Storing Autographed Baseballs: Protecting Your Collection

Autographed memorabilia are close to one's heart due to their significance. The connection between the player and fan is established. Most fans love to appreciate their autographed items by placing them in a safe location.  Storing autographed baseballs requires an investment but it’s important.  It’s also vital to know what to buy and where to find it.

Why is it necessary to protect them? 

Autographed baseballs are hard to obtain and require a fan to go out of their way.   Just like any other potentially historic collectible, autographed baseballs are a reflection of something significant. It can be the mirror to a fan's memory and a smudge, surface dirt or faded signature can reduce its value. Having this memorabilia in 'mint condition' is paramount to ensuring longevity and quality.

No one wishes to have an autographed baseball that is worn due to excessive handling. Each contact made with the ball should be precise and made to avoid damage. Storing autographed baseballs is a must in order to ensure protection from the daily rigors such items go through.

Not just handling, but UV (ultraviolet) rays can cause damage for autographed baseballs. Placing them in such environmental conditions can lead to unfortunate damage that could easily be avoided.

How and where should they be displayed?

The recommendation is to always store these items in places away from the 'action'. If they are being stored at home, a special area within the home should be dedicated to it. No one should be able to easily knock it down and cause irreparable damage.

Many individuals have special rooms designed for such memorabilia or at least a shelf or two devoted to important items.  This way, it is easy to keep track of them and to ensure damage is limited or wholly restricted.

Display cases

Glass displays are the finest methods to display autographed baseballs. The glass displays help the baseballs avoid damage from the atmosphere around them. Yet, it is easy for anyone wishing to observe the baseball to look at it through the convenience of the glass. As long as the display is kept clean, this is best method to ensure the baseball remains in 'tip-top' condition.   Glass displays are not as costly as one would assume. Of course, if one is willing to go and dole out money, there are better options available. The quality of the glass can be improved to better protect the item inside.

There are also plastic display cases, some square that snap together and others with a base where the ball is placed inside a two-part plastic case that snaps over the ball.

Numerous manufacturers have created different tools for storing autographed baseballs.  It’s really a matter of personal preference and budget.  The most important thing is to keep the ball inside some sort of case—and away from direct sunlight.  To find a variety of cases available for sale, visit Amazon.com or click the link to the right for display cases via Pro Sports Memorabilia.

Baseball Autograph Collecting Tips

November 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball, Sports Autograph Articles

A true baseball autograph fan will have an eager approach to gaining signatures. For the older, valuable autographs, like Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, you will need to look at purchasing them from a reputable source. But if you're into the current stars as well, like Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols, this can involve a hunt for the players at games and official signings.

Hall of Fame baseball stars whose tremendous careers are over are among the most popular of baseball autographs, but there are plenty of excellent players who have not yet been inducted into the Hall of Fame, and these tend to be a bit easier to obtain. Whatever autographs you seek, you need to find a reputable person or company to make sure your autographs are authentic. Much money has been lost on autographs that looked genuine, but were not.  Joe DiMaggio's signature remains popular years after his death and that's why his valuable name was forged by quick buck artists.  There are still fake DiMaggio autographs in the market today.  That's why on Diamond Autographs, we feature only autograph listings that have been authenticated by the giants of the sports memorabilia industry such as Upper Deck Authenticated, Steiner Sports and PSA/DNA, which specializes in all eras and has authenticated thousands of DiMaggio autographs.

You can find a baseball autograph in older autograph books, those being the books carried by people who “hounded” players for their autographs before and after games in the days before colorful 8x10 photographs, jerseys and baseballs were available to the general public. These old books can be full of authentic autographs, since that was the goal of the books' owners.

Autographs Yankees Joe DiMaggio signing

Leslie Jones Collection-Boston Public Library

Have a recognized sports autograph authenticator or expert check your baseball autograph book before you purchase it to make sure that all the autographs are genuine. A recognized and reputable dealer can check each baseball autograph to make sure that they are all genuine. You can use quick opinion services offered by PSA/DNA and James Spence Authentication where for a small fee, they'll take a look at an autograph online and give you a non-binding but educated opinion on whether it's genuine.

