In baseball memorabilia, you wouldn’t collect a bat signed by a pitcher or a glove signed by a designated hitter. Well, some people probably would, but it’s more likely you’d want a baseball that had been autographed by a pitcher like Sandy Koufax or Nolan Ryan, or a bat that’s been signed by sluggers such as Hank Aaron or Willie Mays.

Similarly, the most collectible footballs are signed by the players who touched them the most. That’s why football memorabilia collectors usually look for footballs autographed by quarterbacks such as Joe Namath, John Elway, Joe Montana, and Johnny Unitas, or running backs from Jim Brown to Walter Payton. Receiver signatures are popular, too (Jerry Rice and Mike Wallace are favorites), but how do you account for the popularity of Troy Polamalu’s autograph on footballs? Maybe it’s because footballs rarely get past this exceptionally strong, strong safety.

In general, footballs signed by players of the last quarter century or so are commodities—forgeries and reproductions abound, so make sure yours comes with authentication you can trust. More rare are footballs whose signatures and pebbly pigskin surfaces are both vintage. Nineteenth-century footballs were melon-shaped, harkening to the sport’s lineage in this country from rugby. Spalding claims it manufactured the first American football in 1887, but even these were not as pointed at the ends as footballs are today.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Vintage Football Card Gallery

Vintage Football Card Gallery

This great database of pro and collegiate football cards from the 1950s and 1960s offers scanned images of cards fo… [read review or visit site]



Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Peyton Manning Autographed Official Duke Football Steiner Gdst HologramAaron Rodgers Autographed Nfl Green Bay Packers Signed Football Steiner CoaLegarrette Blount New England Patriots Oregon Ducks Autographed Football Jsa=Dallas Cowboys Signed Football / Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliot And Others...Ray Nitschke Hof Packers Signed Official Nfl Football Jsa Holo CoaFrank Gore Signed / Autographed Football Farewell Candlestick Park Tristar Coa Andrew Luck Signed Autographed Indianapolis Colts Logo Football Psa/dna #z63155Dak Prescott Ezekiel Elliott Signed Authenticated Nfl Football Hologram Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers Autographed Signed Football W/coa New NflAntonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers Autographed Signed Football W/coa New NflAntonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers Signed Autographed Nfl Mini Football W/ CoaMartin, Collins, Smith & Fredrick Autographed Dallas Cowboys Nfl FootballMartellus Bennett Autographed Signed New England Patriots Logo Football JsaBarry Sanders Signed Autographed Football - Detroit Lions Nfl Hof Psa Guaranteed49ers Jerry Rice "#80" Signed Authentic Nfl Logo Football Psa/dna ItpJoe Montana Autographed San Francisco 49ers Logo Football With Authentication1994 Pro Bowl Multi Signed Football 18 Auto 's White Bettis Carter Allen Jsa LoaPeyton Manning Autographed Ut Football Limited Edition (#71 Of 500)Walter Payton Autographed FootballRaiders Greats Multi Signed Football 29 Auto 's Biletnikoff Otto Hof Psa/dna LoaOdell Beckham Autographed Nfl New York Giants Football Steiner Sports CoaOdell Beckham Autographed Lsu Tigers White Panel Logo Football Jsa StickerBroncos Demaryius Thomas Authentic Signed Logo Football Autographed Psa/dnaDak Prescott Dallas Cowboys Signed Nfl Football #2Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys Autographed Nfl FootballKen Stabler Autographed Football For Al Locasale Raiders Exec From His EstatePeyton Manning Autographed Wilson Football Black Faded SignaturePeyton Manning And Archie Manning Autographed Football - Please ReadWalter Payton Autographed FootballDak Prescott Dallas Cowboys Autographed FootballTom Brady Autographed Signed Full Size Duke Football W/ Mounte Memories CoaDan Marino Signed Full Size Football Autograph Sgc Auth Coa W/ Display CaseTony Romo Jason Witten Autographed Dallas Cowboys Logo Football- Picture Coa!!!Marcus Allen Oakland Raiders Signed Autographed Nfl Football Psa GuaranteedNew England Patriots Signed FootballBrett Favre Dan Marino Signed Nfl Football Nbr 337 Of 413Steelers Team Signed Football With CaseJames Harrison Pittsburgh Steelers Signed Autographed Touchdown Pylon W/ Coa Michael Crabtree Autographed Signed Oakland Raiders White Logo Football CoaDak Prescott Signed Nfl Football Hologram Andre Johnson Signed Authentic Wilson Duke Nfl Game Football Psa/dna #x80351Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers Signed Autographed Nfl Mini Football CoaMarcus Mariota Signed / Inscribed "heisman 14" Duke Football Steiner Le 13/50Jerry Rice Signed Xxix Super Bowl Official Nfl Ball With Coa RareTom Brady New England Patriots Signed Autographed Nfl FootballAntonio Brown 84 Pittsburgh Steelers Autographed Signed Touchdown Pylon W/ CoaEmmanuel Sanders Denver Broncos Autographed Signed Touchdown Pylon W/ Coa 49ers Dwight Clark "the Catch 1.10.82" Authentic Signed Mini Helmet Psa/dnaDerrick Henry Signed Autographed Tennessee Titans Logo Football PsaBen Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers Signed Autographed Nfl Mini Football CoaNfl Raiders Full Size Signed Football Super Bowl49ers Dwight Clark "the Catch 1.10.82" Signed Nfl Logo Football Psa/dnaWilson Nfl Autograph Football Signed By Kurt WarnerCj Prosise Signed Notre Dame Full Size Football Auto Deflated Psa/dna CoaSteiner Green Bay Packers Superbowl White Panel Aaron Rodgers Autographed W/caseJerry Rice Autographed FootballAndre Johnson, Owen Daniels +1 Signed Wilson Duke Nfl Game Football Psa/dna2016 Green Bay Packers Team Signed Autographed Logo Full Size Football Proof CoaTom Brady Signed New England Patriots Nfl FootballJason Pierre Paul Signed New York Giants Autographed White Panel Football