The North Carolina men’s basketball team has announced it will sell autographed basketballs signed by the 2010-11 team to the public beginning on October 1.
Head coach Roy Williams will donate proceeds from the sale of balls to local charities.
If selling team signed balls, even for charity, seems a little strange for a college team, you’re probably not alone.
Based on its rabid fan base, its past success and the NBA futures of many of the team’s players, the program is a popular target for autograph seekers.
In fact, the school has a page on its website, outlining the ‘autograph policy’ instituted by the school. If you thought you could just mail something in or drop it off at the basketball office, think again.
And if you show up at a team-sanctioned appearance or game, your chances of getting a straight signature aren’t that great according to the policy. It reads, in part: “Items signed on these occasions should be personalized (signed specifically to the name of the person requesting the autograph or the name of the person for whom the requestor is getting the autograph).”
No price has been set for the team-autographed basketballs for this coming season, but if the footballs are any indication, they won’t be cheap. A Butch Davis single-signed ball runs $125. Each order form asks whether the ball is for personal or charitable use and requests documention.
Check out the entire policy Carolina has in place here.