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"The Rookie" has been produced in three editions as a fine art limited edition print based on the original pencil illustration created by Bob Cherewick.  Each print in these three editions will be signed and numbered by the artist, and personally signed by Ben Roethlisberger.  To guaranty authenticity, each of these limited edition prints will bear Ben's own hologram (click here to see sample of actual signatures and hologram).  

Three editions of the print are available as follows:

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First edition, consisting of 300 pieces, titled "The Rookie", Ben Roethlisberger - Findlay, Ohio.  This edition of "The Rookie" is sold out. 
 

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Second edition, consisting of 300 pieces, titled "The Rookie", Ben Roethlisberger - Miami University.  This edition of "The Rookie" is sold out.
 

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Third edition, consisting of 2,621 pieces, titled "The Rookie".   Fewer than 20 prints from this edition were signed by Ben.  At this point, it is doubtful that he will sign more prints from this edition.  The edition size of 2,621 represents the number of completed passing yards that Ben had in 2004.

An open edition of "The Rookie" print, signed by the artist, is also available through this web site.  This open edition will not be signed by Ben or numbered to a particular quantity, nor will it bear the authenticating hologram.

All prints, limited and unlimited, have an image size of approximately 11 1/2" x 14" and are printed on 16" x 20" 100 lb. "white eggshell" Mohawk Superfine paper, the industry benchmark for elegant, superbly formed paper.  The paper and inks used in this print are acid free for archival permanence.

Your print represents a significant investment and should be cared for properly.  It should be framed under glass by a competent framing professional or kept in its original packaging.  Avoid handling your print, as oily residue is easily transferred from your skin.  Lastly, do not expose your print to direct sunlight, excessive temperatures, or moisture as they can have an adverse effect on the ink and paper used in the print.

 

 

Other interesting facts regarding  "The Rookie"

 

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All of the prints in these editions were signed by Ben about six weeks before Pittsburgh's Super Bowl XL victory over Seattle.  Ben was scheduled to sign the prints earlier, but had to postpone the signing because he injured the thumb on his throwing hand.
 

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Ben and his mom worked together late into the night signing and adhering Ben's hologram labels to the prints.
 

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All prints in "The Rookie" series were produced by Sun Graphics in Parsons, KS.  Sun Graphics was chosen at the recommendation of Ben's mom, as Ben's aunt worked there.
 

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Ben's grandparents personally delivered the boxes of unsigned prints from KS to Findlay, OH.  From there, Ben's parents took them to Pittsburgh to be signed and then returned them to Findlay, OH for the big sale.
 

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After returning to Findlay from Pittsburgh, Ben's mom, Brenda, called me to pick up the prints.  When I got back to my place, I opened the box to sign, number and package the prints finding several stray dog hairs scattered throughout.  Even Ben's dog, Zeus, left his mark on this project.
 

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Brenda's favorite part of the drawing are the "hidden" items, i.e. "PFJ" on his hat, and "40" on his shoe.
 

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Within a week of receiving his print, Dan Rooney, the owner of the Steelers, sent me a "Thank You" note on his personal stationery.  A class act!
 

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 Laura Bush also sent me a Thank You letter accompanied by a signed 8 x 10 photo of her.
 

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Donald Trump wrote back to me after receiving his print saying, "It is beautifully realized.....and very much appreciated, just as I appreciate the talent and perseverance that Ben has exemplified in his career."
 

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Jerome Bettis and Mario Lemieux failed to acknowledge the prints that I donated to their respective foundations.
 

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On a more uplifting note, several prints have been donated to charitable organizations such as ALS of Michigan, and The American Cancer Society, raising thousands of dollars for their cause.     

 

  

If you wish to place an order by check, please e-mail your purchase request to sales@victoryprints.com.  We will supply you with payment instructions via e-mail.

Thank You!

    

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