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How much would you pay for this?(14 posts)

How much would you pay for this?mosovich
Dec 19, 2003 9:56 AM
A Lance Armstrong autographed Motorola waterbottle. It was used by Steve Bauer in a race in Atlanta, Ga., he gave it to me, then I got Lance to autograph it. It was the year when he was World Champion.
$10 without proof.....................................nmMR_GRUMPY
Dec 19, 2003 10:02 AM
re: How much would you pay for this?mexican-JUMPING-frijoles
Dec 19, 2003 10:04 AM
Without the signature, $5. With it..nothing.
Proof is the problemmosovich
Dec 19, 2003 10:19 AM
See, that's my problem. The foto I have of him signing it had my old girlfriend standing next to him, so I threw it out! stupid, stupid, stupid! I was just curious though. I mean hell, that baseball that guy caught is going for what, over $100,000? At least I know it's signed by him. I'm not a big Armstrong fan, but if he wins six, I'll have something cool for sure.
No, value is the problemAlexx
Dec 19, 2003 3:52 PM
That baseball is a historical object, your waterbottle is.....just a waterbottle with LA's sig on it. Add to that the fact that it wasn't even LA's bottle...
The value of the bottle is as follows: (worth of a LA autograph) + (worth of a waterbottle) - (postage). I'm betting it's somewhere around $10.
No, value is the problemMShaw
Dec 21, 2003 10:30 AM
I have one of Alvaro Meijia's (sp?) water bottles from the TdPont. That worth anything?? No signatures, VERY used now... I would've had a pair, but he made me give the second one to a kid standing next to me. Oh well.

It holds water, it says Motorola, and it is yellow. Basically, it is a water bottle.

It's real...Lone Gunman
Dec 19, 2003 4:04 PM
I have several LA autograph pieces, (jerseys, pics), it's his signature.
No way to tell.Ian
Dec 19, 2003 5:03 PM
I don't care how many other items you have signed from him, there is no way to tell for sure that it is actually his. There are people who make their living forging signatures. Now, this is on a used water bottle, and is a single item, so chances are it is real. But there is no way to be 100% certain.

Also, when there are records to be broken in baseball, MLB uses special marked balls. Mark McGwire's 61st through 70th homer, they know exactly which ball is which. Same for Barry Bond's 70th through 73rd homer. I believe they use special holograms. And maybe something else. But I know they are marked.

Addendum...Lone Gunman
Dec 21, 2003 5:43 PM
Actually, I have a difficult time trying to understand the whole so called "value" of an autographed anything; Give me an autographed $20, now that has value!!
Dec 21, 2003 10:55 PM
Something has "value" in the sense you refer to, only if someone is willing to give you something that you value in return. A twenty dollar bill has no value if no one is willing to barter for it.
If I was a LA fan I'd pay $20CritLover
Dec 19, 2003 10:56 AM
but I'm broke, so you have to factor that in.

There is definitely someone out there who'll pay more. How much they would pay is another question. I would think you'd get at least $25-50 for it, maybe more if someone thinks they can check the autograph. I've seen people bid incredibly high on skinsuits and jerseys with questionable autographs, way over the cost of a new piece.

Put it on ebay and set a reserve, then tell us how much you got for it.
reverse the roles, and you wouldn't have a chanceJS Haiku Shop
Dec 19, 2003 11:07 AM
reverse the roles, and you wouldn't have a chance to buy it. a steve bauer bottle autographed by LA? i'd keep it instead. in a fireproof safe. at least for 1-2 more years.

that's one of those items i'd consider selling if i "needed" an upgrade or new bike, but would regret selling immediately after.
the rub is...Arnold Zefal
Dec 19, 2003 12:08 PM
it's got no historical significance because he did not sign it at the time. it's a "made up" collectable. I'd rather have Bauer's siggie on it, then it would have some perspective (at least to the types that care about stuff like this)
Wait till after the 2004 Tour and ...DERICK
Dec 19, 2003 1:23 PM
E-Bay it. Interest will be highest right after the Tour. I wouldn't do it now though.