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My grandmother left me a signed ball from Coach Bryant that he gave my grandpa in the 70's. I am meeting Coach Stallings in College Station tomorrow and I was considering getting him to sign it with the hopes of adding Coach Saban sometime soon. That way I would have a family keepsake to give to my son and explain it was signed by a national championship coach in his great grandpa, grandpa, and fathers generations and he has to carry on the tradition and get it signed by the next guy.
Is this a good idea or should I just get them all to sign different balls? I am extremely torn because it was so special to my grandfather for so long and he is not around for me to ask permission.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by RoadRunner 25 18 months ago
I would use seperate balls. The bryant ball should be kept in a shrine in your house.
bump...I'm undecided.....same ball or different balls--something special to have and pass down either way you decide to go with it
That would be an awesome family prize to have.. 3 National Championship coaches all on the same football is pretty cool.. Would be priceless
This. I would absolutely leave them separate.
From dealing with sports memorabilia quite often, as strange as it sounds, having Coach Stallings sign the Bryant ball may actually de-value it as a collectible. Coach Stallings autos are relatively easy to obtain and he is very generous with his time. I got to spend time with Coach Stallings and opted to get his signature on a non-traditional item (hardhat) as it was celebrating the completion of a project we had worked on, then we took some photos, and he threw in some autographed Bama related stuff. I'm pretty pleased with the hardhat as it is different than the norm and captures a time period in my life. Maybe you can think of something along those lines as well. Makes it "priceless" to me. You can order authentic Gene Stallings autos for as low as $15.00 w/CoA.
Also, Saban doesn't autograph as much as Stallings but is readily available. I don't think it would adversely affects the monetary value, but don't think it increases it. Most collectors are very sentimental with Bryant Memorabilia.
FWIW; I experienced a similar dilemna with a pair of autographed Jack Dempsey boxing gloves---got the same advice from sports memorabilia dealers when I had the opportunity to get a bunch of different champions on there.
From the other viewpoint, if the idea is to pass it through the generations, it's a neat idea.
This is very good advice
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Thanks guys. I am somewhat concerned with value as a practical matter but I have zero intentions of ever selling it. It seems like it would be more special to be entrusted with one ball that you have to look after and see that it gets signed again than a group of balls that you have to add another one to.
I am leaning towards not doing it though. Thanks for all of the different perspectives.
Care to post a pic of it?
I would also like to see it if you don't mind. No problem if you prefer not to.
I'm no memorabilia expert but I agree with the OP about having only one ball to keep up with especially if you have no plans to ever sell. I also think if you have one ball signed by all 3, you may have the only one or least one of a small number to exist. Tough call.
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If you are considering value at all, then do not get more than one signature on a ball
Separate balls. If the idea is to pass it along with the idea that your son has to carry on the tradition he can still do this by getting a new football and getting the next great championship coach to sign it. He may eventually end up with half a dozen footballs but the outcome is the same.
(Also, he is eventually going to run out of room on one football)
This is a major consideration because the "look" of the autos are very important for the value. If Bryant signed the ball in the "sweet spot", then it is all his. Is there room for two other signatures to compliment Bryant's?
Here is the photo. It's still in the original box although its pretty beat up. It was important to him to keep it in te box. Perhaps this is the reason I have entire collection of Star Wars figures in ther original box sitting in my garage. There seems to be plenty of room for at least another set of 6 signatures after getting Saban and stallings.
Also, if I go the separate ball route I have a Stallings ball already. But it also has Teague on it. Should I get one without Teague to keep it consistent?
If you get Stallings to go with Teague, you will need to get the stars of the '92 Team to get it right. Would be a cool ball to have, but not worth a lot.
That is a very nice sig. I would be scared to tamper with it. What if the pen slips in Stallings' or Saban's hand?
If anything do a Stallings and Saban ball. Don't touch the Bryant. You'll never, ever have a chance to get another one like that. That is special.
The Teague ball already has Stallings. They are on a white autograph ball with the 92 championship schedule and score. That's why I might want to get another Stallings ball similar to this so they will match better if I go the separate ball route.
A ball signed by three national championship coaches would be so rare and so special to have in the family. Your not going to run into many of those if any. I believe I would do it if I had that chance.
ill give you 100 bucks for it (g)
Sold. :) Thanks for the advice guys.
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