Less than a year after it’s formal launch, the high-tech personalized autograph company known as Egraphs has closed operations because of cash flow problems as well as a pending lawsuit, the Sports Business Daily reported today. The website Geekwire.com also reported it recently.
Former Taft High and MLB standout Gabe Kapler and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly’s son, Preston, had been involved in the company in Southern California, as we profiled in a story last August. The company is based in Seattle.
A message posted on the Egraphs.com website from CEO David Auld said the company “ran into some unforeseen obstacles that ultimately prevented us from continuing to operate. It has been a very difficult time for us here at the company, as every one of us was dedicated to building out the future of fan-celebrity interactions. …
“We gave Egraphs everything we had, but the landscape proved a little too treacherous.”
The lure of an Egraphs product was that those athletes who offered the personalized signature could also provide a voice message. Athletes signed pre-determined photos on iPads with stylus and recorded their messages. Egraphs was licensed with the MLB, MLBAM and the NBA.
Last year, Florida-based Autography LLC sued Egraphs for fraud, breach of contract and trade secret misappropriation.