I'm starting to think that we need to revisit whether autograph-identification questions should be on-topic here. Looking at the list of recent autograph identification questions, we can see that basically all of them are either being downvoted, closed or both. This implies to me that they're not working very well as a category of questions here.
I see two major problems with these questions:
- The questions often don't have enough detail to let us answer them: they're often just "I've got this baseball, who signed it?". Given the number of baseball players there have been, the community is closing these as "too broad".
- This sort of question generally doesn't give any value to future readers: even if we do manage to identify one signature, reading that question doesn't really help the next person who wants to identify a signature.
On the other hand, these questions are relatively popular here in terms of number of questions asked, and we're not exactly overwhelmed with questions.
So: should autograph identification questions be on-topic here?
CONCLUSION: As the Sports Stack Exchange moderation team, we feel there is sufficient consensus here, both among the community and the moderation team themselves, to declare autograph identification questions off-topic. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the discussion, and to those people who have put effort into answering these questions in the past.