The sports world is getting an inside look at the business side of autographs as the Johnny Manziel story plays out.
ESPN reported Sunday that the NCAA was looking into whether the Texas A&M quarterback was paid to sign autographs last January, a deal that would likely make him ineligible to compete this season under NCAA rules.
While proving Manziel has taken money from autograph dealers may be difficult to prove, that’s what one of them is apparently trying to convince the public to believe. A follow-up story on Monday included the broker telling reporter Joe Schad that Manziel signed 250 items for him at no charge back in November.
While that may be difficult to believe, it’s no secret that autograph authentication companies such as PSA/DNA and James Spence Authentication have examined and authenticated an unusual number of Manziel autographs.
“It seems like a lot from a relatively small group of submitters,” PSA President Joe Orlando told the network.
If you wanted a Manziel autograph, you didn’t have to go far to find one at last week’s National Sports Collectors Convention. CBS Sports talked with one dealer for its story on the case.
KSAT stopped by a local sports card shop for a story that aired in San Antonio.