There’s more to obtaining and preserving an autograph from a Major League Baseball player than one would think.

No sharpies or gel pens, only ballpoint. Unless you’re talking baseball cards, be sure to use a marker, preferably blue. Freshly autographed baseball? Stash it in a Ziploc bag with the ink facing up so it doesn’t smudge.

These are just some of the tips I discovered while in Florida for Spring Training last week. Watch the video above to find out more.

– Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer