Autograph Inscriptions or No Inscriptions? – That is the Question

Every time I do an autograph signing I usually offer the chance for customers to have the athlete write a special inscription on their item.  What are inscriptions?  Inscriptions are stats or personalizations that the athlete writes next to their signature for an extra fee.  Take for example the recent Ivan Rodriguez signing I took part in.  Pudge as he sometimes goes by has a plethora of inscription options to choose from.  14 x All Star, 03 WS CHAMP, 99 AL MVP, 03 NLCS MVP, 13 x Gold Glove, and of course HOF 17 for his recent Hall of Fame induction.  Depending on the item you are getting signed, one of those inscriptions would add tremendous value to it.  For example adding HOF 17 to a baseball, or 03 WS CHAMP to a 2003 World Series baseball.  But when should you not get inscriptions?  Here are a couple of examples.

Ivan Rodriguez Signed MVP Baseball

1.) Generally speaking, if an athlete is still playing, some inscriptions are not a good choice to get.  Tom Brady just won his 5th Super Bowl, however, last year many people had him inscribe 4 x SB CHAMP on items.  Obviously, that stat is not incorrect.  So try and stay away from stats that could potentially change.

Tom Brady Signed 4 x SB CHAMP

2.) Getting an item personalized such as TO MIKE is always a topic I hear a lot about.  “Should I get it personalized?”  Here is my take on this.  If you ever plan on re-selling your item having it personalized will devalue it tremendously.  So if you think you might ever do that, I would stay away from doing so.  However, let’s say you are a HUGE Ivan Rodriguez fan.  Followed him his whole career.  Met him a few times.  Definitely your favorite player.  Something you would never dream of selling.  Then in that case you may want to get something personalized.  “TO MIKE, THANK YOU FOR BEING MY #1 FAN.”  Something like that would be super cool.

Paul Pierce Inscriptions

3.) A team signed item, I would try and stay away from an inscription.  To many inscriptions on one item tends to jumble the autographs together too closely.  Unless of course every other athlete on the item has inscribed like their Hall of Fame year for example.  Try and keep those consistent if possible.

4.) Mix and matching items and inscriptions.  Take Rodriguez for example.  He won the 2003 World Series as a member of the Marlins.  Getting a Texas Rangers jersey signed and inscribed 03 WS CHAMPS wouldn’t make any sense.  Try and stay away from that.

 

Powers Autographs was started by me, Matt Powers as a way for sports autograph enthusiasts and collectors to have a high-quality product available at affordable pricing.  You deal directly with me when ordering anything from my company, so I ensure you get the best quality service and personal care you deserve.  Let me be YOUR sports memorabilia guy!

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Now that Beckett Does 3rd Party Autograph Authentication – Who is the Best?

Recently, Beckett Media, launched a new branch of their business, autograph authentication, by hiring one of PSA/DNA’s former star authenticators Steve Grad.  Now that Beckett Media is the 3rd major player in the autograph authentication business along with PSA/DNA and JSA, who is the best one?  To be up front and transparent, I have used JSA extensively, PSA occasionally, and have not used Beckett.  However, I have received a good amount of feedback regarding Beckett from contacts within the industry who have used their services.  For the sake of this post, we will just talk about sports autographs, not celebrity.

 

1st, lets define what I mean by “best.”  That can mean really anything.  But let’s define best as: increasing the value of your autograph once authenticated, highly respected among autograph collectors, cheapest pricing, quickest turnaround, and great customer service.  Let’s take a look at each of those 5 categories for each authenticator.

INCREASING VALUE OF YOUR AUTOGRAPH:

When adding any of these 3 authenticators to your sports autographs, you are already increasing the value of your item by anywhere from 100-1,000% depending on who the athlete is.  PSA and JSA are quite similiar, although you do see PSA autographs sell for just a bit higher when comparing apples to apples.  PSA has been around the longest out of the 3 and is held in high regard among collectors.  Beckett is just starting out, so hard to say exactly how their value will hold.  But Beckett Media has been around for a long time and having Grad behind the brand will increase their value in the eyes of collectors.  I would rank these as PSA, JSA, and then Beckett for right now.

RESPECTED AMONG COLLECTORS:

Most auction houses currently use either PSA or JSA to authenticate their items for sale.  They use either one of those companies because their COA’s (certificate of authenticity) are well respected by autograph collectors.  PSA also specializes in authenticating game used bats.  Due to their extensive knowledge in these areas, they are generally held in high regard than JSA.  What is interesting about Beckett is that Steve Grad was one of their principal autograph authenticators.  Will be a big advantage for them in the near future as his experience is at the top of the autograph authentication business.  I would rank these PSA, JSA, and then Beckett.

PSA/DNA COA

 

CHEAPEST PRICING:

Autograph authentication pricing comes down to what player is being authenticated and how many pieces you are having authenticated at one time.  In my experience, I have found that JSA has the most competitive pricing, generally slightly less than PSA.  Of course, each company can see what others are charging on their website’s, so that does keep the pricing very close across the board.  I would rank these JSA, Beckett, and then PSA.

QUICKEST TURNAROUND:

If mailing in your collectibles to get them authenticated, then you are always worried about turnaround time.   How quickly can I get them back?  You can always wait for each company to do a show in your area and get them done the same day.  If that isn’t an option, shipping them out is the only way.  My experience in this area has been phenomenal with JSA.  They usually get them done in a few days to one week and ship them out right away.  PSA recently has been very fast as well.  Not sure what Beckett’s turnaround time is since I have not used them.  But I am guessing it may be a bit slow to start simply because they only have 2 authenticators right now and are traveling the country promoting their brand.  I would rank these JSA, PSA, and then Beckett.

CUSTOMER SERVICE:

Very important to have a point of contact at the company you choose to send your collectibles to.  Imaging sending in a Babe Ruth signed baseball and not knowing anyone on the other end?  JSA has been very personable with me, having one point of contact to send in to.  Plus, when I call JSA I immediately get a person on the phone.  Always a big plus.  PSA does a lot more volume than JSA.  My experience with PSA in that regard has customer service has been somewhat slow at times, but not terrible by any means.  Just slow due to having a ton of work to do.  Beckett I think will do extremely well in this category with Grad as a point of contact.  People know him very well and his partner Brian Sobrero.  I would rank these as JSA, Beckett, and then PSA.

Given all this information, my personal preference for sports autographs is JSA.  I do see Beckett making huge strides in this area in the coming years as more dealers start bringing them in to authenticate their signings and their customer’s items at their stores, thus growing the Beckett brand.  Right now, PSA is the gold standard due to their experience and variety of sports authenticating services.

 

Powers Autographs was started by me, Matt Powers as a way for sports autograph and celebrity memorabilia enthusiasts and collectors to have a high-quality product available at affordable pricing.  You deal directly with me when ordering anything from my company, so I ensure you get the best quality service and personal care you deserve.  Let me be YOUR sports memorabilia guy!

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Top 5 Current MLB Players Autographs Going up in Value in 2017

Kris Bryant Signed Cubs Jersey

2016 was a great year for baseball autographs.  Saw the rise of Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, plus the massive sales of the Cubs World Series win and David Ortiz due to his retirement.  2017 sets up to be a great year with the Chicago Cubs coming off that World Series title (can’t believe I am still saying that).  So who are my Top 5 current MLB players autographs going up in value in 2017?

#5 Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox) – A 2016 All-Star selection,  he had a .318 avg, 31 HR, 113 RBI, and he is only 24 years old!  Yes, David Ortiz is gone so quality of pitches he sees may go down.  However, I like the fact that he plays in the Boston market and does very few signings.

