Autographed Baseballs – Building a Collection
Autographed baseballs are among the most popular types of sports memorabilia, with a history stretching back decades. Teams have been writing about them since the early days of the game when teams, score, and other details of a game were written on the ball, which was then preserved as a “trophy.”
Signing or autographing a dance didn’t become popular until the 1920s, although the earliest dances do exist, of course. Fans and collectors like autographed baseballs for many reasons. They are easy to store thanks to the display cabinets built especially for them. They are easy to see and each one tells a story. Where did the ball come from? Represents?
Team-signed baseballs can put you in a great moment, whether it’s from a World Series winner, an All-Star team, or just a regular club from any given year. Collecting baseballs from World Series champions is one way to build a collection. You may decide to collect only baseballs signed by Hall of Famers. Or you can collect a ball signed by each year’s team from your favorite franchise.
You can pick a milestone like 3,000 hit club members, Cy Young Award winners, World Series MVPs, or whatever else comes to your mind.
If you are creating a collection that revolves around a player, make sure the ball is ONLY signed by that player if you care about future value. While balls signed by multiple players may seem like a good deal, their value is not as strong as a ball that bears only one autograph.
Baseballs signed at the sweet spot, the narrowest area of target between the dots, are held in higher esteem than those that are not.
Be sure to invest in ball stands to display your autographed baseballs. They will keep them free of dirt, fingerprints, and smudges and make sure to keep them out of direct sunlight. Nothing fades faster than a ball!