News: Rick Ross Hawks Collectibles Online

Thursday, Oct 16, 2008 1:05PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rick Ross

Rapper Rick Ross has officially signed an exclusive agreement with Hollywood Collectibles offering fans the opportunity to purchase personalized memorabilia. 

Partnering with the sports company's owner Rich Altman, the deal will begin with custom framed autographed photos and will grow to include sports jerseys, hats and concert-used items autographed by the Miami rapper. With a history of representing sports greats, the Def Jam artist chose to work with Altman because of his diligent personality.

"Rich is a class act, he got [NBA legend] Bill Russell what else can I say," Ross said in a statement. "It's his integrity that got me involved, I'm a business man. Rich is a business man. They got some big ideas over there, we even talking about a huge public signing event in Dade County real soon; I do it big!"

Admitting the growth of hip-hop has struck his attention, Altman based his decision to work with the rapper due to Ross' own sports collection.

"Rick is an avid sports memorabilia collector, during one of his trips into the store we struck up a conversation about creating a new market for hip-hop collectibles," Atlman revealed in a statement. "Within a couple weeks we had an agreement in place and started signing. Rick is the consummate professional and we are excited to be involved and proud that Rick selected us to be the exclusive distributor of his autograph." 

Aiming to allow fans the chance to to have their choice of personalized items from hip-hop stars, the company's custom framed 8x10 photos start out around $149.

Known primarily for their sports collectibles from past major athletes like Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle to today's Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade, the company will begin to pursue a larger hip-hop audience with the introduction of Ross' new line of memorabilia. 

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