Mooke Betts Signed 8x10 Photo

#4 Anthony Rizzo (Chicago Cubs) – Star 1st baseman for the Cubs, tough guy to get an autograph from at the ballpark.  3 x All-Star and of course a 2016 World Series champion.  One of the more popular Cubs players and autographs to collect.  Only 27 years old.  Does a few signings a year and autograph price is very consistent.  Should he and the Cubs have a year like 2016, expect that price to rise.

Anthony Rizzo Signed 2016 World Series Baseball

#3 Jake Arrieta (Chicago Cubs) – One of the very few Cubs players who did not do an autograph signing right after the World Series.  His memorabilia is scarce.  A 2015 NL CY Young Winner, he’s thrown 2 No Hitters, and was a 2016 All-Star.  Cubs memorabilia is HOT right now and a HUGE market.  Once he does a signing, price of his autograph will go way up due to his reluctance to do many of them.  One of the last guys many collectors need for 2016 team-signed items.

Jake Arrieta Signed Baseball

#2 Corey Seager (Los Angeles Dodgers) – 2016 NL Rookie of the Year and All-Star selection.  Just 22 years old!  Plays in a HUGE market in Los Angeles with a team that made the 2016 playoffs.  Does quite a few signings.  His young age and a sky’s the limit type talent make him a solid 2017 pick to go up in value.

Corey Seager Signed Baseball

#1 Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs) -What is not to like about Kris Bryant?  Coming off an MVP year, 24 years old, 2 x All Star, 2015 NL Rookie of the Year, oh yeah, he won the 2016 World Series title with the Cubs.  So you may think, wow, autograph price can’t go any higher right?  Wrong.  Because he is under exclusive autograph contract, the price at the very worst is going to stay the same due to minimum payments he will get per the contract.  However, he plays in a baseball crazy Chicago, fans are in love with Bryant, and did I mention he won the 2016 World Series title?  Guy will never have to buy a meal in Chicago ever again.  Definitely has room to improve and he plays on a team loaded with talent.  So he is going to see his share of good pitches.  Much like Rizzo, if he has a year like 2016, autograph price is only going to increase.

Kris Bryant Signed Cubs Jersey

Powers Autographs was started by me, Matt Powers as a way for sports autograph and celebrity memorabilia enthusiasts and collectors to have a high-quality product available at affordable pricing.  You deal directly with me when ordering anything from my company, so I ensure you get the best quality service and personal care you deserve.  Let me be YOUR sports memorabilia guy!

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Tim Tebow – A Good Investment for Baseball Autographs?

Tim Tebow is one of my favorite athletes of all time.  A winner, great teammate, and an excellent memorabilia seller.  Recently, Tim joined the New York Mets minor league organization to try and make it in baseball.  Of course, fans have flocked to minor league ballparks to get his autograph.  I have seen everything from baseballs in sharpies, Mets batting helmets, and also jerseys.  But is Tebow a good investment for baseball items?  Let’s explore.

Tim Tebow Signed Baseball

Tebow has a very small chance to make the major leagues, if any.  So his Mets items have about a good of chance h0lding value as his New York Jets items do.  The minute he stops playing baseball, most of his baseball items will tank with the potential exception of signed baseballs.  Why baseballs?  Baseballs are one of those funny, odd collectibles that athletes from other sports often sign.  Ever seen a baseball signed by a President?  Usually very expensive.  So with that being said, we all know Tebow is super popular, so what do you get on him?  Florida, Florida, Florida all day.

Being a Heisman Trophy winner, 2 x SEC player of the  year, and a 2 x BCS National Champion as a member of the Florida Gators, those items will almost never drop in value and are highly sought after by collectors.  In fact, his Florida jersey is one of the best sellers of all time.

So what autographed collectible do you pick up on Tebow?  Personally, I am a big fan of the signed Florida mini helmets.  Affordable and small.  My next choice would be the full size helmet.  These are just COOL!   Logo footballs are also very collectible, including the 2006 championship football.

