Heisman Trophy Winner Autograph Addresses

Autograph magazine’s free list of College Football’s Heisman Trophy Winner mailing addresses. Most of these addresses have been successful in the last year and all are the most current ones we know of.

Year Name/
School/
Position/
More
Address
2009 Mark Ingram
Alabama
RB
c/o Alabama Crimson Tide
University Of Alabama
Box 870393
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0393
2008 Sam Bradford
Oklahoma
QB
c/o University of Oklahoma
Athletics Department
180 West Brooks,
Norman, OK 73019
2007 Tim Tebow
Florida
QB
c/o Universiy Athletic Association-Football
University of Florida
P.O. Box 14485
Gainesville, FL 32604-2485
2006 Troy Smith
Ohio State
QB
c/o Baltimore Ravens
M&T Bank Stadium
1101 Russell Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
2005 Reggie Bush
USC
RB
c/o Dash
4774 Park Granada Suite #5
Calabasas CA 91302
OR
c/o New Orleans Saints
5800 Airline Drive
Metairie, LA 70003
2004 Matt Leinart
USC
QB
c/o Matt Leinart Foundation
17280 Newhope Street, Suite 10
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
2003 Jason White
Oklahoma
QB
Steve Owens & Associates
3700 W. Robinson St. Ste. 230
Norman, OK  73072
2002 Carson Palmer
USC
QB
8885 Whisperinghill Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45242-4670
OR
Cincinnati Bengals
1574 W. 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45204
2001 Eric Crouch
Nebraska, QB
6946 N. 97th Circle
Omaha, NE 68122
2000 Chris Weinke
Florida State, QB
213 Black Wolf Run
Austin, TX 78738-1755
1999 Ron Dayne
Wisconsin
RB
c/o Houston Texans
Two Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
1998 Ricky Williams
Texas
RB
c/o Miami Dolphins
7500 SW 30th Street
Davie, FL 33314
1997 Charles Woodson
Michigan, DB/RW
9080 Great Heron Circle
Orlando, FL. 32836
1996 Danny Wuerffel
Florida
QB
c/o Ambassador Speakers Bureau
PO Box 50358
Nashville, TN 37205
OR
c/o Desire Street Ministries
P.O. Box 5587
Destin, FL 32540
1995 Eddie George
Ohio State
RB
c/o Tennessee Titans
One Titans Way
Nashville, TN 37213
1994 Rashaan Salaam
Colorado, RB
8132 Brookhaven Rd
San Diego, CA 92102
1993 Charlie Ward
Florida State, QB
College HOF 2006
c/o Westbury Christian School
10420 Hillcroft
Houston, TX 77096-9946
1992 Gino Torretta
Miami
QB
College HOF 2009
Attn: Greg Friedlander
c/o All American Speakers
365 West King Road #200
Ithaca, NY 14850
1991 Desmond Howard
Michigan
WR
ESPN Plaza
935 Middle St.
Bristol, CT 06010
1990 Ty Detmer
Brigham Young
QB
Triton Financial
12117 Bee Caves Rd, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78738
1989 Andre Ware
Houston, QB
College HOF 2004
3910 Wood Park
Sugar Land, TX 77479
1988 Barry Sanders
Oklahoma State, RB
College HOF 2003
Pro HOF 2004
The Access Group, Inc.
846 Lincoln Road
5th Floor
Miami Beach, FL 33139-2618
1987 Tim Brown
Notre Dame, WR
1107 W. Pleasant Run Road
Desoto, TX. 75115
1986 Vinny Testaverde
Miami
QB
c/o Headline Media Management
888 Seventh Avenue
Suite 503
New York, NY 10106
1985 Bo Jackson
Auburn, RB
College HOF 1998
100 Old Oak Ridge Dr. W
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
1984 Doug Flutie
Boston College
QB
College HOF 2008
c/o VERSUS
Comcast Center
One Comcast Center
Philadelphia, PA 19103
OR
The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation For Autism, Inc.
615 Concord Street
Framingham, MA 01702
1983 Mike Rozier
Nebraska
RB
College HOF 2006
c/o Nebraska Athletics
One Memorial Stadium
P.O. Box 880120
Lincoln, NE 68588-0120
OR
c/o Heisman Memorial Trust
17 Battery Place, Ste 943
NY, NY  10004
1982 Herschel Walker
Georgia, RB
College HOF 1999
3000 Blackburn Street
Apt. 1901
Dallas, TX. 75204
1981 Marcus Allen
USC
RB
College HOF 2000
Pro HOF 2003
9536 Wilshire Blvd. #300
Beverly Hills, CA. 90212
1980 George Rogers
South Carolina, RB
College HOF 1997
George Rogers Foundation of the Carolinas
P.O. Box 205
Columbia, SC, 29202
1979 Charles White
USC, RB
College HOF 1996
c/o USC Athletic Dept.
Heritage Hall #203A
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0602
1978 Billy Sims
Oklahoma, RB
College HOF 1995
PO Box 3147
Coppell TX 75019-9147
1977 Earl Campbell
Texas, RB
College HOF 1990
Pro HOF 1991
Earl Campbell Meat Products
