Former Auburn quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, his defensive end teammate Nick Fairley and former Alabama running back and Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram.
While the autograph industry has definitely taken its hits over the last decade, Takahashi said several categories still sell: Super Bowl MVPs, Hall of Famers and Rookies.
Takahashi says he doesn’t try to project how good a player will be.
“I can’t worry about how good someone is going to be,” Takahashi said. “I put more of an emphasis on who they are now. People will buy autographs of athletes that they know. And I think the only guys that are known on a national level are Newton, Ingram and Fairley. No one has any clue who (potential number one pick and former Missouri quarterback) Blaine Gabbert is.”
Takahashi also said he has been blown away by the support of the players he signed in the state of Alabama, where they will sign autographs in various cities in the coming weeks.
Ingram will be appearing in Gadsden and Birmingham, Ala., this week for an autograph signing. His autograph on a fan provided photo or mini helmet is selling for $85. On a jersey or full size helmet, Ingram’s signature will cost a fan $125.