Tim Tebow Signed Florida Mini Helmet

So remember, as tempting as it is to pick up something baseball related, stick to the Florida items.  Even if you are not a Florida fan, they hold their value very well and are always on collector’s wish lists.

Powers Autographs was started by me, Matt Powers as a way for sports autograph and celebrity memorabilia enthusiasts and collectors to have a high-quality product available at affordable pricing.  You deal directly with me when ordering anything from my company, so I ensure you get the best quality service and personal care you deserve.  Let me be YOUR sports memorabilia guy!

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Pricing is Important – But it isn’t Everything

Dollar Sign

Pricing is one of the hottest topics among sports collectors.  I agree, pricing is very important when it comes to collecting autographs and everyone has different budgets, but it isn’t everything.  Yes, when comparing apples to apples on a product you should more often than not buy the cheaper item.  However, let’s take a look at some other factors you should consider before buying that item.

1.) Customer service: Does the company you are buying from have a phone number you can contact them if you have questions?  Seeing just a conversion form on a website is a big red flag.  Do they have a return policy?  Do they take time to answer your questions and get back to you in a timely manner?

2.) Shipping: You guys know how I feel about shipping.  It should be free all day every day.  One of my biggest issues with some sales is a company charging $500 for an item and then a $4.99 shipping charge.  Huh?  Now granted $5 isn’t that big of a deal, but it is the principal of it.

3.) Quality: Most of the time you pay extra for quality.  An officially licensed jersey, a sweet custom framing job, an item with supreme authentication.  Let’s say you are looking for a signed jersey of an athlete.  Officially licensed quality jersey is $200, but a custom no name brand jersey is $125.  Most people might just go for the custom, but take a look at the quality jersey.  For an extra $75 you can get the real deal.  Let’s say you own the jersey for 25 years.  That’s only $3/year extra for the jersey you really want.

4.) Authentication: Of course you can always buy an item with no COA for cheaper than one certed.  I always tell customers to buy an item already certed, it will save you the time and cost of getting it done yourself and the piece of mind knowing that someone else has authenticated the signature.  Also, if an item is 3rd party authenticated, but a similar item 1st party authenticated is slightly more, go for that one.  In the long run, your item will be worth more.

5.) Paying for an item: Every company in my opinion should take PayPal.  Makes it super easy for you the customer and you don’t have to share your information.  I take PayPal and it is my preferred payment method.  So easy to print shipping labels.  Also, when paying for an item, try and make sure you have the cash to pay for it.  Collecting autographs should be a fun hobby, but not put a strain on your finances.  Avoid layaways and putting orders on credit cards.  You will feel SO MUCH better about your purchase in the long run.

Powers Autographs was started by me, Matt Powers as a way for sports autograph and celebrity memorabilia enthusiasts and collectors to have a high-quality product available at affordable pricing.  You deal directly with me when ordering anything from my company, so I ensure you get the best quality service and personal care you deserve.  Let me be YOUR sports memorabilia guy!

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Top 10 2016 Sports Autographs Holiday Gift Ideas

LeBron James Signed Cavs Jersey

Like we say every year, it’s almost that time, the Holidays.  Every time it seems like some of us agonize over what to get that sports autograph collector in our family.  Let me help you out.  Here are my Top 10 2016 holiday sports autographs gift ideas.

10.) CUSTOM FRAMING – Now is the time to get that jersey or photo finally framed.  Around this time of year Michael’s and Hobby Lobby generally run some great sales.  Jersey framing, depending on the features you choose, should run you around $200-$300.  Custom photo framing around $50-$75.  Just remember to add UV glass to any order you do so your signatures do not fade over time.  I can also help assist in this area too.

9.) COREY SEAGER – Probable 2016 NL Rookie of the Year winner and future of the Dodgers organization.  Seager has a relatively affordable autograph.  So if buying for a Dodgers fan, he is THE guy to get this year.