809 Rio Grande St. Ste 100
Austin, TX 78701-2233
1976 Tony Dorsett
Pittsburgh, RB
College HOF 1994
Pro HOF 1994
c/o Tony Dorsett Foods
450 Clay Ave.
Piscataway NJ 08854
1975 &
1974
Archie Griffin
Ohio State
RB
College HOF 1986
via e-mail at:
griffin@ohiostatealumni.org
OR
President/C.E.O.
The Ohio State University Alumni Association
Longaberger Alumni House
2200 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43210-1035
1973 John Cappelletti
Penn State, RB
28791 Brant Lane
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
1972 Johnny Rodgers
Nebraska
WR
College HOF 2000
PO Box 11172
Omaha, NE 68111
USA
Charges $20 per card or photo. Make checks payable to Johnny Rodgers Youth Foundation.
1971 Pat Sullivan
Auburn
QB
College HOF 1991
Samford University
Athletics Department
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
OR
1717 Indian Creek Dr.
Brimingham, AL 35243
1970 Jim Plunkett
Stanford, QB
College HOF 1990
51 Kilroy Way
Atherton, CA 94027-5405
1969 Steve Owens
Oklahoma, HB
College HOF 1991
3700 W. Robinson, Ste 230
Norman, OK 73072
1968 O.J. Simpson
USC, HB
College HOF 1983
Pro HOF 1985
9450 SW 112th Street
Miami, FL 33176
1967 Gary Beban
UCLA
QB
College HOF 1088
c/o CB Richard Ellis
311 South Wacker Drive
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60606
1966 Steve Spurrier
Florida
QB
College HOF 1986
via e-mail at:
Rricard@gwm.sc.edu
OR
126 Beaver Ridge Dr
Elgin, SC 29045
1965 Mike Garrett
USC, HB
College HOF 1985
c/o USC
Heritage Hall #203-A
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0602
1964 John Huarte
Notre Dame, QB
College HOF 2005
14959 La Cumbre Dr.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
1963 Roger Staubach
Navy
QB
College HOF 1981
Pro HOF 1985
5242 Ravine Dr
Dallas, TX 75220
OR
Staubach Company
15601 Dallas Pkwy #400
Addison TX 75001
1962 Terry Baker
Oregon State, QB
College HOF 1982
3208 SW Fairmount Blvd.
Portland, OR. 97239
1961 Ernie Davis
Syracuse, HB
College HOF 1979
Died 5/18/1963
1960 Joe Bellino
Navy, HB
College HOF 1977
45 Hayden Lane
Bedford, MA 01730
1959 Billy Cannon
LSU, HB
College HOF 1993
Billy Cannon
c/o Louisiana State Penitentiary
Angola, LA 70712
1958 Pete Dawkins
Army, HB
College HOF 1975
c/o Citigroup
787 Seventh Ave.
50th Floor
New York, NY 10019
1957 John David Crow
Texas A&M, HB
College HOF 1976
5004 Augusta Circle
College Station, TX 77845
1956 Paul Hornung
Notre Dame, QB
College HOF 1985
Pro HOF 1986
c/o Hornung’s Sports Showcase
325 W. Main St. 1116
Louisville, KY 40202
1955 Howard Cassady
Ohio State
HB
College HOF 1979
539 Severn Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606
OR
c/o The Columbus Clippers
1155 W. Mound St.
Columbus, OH.43223
1954 Alan Ameche
Wisconsin, FB
College HOF 1975
Died 8/8/1988
1953 Johnny Lattner
Notre Dame, HB
College HOF 1979
8303 W. North Avenue
Melrose Park, IL 60160
1952 Billy Vessels
Oklahoma, HB
College HOF 1974
Died 11/17/2001
1951 Dick Kazmaier
Princeton
HB
College HOF 1966
Dick Kazmaier Associates
Attn: Dick Kazmaier Memorabilia
676 Elm Street
Concord MA 01742
OR
261 Park Lane
Concord, MA 01742
1950 Vic Janowicz
Ohio State, HB
College HOF 1976
Died 2/27/1996
1949 Leon Hart
Notre Dame, E
College HOF 1973
Died 9/24/2002
1948 Doak Walker
So. Methodist, HB
College HOF 1959
Pro HOF 1986
Died 9/27/1998
1947 Johnny Lujack
Notre Dame, QB
College HOF 1960
4498 Saint Helena Ct.
Indian Wells, CA. 92210
OR
6321 Crow Valley Dr.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
1946 Glenn Davis
Army, HB
College HOF 1961
Died 3/9/2005
1945 Doc Blanchard
Army, FB
College HOF 1959
Died 4/19/2009
1944 Les Horvath
Ohio State, QB/HB
College HOF 1969
Died 11/14/1995
1943 Angelo Bertelli
Notre Dame, QB
College HOF 1972
Died 6/18/1999
1942 Frank Sinkwich
Georgia, HB
College HOF 1954
Died 10/22/1990
1941 Bruce Smith
Minnesota, HB
College HOF 2006
Died 8/28/1967
1940 Tom Harmon
Michigan, HB
College HOF 1954
Died 3/15/1990
1939 Nile Kinnick
Iowa, HB
College HOF 1951
Died 6/2/1943
1938 Davey O’Brien
Texas Christian, QB
College HOF 1955
Died 11/18/1977
1937 Clint Frank
Yale, HB
College HOF 1955
Died 7/9/1992
1936 Larry Kelley
Yale, E
College HOF 1969
Died 6/27/2000
1935 Jay Berwanger
Chicago, HB
College HOF 1954
Died 6/26/2002

