever forced to part with it for financial reasons?

  16. sucram619 says: Jul 15, 2012 8:31 AM

    He stays after practice everyday signing autographs I see nothing wrong with charging for them one time!

  17. porksoda23 says: Jul 15, 2012 8:32 AM

    Newton doesn’t get all that money. He gets paid for showing up, the sponsor takes the risk on making money.

  18. bigwalt2990 says: Jul 15, 2012 8:41 AM

    If Calvin Johnson did this, how many people would show up?……..Calvin Johnson wouldn’t do this.

  19. isabsir says: Jul 15, 2012 8:43 AM

    This is America. If he wants to charge however much for his autograph and people are willing to pay for it then so be it.

  20. southcakpanther says: Jul 15, 2012 8:44 AM

    Great! Now that this overhyped story is over and Drew Brees has signed, let’s talked 2012 football season.

  21. zn0rseman says: Jul 15, 2012 8:54 AM

    300 people there doesn’t mean he got cash from all three hundred. Most people probably brought along a friend or two. Plus attendance numbers are often inflated. I’d wager he sold a lot closer to 100 autographs than he did 300.

    And yeah, I think it’s a little puck for a guy making tens of millions to milk as much money as he can from his relatively poor fans.

  22. 8willbegreat says: Jul 15, 2012 9:20 AM

    “Considering if he dropped his price to $50 an autograph and got 1000 people instead he would’ve only made 5k more for triple the “work” he did.. He probably made the right call”

    You forgot a Zero there…he would have made $50,000 in your hypo. Either way, I know some people profit off of these autographs but are we really more worried about that than giving kids an opportunity to see their idols?

    sammyscrawfo
    Jul 15, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT
    50 times a thousand is slightly more than 5k, bud

    It was said that he “would have” made 5K “more” if he would have charged less and had triple the amount of people show up. Therefore, the original poster did not leave off a zero and his math was 100% correct.

  23. truthfactory says: Jul 15, 2012 10:17 AM

    A guy who signed a $20 Million+ contract and then goes out and charges people for autographs to make an extra $45K is like a guy who makes $100,000/ yr and goes out in his neighborhood and sets up a lemonade stand and charges kids to make himself an extra $50 for the day.

    Yes, I know this is America and everyone CAN do anything they want… But it doesnt mean its not tacky.

  24. loyalpanthersfan says: Jul 15, 2012 10:23 AM

    I’m a against it only if not going to charity, why the heck should u charge your fans ppl who already pay for merchandise and tickets to get n autograph! Its different if u charged outside of your team town but u charged your hometeam money?! Dude u make millions why be so selfish n to answer questions of others on this post, no I won’t charge because I already make millions, (endorsements, my 22 mil contract, guest appearences) what is that measly thousand gonna mean to a MILLIONAIRE, I’m still a Panthers fan but if u went at this for your own personal gain then I lost major respect for u (not that it would matter to u cuz u make millions).

  25. raysfan1 says: Jul 15, 2012 11:21 AM

    Cam Newton made his appearance at a mall in Charlotte as part of an endorsement deal. He got paid according to his contract with the marketing company, same amount no matter how many show up to get an autograph. The marketing company set the prices, not Newton. The mall set this up with the marketing company for advertising and hoping to draw in more male shoppers. These thing are not at all rare, nor unique to Cam Newton.

  26. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 15, 2012 6:06 PM

    So they probably lost money? What’s his appearance fee?

  27. nicbsbll2 says: Jul 15, 2012 10:55 PM

    For everyone that is outraged about Newton charging for his autograph please google “Drew Brees Autograph Signing”, “Peyton Manning Autograph Signing” and “Tim Tebow Autograph Signing” and then come back and tell me about how Cam is such a selfish, horrible person for charging for an autograph.

  28. bj1121 says: Jul 16, 2012 9:16 AM

    Question for those who are ‘outraged” over this. Are you outraged that Peyton, Eli, Aaron Rodgers , Drew Brees, Tom Brady all have done THE SAME EXACT THING in the past year? It’s amazing these guys have been charging for autographs for years and you haven’t heard a word about it. Cam does it and all of a sudden people are outrage. By the way, Brees works for the same exact firm Cam works for.

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