8.) ICHIRO – Recent addition to the 3,000 Hit Club.  Future Hall of Fame selection.  Ichiro is a superstar in Japan and a highly sought after autograph.

Ichiro Signed 3000 Hit Baseball

7.) MICHAEL PHELPS – Winner of 1 million Olympic gold medals.  The most decorated Olympian of all time.  If you have a family member that enjoyed watching the 2016 Olympics every day, this is your gift idea.

6.) DISPLAY CASES – Can’t forget about protecting your autographs.  Baseballs, basketballs, bats, and footballs all need to be displayed behind UV glass.

5.) 2016 NBA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES  (SHAQ, IVERSON, YAO).  These newest members are some of the most influential basketball players of our time and HUGE fan favorites.   Lakers, 76ers, Rockets fans, these are YOUR GUYS!

Allen Iverson Signed 76ers Jersey

4.) CLEVELAND CAVALIERS CHAMPIONSHIP ITEMS – LeBron still hasn’t signed since the championship, but that’s OK.  Framed newspapers and Kyrie Irving items are available and much more affordable.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers Plain Dealer Framed Newspaper

3.) DAVID ORTIZ – Red Sox superstar, 3 x World Series Champion, and future Hall of Fame inductee is retiring this year.  I would say he is one of the hottest baseball autographs of the 2016 season.

David Ortiz Signed Framed 8x10 Photo

2.) GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (CURRY AND DURANT) – This is going to be the most interesting team to watch all season.  Everyone is expecting them to win the title.  With two superstars in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, Warriors memorabilia and buzz is going to be off the charts!  Don’t forget about Klay Thompson.

Kevin Durant Signed Warriors Jersey

1.) CHICAGO CUBS MEMORABILIA – I say this with the assumption they win the 2016 World Series.  Check out my previous post on gambling on Cubs autographs.  Of course, Cubs fans will flock to buy anything Cubs related should they win. The average collector who is not a Cubs fan is also going to want a piece of the action too.  The Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908, which would make all Cubs memorabilia and players like Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Jake Arrieta autographs go through the roof if they do.

 

Powers Autographs was started by me, Matt Powers as a way for sports autograph and celebrity memorabilia enthusiasts and collectors to have a high-quality product available at affordable pricing.  You deal directly with me when ordering anything from my company, so I ensure you get the best quality service and personal care you deserve.  Let me be YOUR sports memorabilia guy!

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Are you a Gambling Man? Time to bet on the Chicago Cubs…Autographs that is

Kris Bryant Signed Cubs Jersey

The Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908.  They ended the 2016 season with the best record in baseball.  Of course, that doesn’t mean they will win the World Series.  But let’s be a gambling man and say they do win it.  Autographs for them will EXPLODE!  Let me repeat, autographs from the 2016 Chicago Cubs will EXPLODE in value.

So what does that mean right now, before the playoffs have even started?  Well, you better start picking up your Kris Bryant, Jake Arrieta, and Anthony Rizzo autographs right now!  Given who represents some of them, you can bet the pricing of their autographs is going to be pushed as a high as possible.  The resell value of those players if the Cubs win will always be very high.  I can see Bryant signed MLB balls getting to $400!

Kris Bryant Signed Cubs Jersey

Just imagine the frenzy among not just Cubs fans, but also collectors?  The inscription possibilities are endless.  2016 WS CHAMPS, 1st WS TITLE SINCE 1908, and BILLY GOAT IS DEAD are some ideas.  There will be a rush for Cubs autographs and memorabilia that will surpass even the Red Sox 2004 World Series win.

Billy Goat

So my suggestion if you are a gambling man, pick up as many Bryant, Rizzo, and Arrieta MLB balls and 8×10 photos at cheap prices right now.  Going to have to be PSA or JSA authenticated to get those prices.  Then, hold onto them for the playoff ride.

