Roger Maris Both Prominent and Scarce in Cooperstown

As the 2011 playoffs are about the start, baseball celebrates the breaking of one of its most popular–and controversial–records.  It’s been 50 years since Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s long-standing single season home run record with his 61st.  It’s since been broken, of course, but to many fans, Maris’ record is legit.

He’s a very popular figure among the locals in North Dakota, where he grew up.

With the anniversary coming up, WDAY-TV in Maris’ hometown of Fargo traveled to Cooperstown to see what’s on display.

They also stopped along Main Street in Cooperstown to talk with proprietors of some of the baseball memorabilia shops that are in abundance. Many say they simply can’t get enough reasonably priced Maris memorabilia to keep customers satisfied.

They’ve got a point.  The number of PSA-DNA authenticated autographs on eBay right now numbers less than 100.