Thursday, March 17, 2011

Autograph Tales:

One of my earliest through the mail autograph requests was to Len Rohde, a former offensive tackle for the San Francisco 49'ers.  Rohde had an excellent 15 year career, but had moved into the restaurant business. I found out he owned a couple Burger King restaurants and I sent him a note to one of them.
Rohde responded very quickly, returning my card signed.  He also included a business card which entitled me to have a Whopper on him at one of his BK locations.  I thought that was the coolest thing.  Of course, I never would have cashed in that coupon, because it was worth more to me than the price of a Whopper.
Also notable is the card I sent was pretty badly off center, as you can see from the picture below.  This was in the days before the internet and before I knew about AU Sports.  The only singles cards I had were ones I bought from packs over the years.  Now, I would have gotten a better card to send, but no big deal.  As a teen age novice autograph collector, I was very happy with the outcome.

1 comment:

Steve Gierman said...

Very cool tale! Having worked at various BKs for nine (!!!) years, which seems a lifetime ago, I remember seeing quite a few of those business cards, but never one with the name of the manager written on them.