Talk about a great gift idea for the upcoming holiday season!
Arguably the greatest player ever to lace up the skates, The Great One – Wayne Gretzky, will be hosting a private signing this November.
Offered through his company WG Authentic, the signing will take place shortly after the submission deadline of November 15, and items will shipped out to your home, business or other alternate address, in time for the holidays, by December 15.
“We stopped for a couple years, while Wayne was coaching, but started it back up last year,” said Drew Nadlang of WG Authentic. “We have been getting so many inquiries over the last year. It was a no brainer to bring it back.
WG Authentic will provide items to be autographed by Mr. Gretzky, or fans can submit their own items. Fees start at $99, which is rather reasonable seeing the hockey legend makes a limited number of public appearances.
A portion of the fees will also go to the Wayne Gretzky Foundation, who’s mission is to provide less fortunate youth with the opportunity to experience the sport of hockey.
Fans and collectors are asked to fill out the submission request form at Gretzky.com, and a representative of WG Authentic will make contact with you shortly afterwards.
There is no limit to the amount of items you can send, and inscriptions are also allowed, but Nadlang indicated there are some guidelines to items that can be signed and the inscription requests.
“I usually have to nix the inscriptions more so than the items themselves,” he said. “People tend to want random things made out to them.”
Original artwork, previous limited edition photos from WG Authentic, prints or copies of photos or game-used equipment fall under the ineligible category.
If you do have a unique item that you would like signed by Number 99, it is best to have it approved before sending it out and avoid dissapointment. The WG Authentic crew is always eager to see what unique items, that pass the grade, do come in.
“One of the more unusual items we had sent in this year, is a visor from a 1989 Porsche 911 that was previoulsy owned by Wayne,” Nadlang said. “The gentleman bought it at a Barrett-Jackson car auction. It’s still early, so I anticipate a few more to roll in.”
Shipping fees are also noted on the site and for Canadian residents looking to subit items, it would be suggested that you act sooner than later as courier and postal services across the border tend to get busy at this time of year.