Kris Bryant is promising he’ll continue to sign as many autographs as he can while at the ballpark, but those who aren’t able to secure a freebie now have another option. Bryant has signed a multi-year autograph deal with Fanatics Authentic, where he’ll put his scribble on everything from photographs to jerseys.
The contract signing was announced while the Cubs were in Atlanta to play the Braves and Bryant kicked off the arrangement by signing hundreds of autographs, according to ESPN.
A signed baseball is selling on the company’s website for $200 while a jersey runs nearly $600.
The 23-year-old Bryant, whose arrival in the big leagues had been anxiously anticipated by collectors who’d already been chasing his rookie cards, was hitting .265 with 12 homers and 51 runs batted in prior to Sunday’s game.
Bryant told the network he wasn’t a collector as a youngster growing up in Las Vegas but made sure to load up on autographs from fellow All-Stars this month.
He’s been besieged by autograph seekers since word of his talent spread during his minor league career.
“There are always a ton of fans waiting during batting practice and outside the hotels, and the way I look at it, it means it’s a byproduct of me doing something right,” Bryant said.
Fanatics will also have access to some game-used Bryant items, which it will also offer for sale. The company, a division of Fanatics, Inc., has been signing numerous athletes to exclusive autograph and equipment contracts in recent years and also has deals with some teams for game-worn gear distribution. The company also has moved into holding card and autograph shows across the country.
Prices for Bryant items range from $180 for signed photos and baseballs to $800 for inscribed and autographed helmets. You can see what’s been listed for sale so far here.