Steiner Sports has struck a deal with dozens of athletes who are now providing hand-written inscriptions of their most memorable moments on images that capture them.
Subjects range from Ozzie Smith, who describes how his famous backflip started, to Bob Knight, who was convinced to write about throwing a chair during a game against Purdue during his tenure at Indiana.
“Collecting is all about having a piece to recall your fondest memories,” says Steiner. “’In Their Own Words ‘will change the business. It used to be about the moment, now it’s about the entire story. The players will describe in their own words how they felt at that magical moment.”
It’s not your standard autograph and it’s not your standard autograph price. These will be aimed at player collectors and those who focus more on higher-end items. Prices start at $1,200 and increase to $3,000 for the biggest stars. However, if you’re not fixated on the autograph but still like the product, there will be framed reproductions available for $150 and up.
Amazon and Steiner Sports are the main distributors.
Among sports greatest players and coaches who are sharing their moments “In Their Own Words” will include: Mariano Rivera, Victor Cruz, Frank Robinson, Jim Craig, Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez, Dennis Rodman, Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Marty Lyons, Jim Boeheim, Bob Knight, Adam Graves, Mike Richter, David Cone, Bernie Williams, Nancy Lieberman, Ron Swoboda, Doc Gooden, Mookie Wilson, Mike Bossy, Rudy Rueitteger, Lou Holtz, Stéphane Matteau, “Goose” Gossage, Don Larsen, Eddie Giacomin, Cecil Fielder, Jim Leyritz, Brandi Chastain, Bill Parcells, Lou Piniella, John Wetteland, Mike Torrez, Steve Garvey, Joe Pepitone, Lenny Dykstra, Paul Pierce, Glen Anderson, Dale Murphy, Jesse Orosco, Larry Johnson, David Cone, Andy Pettitte, John Starks, Joe Montana, Chris Chambliss, Harry Carson, Brian Leetch, Jonny Gomes, Rickey Henderson, Mark Bavaro, Paul O’Neill, C.C. Sabathia, Mel Stottlemyre, Mark Teixeira, Bobby Nystrom, Bucky Dent, Bobby Cox, Nolan Ryan, Dereck Whittenburg, Billie Jean King, Ricky Williams, Tommy Lasorda, Elvin Hayes, Ron Guidry, Doug Flutie, Ozzie Smith, Mike Tyson, Aaron Boone, Mark Messier, Roy Jones Jr., Patrick Ewing, Joe Torre, David Wells, Johnny Damon, Doug Williams, Sparky Lyle, Franco Harris, Ron Turcotte, Joe Morgan, Matt Snell, Martin Brodeur, Dwight Clark, Mia Hamm, Mike Eruzione, Joe Pisarcik, Bernard King, Mickey Ward, Spud Webb, Robert Horry, Eli Manning, and Magic Johnson.
Some are already being offered with more in the coming days.
You can see the collection here. You can get 20% off by using the code SPORTS20 at checkout.