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    What pen to use? (updated 1/20/11)


    I might (for the first time) have a chance to get a Clint Barmes signature while he is sitting down and not being crowded. I really want to get this piece signed (on his chest), but don't know what pen to use. I'm going to ask for a HUGE signature. Any suggestions?

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    Re: What pen to use?

    Was that hung at the stadium? That is HUGE!

    I think a sharpie will work... I would say blue... but I don't know a whole lot.


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    Re: What pen to use?

    It was on the streets of downtown Denver during the 2006 season. It's about 8 feet tall.
    I'll probably go with purple or black. Sharpie would work, but I'm hoping to find a thicker pen/marker.

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    Re: What pen to use?

    Quote Originally Posted by 17ROCKIES12
    It was on the streets of downtown Denver during the 2006 season. It's about 8 feet tall.
    I'll probably go with purple or black. Sharpie would work, but I'm hoping to find a thicker pen/marker.

    I guess that makes sense. They do that around Target Field and the Metrodome here.

    I would go with Purple, Black would just get lost in there... Purple would have a little more eye appeal (at least I think).

    Ask him to inscribe it with something cool since that is such a unique piece.


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    Re: What pen to use?

    I'm going to go with purple if I can get one.
    I've thought about an inscription, or possibly a personalization.

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    Re: What pen to use?

    I wonder if a paint pen would work? That is what graphers use on hockey pucks as it gives a thicker, better auto on the puck. I do not know how that would work when you want a big signature like you said.
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    Re: What pen to use?

    Go to a craft store and get a Magnum sharpie. The tip on that thing is massive.
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    Re: What pen to use?

    Can of purple spray paint.
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    Re: What pen to use?

    Signed banners from the stadiums are always cool

    This one is signed with a black Sharpie
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    Re: What pen to use?

    Is he going to be at the caravan or astros line this year? I need him as well but on a ball.

    As for what kind of pen...I'd say black or silver. But...lets gets some other stuff out of the way. First off...is it like a nylon type of material(or like a tarp surface) or is it more of a fabric type of material? This will tell you what to use(pen type wise). If its smooth and like fabric...you can go with a magnum sharpie. The ones with the chisel tip. If its not..and its more like a tarp feel...I'd go with a paint pen simply to avoid what I call "feathering". Feathering is when the marker starts to skip so you have a bunch of light or completely unmarked spots in the signature. Also...if you want a specific type...best bet is to go to an art supply store.

    Depending on what type of material it is...you may also face a little bleeding. Not sure how bad paint pen bleeds but I know sharpie will if its on the wrong material. Also...so you can be damn sure what color you really want...buy a sheet of projection paper...and then you can put some lines on it that are decent sized...maybe some scribble...and then you can color match it by holding it up to the desired spot. I do this mainly for programs and stuff that is really busy. If something is "really busy" there is a whole lot going on in the picture or background and too many colors involved for you to be able to easily tell what color to go with. Being able to color match it makes it a lot easier than guessing and then realizing afterwards that your guess was wrong.
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    Re: What pen to use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Benson
    Signed banners from the stadiums are always cool

    This one is signed with a black Sharpie

    Nice piece but its pretty light. Maybe a bigger tip and maybe even a paint pen would have been better? I guess its the chance you take. You never know until after the finished product.
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    Re: What pen to use?

    If the banner is nylon the Sharpie will bleed.
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    Re: What pen to use?

    It is a nylon/tarp material. I'll look for a paint pen.

    I don't know if he will be doing the caravan. I'm hoping he will be a guest on Astroline sometime while I can attend.

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    Re: What pen to use?

    Dude...good news is you will have a chance. Barmes will be in Austin on the 19th(which I can't go to) and also on the 20th in San Antonio. I might try to make that one but damn...this years astros caravan sucks. I'll miss Bags because of school but who cares...I am not driving to Oklahoma to get autographs of a guy I already have. I need him on several things still but that is way too damn far. I remember Alison Footer saying they were promoting their new minor league park out there.

    But this is the first year they have had a lot of the same players at every single one. The last few years Blum and Deshaies plagued them pretty bad(by plagued them I mean they were at way too many signings). This year...its even worse. And the player selection sucks too. Most of these guys are easily gotten at the ball park or through astros line or were at several stops last year. I want some of these pitchers that are new. And Bill Hall! Bout the only guy I need is Lindstrom and Bogusevic from the one I might go to. I am glad I didn't save my vacation for this!

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    Re: What pen to use?

    Thanks for the link. I might see if a friend wants to go to Austin and then maybe San Antonio with me. It'll be tough without a car, and it being during the week.

    Do you have any guesses as to which Fiesta they're referring to in Houston?

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