Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Big Game Merchandise

SuperBowl mania is amping up in New England this week.  Despite "Deflategate", the anticipation of this year's game is growing each day by fans and collectors.  Moreover, collectors are starting to wonder on what team signed item they'll start to gather signatures.  And as most collectors know, gathering the signatures on one item from at least 53 members of a football team is very challenging.
So here are some ideas to help you work through the challenge.

An authentic and official Superbowl football is a great way.  If you have the players sign small you can actually fit all the signatures on the 4 panels.  I recommend silver or black paint pens on footballs.  This year's SB 49 football is selling from $99-$129 on many different websites.  I also recommend having the game MVP sign an individual football with the MVP inscription.  So yes, time to purchase 2 authentic MVP footballs.

Another option, but more expensive, is a full size authentic or replica helmet.  There is definitely enough room on this item for all the signatures.  You also can pick up a SB branded helmet or your favorite team helmet.  Pricing on these helmets ranges from$99-$150 for a replica and a minimum of $200 for the authentic brand.

Smaller items include game programs, team yearbooks and mini helmets.  All of these items range in price from $15 - $30.  Generally speaking these items do not fit more than 20-25 signatures.  However, if you wanted just an item signed by positions, I recommend considering these items.  Or if you want a single signed item, or an item to be signed by the game MVP I recommend these choices.

So, as game time approaches consider these items.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Trot Nixon Appearance, and Hot Stove Dinner.

I've blogged about sport dinners many times.  It's always a great opportunity to enjoy a meal with lots of sport fans, support a philanthropic effort and build your autograph collection.  On January 17th the Lowell Spinners are hosting a hot stove dinner and their keynote speaker and guest is Trot Nixon.  As New England fans know, Trot was on the 2004 World Series Championship team and a true fan favorite.

So if you want to meet him and other former players such as Adam Everett consider purchasing a ticket for $75.  The price includes the meet and greet, autographs, dinner, an auction and the opportunity to help the Spinners charities. 

For more information check this link.

New England Patriot running back, Jonas Gray, Public Appearance

For those of us from New England, we know the only current team that has any true fan interest is the New England Patriots.  As they are set to begin their Super Bowl run (hopefully a Super Bowl win), the buzz about the team is gaining momentum.

One way to work through that buzz is to take advantage of Patriot public appearances.  On Tuesday January 6, running back, Jonas Gray will be appearing in Whitman Mass.  This is an outstanding chance to meet a current player and wish him and the team well in the upcoming weeks.

His pricing is great.  It is only $25 for him to sign any type of item.  This is a steal for any current player from any sport.  There is a $10 charge for personalizations or inscriptions.  I can tell you as his career progresses, this price will double and if the Patriots win some playoff games, it will increase higher than double.

For more information click on this link.