The newest members of The Baseball Hall of Fame do the always-awkward home shopping show ritual.
Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn read the Top Ten list on the Late Show with David Letterman, then hopped over to the NBC Studios where they appeared on QVC’s Baseball Collectibles show, hawking the new "HOF" autograph they can now use.
"I’m a collector," Ripken told the TV audience. "I never throw anything out." Ripken also said that during his final season as a player, he had collected autographed bats from some of the players he admired most.
Among the items offered Wednesday:
- HOF autographed Mitchell & Ness jerseys (2001 Ripken $698; 1984 Gwynn $598)
- HOF autographed baseballs (Ripken $279, Gwynn $189).
- Framed autographed Ripken career collage $287
- Framed photo/commemorative coins $89.50
- 45-card Upper Deck Ripken set $19.96
Ripken also appeared on QVC two days after playing his final game in 2001. When asked how it felt to be able to sign the "HOF" inscription, he said "weird but great."
The items came with a hologram from Ironclad Authentics, LLC.
Meantime…… The post office in Poway, California hand canceled 1,019 Tony Gwynn stamps and covers (envelopes). In the past, it was next to impossible to have a special image on a postage stamp. However, recent postal regulations have allowed individuals to produce unique stamps through U.S. Postal Department approved printers.
wsRadio.com, an Internet Talk Radio Network headquartered in San Diego and another local San Diego company, CJ’s Sports Cards and Memorabilia teamed up to be the exclusive dealers. 519 of the stamps and covers bare an original Tony Gwynn autograph, and the remaining 500 bare a facsimile of his signature. Chris Murch, President of wsRadio.com said "Tony has a lot of loyal fans especially here in San Diego since he has been loyal to us all these years."
The cover also lists Gwynn’s major achievements, which include; 3141 hits, 8 Time National League Batting Champ, 16 All Star Games, 5 Gold Gloves, a .338 lifetime batting average and his 3000th hit in 1999.