If you want to get a baseball autograph at a game, it can make your life as a fan even more enjoyable. Be sure you know each player's name, if you want to try to snag a quick autograph. They know you'll appreciate their autograph more if you're a dedicated fan who knows the team.

Keep a pen with you at baseball games to get baseballs signed and a Sharpie marker for things like photos and jerseys. Don't use a Sharpie for a baseball as the ink will eventually bleed. Players certainly don't have pens with them when they are going in or out of the locker room. And be courteous. Treat the players like people, not like objects. Say please and thank you.

If you have a program for the game you are attending, that's a great place to have players sign. A roster sheet will also work. You're probably only collecting as a fan now, but if you wish to sell the autographs somewhere down the road, it looks better to have the autographs on something that is directly related to the game. Keep in mind, though, that quality items like authentic Rawlings American and National League baseballs, color photos, jerseys and the link are the items that best hold their value.

Front row seats are a great place to get a baseball autograph, but that isn't always possible. If there are players nearby who don't need to be concentrating at a certain time, you can speak to them. Don't harass them, though. The way that most autograph hounds get their signings is at the players' entrance and exit. When they leave the park after the game, they are more relaxed and it's easier to get a signature. They have more time when the game is done, too, since they aren't in a hurry to get back to the dugout.

You can also attend autograph signings set up by the team or go to sports card shows.

Online autograph collecting can be done easily--and with fewer headaches--if you're careful about where you buy from.  If the price looks too good to be true, it probably is.  Research is the most important element when buying online.  Research the seller's feedback.  Look at the autograph yourself and compare it to others.  If you're not sure, ask someone in an online forum.

Baseball autograph collecting tips are important to follow if you're looking to build a collection you can be proud of.

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Autographed Mickey Mantle Items Still a Big Hit

November 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball, Sports Autograph Articles

He once told a friend he fully expected that once he passed through this life, St. Peter would greet him at the pearly gates by saying, "You can come in, Mick, but can you sign this box of baseballs first?"   Such was the life of the baseball idol of millions.  Autographed Mickey Mantle items were hot during his career, heated up again when the memorabilia hobby took off in the 1980s and early 90s and remain a big seller today.

autographed Mickey Mantle baseball

Flickr photo by Kevin H. (Creative Commons)

One of the most legendary players in baseball, Mantle holds an amazing number of World Series records, including the most World Series home runs (18), runs (42), and runs batted in (40). Despite battling the effects of osteomyelitis and alcoholism, Mantle spent 18 seasons with the New York Yankees and is considered on of the greatest all-time baseball players. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974. Collecting autographed Mickey Mantle items can be an intriguing and satisfying pastime for baseball fans of all ages.

Collectors  can still find a significant number of items with Mantle’s signature. Available items include signed baseballs, signed and framed photographs, and baseball cards with Mantle’s signature.

Some photographs feature Mantle with his good friend Billy Martin, a Yankee teammate and the namesake for Mantle’s son, Billy. Collectors can still acquire jerseys and baseball bats with Mickey Mantle’s signature, although those are becoming rare.   Mantle did a number of autograph shows and private signings in the 1980s and early 90s but the demand was still greater than the supply, and prices rose regularly even before his death.

Because of Mantle’s strength as a power hitter and switch hitter, photographs of the player in action are especially popular. The Yankees won seven world championships during Mantle’s tenure with the team. Photographs of Mantle at Yankee Stadium and with teammates like Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, and other famous players from that era make excellent collectibles. Autographed Mickey Mantle memorabilia is still a huge hit with fans in the generation that knew and loved him, and among younger people who enjoy learning about the great players of the past. As you collect items, remember that reputable sellers provide buyers with certificates of authenticity or other proof that the signature is really that of Mickey Mantle.

Mantle won many awards during his storied career. He was the American League’s Most Valuable Player in 1956, 1957 and 1962, and won the AL Triple Crown in 1956. He is considered to be one of the top 100 all-time  baseball players. If you respect Mantle and have nostalgic memories of growing up watching or listening to baseball games featuring one of the game's most popular players of all-time, you can showcase him in your home.  Expect to pay at least $250-300 and up for any quality item with a real Mantle signature--bats and jerseys as well as oversized photos are much higher.

Autographed Mickey Mantle items take us back to a simpler time when a kid from a tiny Oklahoma town could become the toast of New York.

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Derek Jeter Autographs: Best of the Era

October 31, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball, Sports Autograph Articles

Even supposed non-fans of baseball have heard of Derek Jeter. He is one of the game's most easily recognized players, and a perennial star for the New York Yankees. He began playing for the Yankees in 1996, when he won the AL Rookie of the Year. The same year, the franchise took home their 23rd World Series Championship.  Collectors know all too well that Derek Jeter autographs are worth a good deal of money, even though he is still playing.

Since he took over as shortstop for the Yanks, he has led them to multiple World Series victories, has won Gold Glove awards and  is the man you want at the plate in a clutch situation. He has also been called the new Mister October, because he plays even better in the playoffs.

Jeter is also an exceptional defender and when a ball is hit his way, you just assume he'll make the play on it. That's why his autographs are so prized. His stature in the game will only grow stronger after he retires.  Jeter autographs are undoubtedly a good investment, since he will be in the Hall of Fame after he retires and spending his entire career in New York has cemented him among the pantheon of greats like Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio and Mantle.

Derek Jeter "The Dive"A favorite among collectors of Derek Jeter autographs is a signed photo of a play known simply as “the Dive”. It shows Jeter's dedication and determination, as he flies into the Yankee stadium crowd to make a catch in the 12th inning of a game against the Red Sox. The Yankees would go on to win the game. This is especially appropriate because it shows the gusto Jeter gives to the game.

MLB Baseballs with Derek Jeter autographs are prized possessions already, and they will only become more valuable.  This item makes a great centerpiece for your collection if you're a Yankee fan.  Be sure to buy one signed on the 'sweet spot', the most narrow area between the stitch lines.  Jeter autographs aren't cheap, but he's been signing for Steiner Sports for years.  You can find Jeter signed items among the Steiner Sports authenticated items being sold on eBay here on Diamond Autographs.  It's often the best way to find an authentic Jeter autograph at a bargain price.

As with any autographed item, be sure that you check with a reputable and knowledgeable dealer, to make sure that you are buying an item with a legitimate autograph on it. Derek Jeter is one of the all time favorites in any sport, and his autographs are very sought-after. Photos or balls with authenticated Derek Jeter autographs will be a wonderful memory when Jeter retires, and more than likely an excellent investment, as well.

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Nolan Ryan-Robin Ventura Photo a Collector Classic

August 21, 2010 by  
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It was one of the more bizarre incidents of the 1990s.  A 46-year-old Nolan Ryan, still tossing fastballs facing a then-youthful White Sox hitter who didn't quite hold Ryan with the same awe as most fans did.  It's a moment that lives on for baseball fans with the legendary Nolan Ryan - Robin Ventura autographed photo.

Nolan Ryan vs Robin Ventura photoWhen the Express nailed him with a pitch that night in Texas, Ventura took on the man who could have been his father.  Ryan may have been almost ancient by baseball standards but he was still feisty, prone to grunting and swearing after each heave that missed the strike zone.  He delivered three serious noogies to Ventura's noggin and then landed a decent punch as Ventura tried to wrestle him to the ground.  After that, it was a sea of players from both benches on the field and into the fray.

Ryan was known as a pitcher who loved to throw inside and old school enough that he wasn't about to let some young player get away with encroaching on his turf.  Ventura was trying to send a message that he didn't appreciate what he perceived as some unnecessary headhunting.

The Ryan-Ventura photo has become one of the most famous baseball photographs ever made.   Bill Simmons, "The Sports Guy" wrote about it in his ESPN.com blog.

Ryan has never had any qualms about signing the photo.  Years later, of course, Ventura became the White Sox manager and eventually the two laughed about their encounter that summer evening in Arlington, TX.

Truth is, the Ryan-Ventura photo is awesome.  And Ryan, despite his somewhat mythic stature, has signed enough to make them readily available through some of the major online outlets.   Here's a link to several that are on eBay now.  Just buy one with a good letter of authenticity from JSA, Steiner or PSA/DNA.

Ripken Autographs: Guide to the Best, Most Reasonable Items

July 25, 2010 by  
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Cal Ripken Jr. was the quintessential professional baseball player. Calm, reasonable, and always approachable, it is plain to see why Ripken Jr. was and always will be a fan favorite. As a result, Ripken autographs are highly coveted.

Many active MLB All-Stars sign hundreds, if not thousands  of autographs per year. Retired legends such as Ripken Jr. are in a special class, as they are surrounded by a crowd virtually every time they are seen in public, often leading to a mini-frenzy, which the seasoned Hall-of-Famer is more than prepared to handle.

Amongst the throngs of random fans swarming upon Ripken Jr. on any given day, many are simply looking to have a baseball signed.

There is no way to calculate what percentage of those autograph seekers are going to quickly turn a profit on ebay or a variety of other websites, but Ripken often obliges everyone, keeping a safe personal distance from the fans, but all the while being engaging and caring to the specific requests of the fan. On one particular occasion outside of an airport, Ripken was approached by an autograph-seeker with two pens in hand. “Which one do you want me to use- the black or the blue?” Ripken asked. After a bit of deliberation and giggling, the fan requested he use the blue pen.  He'll blow on an item in which the Sharpie marker or pen ink is still wet.

Ripken Jr. is asked to sign a wide array of baseball and non-baseball related items.

He has been asked to sign basketballs, hockey sticks, guitars, and even toasters. Ripken signs baseballs about half of the time, but he also signs a high number of jerseys, posters, baseball cards, baseball bats, hats, and portraits. The most popular and coveted Ripken Jr. photos involve the record breaking day of September 6, 1995, on which Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s record of consecutive games played, which had lasted almost 60 years.

Ripken baseballTwo of the more popular items are the Cal Ripken baseballs that were created to honor the streak and his career.  The #8 baseballs were designed to commemorate the streak and were used in the record-tying and record-breaking games at Camden Yards.  You can get the exact same ball.   The "farewell" designed Ripken balls were used in his last game in 2001.  Both are  great  to add to any collection and are available directly from ProSportsMemorabilia.com.

Attaining Cal Ripken Jr. photographed merchandise is easy to do in the era of modern technology. You might be a bit surprised about the availability and affordability of many of the offerings given that Ripken Jr. is among the all-time greats of Major League Baseball. There are a number of reasons for this, the primary being the overwhelming availability of the retired star, who often obliges a crowd of autograph-seekers several times on any given day.

He's also made a number of autograph show appearances and signed as part of memorabilia deals he's put together to make his signature readily available.

Another reason for the price of Ripken autographs remaining low is the fact that he represents the prototypical blue-collar worker, a guy who went out and did his job every day before he went home to his family. Everyone can respect and admire that. Thusly, investing in and collecting merchandise signed by the great Cal Ripken Jr. is always a sound investment.

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2013 Panini Prizm, Cal Ripken Jr. Autograph Inserted baseball card
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Most Popular Baseball Autographs

July 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball, Sports Autograph Articles

The most popular baseball autographs will generally be the hardest to come by, and if you are purchasing them, they will probably be the most expensive--but not always.

Cardinals Dizzy Dean and fans

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection

When looking for MLB autographs, you can choose from well-known names, like Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter, Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth, to name just a few. Bats, balls, photographs and jerseys are especially collectible, and you will want to be sure that all your potential purchases are authenticated before you decide to buy them.

One of the most popular sports autographs ever is that of Babe Ruth. He signed many autographs in his relatively short life. He was well-known for not turning many autograph seekers down, and he sometimes signed hundreds each day. Babe Ruth is truly an icon in sports, which is why his autographs command so much money. Supply simply doesn't match demand. Unfortunately for collectors, there are forgeries of Babe Ruth's autograph available as well, so you will always want to buy a Ruth autograph authenticated by a company like PSA/DNA or James Spence Authentication.

