Yes, I have thrown in the towel.
I will not be pursuing the 2009 SP Authentic Sign of the Times autographed set.
I was thinking it would be cool to have a football auto set. I don't think so anymore. At least not this set.
I just listed a bunch of cards on eBay. See here. You will have to sift through a few sewing machine parts, but there are lots of good football cards to be had.