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ratchet_az
10-02-2008, 06:48 PM
Hello from Phoenix Arizona. I'm new to the forums and wanted to give a shout out to everyone here. Now that the formalities are over, I have a serious problem. In 2005 I became the recipient of an autographed football given to me by Jerame Tuman. It's my most prized possesion in the world and has 34 signatures on it from most of the team. My problem is the sigs are starting to fade. Hopefully not to late, I learned you can't leave it above the mantel for all to see. It's in an official NFL display case, but I didn't think what the light would do to the signatures. I've since covered it with a dark cloth and tucked it away from the world in a closet. This is very depressing, but I don't know what else to do. Is there anything that can be done to keep the sigs from just melting away? I've heard about sprays for the exterior of the ball, but I've also been told that it will drop the value it if I did. It's terrible I can't have it on display for all my friends to see. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Leftoverhard
10-02-2008, 08:34 PM
Here's some help from:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/13/AR2006091300541.html

The greatest storage challenge is presented by the balls themselves. Whatever type of autographed ball you are partial to, always wear white gloves when handling it; with a stitched ball, such as a football or baseball, pick it up on the seams to avoid stressing that area. Wrap balls in acid-free tissue or muslin and store them in an acid-free box. Keep them in a dark, cool, dry environment, such as on a closet shelf.

If you want to display your treasures, look for Lucite or acrylic ball storage cubes that protect against ultraviolet light and are specifically designed for each type of ball. These are available at hobby shops or at http://www.ballqube.com . If you have a ball signed by many players, rotate it regularly so no one side is constantly exposed to light. It is also a good idea to cover the cube with a piece of cloth when it is not being shown to keep signatures from fading.

Remember that leather, used on footballs, basketballs, baseballs and some soccer balls, needs a climate-controlled environment. Display balls where you can keep the temperature between 60 and 70 degrees, the humidity around 50 percent and the lights low. Never use prong stands to display your treasure because over time the prongs dig into the leather.

Footballs, basketballs and soccer balls raise another serious issue: Jason Aikens, collections curator at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, says that the bladder, a kind of large rubber balloon that holds the air inside the ball, breaks down over time. This causes the ball to deflate, and if left in this condition, the outside shell also will begin to break down, and the area holding the autograph may crack. It is crucial to keep putting air in the ball so that it maintains its shape. You can have the bladder replaced if it won't hold air, as long as the rest of the ball is in good shape. Often the ball's manufacturer, if still in business, will do this for a fee. Unfortunately, old footballs with brittle lacing are difficult to reinflate. If the ball is quite valuable and fragile, consult a conservator (find one by going to http://aic.stanford.edu ). Researchers at the Pro Football Hall of Fame are studying materials to place inside the balls to help maintain their shape.

SteelersMongol
10-02-2008, 09:51 PM
Here's some help from:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/13/AR2006091300541.html

The greatest storage challenge is presented by the balls themselves. Whatever type of autographed ball you are partial to, always wear white gloves when handling it; with a stitched ball, such as a football or baseball, pick it up on the seams to avoid stressing that area. Wrap balls in acid-free tissue or muslin and store them in an acid-free box. Keep them in a dark, cool, dry environment, such as on a closet shelf.

If you want to display your treasures, look for Lucite or acrylic ball storage cubes that protect against ultraviolet light and are specifically designed for each type of ball. These are available at hobby shops or at http://www.ballqube.com . If you have a ball signed by many players, rotate it regularly so no one side is constantly exposed to light. It is also a good idea to cover the cube with a piece of cloth when it is not being shown to keep signatures from fading.

Remember that leather, used on footballs, basketballs, baseballs and some soccer balls, needs a climate-controlled environment. Display balls where you can keep the temperature between 60 and 70 degrees, the humidity around 50 percent and the lights low. Never use prong stands to display your treasure because over time the prongs dig into the leather.

Footballs, basketballs and soccer balls raise another serious issue: Jason Aikens, collections curator at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, says that the bladder, a kind of large rubber balloon that holds the air inside the ball, breaks down over time. This causes the ball to deflate, and if left in this condition, the outside shell also will begin to break down, and the area holding the autograph may crack. It is crucial to keep putting air in the ball so that it maintains its shape. You can have the bladder replaced if it won't hold air, as long as the rest of the ball is in good shape. Often the ball's manufacturer, if still in business, will do this for a fee. Unfortunately, old footballs with brittle lacing are difficult to reinflate. If the ball is quite valuable and fragile, consult a conservator (find one by going to http://aic.stanford.edu ). Researchers at the Pro Football Hall of Fame are studying materials to place inside the balls to help maintain their shape.

Wow. Thanks man. :thumbsup:

Leftoverhard
10-03-2008, 10:00 PM
No prob! :wave: