At age 80, Hank Aaron's autograph signing appearances have become somewhat few and far between. He's heading back to where it all started next month, though. Aaron will come to a sports memorabilia shop in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha June 14. He'll sign for an hour and a half but don't go looking for a ticket. Only 200 were made available as part of the deal the store made with Hammerin' Hank and most were spoken for as of Tuesday afternoon.
There was a time not long ago when an Aaron signature could be had for around $100, but those days are long gone.
In fact, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel visited a woman who isn't really a collector, but was hoping to add Aaron's autograph to her Milwaukee Braves pennant. When she found out how much it would cost, she decided the pennant was just fine without the autograph. Ah, but the story has a happy ending. Read more about Aaron's appearance, the skyrocketing cost of big name autographs and more in this column by Jim Stingl.
You can get Jose Canseco for a lot less.
Canseco is doing a card shop signing this summer. He'll appear at Baseball Card Exchange in Schererville, IN, July 5 from noon to 2 p.m. An autograph will cost $29 per item. Jerseys and bats will be a premium cost at $39. Inscriptions may be added for $10 each.
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Topps is selling art prints of its entire collection of wrappers dating back to 1952. The prints are 10" x 14" prints on 16 pt vintage trading card stock. The company says it made only 99 of each.
You can buy them individually or in 'packs' of 10 (5x7).
See them here.
This is not the world's highest graded Goudey Babe Ruth card, but it's definitely one-of-a-kind. The owner took out his typewriter and did something along the lines of a prehistoric IMBD listing on the front.
Nevertheless, it still sold for a pretty nice chunk of change. Check it out here.
The Babe still rules.