As a rule, autographs of New York Yankees stars, past and present, are popular collectibles. They have a fan base from all over the world, and some of the game's greatest players have worn Yankee pinstripes. Not only Babe Ruth, but Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio are highly sought after sports autographs. Many former stars have actually signed more autographs since their retirement, than they did when they played.

Nolan Ryan autographs are still sought-after, since he is quite popular among MLB fans. He had a very large fan base, and a fan-friendly attitude, so he was easier than some stars to approach for signatures. Ryan feels that signing a lot of autographs means the value of his signature will stay low enough to stop forgers.

Perhaps few autographs are more treasured than those of Mickey Mantle. He was always very popular, and he had inexpensive signings when he first started signing with memorabilia companies and at card shows, although some fans still complained at the time.

Whatever you collect; photos, bats, balls or jerseys, be sure to buy those with a COA such as those we've brought you here via eBay and Amazon.com.   The most popular sports autographs are really those you feel worthy of adding to your own collection.

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BABE RUTH AUTOGRAPH CUT PSA/DNA GRADE 9 SIGNED VERY RARE WITH INSCRIPTION
BABE RUTH AUTOGRAPH CUT PSA/DNA GRADE 9 SIGNED VERY RARE WITH INSCRIPTION
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Babe Ruth Bold signed photo PSA/DNA Graded
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LARRY BENTON (DIED 1953) Signed Cut-1923-1935 (1935 Babe Ruth Teammate)-RARE-PSA
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Babe Ruth BOLD Signed 3x4 Photo PSA/DNA AUTO New York Yankees HOF Deceased 1948
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JIM BUNNING HOF PSA/DNA SIGNED AUTOGRAPH 1983 BABE RUTH FIRST DAY COVER
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YANKEES BABE RUTH & LOU GEHRIG SIGNED AUTHENTIC OAL BASEBALL JSA & PSA/DNA #T113
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1931 Babe Ruth, Connie Mack & John McGraw 8x10 Signed Photo PSA/DNA & JSA LOA'S
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Mickey Mantle Autographed Signed Babe Ruth League Baseball PSA/DNA #I88287
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Babe Ruth Signed 1928 Program - With Bill Tilden & Gene Tunney - PSA/DNA LOA
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Pete Rose Autograph Still a Hit for Many

May 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball, Sports Autograph Articles

He may have left Major League Baseball under a cloud of suspicion, but the rest of his illustrious career is still something to be proud of and commemorate. He was the ultimate switch-hitter, and a Pete Rose autograph is still a must for anyone putting together a collection of the greatest players of all time.

Rose bagged many awards in the major leagues, including World Series rings, Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and three batting titles. He has signed thousands of autographs, many for pay over the last 25 years, but his autographed jerseys, photos, bats, and baseballs remain fairly marketable.

Many people remember Pete Rose as he played the game, going full tilt, and often sliding perilously into home plate. He actually played for the Phillies and Expos late in his career, but most everyone remembers him as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.

You can keep memories of the "Hit King" by amassing and displaying a Pete Rose autograph collection. You will want to buy authenticated autographs, so you know you're buying the genuine article. This is especially true if you are spending a good deal of money on a bat, ball or jersey. Reputable dealers carry everything from a batting helmet to a bobblehead.

You can purchase a Pete Rose autograph on so many various items, including frames, collages, collectibles that were used in games, baseballs and other memorabilia. Trading cards are quite popular, and, depending on the year, this can be a less expensive alternative for autograph collectors. Don't have him sign your 1963 Topps rookie card, though. Vintage cards are worth more without an autograph.

Rose is still cranking out signatures for pay, and the resulting mini-glut in the market makes a Rose autograph relatively inexpensive. Don't pay more than $50 for an authentic Rose autograph on a photo or ball. He's in his 70s now and at some point, his flowing signature will deteriorate so it's best to grab one now.

