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Boot with autograph of Hermann Maier

post #1 of 19
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Just out of curiosity, if you had your boot autographed by Hermann Maier in the finish coral, right after he finished in second place in Beaver Creek, would you still ski in this boot? Would this boot be worth anything as a collector's item?


Edited by rush614 - 2/23/11 at 4:00pm
post #2 of 19
I don't know the answer to your question, but if you got the boot signed by Bode then shipped it to Austria you could probably sell it for a lot more there than you could sell a Hermann boot here. I think I just confused myself, anyway both men are like Michael Jordan over there and would be unrecognized here 50 feet from a ski slope.
post #3 of 19
The real question is do you think you could sell it for enough to get yourself another set of boots?
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 

I don't want to sell them (not now, anyway). It is Atomic Race Tech, I can always get spare lower part and regrind it to fit.


Edited by rush614 - 2/23/11 at 4:00pm
post #5 of 19
I was just thinking that if the boot was any brand other than Atomic then it might be worth something...

Does he still use Lange boots?
post #6 of 19
Honorably retire the boots. I don't think it's so much how much $$$ they are worth but what are they worth to you?

I'd be kicking myself down the road if I continued to use them.
post #7 of 19
Find the boot a nice place of honour on a mantle or something.
post #8 of 19
How many can tell if Maier´s signature is genuine or a fake?
How about starting business offering genuine Hermann Maier (even better: Worldcup stars)-signature boots?
Just a joke, no advice...
post #9 of 19
Maier skied on Atomic boots for the races in Sölden, Lake Louise and Beaver Creek. He has since switched back to Lange at Val d'Isere, trying to get some better results. While he's still sponsored by Lange, Atomic seems to be placing a lot of pressure on its athletes to use the whole package of skis, bindings and boots.

Of course, Maier didn't exactly light 'em up in today's DH, finishing 26th. Bode was 4th, Daron tied for 7th.
post #10 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by checkracer
How many can tell if Maier´s signature is genuine or a fake?
How about starting business offering genuine Hermann Maier (even better: Worldcup stars)-signature boots?
Just a joke, no advice...
Franz klammer has a house not far from here. People like Bode, Maier and Eberharter do promotional events here (e.g. sports shop opening etc), you could be onto something.
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by DangerousBrian
Franz klammer has a house not far from here. People like Bode, Maier and Eberharter do promotional events here (e.g. sports shop opening etc), you could be onto something.
I can easily prove it that it is not fake... Seriosly, I don't want to sell it, but I am apprehensive to continue to ski in it, so it can get messed up by some clueless snowboarder swinging his board on the chairlift ... Obviously, it has sentimetal value for me, but what about others... In US nobody will care, naturally... what about Europe, Austria? I don't want to piss away potential retirement fund...

Speaking of being onto something, I could have stolen Maier's "mojo" when he signed the boot. Think about it...:

1. He is 2nd in GS (toughest discipline for him, by his own admission...)
2. In the podium area, he sings the boot...
3. He finishes 26th in Val d'Isere...

I might just keep it as a secret weapon for those Master's races. Striking fear into hearts of competitors... "Oh my god, he's got "Das Boot" on! Run for your lifes!!!..."
post #12 of 19
I'd just use it without worry. Until he signs on the dotted line to use Atomic boots, there is as much value as if he'd sign a t-shirt. If you could have gotten a signed bib, that would have higher value. The bib is something he'd have worn, where as the boots are just a place to write on.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by rush614
In US nobody will care, naturally... what about Europe, Austria?
Speaking of being onto something, I could have stolen Maier's "mojo" when he signed the boot. Think about it...:
1. He is 2nd in GS (toughest discipline for him, by his own admission...)
2. In the podium area, he sings the boot...
3. He finishes 26th in Val d'Isere...
I might just keep it as a secret weapon for those Master's races. Striking fear into hearts of competitors... "Oh my god, he's got "Das Boot" on! Run for your lifes!!!..."
In Austria, it would be a small problem to get gear items autographed after so many races the stars take part in, or, even better, during training camps in the spring or fall.

A friend of mine once got into the finish area somehow when Stenmark was at his best. He just finished the race, still gasping, when she asked him for an autograph.
No piece of paper, no pen.
"Don´t you have something to write with?" she asked him.
Surprisingly, he didn´t have a pen in his racesuit
Finally, she got some pen and he autographed the jacket of hers.
I suppose she never washed it.

As to your "woodoo", you´re not the first. A couple years back I was writing for one of the European ski magazines and did some interviews with the stars. It appeared, though, that almost all of my interviewers had a poor season then.
I´m dead sure I have influenced the history of World Cup.
I better not give the names...
post #14 of 19
Lift ticket at Beaver Creek - $75, pair of Atomic ski boots - $500, lift ride conversation value in wearing a pair of boots autographed by Herminator over the next few years - priceless!
post #15 of 19
rush614:

I'm kind of with lucky33. I sort of doubt that there will ever be any significant collector value to the boots. Herr Herminator has most likely signed so many items that - no offense - *your* ski boot with his signature might not command million$ from the generations of skiers to come.

On the other hand, it will continue to hold a great deal of sentimental value to you for as long as you ski.

I still have a pair of K2 812 skis that Phil Mahre signed two weeks after winning the gold in the 1984 Olympic Slalom. By an amazing stroke of luck, I got to guide Phil for a day of backcountry skiing here at Jackson Hole. At the end of the day, I told my wife I had thought about having him autograph my skis (that was my very first day on them) but then I was thinking "aw, that's a corny idea". She said I should, so I did and I still treasure those skis. Whenever I see them, I remember every part of one of the most special days of skiing I've ever experienced.

I would say you should just ski on them and think Hermann thoughts every time you buckle them on. If you want to protect the autograph, you can probably find a clear spray-on laquer that would keep the signature from wearing off.

Have fun with them.

Bob





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post #16 of 19
I agree with Lucky33 that the conversation and novelty are priceless. As far as sentimental value, Take a photograph of the boots and signature, better yet, take several, with you wearing them, at the ski area etc. The photographs can endure long after the signature fades if you decide on wearing them. My guess would be that a signature would be quickly perishable in normal skiing. Another option, lacquer clear coat! Spray it on over the top to protect.
post #17 of 19
Very nice, Bob.

That´s the way a skier for life thinks.
post #18 of 19

found the better crash photo...

Eeeeeeeek!



Wouldn't you give anything to know what's going through his mind at this exact moment?

Bob
post #19 of 19
...well, I got the pole plant, now all I have to do is get the skis round...
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