Pro Football Hall of Fame Address List

Herb Adderley: 1058 Tristram Cr., Mantua, NJ 08051
Troy Aikman: 4425 Highland Dr., Dallas TX 75205
Marcus Allen: 9536 Wilshire Blvd. #300, Beverly Hills, CA. 90212
Lance Alworth: 242 22nd St., Del Mar, CA 92014
Doug Atkins: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Lem Barney: 775 Kentbrook Dr., Commerce Township, MI 48382
Chuck Bednarik: 6379 Winding Rd., Coopersburg, PA 18036
Bobby Bell: P.O. Box 6903, Lees Summit, MO. 64064
Raymond Berry: 1110 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Elvin Bethea: 16211 Leslie Lane, Missouri City, TX. 77489
Fred Biletnikoff: 1736 Avondale Dr., Roseville, CA 95747
George Blanda: 18 Forest Gate Circle, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Mel Blount: c/o Mel Blount Youth Home, 6 Mel Blount Dr., Claysville, PA 15323
Terry Bradshaw: 8911 Shady Lane Dr., Shreveport, LA 71118
Bob (Boomer) Brown: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Jim Brown: 100 Alfred Lerner Way, Cleveland, OH 44114
Willie Brown: 27138 Lillegard Court, Tracy, CA. 95304
Nick Buoniconti: 445 Grand Bay Dr., Apt. #803, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Dick Butkus: c/o The Literary Group Intl., 51 E. 25th St., Ste. 401, NY, NY 10010
Earl Campbell: Earl Campbell Meat Products, 809 Rio Grande St., Ste. 100, Austin, TX 78701
Harry Carson: Harry Carson Inc., P.O. Box 852, Westwood, NJ 07675
Dave Casper: 1525 Alamo Way, Alamo, CA 94507
Lou Creekmur: 7521 SW 1st St., Plantation, FL. 33317
Larry Csonka: 37256 Hunter Camp Rd., Lisbon OH 44432
Al Davis: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Willie Davis: 100 Corporate Pointe Ste. 310, Culver City, CA 90230
Len Dawson: c/o KMBC-TV, 6455 Winchester Ave., Kansas City, MO 64133
Fred Dean: 2411 Highway 3061, Ruston, LA 71270
Joe DeLamielleure: 7818 Ridgeloch Place, Charlotte, NC. 28226
Eric Dickerson: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Dan Dierdorf: 13302 Buckland Hall Rd., St Louis, MO 63131
Mike Ditka: 161 E. Chicago Ave., Apt 39F, Chicago, IL 60611
Art Donovan: 1512 Jeffers Rd., Baltimore, MD 21204
Tony Dorsett: C/O Tony Dorsett Foods, 450 Clay Ave., Piscataway NJ 08854
Bill Dudley: 303 Barkley Court, Lynchburg, VA. 24503
Carl Eller: c/o Carl Eller Foundation, 8014 Olsen Memorial Highway, Ste. 241, Golden Valley MN 55427
John Elway: c/o Denver Broncos, 13655 Broncos Parkway, Englewood, Colorado 80112
Dan Fouts: 16820 Varco Rd., Bend, OR 97701
Joe Gibbs: 19133 Penisula Point Dr., Cornelius NC 28031
Frank Gifford: 300 Main St., Ste. 802, Stamford, CT 06901
Bud Grant: 8134 Oakmere Rd., Bloomington, MN 55438
Darrell Green: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Forrest Gregg: 2985 Plaza Azul, Santa Fe, NM. 87507
Joe Greene: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Bob Griese: 3195 Ponce De Leon Blvd. #412, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Dan Hampton: c/o Chicago Bears, 1000 Football Dr., Lake Forest, IL 60045
Jack Ham: c/o Jack Ham Enterprises Inc., 540 Lindbergh Dr., Moon Township, PA 15108
John Hannah: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Mike Haynes: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Franco Harris: Super Bakery Inc., 5700 Corporate Dr., Ste. 455, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Ted Hendricks: P.O. Box 7470, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Paul Hornung: 325 W. Main St. #1116, Louisville, KY 40202
