NFL Hall of Fame Features Huge Memorabilia Signing
The NFL Hall of Fame is honoring its incoming class of inductees this weekend. Obviously, this is the main draw in Canton but autograph and memorabilia collectors might be just as interested in what is taking place at the McKinley Hotel in downtown Canton. Meeting rooms at the hotel are filled with huge amounts of football items including 600 “Duke" footballs and over 500 Proline helmets and mini-helmets.
The manager of NFL Auctions, Pete Quaglierni, estimates that all together, the memorabilia is valued at around $100,000. From there, the 75 Hall of Fame members expected to attend will add their signatures. Once authenticated, the value will increase to over $300,000.
The memorabilia is being auctioned on the NFL Auctions website with proceeds going to charity. Last year, similar auctions raised over $3.1 million including more than $100,000 that went to the Hall of Fame Needy Enshrinee Fund that aims to help out Hall of Fame members who have fallen on tough times.
Several items boasting autographs from a roster of current and former players are already listed online.
This year, the Hall of Fame welcomes Richard Dent, Marshall Faulk, Chris Hanburger, Les Richter, Ed Sabol, Deion Sanders and Shannon Sharpe to its esteemed membership.