I'm Fan01 and I'm a real person.
I PM'd the OP when I saw the thread. I'd done maybe half an hours work when I saw Jakob post his finished picture so I posted in the thread asking if if was first come first serve. I also stopped working on it at that point and PM's the OP to ask if he was happy with what Jakob had done. I included what I'd done so far and asked if I should continue. I didn't want to continue working on it if he was already going to give the ball to Jakob.
He said to keep going. That he was going to pick the best one. I usually never work on spec but I'm a Barry Sanders fan. I went back and finished up. He told me he liked mine the best and asked for my address. When I get the ball I'll post it with a local newspaper or something if anyone still cares by then.