How to Value and Collect Baseball Memorabilia
Collecting baseball memorabilia can be an interesting and lucrative hobby. In addition to the historical significance of any given collectible, there can also be an excellent return on investment for items associated with the most famous players and moments in the game.
Autographed baseballs, vary in price. Balls used in games garner the greatest interest, while balls designed specifically for autographing are a little less in demand. The greatest attention is generated by the name of the signer of the ball. Once a purchase is made, use a ball protector to keep it in good condition.
Baseball bat collecting
Baseball bats that are autographed by a player can be of great interest depending on whose bat it is, and if it was used in a game. Unbroken bats carry greater interest than broken. Protective sleeves are available to keep the wood from deteriorating over time.
Collecting baseball cards
Baseball card collecting has a long and storied history. If cards are being collected as an investment, there are some important considerations. The fame of the player, scarcity of the card, and the condition of the card are the primary determinants of card value.
An autographed baseball glove holds great value for collectors, especially if it has game experience. The value increases if the signer is famous, or accomplished a milestone or record while wearing the glove.
Autographed card collections
Index cards have a unique niche in baseball memorabilia and are a great way to collect autographs. Because of their small size, they are easily transported and stored. You can also restrict autographs to a single player to help enhance the value of the card. Try to find cards that are not made of acid-based paper to prevent deterioration and yellowing. Avoid having trading cards autographed.
Collecting game jerseys
For autographed jerseys the sweatier and dirtier, the greater the interest. If a player reached a milestone while wearing it, or the team reached one, the value will increase. Investing in a frame for display and protection is a good outlay of funds.
Game programs and ticket stubs
Autographed programs and ticket stubs have their greatest value if some historical moment occurred at the event, or if it is an event considered important (like a World Series). Who signed the item enhances its value as well. To preserve the value keep these items in protective sleeves.
Collecting lithographs, posters, and prints
Lithographs, posters, and prints have a curious value fluctuation. Limited edition and numbered prints that are autographed are of greater value than those that are signed and have been mass-produced. For the greatest return, frame the items and protect them from sunlight.
Collecting baseball magazines
Autographed magazines carry some interest. The greatest value is for those autographed by the athlete on the cover. After that, if a main article in the publication is about the signee, the interest will be high. Keep it in a protective sleeve to prevent damage and deterioration.
Any baseball memorabilia item autographed by an athlete or team is collectible. Ultimately, its value is determined by who signed it, the historical significance of the item, and its condition. The lone exception to this is autographed sports cards, as an autograph drops the value of both the card and the autograph.