Best case scenario, Cubs win, and you can cash in on the biggest sports memorabilia rush in recent history.  Worst case, they lose, but you have some cheap, quality autographs of some very young and talented all-stars who will surely make another run at the World Series very soon.

Powers Autographs was started by me, Matt Powers as a way for sports autograph and celebrity memorabilia enthusiasts and collectors to have a high-quality product available at affordable pricing.  You deal directly with me when ordering anything from my company, so I ensure you get the best quality service and personal care you deserve.  Let me be YOUR sports memorabilia guy!

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Just Getting Started Collecting Autographs? – 5 Tips to Help

So you finally made the decision to start an autograph collection.  Great!  Now what?  How do you get started?  What do you collect?  Here are 5 tips to help.

1.) Start with a small budget and stick to it.  No need to get crazy right off the bat.  Picking up an autograph or two a month is a good pace to start off at.  Remember, this is a journey, and collections are not made in one day, month, or year.

2.) Small items are gold.  First part of your collection should be items like signed baseballs, mini helmets, 8×10 photos, etc..  Smaller items you can easily store.  Then, once you have a good idea of who you like to collect, branch out into bigger items like jerseys.

3.) If you don’t get excited about an item within the first 5 seconds of seeing it, do not buy it.  At this point in your collecting, you shouldn’t have to sell yourself on an item since you haven’t collected anything yet.

4.) Pick up cheap frames at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s if you choose to collect photos at the start.  No sense investing in expensive custom framing jobs at this point. Heck, you can even get plastic photo sleeves to store them in if you are not ready to display the items yet.

5.) Share your collection.  Nothing better than seeing other people get excited about your collection and vice versa.  Great way to keep you interested in collecting and get new ideas.

Powers Autographs was started by Matt Powers as a way for sports autograph and celebrity memorabilia enthusiasts and collectors to have a high-quality product available at affordable pricing. Having been in the business since 2004, he noticed there wasn’t a website available that included not only signed sports memorabilia and celebrity autographs, but also high quality custom framing and autograph display cases for everything from autographed baseballs to signed guitars, and more.

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Better to Win NBA Title for Memorabilia Companies – Cavs or Warriors?

Every so often I get asked, who do you want to win game “X?”  My answer is generally always the same, which ever team is best for business.  I grew up a Warriors fan living in the Bay Area, so naturally, I would want to them win a long over due NBA title.  But this got me thinking, from an autograph business perspective and on a nationwide scale, who would I rather see win, Cavs or Warriors?  Let’s break down each player and their autograph value.

CAVS

LeBron James Signed Cavs Jersey

LeBron James Signed Cavs Jersey

LeBron James bringing back an NBA title (heck any professional championship) would be HUGE for Cleveland area sports shops.  Shirts and hats would sell very well.  But I am more concerned about the autographs (items I sell most of).  Yes, LeBron’s autograph would have a huge jump right after the NBA Finals is over (assuming he does a signing with Upper Deck – his exclusive memorabilia provider.

But there are a couple issues that will hinder LeBron’s autograph selling well.  1.) Price – jerseys and basketballs are going to be close to if not over $1,000.  Huge chunk of change to drop on an autograph for the average collector.  2.) Availability – Upper Deck wholesales to just a few distributors, so only a lucky few will get their hands on his Cavs post Finals items.  That means pricing will be higher (companies that sell Upper Deck items generally have huge overheard) and items will be scarce.  Companies like Fanatics will certainly cash in, but smaller internet based companies like myself will not.

Matthew Dellavedova will be an interesting name to watch.  He will certainly be doing some autograph signings should the Cavs win the NBA title.  Exclusive deal with Fanatics most likely.  Autograph would be fairly affordable ($50-$75 range).  But outside of Cleveland, is he a seller?  I’m not so sure.  There certainly will be a big uptick in his memorabilia right after the Finals, but with a quick fall off after that.  Just like Malcolm Butler and the Super Bowl interception.

