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Question for autograph/memorabilia collectors

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by weeds, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. weeds

    weeds Cheesehead

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    Obviously, I'm not much into memorabilia, but here's the story and maybe someone in the know can educate me.

    My employer made a sizeable donation to a "fund raiser" type raffle for a kid with cancer and the company's name was drawn to win an autographed Aaron Rodgers football...ostensibly donated by the Packers (I've heard that they're fantastic for this kind of thing).

    Now, if the company were to 're-raffle' the ball as an additional fund raiser for the kid...I have to ask, is there such a thing as a "mechanically" signed ball? The collector's websites I've hit seem to place a premium on "hand signed" balls which makes me ask whether or not there is an alternative.

    I understand that "franking machines" exist, so , if the Packers donate a ball ... is there a chance that ball was signed mechanically? I haven't seen it yet and do not know if there is a letter of authenticity yet.
     
  2. PWT

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    There has to be a letter of authenticity. The Packers have a program, in which. Packers players sign football for uses in various Charities fund raising. A group of Packer fans buy the footballs and donate the footballs, that are used in Charity fund raising programs.

    My ex son in law put a $500 bid in for one of these football signed by Brett Favre years back and got the football .
    The football was used in an auction held by charitable group for children with cancer . There was a letter of authenticity, that came with it.
     
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  3. weeds

    weeds Cheesehead

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    Thanks PWT. Appreciate it.

    Frankly, it'd be a cold, cold day in hell when I'd pay that much for anything like that, but what the heck.

    My brother in law had like a 6" section of the goal post from the Ice Bowl ... and LOST it... no idea where in the heck it went. :) Poor bastige...
     
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  4. ivo610

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    To answer your question yes. You will see team signed balls. "Team signed balls" done by someone who works for the team but not the players, team signed balls with both, and then a team signed ball that was just etched into the ball by a machine.

    A COA by the packers doesn't make the item authentic, I have COAs from the packers and nfl on items I have reason to believe are not what they say they are
     
  5. ivo610

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    99.9% of purchasers will be happy with a Packers or player COA. Otherwise there are individuals and companies that authenticate autographs
     
  6. DevilDon

    DevilDon Inclement Weather Fan

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    If the ball was donated by the Packers and came with a Packers COA it's for real. The Packers are superb at this type of thing. My nephew died young and the Packers donated several items for the fundraiser.
    If you're buying from a sports memorabilia shop with COAs rather than an individual (Ebay) you're far more likely to be getting the real deal.
    The Packers would never give away a Rodgers signed ball for a charity event that was not hand signed. They are quite generous with this type of thing.
     
  7. Chicocheese

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    I concur that it is more than likely real. It could be a "clubhouse signature." but I doubt it. If it came from the Rodgers, from the Packers there is very little chance that they said "Just have a secretary or rep sign it like Aaron would." Especially since Aaron does a lot of work with children who either have, or have just survived many different types of illnesses.
     
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    You would be surprised at how much they have messed up in the years they have gotten involved with memorabilia
     
  9. El Guapo

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    Hopefully the Packers didn't just have Willy the groundskeeper legally change his name to Aaron Rodgers so that he could sign footballs! :D
     
  10. weeds

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    Thanks for the input guys.
     
  11. Raptorman

    Raptorman Vikings fan since 1966.

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    Hey, cool idea. Thanks. I' think I'll change my name to "Aaron Rodger Payton Manning Tom Brady".
     

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