Fans and collectors attending the Super Bowl Experience in Atlanta are getting a chance to grab some autographs and see a lot of memorabilia.
Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield were among those signing for free Thursday night. Other rookies were on the docket as well.
There are also some deals going on before the big game between player agents and memorabilia companies. The agents are hoping to negotiate some contracts for player autographs and endorsements that would come into play immediately after the game if their guy winds up as an MVP or makes a play that will be remembered for a long time (think David Tyree).
Front Office Sports talked about the game ahead of the game with Edward Schauder, of the law firm Phillips Nizer and former general counsel and executive vice president of licensing at Steiner Sports.
The event always gets plenty of media coverage, including this story from SB Nation in which the writer went in search of why Sam Darnold’s autographed helmet was more expensive than some other stars.`
While security is often airtight, some enterprising fans in Atlanta have been able to snare autographs. Maybe the nicest guy of the bunch is Saquon Barkley. The Giants’ rookie running back was a signing machine during his time along Radio Row, even though there were signs around stating otherwise, according to this story from 24/7 Sports.
The annual Super Bowl Auction, conducted by the NFL and Hunt Auctions, takes place on Saturday. Among the items up for bid is something autograph collectors can appreciate.
There are 111 signatures on that helmet–each one a Hall of Famer–nearly all of whom have inscribed their induction year.
Each signature is in gold. Consignor Kerre Leisey tells us he spent over two years tracking down the signatures. The high bid as of late Thursday was over $6,000.
Hundreds of items are up for bid including the Reggie White Collection, dozens of game-worn jerseys and even a San Antonio Gunslingers USFL helmet.
Wow…The @HuntAuctions area at the #SuperBowlExperience is worth the price of a ticket. @UniWatch @PhilHecken @HelmetAddict pic.twitter.com/juOjDP3Fo5
— Russell (@unavion) January 28, 2019
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