Ken Houston: 3603 Forest Village Dr., Kingwood, TX 77339
Jimmy Johnson: 87883 Old Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036
John Henry Johnson: 1543 East Blvd. #3, Cleveland, OH 44106
Charlie Joiner: 12929 Angosto Way, San Diego, CA 92128
David (Deacon) Jones: c/o Deacon Jones Foundation, 446 S Anaheim Hills Rd., Ste. 186, Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
Stan Jones: 1138 Opal #101, Broomfield, CO 80020
Sonny Jurgensen: c/o Washington Redskins, 21300 Redskin Park Dr., Ashburn, VA 20147
Jim Kelly: c/o Buffalo Bills, One Bills Dr., Orchard Park, NY 14127
Leroy Kelly: 115 Eastbrook Ln, Willingboro, NJ 08046
Paul Krause: 18099 Judicial Way N, Lakeville, MN 55044
Jack Lambert: c/o Lambert 58 Inc., P.O Box 361, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Jim Langer: 14280 Wolfram St. NW, Ramsey, MN 55303
Willie Lanier: 2911 E. Brigstock Rd., Midlothian, VA 23113
Steve Largent: c/o CTIA, 1400 16th St. NW, Ste. 600, Washington, DC 20036
Yale Lary: 6366 Lansdale Rd., Ft Worth, TX 76116
Marv Levy: c/o The Nat’l Organization of Professional Athletes, 1806 Watermere Ln., Windermere, FL. 34786
Bob Lilly: 104 Aster Circle, Georgetown, TX 78628
Larry Little: 14761 SW 169th Ln., Miami, FL 33187
James Lofton: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Howie Long: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Ronnie Lott: 11342 Canyon View Circle, Cupertino, CA 95014
John Mackey: 1198 Pacific Coast Highway #506, Seal Beach, CA. 90740
Tom Mack: 52 Grand Miramar Dr., Henderson, NV 89011
John Madden: 5095 Coronado Bl., Pleasanton, CA 94588
Gino Marchetti: 324 Devon Way, West Chester,PA 19380
Dan Marino: 2269 NW 199th St., Miami, FL 33056
Ollie Matson: 1319 S. Hudson Ave., LA, CA. 90019
Bruce Matthews: c/o Houston Texans, Two Reliant Park, Houston, TX 77054
Don Maynard: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Mike McCormack: 265 Bouquet Canyon Dr., Palm Desert, CA 92211
Randall McDaniel: 20405 Manor Rd., Excelistor, MN 55331
Tommy McDonald: 537 W. Valley Forge Rd., King Of Prussia, PA. 19406
Hugh McElhenny: 3013 Via Venezia, Henderson, NV 89012
Bobby Mitchell: P.O. Box 34471, Westlake, Bethesda, MD 20827
Ron Mix: 7840 Mission Center Ct., Ste. 104, San Diego, CA 92108
Art Monk: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Joe Montana: 21515 Hawthorne Blvd. #1250, Torrance, CA 90503
Warren Moon: c/o Seattle Seahawks, 11220 NE 53rd St., Kirkland, WA 98033
Lenny Moore: 8815 Stonehaven Rd., Randallstown, MD. 21133
Mike Munchak: 9155 Saddlebow Dr., Brentwood, TN. 37027
Anthony Muñoz: c/o Cincinnati Bengals, 1 Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Joe Namath: 7 Bay Harbor Rd., Jupiter, FL 33469
Ozzie Newsome: 6 Pandonia Woods Ct., Cockeysville, MD. 21030
Chuck Noll: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Merlin Olsen: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Jim Otto: ‘00’ Estates Dr., Auburn, CA 95602
Alan Page: c/o Page Education Foundation, P.O. Box 581254, Minneapolis, MN 55458
Clarence (Ace) Parker: 210 Sneads Fairway, Portsmouth, VA. 23701
Joe Perry: 1644 E. Chicago St., Chandler, AZ. 85225
