PSA will open an east coast office later this year. That’s according to a Twitter post by president Joe Orlando.
No word on where it’ll be located or the specific reasons behind the news, but it’s safe to say with a large collector base east of the Mississippi, shipping times might be faster for customers and travel to major shows might be less of a hassle. PSA promises more details to follow.
As Major League Baseball prepares for the first pitch of the new season March 31, two New York Yankees— Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera—are ranked as the two most marketable players in baseball, according to Nielsen and E-Poll’s N-Score ranking.
The N-Score measures name and image awareness, appeal and personality attributes such as sincerity, approachability, experience and influence, both at the national and local levels. The Top 10 Most Marketable Players in Baseball ranks the endorsement potential of MLB’s current players, with Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton, Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria and Yankee Alex Rodriquez also making the list. Minnesota’s Joe Mauer, 8th on the list nationally, hit it out of the park as the top-scoring local favorite.
“Derek Jeter is on a tremendous run, with each new endorsement raising his profile with consumers,” said Stephen Master, VP, Nielsen Sports.
Ichiro is sixth, and surprisingly, Chipper Jones ranks number seven.
For all of baseball, including current and former players, commentators and owners, a few all-time greats lead the pack. Yogi Berra holds the top spot, with an N-Score of 257, followed by Willie Mays (236) and Cal Ripken, Jr. (228).
Speaking of Ripken…this is kind of neat. He’s written a novel called “Hothead” about a kid with a temper problem. For awhile, you could go on Amazon and buy the book, autographed by the Iron Man himself, for less than $25.
The book itself is still available but it looks like the autograph option is gone–at least for now. Click here to see it.
Like Ralph Branca and Bobby Thomson, Mitch Williams and Joe Carter will forever be linked in home run history. Apparently, they’ve never agreed to any kind of joint autograph session or memorabilia deal. They’re only about 150,000 autographs behind Branca and the late Bobby T.
But…one dealer has apparently struck a deal for a dual autographed baseball. He’s offering them for $500 each.
Here’s a mini-report on a recent show in Mansfield, MA
Weird factoid: Stephen Strasburg is still third on the list of popular searches inside eBay’s sports card and memorabilia category.