An Autographed House -- How Much Will it go For ?

I almost wrote a blog today about baseball cards, after hearing that a Derek Jeter rookie card went for $93,000 on ebay. I think it’s the most for a modern day baseball card. I remember a Lebron James rookie card went for $312,000. It had part of the NBA logo patch from his uniform sewed into the card. And by the way he continues to play, and at his age, it should probably sell for a million some day.

Instead, I found this “autograph” story so bizarre and fun, I had to share it.  After all, it involves the first autographed house I can ever recall hearing about.

I don’t know much about auto racing, but Team Penske racers Simon Pagenaud and defending IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden have been having some fun autographing things. It started when two months ago, they started pranking each other by secretly signing the other’s belongings. Currently, Pagenaud’s signature adorns a huge poster of Newgarden right outside the famed track, and Newgarden’s autograph is on a street sign bearing Pagenaud’s name. People can see those there, as well as Pagenaud’s house, which got tagged by an autograph just after he painted it white. More on that in a bit.

As these two started autographing each others things, even being seen on social media doing it, Pagenaud had a great stunt. He got a police officer to pull Newgarden over for an illegal U-turn and as he was handing him the ticket (also for having expired registration), the officer handed him the citation and it had Pagenaud’s autograph on it. He then popped up from the passenger side of the cop car saying, “Your move, bro!”

How did all of this start? Well, in March Pagenaud signed Newgarden’s helmet after a photo shoot, when it had been left behind. Newgarden then started signing Pagenaud merchandise and even his car, which was on display at the Indianapolis International Airport. Pagenaud signed Newgarden’s front door, his racing suit, and his shoes.

Newgarden got him back by autographing under the seats of his race car, the windows of his motorhome, and even his house. Pagenaud said he was looking at his Twitter and saw the video of him outside adding his John Hancock to the freshly, white painted walls. He said he wasn’t mad, because it was such a good move, although he was surprised his dog didn’t even bark as he was sneaking around the house. He decided to keep the signature, adding, “It’s going to rise in value, especially if he wins Indy.”

Now, if I was going to buy a house that was signed, I’d go for a Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Tags: Derek Jeter, Derek Jeter rookie card, Frank Lloyd Wright, Indy, Josef Newgarden, Lebron James, Lebron James rookie card, Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske

Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on May 25, 2018 at 10:28pm

Great post!

Comment by Cogo on May 25, 2018 at 11:56pm

Just watched the video of Pagenaud/Newgarden police prank, that’s classic!!

Comment by Josh Board on May 26, 2018 at 6:18pm

I love when rich, famous people prank each other. Jimmy Kimmel and and John Kasinski are neighbors, and have been doing some CRAZY stuff to each other over the years.

Comment by Bob Oliver on June 5, 2018 at 10:50am
Very cool post!
Comment by Josh Board on June 5, 2018 at 10:51am

And you're a very cool person, Bob! Thanks for the kind words.

Comment by Bob Oliver on June 6, 2018 at 3:02pm

Thanks Josh!

Comment by posterguy on June 10, 2018 at 9:15pm

Dion sgd a fans car (on the dash board) :P

Comment by Josh Board on June 10, 2018 at 9:55pm

Signed cars are sort of common. I went to a party at James Camerons house and he had a Shelby Cobra...signed on the dash by....Carroll Shelby!!!

Dion -- I've got many autographs of his, but...when my friend met him in person, he turned and walked away (without signing or saying anything). I got mine in a record collection I bought from somebody years ago.

Comment by posterguy on June 12, 2018 at 10:34am

I meant Celine Dion :P

I believe Adam West sgd at least one 1:1 full sz replica Batmobile.

Comment by Josh Board on June 12, 2018 at 10:43am

Hahahhahaha. Funny mistake. I think Celine Dion should sign the front of a boat (because of that damn Titanic song we got so sick of)

There's a Batman impersonator near San Diego that has 3 batmobiles. The funny thing is....he's a landscaper. So the billboards for his landscaping business, show him standing there in a batman outfit. It's so....odd. But, it is cool when he shows up to a movie theatre in one of his batmobiles and outfit.

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