Mel Renfro: c/o Cowboys Alumni Association, 13748 Neutron Rd., Dallas, TX 75244
Andy Robustelli: 30 Springs St., Stamford, CT. 06901
John Riggins: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Dan Rooney: c/o Pittsburgh Steelers Football, 3400 S Water St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Barry Sanders: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Charlie Sanders: c/o Detroit Lions, 222 Republic Dr., Allen Park, MI 48101
Gale Sayers: c/o Sayers Corp.Headquarters, 1150 Feehanville Dr., Mt. Prospect, IL. 60056
Joe Schmidt: 226 Norcliff Dr., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Lee Roy Selmon: USF Foundation Partnership, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620
Billy Shaw: 3427 Old Rothell Rd., Toccoa, GA 30577
Art Shell: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Don Shula: 16 Indian Creek Island, Miami, FL 33154
O.J. Simpson: 9450 SW 112th St., Miami, FL 33176
Mike Singletary: 14982 Sobey Rd., Saratoga, CA. 95070
Jackie Slater: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Bruce Smith: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Jackie Smith: 1566 Walpole Dr., Chesterfield, MO. 63017
Bob St. Clair: 3312 Parker Hill Rd., Santa Rosa, CA. 95404
John Stallworth: 695 Dug Hill Rd., Brownsboro, AL 35741
Bart Starr: 2065 Royal Fern Lane, Birmingham, AL 35244
Roger Staubach: The Staubach Company, 15601 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 400, Addison, TX 75001
Jan Stenerud: 3180 Sheiks Place, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Dwight Stephenson: 6241 N. Dixie Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
Lynn Swann: 506 Hegner Way #2, Sewickley, PA. 15143
Fran Tarkenton: 3340 Peachtree Rd. NE #2570, Atlanta, GA 30326
Charley Taylor: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Jim Taylor: 7840 Walden Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Lawrence Taylor: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Emmitt Thomas: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Thurman Thomas: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Andre Tippett: c/o New England Patriots, One Patriots Place, Foxboro, MA 02035
Y.A. Tittle: P.O. Box 571, Lebanon, IN 46052
Charley Trippi: 125 Riverhill Court, Athens, GA. 30606
Steve Van Buren: c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Paul Warfield: c/o Cleveland Browns Stadium, 100 Alfred Lerner Way, Cleveland, OH 44114
Roger Wehrli: 46 Fox Meadows Court, Saint Charles, MO. 63303
Randy White: 5000 E. Fm 1461, Prosper, TX 75078
Dave Wilcox: 94471 Willamette Dr., Junction City, OR 97448
Larry Wilson: 11834 N. Blackheath Rd., Scottdale, AZ. 85254
Ralph Wilson, Jr.: c/o Buffalo Bills, One Bills Dr., Orchard Park, NY 14127
Kellen Winslow: c/o Central State University, P.O. Box 1004, 1400 Brush Row Rd., Wilberforce, Ohio 45384
Rod Woodson: 3304 Medallion Ct., Pleasanton, CA. 94588
Willie Wood: 7941 16th St. NW, Washington, DC. 20012
Rayfield Wright: P. O Box 1865, Weatherford, TX. 76086
Ron Yary: 38886 Calle De Companero, Murrieta, CA 92562
Steve Young: Forever Young Foundation, 2239 Heavenly View Dr., Henderson, NV 89014
Jack Youngblood: 4377 Steed Terrace, Winter Park, FL 32792
Gary Zimmerman: 17450 Skylines Rd., Bend, OR 97701

Sports Guru: Thrift Store Jackpot

By TOM TALBOT

Featured in Autograph March 2009

Bobby Hurley signed photo

Local thrift shops are unsuspecting places to find sports and autograph items. But recently I took the cake! On my way home from work, I usually make a stop at a Goodwill store. I’ve even become good friends with one of the workers since I see him nearly every day. He knows I’m a diehard collector and alerts me to any donations that may have come in.

In December I was chatting with him when another worker came up and said, “We just had a guy drop off a bunch of signed sports stuff.” My friend told him to bring it out from the storeroom so I could take a glance.

Feild of Dreams Certificate of Authenticity

It was my lucky day. Six items were donated and priced at $10 each. They were all signed photos; a few were on plaques. I was thrilled when I saw a Certificate of Authenticity included with a photo of former Duke University basketball star and NBA player Bobby Hurley. The C.O.A. was from Field of Dreams, a sports memorabilia company that operates in many malls. Hurley’s in-person signature compared to the one from Field of Dreams looked very similar. The photo features Hurley in his Sacramento Kings uniform and it’s signed in silver paint pen.

I had the chance to meet Hurley several years ago when he conducted a youth basketball clinic. He was a great teacher and the kids seemed to get a lot out of the experience. I did too when he signed a basketball for me that day. Hurley’s NBA career didn’t last long after he was in a serious car accident during his rookie year, but he will always be remembered as one of the great Duke Blue Devils. In his four years at Duke, he led his team to the Final Four three times and won it twice.

Bo Jackson signed photo with engraved nameplate plaque

One more of the six items was authenticated by the same company: a signed Bo Jackson Kansas City Royals plaque with the engraved nameplate that reads “Bo Knows Baseball.” Jackson has always been a tough autograph since his two-sport days, playing left field for the MLB’s Kansas City Royals and running back for the NFL’s Los Angeles Raiders. An all-star in both sports, Bo owned the endorsement market with his Nike “Bo Knows” campaign. Not only could he play baseball and football, but he also ran track in college and tinkered in hoops, playing for a minor league team in Los Angeles.

