It always happens. Sellers tryiing to capitalize on the instant interest in an active player who meets an untimely demise.
It likely won’t last. Cory Lidle wasn’t a star. And he signed plenty of autographs. The only truly tough piece of sports memorabilia to find his name on might be a Yankees ’06 playoff team autographed ball.
But there’s no doubt some sellers raced to eBay after his tragic death last week, peddling any Lidle autographs they had. Single signed balls that were $5 items a day before were suddenly selling for $150-200.
The death of retired player Johnny Callison may spur a similar, if not as well-chronicled push. One writer says there are too many ghouls in the hobby.