February 24th, 2013, 02:44 PM #1
Share your "Players Appearance" experiences here
I thought it might be cool to hear about other people's experiences and maybe others might enjoy reading about them too.
This was my first Players Appearance I've attended this season, located at Staples in Seal Beach/Los Alamitos from 1pm-2pm. Players there were Voynov, Carter and Gagne.
My wife and I left Long Beach at 11:50am and got to the location at 12:05pm. There was ready a pretty good amount if people there, about 200+/- . We got our spot in line and chatted with the people around us. At various times a couple Staples employees would walk the line and explain the rules of "two signatures per player, and no individual photos with the players were allowed". This was helpful and appreciated. People coming in and out of Marshall's would often ask what we were waiting in line for. The answers started to vary with each time we were asked, it was entertaining. About every 20 minutes or so we would move forward about 30 yards or so. As it turns out, we made it to the front door at 1:50pm and were told that they weren't allowing anymore autographs. Well crap, that sucked. To be fair, the Staples employees did say that no one around our point in line was guaranteed an autograph, and handed us flyers for the next appearance on Tuesday at another Staples in LB.
Getting skunked sucked, word has it, Gagne was 15 minutes late and they didnt start signing until he was there. I was happy to hear they weren't allowing individuals to take pix with the players, as that certainly speeds things up. It seems to me that maybe only allowing one signature per player for each individual would have also sped things up. I'll just stick to going to their practices to get autographs from now on. Oh well, it was only a 10 minute drive for us.
Here is a pic I took of the line from when we first got there. Staples is the building I. the distance on the right side.
Lets hear your experiences.
Last edited by beedee; February 26th, 2013 at 01:13 PM.
February 24th, 2013, 04:27 PM #2
2nd Scoring Line
Sounds like Gagne continues to disappoint Kings fans both on & off the ice
February 24th, 2013, 04:56 PM #3
beedee, I told you standing in a line for anything wasn't worth it.
February 24th, 2013, 05:26 PM #4
Damn, sorry to hear about that, beedee.
We went to the West Hollywood Verizon today for Stoll and Richardson. We got there around 12 pm for the 3 pm appearance, but since there was only one dude in line at that time (he was there since 9 am!), we decided to grab a bite first. We got in line around 1 pm and there were only about 7 people in front of us. At 2 pm, there were still only about 20 people in line or so, but by the time 3 pm rolled around, it looked like around 60 people were in line.
The guys showed up at around 3:15, and they started signing at 3:30. I don't know how long they stayed there till, but Verizon gave out wristbands to limit the number of people that were going to be allowed to meet the players. So yeah, we could have showed up at 1:30, but we probably wouldn't have gotten out until around 4:30. At any rate, I am happy that they signed my book and rally towel, and the wife got her Stoll jersey signed.
February 24th, 2013, 05:59 PM #5
my husband took my daughter with him to try and get signatures at the seal beach staples. they got there at 12:50 not expecting a ton of people like there was. he's been to a few appearances over the last few years (including last year) during the weekday and never had a problem, but i guess them being winners and this being the weekend made it different. the line was so long they were like 3 big box stores away from staples. they ended up getting nothing but my husband grabbed some balloons so my daughter didn't have to leave empty handed.
then they went to mcdonald's for lunch and tried to use that coupon for the free mcflurry that was given out with the player of the month thing the kings and mcdonald's are doing and the McD they went to refused to take it.
so when i got back from brunch today, i came home to a couple of CRANKY people...............
February 24th, 2013, 06:02 PM #6
I am stationed in the Military in Idaho and was coming down to play a paintball tournament in Vegas. We were leaving Friday night and I noticed Quick had a signing at 7 or something in the morning. I managed to get off work early and we drove about 16 hours straight to the signing at the stupid furniture place and he signed my jersey + a big ass picture I bought of him. Was cool as ****. Oh not to mention we were some of the last ones they gave passes to. I think out of the last 5 passes we got 3 (to get guaranteed signatures)
February 24th, 2013, 06:24 PM #7
Sorry to hear it was a bummer today. I couldn't see how they could possibly make very many people happy in one hour of signing. I went to Alec Martinez in the summer time at the Sports Authority in Northridge. Got there about an hour early and there was already a long line. It went quickly, though, and we even got to take pics. That is my only "stand in line" player signing experience. And probably will always be the only one. Used to have money to go to the season ticket holder events back in the 90's. That was way better
February 24th, 2013, 07:03 PM #8
They really should have handed out wristbands at the Seal Beach Staples, it would have saved a lot of people a lot of time today.
Last edited by beedee; February 24th, 2013 at 07:15 PM.
February 24th, 2013, 08:31 PM #9
Waiver Wire Pick-up
I was there with my family today as well. We got there around 10:30, and there were already about 70 people in line. They started about 1:15, but we got in pretty fast. To be fair, they were only supposed to be there until 2PM, so it sounded like they were trying to be accomodating by staying there until almost 3PM. They were getting people through the signings pretty fast; there were just a lot of people there. I had a feeling a lot of people were not going to get in. The family and I had a good time talking hockey with the people we were in line with. I'm sorry to hear not everyone had the same experience, but you never know how these things are going to go.
February 25th, 2013, 12:51 AM #10
What a bunch of crap. I was going to go to this... but I had just gotten home from playing football and by the time I showered and eaten lunch it was 1 PM. Glad I didn't waste my time, I probably would have been in the end and not gotten anywhere close to the store.
I was planning to try for a few of these but it looks like I can cross those off my list.
That pre-season one was also a huge clusterfk from what I heard on here... people standing in line for 2+ hours and not getting autographs, etc...