Jackson does do quite a few shows, but his autograph commands more than a hundred dollars. As a kid during the “Bo Knows” days, I’m thrilled to score an authentic signature for a 10 spot.

Larry Bird signed photo

A couple of other hoops legends were included in my stack of bargains: “Larry Legend” Bird and “The Round Mound of Rebound,” Charles Barkley. These two guys couldn’t be further from each other in personality, but they both have one thing in common—they were phenomenal basketball players.

Both photos came with a C.O.A. from Daniel Enterprises Marketing out of Chino, Calif. I have never heard of the company and couldn’t find out any information on the store. Both signatures appear to be genuine, though collectors have to be careful, especially with Bird. His mail has been ghost signed forever and he’s not a big fan of signing autographs. Bird proved his dominance again and again, winning three NBA titles.

The photo of Bird is from the early ’90s—which is good news. It seems there are many more photos forged today than during Bird’s playing days. Back then a signed photo was worth maybe $30-$50. Today, it’s worth much more, so it’s logical that it’s tougher to secure a legitimate Bird signature unless you’re willing to break open the wallet.

Charles Barkley signed photo

Barkley is the polar opposite of Bird, and continues to entertain today as a broadcaster. His stories could fill a 10-volume series. There was the time Barkley got in a bar fight and decided it would be a good idea to remove the guy from the bar via the plate-glass window, or the time he lost $2.5 million playing blackjack. And have you seen this guy’s golf swing? He’s terrible. However, he’s never one to turn down a good charity golf outing—Barkley routinely tees it up with guys like Michael Jordan, and never fails to leave everyone rolling on the putting green. You would think a guy that plays that much golf would be competitive. He’s not. But it’s sure fun to watch.

On the hardwood, Barkley was a dominating power forward, earning the NBA’s M.V.P. Award in 1993. He also won two Olympic gold medals as part of the first two Dream Teams.

Framed and matted photo of James Worthy

Last but not least for hoops autographs was a framed and matted picture of Los Angeles Lakers legend “Big Game” James Worthy. It’s not the best signature I’ve ever seen, but for $10, I’ll take it. It almost looks like it was signed twice, or maybe the Sharpie wasn’t working well. My fear is that the real autograph started to fade and some joker decided to trace the signature over the top to “restore” it to its original beauty. I guess we’ll never know.

Worthy will always be recognized as one of the true gamers. He played his best ball in the playoffs, and was part of three championship teams with the Lakers. He also won the NCAA championship in 1982 with UNC as a junior. Worthy used to be a great signer through the mail, but those days are over. Today he hosts the Lakers pregame and postgame shows, and is the CEO for his company, Worthy Enterprises.

Andre Reed signed plaque photo

The lone football autograph in the bunch is Buffalo Bills receiver Andre Reed. A 2008 finalist for the Hall of Fame, I think it’s only a matter of time until he will be sporting one of those awful yellow suit coats. Reed has always been a great signer and still answers his fan mail. But I’m guessing that may end when he gets the call from Canton. Reed was a crucial piece of the Bill’s Super Bowl days in the 1990s. They never took home the hardware, but they did make it to four straight.

In the Trenches: A Collector Tribute

By JOSH BOARD

Featured in Autograph March 2009

Collector Victor Gonzales with Gene Simmons at a 7-11 in San Diego

After hanging outside of venues and waiting for autograph opportunities for so many years, I see some of the same people also waiting for autographs. One collector became a dear friend of mine, and he helped me get the autographs that I couldn’t, out of his own generosity. He was a model fellow collector.

At a Pearl Jam show last year, I got singer Eddie Vedder to sign a CD. He was only signing one item per person for a crowd of about 10. My friend, Victor Gonzales, told me he didn’t get Vedder’s autograph, but that he’d get him inside the venue.

“Do you have another Pearl Jam CD?” he asked. “I’ll get it signed for you when I go in.” I gladly handed it over, feeling guilty for already having one signed.

Victor with 1960's football player Earl Faison

I first met Victor five years ago, when he told me about his collection of autographs, and I began seeing him around at autograph stakeouts. We would trade stories about the people we had met and who we got autographs from, or didn’t.

