The rarity of autographed sports memorabilia can be traced to Michael Jordan, the first superstar to grant autographs only to those who could answer his riddles. Touch something an athlete also touched with today's Groupon: for $239, you get a John Elway–signed Denver Broncos jersey, including insured shipping, from Powers Collectibles (a $488.95 value).
The Denver quarterback was the first to start in five different Broncos Super Bowl brawls in a Hall of Fame career spanning 16 prolific seasons. Own an orange jersey autographed by the man who saved the Broncos in the 1987 AFC Championship game with The Drive and tossed 300 career touchdown passes to terrified water boys. Elway's 148 game wins and 47 game-winning or tying fourth-quarter drives make him a legend of the field and entitled to a lifetime of slow-motion fist pumps. The jersey comes with Elway's personal authenticity hologram, a photograph of the quarterback signing the jersey, and an offensive lineman to protect it.
Powers Collectibles beefs up memorabilia collections with authenticated, high-quality merchandise autographed by some of the world's biggest celebrities and sports stars. Owner and industry veteran Matt Powers launched the web-based company with two goals in mind: to conveniently provide authentic mementos via the Internet, and to offer quality custom-framing options alongside collectibles. Today, Powers Collectibles stocks an expansive arsenal of signed souvenirs from sports stars, music icons, Hollywood stars, political personalities, and John Hancock impersonators. Lavish frames and display cases further glamorize autographed treasures, keeping them safe from wear, tear, and spitting camels.