Monday, September 15, 2014

Blake Griffin: 9/15/14

On Monday, September 15th, the OC Dugout hosted an autograph signing with Clipper star Blake Griffin. The prices for the event were actually comparable to the last autograph signing that Griffin did after his rookie season in 2011, in fact premium items were only $150 compared to $125 at his last signing. Griffin also has an exclusive autograph deal with Panini Authentics, which makes it rare to get a clean, legible signature from him without paying.

The autograph signing was announced last minute, which can be a nightmare for any grapher at times. Luckily I was able to find a pair of 2011 Nike Hyperdunks at a local shoe store, and picked them up on my way down to the autograph signing.

Blake Griffin autographed Nike Hyperdunks
These happened to be the same color-wave and design that Griffin wore when he won the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest, so I decided to get the left shoe inscribed "'11 Slam Dunk Champ".

Griffin autograph (right) and inscription (left)
All items included free Panini Authentication, and as a bonus you were able to take free pictures with Griffin. A big thanks to my friend Marc for taking these photos of Blake and I.

Griffin is one of the humblest athletes that I've ever met, and has been that way for a while now. He may get a bad rap for "only being able to dunk", but his overall game is improving at a rapid pace. Best of luck to him and the Clippers in the 2014-15 season and, as always, thanks for reading.

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