At 5-foot-7-inches, it was easy to lose Victor in the crowds. But he never pushed his way to the front, even though he was usually there first. And when someone was bummed about not getting a signature, he would offer to get an item signed for the person.

While waiting outside a venue where Sinead O’Connor was playing, Victor told me that he’d get my CD signed for me since I had to leave. I learned from a friend that O’Connor was only signing one item per person, but Victor had one signed for me and him. Turns out he worked at the venues. Aside from his job in produce, he did the stage lights and stage sets. He laughed saying, “The artists can be a lot nicer when you are working for the venue, as oppose to standing out with the crowd, where they think you might be selling autographs.”

When James Blunt played, I didn’t wait long for his autograph. He was inside already and I wasn’t the biggest fan. As usual, Victor told me he’d get it for me.

Victor with 1980's and 90's MLB left-fielder Kevin Mitchell

I saw him standing by the backstage door and I waved to him. He didn’t wave back. I thought it was because security was around, and he didn’t want them knowing that he talked to the autograph seekers. But he had no problem handing me back my signed CD. He told me about the opening act, Sara Bareilles and how even though it wasn’t his job, he helped unload her van and truck. He got a CD signed from her, and six months later she had a hit.

As many autograph collectors can relate, it isn’t always easy. Backstage at a ZZ Top show, Victor was turned down. “I had an 8×10 of the band with my index card. I put them out on a table and they walked by, laughed and kept walking. They never stopped to sign. I was mad!”

Another band that upset him was Crosby, Stills & Nash. The manager said the band won’t sign and assured him they’d send one in the mail. They never did.

Victor with MLB pitcher from 1972-1994 Richard "Goose" Gossage

I became a better collector and overall person because of Victor. I watched how nice he was to people who were pushy. And I realized because of him, that these rude people were just hardcore fans. It wasn’t anything personal.

He told me that he would bring boxes of fresh produce to baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn whenever Gwynn held autograph signings. And he usually stood with Gwynn as he signed for fans. He told me if I ever wanted anything signed by Gwynn to let him know.

A few times I offered to give Victor an extra CD or album I had. He’d always refuse, saying he was happy with his index cards. When he told me that he didn’t drive, I offered to give him rides when an autograph opportunity was happening somewhere far away. He would say, “No, I don’t want to inconvenience you.”

He’s one of the few autograph collectors that would call and give me the heads-up. One time I was going out to lunch, and he found out that Willie Mays and other Hall of Famers were going to be in town. So I started doing the same for him.

Victor with English footbal manager Gary Johnson

When I told him about a party at director James Cameron’s house, he was impressed. I said, “I got two DVDs signed. I’ll give you one.” After refusing on the phone for a few minutes, and me insisting, he agreed to take it. He told me, “I have some bad news, though. I couldn’t get your Pearl Jam CD signed.” I told him it was alright. He had gotten me about 10 CDs signed over the years. And just hanging out with him made the hours I waited for autographs so much more enjoyable.

As the weeks went by I called Victor about a few concerts, and I didn’t hear back from him. I thought that was odd.

I received a phone call two weeks later from his sister. She had his phone, and said he had passed away. I was shocked.

Victor with part San Diego Chargers owner George Pernicano

His sister told me so much about him that I never knew. She told me he had diabetes from the time he was a child, and complications from it made him legally blind, which explained why he didn’t drive, or never acknowledged me from far away.

I later met his dad, who told great stories about his room and all his signed memorabilia, and how he still gets signed stuff coming in the mail. And he told me that Victor once worked for Tony Gwynn, opening his fan mail and helping him with responses to fans. He said, “Sometimes people don’t have return envelopes, and they have no way of getting the cards or items back to the people. Victor got to keep those things.”

Victor with San Diego Charger defensive end Luis Castillo

One of his sisters told a great story about him being in New York. The Black Eyed Peas were on stage and saw him in the crowd. They remembered him from San Diego and called him on to stage. That’s the kind of guy Victor was. Bands remembered him. The Autograph community has definitely lost one of the nicest collectors around.