I'm just after a couple of opinions before I go ahead with this idea.
It's my friends 21st Birthday in the next couple of months and I'm after getting a signed Cristiano Ronaldo shirt for him for his birthday. I don't want to buy one from the internet as they are expensive and I'm not 100% sure if they are all authentic as there's so many fakes out there.
So I proposed the Idea to buy a Real Madrid shirt and send it in the mail along with a covering letter to Real Madrid explaining what the shirt is for and to see if they would sign and return the shirt. At least then I know that the signature is 100% authentic.
What do you guys think? and what are the chances of actually getting the shirt signed?
http://www.icons.com/ - is a reliable site for signed memorabilia. Expensive, but sending a shirt to Madrid won't be cheap, and you're very unlikely to get it back, or if you do it won't be signed as Ronaldo is a business interest for both Madrid and himself.
The chances are slim, I expect Real get a lot of requests and Ronaldo in particular, so even if it did happen, you'd be waiting a while. I do have a girl on twitter who sent a letter and got a signed picture back so you could always try that? It's probably a mass produced signature but it's a pretty good idea if the shirt doesn't work out.
I'd say buy it online. If you can't afford the signed shirt, try for a signed picture.
In the covering letter you should make up a story like "I came all the way from England to see the match and I was kicked in the face by Spanish Real Madrid fans/I was held at the entrance and missed the match/I was searched and the steward doing the search put his hand over my private area and this made me feel uneasy for the rest of the match and therefore I wasn't able to enjoy the match. As a compensation for the moral damage I demand this shirt be signed by Cristiano Ronaldo himself. Otherwise, legal action shall be pursued."
I think buying already-signed memorabilia defeats the point unless you win it in a competition or have it signed for free in person. After all, if you don't meet the player it's just an item marked up 4-5 times its usual price having been defaced by a bit of squiggly ink.