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Electronic autographs provider Egraphs shuts down

Egraphs.com, which offered a high-resolution photo and a personalized autograph signed electronically by professional athletes, has shut down, according to the company's website.

Egraphs, through its website, sold the autographs for $50 from stars such as Red Sox players Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz and Rays ace David Price and manager Joe Maddon. The fans would get an email with a personalized autograph signed electronically by the player or manager, as well as receive an audio greeting of up to 30 seconds.

A lawsuit filed last August by Florida-based Autography claimed that one of Egraphs' founders took the idea for electronic autographs after signing confidentially agreements, then helped create Seattle-based Egraphs.

It was unclear what, if anything, that suit had to do with Egraphs shutting down.

CEO David Auld wrote on the Egraphs' website:

"Sadly, I must announce that we will be shutting down Egraphs.

"We 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 were fortunate enough to witness some amazing experiences between you all, and it was what enabled us to work up to this point."

Electronic autographs provider Egraphs shuts down 05/02/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 2, 2013 8:35pm]
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