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All-Star Game, Derby Kept Authenticators Busy

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Just about everything the players touched, wore or stepped on Monday or Tuesday is heading for Major League Baseball’s online auction.

Major League Baseball staffs virtually every game during the regular season with authenticators, so you can imagine how committed they were during this week’s All-Star festivities.

Nearly a dozen authenticators and supervisors were at Yankee Stadium, slapping holograms on baseballs, uniforms, bases and anything else deemed important enough–and sellable enough–to save.

Home Run Derby winner Justin Morneau autographed home plate and turned it over to MLB Auctions. The players’ jerseys were tagged and boxed up as well. The bases used in the game on Tuesday were replaced each inning (we don’t know if they had enough for the extra frames) and some are already for sale.

The players signed a few hundred baseballs Monday for various causes, all of them authenticated by MLB reps who stood nearby.

Since the program began in 2001, MLB has authenticated over two million items. In between registering and tagging, a camera crew from USA Today caught up with the crew members. Watch below:

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