Kyrie Irving would definitely be a great seller.  Good price point, huge fan following.  But his injury may prevent him from selling as well as memorabilia dealers would have liked.  He is a Panini exclusive, so pricing will be fairly high, but like Upper Deck, they do manufacture some fantastic products.

WARRIORS

One of the most interesting characteristics of the Warriors is they are based in the Bay Area.  A fairly wealthy area.  Just like when the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, Warriors autographed memorabilia will sell extremely well and fast.

 

Stephen Curry Signed Photo

Stephen Curry Signed Photo

Stephen Curry‘s signings in the Bay Area have lines that are sometimes 8 hours long.  His appeal though is much bigger than the Bay Area.  Under Armour has done a fantastic job promoting his brand.  Fans connect with him unlike any other player currently playing.  Winning the MVP award will push that level even higher.  His autograph price is going up (around $500 for a jersey).  Now that he can inscribe 2015 NBA MVP, fans will want his autograph even more.

Klay Thompson has an exclusive memorabilia deal with Fanatics.  However, his pricing has remained rather affordable (around $100 an autograph).  Huge fan following in the Bay Area.  Also, he and Curry are known as the “Splash Brothers,” so dual signed items of them will be extremely popular.

CONCLUSION

While LeBron is certainly one of the most popular players in any sport, his autograph price and availability will hinder Cavs items being a great seller.  The Bay Area wealth and connection/popularity of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will push the Warriors autographs above the Cavs.  The Warriors are the team memorabilia dealers should be pushing for to win the NBA Finals.

 

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Top 5 Baseball Autographs That Are Expensive – But Shouldn’t Be

We all get frustrated by the increase pricing of autographs.  That ONE autograph we need is now out of our budget!  Since baseball season is almost upon is it got me thinking.  What are the 5 baseball autographs of current players that are expensive, but shouldn’t be.  By “shouldn’t be” I mean the collector market currently is not there for that players autograph to be that expensive.

5.) Yasiel Puig – I get it, he had a few tremendous months one year and everyone in LA fell in love with him.  But looking at his stats and what he has accomplished, his autograph should be less than $150.  I remember signed jerseys were selling for $700 last year!

4.) Miguel Cabrera – Yes he is a Triple Crown winner, but commanding $200-$300 per autograph is a bit high for me.  I would like to see him in the $100-$150 range.

3.) Mike Trout – It seems every time I go to the refrigerator his price is going up.  Yes, he is in very HIGH demand.  Fans love him, he has accomplished so much is such a young career.  I remember when his signed baseballs were $50!  $150-$200 is a good range for him.  Right now you are seeing baseballs with inscriptions as much as $500. For the average fan, that may be just a bit too much.

Mike Trout Signed Photo

Mike Trout Signed Photo

2.) Ichiro Suzuki – I have never understood the fascination with him.  He has one of the sloppiest autographs and baseballs routinely are $300, jerseys $500 +.  Yes, he is a future Hall of Famer, but has always been a tough sell.  Same as with Cabrera, $100-$150 autograph would be ideal.

Ichiro Signed Baseball

Ichiro Signed Baseball

1.) Albert Pujols – Ever since he left St Louis he has been one tough autograph to sell.  Numbers are down, hasn’t won any World Series titles since.  Bats and jerseys routinely are $500 +.    A players autograph almost never “comes down” due to a player reducing their rates.  Unfortunately, I see many collectors and dealers having to sit on his items until he wins another World Series or becomes a Hall of Famer.  Just isn’t much of a market right now.

 

Powers Autographs was started by Matt Powers as a way for sports autograph and celebrity memorabilia enthusiasts and collectors to have a high-quality product available at affordable pricing. Having been in the business since 2004, he noticed there wasn’t a website available that included not only signed sports memorabilia and celebrity autographs, but also high quality custom framing and autograph display cases for everything from autographed baseballs to signed guitars, and more.

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