Pete rose Autographed Home Plate PSA/DNA Coa. No Reserve!
Pete rose Autographed Home Plate PSA/DNA Coa. No Reserve!
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 PETE ROSE GLOBAL WARMING AUTOGRAPH ONL BASEBALL PSA/DNA AUTO W/ CERT 9.5 10
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PETE ROSE REDS SIGNED BASEBALL PSA/DNA
PETE ROSE REDS SIGNED BASEBALL PSA/DNA
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Pete Rose Signed / Autographed #1 Jersey number PSA COA Reds, Phillies HOF
Pete Rose Signed / Autographed #1 Jersey number PSA COA Reds, Phillies HOF
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1985  TOPPS # 547 PETE ROSE PSA/DNA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH
1985 TOPPS # 547 PETE ROSE PSA/DNA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH
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PETE ROSE 1965 TOPPS #207 CINCINNATI REDS AUTO – PSA/DNA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH
PETE ROSE 1965 TOPPS #207 CINCINNATI REDS AUTO – PSA/DNA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH
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Pete Rose Hand Signed Home Plate
Pete Rose Hand Signed Home Plate " Hit King " PSA DNA COA 4,256 career hts
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PETE ROSE 1970 TOPPS #458 REDS AUTO – PSA/DNA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH
PETE ROSE 1970 TOPPS #458 REDS AUTO – PSA/DNA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH
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PETE ROSE 1982 DONRUSS #168 PHILLIES AUTO – PSA/DNA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH
PETE ROSE 1982 DONRUSS #168 PHILLIES AUTO – PSA/DNA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH
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PETE ROSE 1982 FLEER #256 PHILLIES AUTO – PSA/DNA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH
PETE ROSE 1982 FLEER #256 PHILLIES AUTO – PSA/DNA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH
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PETE ROSE 1985 DONRUSS HIGHLIGHTS #40 REDS AUTO – PSA/DNA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH
PETE ROSE 1985 DONRUSS HIGHLIGHTS #40 REDS AUTO – PSA/DNA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH
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PETE ROSE 1985 TOPPS #600 REDS AUTO – PSA/DNA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH
PETE ROSE 1985 TOPPS #600 REDS AUTO – PSA/DNA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH
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Autographed Nolan Ryan Memorabilia: Affordable Excellence

May 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball, Sports Autograph Articles

For those who grew up anytime from 1969 through the early 1990s, acquiring autographed Nolan Ryan memorabilia was a huge deal.  The Express was one of the few pitchers capable of throwing a no-hitter any time, any place.  And he did it...seven times.  Fans ate it up and so did those who fancied themselves collectors.

Autographed Nolan Ryan pictureRyan, the first baseball pitcher to earn one million dollars a year, is respected by fans both for his athletic skills and his character. Collecting autographed Ryan memorabilia is often a statement made by a baseball fan about the enduring values of the nation and the game.  The good news is that Ryan believes the more he signs, the less valuable his signature will be and the less money dealers who score freebies will make off him.  That's good news for fans and collectors, making many nice Nolan Ryan autographed items affordable.

Although most of Ryan’s career was spent in his native state of Texas, he began his career with the New York Mets, where his relief pitching helped the Mets win the 1969 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles. Ryan then moved to the California Angels from 1972 through 1979. He played for the Houston Astros from 1980 to 1988. He is revered in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for his final excellent career years with the Texas Rangers, from 1989 to 1993, where in 1989 he become the only pitcher to record 5,000 career strikeouts.

Ryan was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

Collectors looking for affordable items would do well to focus on autographed Nolan Ryan memorabilia. One popular signed Nolan Ryan photograph portrays the memorable fight with Robin Ventura on August 4, 1993, shortly before Ryan retired. The signed photo is available in various sizes and has become a fan favorite. Ryan stated after the game that he used a similar maneuver on Ventura that he used when branding cattle on his Texas ranch in Texas. Many other photos and photo collages of Ryan and his career are available for astute collectors who wish to create a gallery of Nolan Ryan memorabilia.

