There has been so much talk lately about Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel and what should be called “Autographgate”. Granted if he did do this act for compensation, he should be punished severely as of right now. College athletes can’t get paid in any sort of way, much less $7,500 that was the apparent transaction. This all being said, the almighty question becomes how much is an autograph of a Heisman Trophy winner actually worth?
After doing some research, mainly looking on eBay for autographs of former winners of this prestigious award that didn’t do much of anything at the professional level, people are only asking for about $20 for an 8 x 10 glossy photograph, which is reasonable to one of 2010 winner Cam Newton. They are asking for anywhere in between $80-120 for the same 8 x 10 glossy photograph.
As for “Johnny Football” and his autograph, it should be around $50 on eBay, however, buyer beware with anyone’s autograph on there that doesn’t offer without a Certificate of Authenticity. If you don’t otherwise you get a CoA, basically you over paid for a glossy photo with some writing on it that might or might not be real.
All and all, in hindsight, it should be interesting to see what happens in the future for Johnny Manziel between his college and pro careers and what he does off the field. If he shapes up his off the field antics and develops into an excellent quarterback and not just a one year phenom, his autograph will be worth a lot of money, and if he doesn’t, collectors will still pay a lesser amount just because he won the Heisman Trophy.