Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

$$ Marks the Spot in Tampa

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

$$ Marks the Spot in Tampa

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The price of fame has gone up. Or, at least, the price of famous players who wear a uniform for the Tampa Bay Rays.

At the team's fanfest Feb. 22, the cost of an autograph from the Rays' three biggest names -- Evan Longoria, Wil Myers and David Price -- will be $125 each. The prices (set by the team) for most of the other prominent players will be $25.

All proceeds from the autograph sessions go to charity.

But, still, $125 for an autograph?

Last year, fans paid $50 for an armband that got them access to as many autographs as they could get. But the Rays said many stood in line for hours and got only one or two players, or didn't get the player they most wanted.

For the record, some autographs will still be free. A group of lesser-known players will sign for children 14 and under (and anyone who pays for one of the other players). …

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