For those of you interested in the autographed Michigan memorabilia thing, the fourth edition of the MGoAuction is going to start up this fall. As mentioned in the title the alums that run this do it to fund a series of scholarships for Michigan undergrads and the group of about thirty or so who work on it include a couple of former Michigan football players.
One thing to remember is that a majority of what you bid is a tax deductible gift to the University. Accordingly, lets say you win a signed minihelmet for $200, only the value of the unsigned item is not tax deductible. Thus you'll get a gift letter from the University for about $175 (don't forget that all donations to the University count towards your athletic department priority points).
Here's the link to the main auction site: http://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/AuctionHome.action?auctionId=199308152
This year they're also doing a "Buy Now" T-Shirt Sale where $15 of the $25 cost is tax deductible LINK: http://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/item/Browse.action?categoryId=199752194&auctionId=199308152
Finally, as mentioned, they've already posted some interesting stuff, in particular, these
yep, autographed Denard cleats, and this one
Thats a 3ft x 5ft flag signed by Coach Hoke.
Again, all for a good cause so if you want to add to the Man Cave/personal collection or are in the market for a gift for someone or even early Christmas shopping, you get the item and the tax deduction on top of it.
I and a couple of other posters on the board will update you all in October. Ultimately we'll probably get a total of 250 items to go up for grabs.
Thanks for the 30 seconds of your attention and Go Blue.