Memo to MLB: Bring more bases to games.
Tuesday: Updated with current bids, new items
Major League Baseball’s rapid and very thorough entry into the game-used memorabilia market has been a solid source of revenue, but sometimes even the best laid plans can get tossed a curve.
MLB was reported to have changed bases after each inning, authenticating each for future sales on its auction portal. That’s 36 bases if you’re scoring at home.
What they may not have counted on was extra innings. The 15-inning marathon finally ended with another American League win but it created a missed opportunity to get additional pieces of game used and game worn equipment into the game. One of the top bids as the auction of All-Star memorabilia gets underway is for one of the bases used from the 9th through the 15th and final inning. Current high bid on the bag was $1260 as of Tuesday afternoon with one more day remaining in the auction.
The game couldn’t continue without fresh baseballs, however and those were in good supply. A game-used ball from the 14th inning of the game was selling for $456 with a few days left in the bidding. MLB is selling virtually everything that had a role in the game, from line-up cards to resin bags from the pitcher’s mound, one of which had already received a bid of $255.
Bidding opened last Thursday for the home plate used in the Home Run Derby with $730 currently the top offer. MLB is selling virtually every baseball its authenticators could reach during the Derby, with bids for the balls generally between $100 and $200. A ‘Gold’ ball hit by eventual Derby champ Justin Morneau had been bid up to $657.
MLB is now selling the lockerroom chairs and one line-up card from the All-Star game.
Other game-used baseball memorabilia on eBay