In addition to photos, baseballs signed by Nolan Ryan are readily available. Jerseys, commemorative programs, autographed baseballs, bats, World Series photos, baseball cards and other excellent collectibles can be found with Ryan’s signature. Reputable sellers will provide a certificate of authenticity or some other proof that the signature on the collectible is really that of Nolan Ryan.

The great news is that if you respect and admire Nolan Ryan, you can still build a stunning collection of items that will highlight his career and emphasize the great enduring values of American baseball. Create a showcase of autographed Nolan Ryan memorabilia in your home and build an enduring collection of affordable excellence before scarcity and time take the opportunity away.  There are dozens of authentic Nolan Ryan autographs available.  Click here to check out eBay and you'll have no trouble finding a good one via authentication from PSA/DNA or JSA.

 

Signed Team Baseballs Capture Slice of History

April 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball, Sports Autograph Articles

Signed team baseballs offer a snapshot of a given team at a precise moment in time.

Stars, semi-stars, and less heralded players are all represented equally. In fact, the autographs of many commons may be harder to come by individually than many stars. While the accomplishments of a team in a given season can be dubious like the 1988 Baltimore Orioles or glorious like a World Series Champion, baseballs autographed by a team represents those accomplishments equally.

Courtesy SCP Auctions

Usually, the absence of a signature by a player can help define when a ball was signed due to the date of the transaction either by trade or free agency. Of course, the more stars or Hall of Famers on a team signed ball will result in a greater value and a higher price.

Finding an authentic team signed baseball in great condition can be a bit of a challenge, especially older balls. Because of the nature of the item, if all team members attempt to sign the ball right after one another smudges and smears were prone to happen. These defects not only affect the value of the ball, but may also make authentication more difficult.

Vintage signed items present a unique challenge. Depending on the price of the ball in question, a buyer may seek to have a third party authentication service certify the team signed baseball prior to completing purchase. However, a higher valued ball, for example the 1927 Yankees, will likely already have the necessary documentation proving its authenticity. One guideline however, a certificate of authenticity is only as good as the company providing it. Collectors should recognize the name, and perform some research before spending a lot of cash.

Team signed baseballs are a great way to recall a World Series year, a record year for wins, or other team accomplishment. Because collectors have favorite teams and favorite players, this type of collectible benefits both desires. Sometimes just reading the names (though handwriting is sometimes questionable) can help a collector recall each individual player and the ups and downs of a baseball campaign. The nostalgia can be somewhat overwhelming ten years down the road, as these great snapshots of history capture every player that was on the team at that specific moment.

1964 NY Yankees Team-Signed Baseball with 26 Sigs inc Yogi Berra PSA/DNA LOA
1964 NY Yankees Team-Signed Baseball with 26 Sigs inc Yogi Berra PSA/DNA LOA
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1941 CHICAGO CUBS Team Signed Autographed Baseball KIKI CUYLER PSA/DNA K47642
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1954 New York Giants PSA DNA Team Signed Baseball World Series Champions
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1951 Philadelphia Athletics Chief Bender PSA/DNA Team Signed Baseball Mack
1951 Philadelphia Athletics Chief Bender PSA/DNA Team Signed Baseball Mack
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1958 CHICAGO CUBS TEAM SIGNED BASEBALL AUTHENTICATED BY PSA/DNA
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Chase Utley David Wright Hamels 2007 NL All Star Team Signed Baseball PSA/DNA
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2013 Braves Team Signed Game used baseball w/ Evan Gattis Rookie Autograph - PSA
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1942 AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL STARS TEAM SIGNED BASEBALL 25-Sigs PSA
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1986 WS Champion Mets Signed Team Baseball Strawberry Gary Carter Gooden PSA LOA
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1988 Oakland A's Athletics Team Signed Baseball 32 Sigs PSA Eckersley McGwire
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 1949 New York Yankees World Series Signed Auto Team Baseball PSA/DNA
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1953 CINCINNATI REDS Team Signed ONL Baseball: HORNSBY,KLU,++ 26ea, PSA-DNA
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