It's been a pretty good last few days for Peyton Manning. Super Bowl XLI championship. Game MVP award. And a new deal with an autograph company to boost his off-the-field income. His new employers are ready to satisfy the rush, while one sports memorabilia shop back in his college stomping grounds has been Manning headquarters for nearly a decade.
Mounted Memories and Steiner Sports have signed the Indianapolis Colts' Super Bowl quarterback to a multi-year autograph deal.
"Peyton Manning is the most recognizable face in the NFL today, and is a certain future Hall of Famer," said Ross Tannenbaum, CEO of Dreams, Inc, parent company of Mounted Memories. "His off-the-field persona has propelled him to a level of public acclaim shared by only a handful of athletes in all of sports."
Steiner Sports, based in New York, will partner with Mounted Memories to manage and control the vast marketing opportunities for authentic Peyton Manning autographed items.
Jared Weiss, President of Steiner Sports said, "This is a formidable team to control the autograph of one of the greatest athletes of our time."
The company already has Manning autographed helmets, jerseys and other items for sale on it's ProSportsMemorabilia.com website. Manning will do private signings with his new employers, regulating the distribution of his autograph in the memorabilia marketplace. His popularity as Super Bowl MVP will increase interest and the new marketing deal will likely mean an increase in the price collectors and fans will pay for an authenticated piece purchased through the company.
"As far as quarterbacks in the NFL go, Peyton Manning is a giant," said Mitch Adelstein, president of Mounted Memories. "His skill, talent and personality make him one of the most desired athletes to market from a memorabilia standpoint. We will immediately begin designing unique, limited edition items featuring Peyton's autograph for distribution throughout the country."
Manning, one of the most brilliant quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, holds several NFL passing records including touchdown passes in a single season, most consecutive seasons with more than 4,000 passing yards and most seasons with 4,000 or more yards passing in a career. His NFL career 94.4 passing rating ranks first among active quarterbacks with at least 1,500 passing attempts, second all-time only to Steve Young's 96.8 rating.
Peyton Manning autographs on eBay.
Check out the video from the Knoxville News-Sentinel, which visits a memorabilia store that owes part of it's success to the sale of Manning items.