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."