Archive for October 2012

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Game Used Memorabilia

One of the hardest things to collect is game used memorabilia. This includes anything that could be worn or used during
the course of a sporting event. The most commonly collected items are game used jerseys, bats, baseballs, footballs, and
gloves. These items can be difficult to collect because a lot of teams and athletes do not release these items for public
sale, although this trend is starting to change.

These pieces of memorabilia allow the collector to feel like they own something that was part of history or used by one of
their favorite players. Typically these items do not make it to a secondary market because the collectors that have these
type of items are truely fans of the team or player as well as a collector.

Contact your favorite team to see if they have a public point of sale for game used memorabilia. Once you start your
collection, be sure to visit and add it to your inventory!

Stadium Giveaway Away (SGA) Bobblehead History

Major League Baseball teams began giving away bobbleheads of it’s current and past players starting around 2000. Each year there are several given away to the first X number of fans. The number of bobbleheads used to be limited to 10,000 or less, but as popularity has grown so has the quantity distributed.

Below is a list of all the Major League Baseball teams and a link to the complete bobblehead history.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Atlanta Braves
Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox
Chicago Cubs
Chicago White Sox
Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians
Colorado Rockies
Detroit Tigers
Florida Marlins
Houston Astros
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Angels
Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins
Montreal Expos
New York Mets
New York Yankees
Oakland A’s
Philidelphea Phillies
Pittsburgh Pirates
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants
Seattle Mariners
St. Louis Cardinals
Tampa Bay Rays
Texas Rangers
Toronto Blue Jays
Washington Nationals

Getting a baseball autographed

Many collectors enjoy getting baseballs autographed by their favorite player or players. There are many things to consider when having a baseball autographed:

  • What kind of baseball should you use? There are dozens of baseball manufactures but the best rule of thumb is to buy an “official” baseball for the league that the player belongs. This usually means buying a Rawlings Official Major League Baseball.
  • Where should the player autograph the baseball? If there is only one person signing the ball then you want to have them sign it on the sweet spot. The sweet spot is the area of the baseball where the seams are closest together and doesn’t have any logo printed. The only exception to this rule is if the baseball has a commemorative logo such as “World Series” somewhere on the ball. Then you can have them autograph the ball directly under the logo.

    If there are multiple people autographing the baseball, such as the some or all of a particular team, you should have the manager sign the ball on the sweet spot and let the remaining players choose any open area of the ball and autograph it there.

  • What type of pen or marker should be used when autographing a baseball? A standard ball point pen should be used for signing a baseball. A permanent marker (usually a Sharpie) should be avoided, they tend to bleed or fade over time. Also, try to have all the signatures on a baseball be in the same color of ink.

Once you have your baseball autographed, be sure to let the ink thoroughly dry and store the baseball out of direct sunlight. If you want to display the baseball there are many display cases made and can be purchased either online or at your local hobby store.