Authentic Autographs - Handprint and Signature - Tegata
Imported from Japan.
These Tegata are authenticated original handprints and signatures by the named wrestlers. These are not prints. Each Tegata is unique. Please view the image carefully to view the autograph, handprint ink splats, surface conditions, and edge conditions unique to each handprint and autograph.
A Tegata is a traditional way of sharing a wrestler's autograph with his supporters as a gift for being a supporter. Only wrestlers in the upper two divisions are allowed to produce them. Once a wrestler retires he is not able to create more Tegata (unlike many other sports). All of these tegata are previously owned. Wrestlers are not allowed to sell tegata.
Each Tegata is created on a white sheet of paper backed by firm paperboard with a very small (1/16") gold colored border. Tegata handprints are usually inked in black or red and then signed by the wrestler. The reverse of each Tegata has the wrestler's name in English letters as authenticated by a sumo expert in Japan. There is an unpublished serial number for each Tegata on the reverse as well. bigSUMOfan will mark the reverse for provenance.
Dimensions of the Tegata are 9.5" w x 10.75" h.
Original tegata from other wrestlers may be available by request. Please contact admin@bigSUMOfan.com. Pricing and availability will vary.
For additional autographs without handprints check here.
Conditions of note: Edges of Tegata are easily bruised and none are perfect. All dents/blemishes are not noted. The "bigSUMOfan.com" text on some images is a watermark on the digital image and not on the actual tegata.
The Tochinoshin tegata has a dented bottom right corner and crease marks along the left side. Some marks are from damage while others appear to be part of the paper making process. Please review the tegata image carefully to ensure you understand the tegata condition.
The tegata named "Hakuho 2" has some shikishi board imperfections that are noticeable up close. Please inspect the image closely. The imperfections appear to be binding up of the paper during the board's creation. One binding line crosses diagonally from bottom to right going nearby the handprint. It looks as if it is a light crease. There is a second one that goes through the bottom left red stamp. Please zoom in to ensure you are aware before purchase.
Hakuho Red tegata must be an early tegata as it carries no special red stamps generally included on the highest ranking wrestlers.
Onokuni tegata has age discoloration and the name of the person he gave it to written on the front..
Asanoyama tegata has a surface paper abrasion in the top right white area. Looks like the type of damage when removing a piece of tape and the surface paper is damaged. Is visible in the image but not obvious.