The Griffey home run ball story is generating a lot of mainstream media interest, especially in south Florida where the Marlins are grateful for any attention.
The mystery surrounding the identity of the guy who caught Ken Griffey Jr’s 600th home run ball will likely end in a few days, but couple that with his possible decision to sell to the highest bidder, add in the anti-steroid hero in Griffey plus the price of memorabilia and you have the makings of a pretty good story. I did an interview with the Miami Herald Tuesday on the subject of what the ball might be worth, the history of high priced home run balls, etc. They were impressed enough to use one sentence of the five minute chat.
I can see why collectors really flock to the Topps Heritage sets. This year’s 1959 throwback really does conjure up images of the original. And they come with gum, like baseball cards are supposed to. I’m more of a vintage card guy, but there was a box in the small stack of birthday presents unwrapped this week and I’m going to work on the set as a summer project. With gas at $4 per gallon, it might be the closest I get to a big league ballpark.
Young Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will be card #151 in the set or “RR6” in the Upper Deck SPx rookie mystery redemption set. Jay Bruce was the first rookie to be announced.