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.