That didn’t take long.
Cole Hamels, the ace starting pitcher and MVP for the World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies, has signed an autograph deal with Mounted Memories, the wholesale division of Dreams, Inc. through MAB Celebrity Sports.
As part of the deal, Hamels will appear on QVC network for a World Series special tonight scheduled for airing between 8 and 11 pm EST, which will–according to a company news release–"include a full line of 2008 World Series items for sale and a selection of autographed Cole Hamels product."
Hamels went 4-0 in the post season and was also named MVP of the National League Championship series for his 2-0 record and 1.93 ERA. He was the winning pitcher in the series clincher on October 16 in Los Angeles.
Mounted Memories says it will offer several framed game-used collectibles from the team’s victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Hamels’ contract also calls for the pitcher to autograph baseballs, jerseys, bats, photographs and other memorabilia.
"We are thrilled to have Cole on the Mounted Memories roster of outstanding athletes," said Mitch Adelstein, company president. "The World Series was so exciting this year, and Cole Hamels was an integral part of the Phillies’ success." Adelstein worked directly with MAB Celebrity Sports, the four-year old New Jersey- based show promoter and sports marketing agency.
One of the company’s websites has Hamels signed baseballs for $188 and jerseys for $372, cheaper actually than the price of Chase Utley autographed items.
List of Cole Hamels baseball cards and memorabilia on eBay