A Missouri company spent two years creating what it believes is a holder that provides a significantly better home for your autographed baseballs.
You can bounce it, bop it on the head and roll it on the floor.
Pretty much anything you can do to a baseball, you can do to a new baseball holder called the BallDOME.
Unveiled at the National Sports Collectors Convention, the holder took two years of research, planning and development by the St. Louis-based Memorabilia Factory.
Traditionally, collectors have used an inexpensive square or round plastic baseball holder to display their signed baseballs. The BallDOME was designed for collectors to provide a virtually indestructible resting place for the ball, with a better fit and sturdier display.
The BallDOME features a UV protected dome shaped enclosure that provides 360-degree viewing of the ball, a locking base that prevents opening during movement, a stabilizing platform that can be raised to secure older balls
that have shrunk due to time and a unique, customizable labeling feature that gives each collector or dealer the capability of adding a label with facts or dates on the front of the holder.
The holder has an authentication ring that will be sold only to authorized authenticators. The ring is permanently secured to the bottom of the BallDOME and contains breakaway pins that if broken, destroy the authentication ring. This reveals that the ball might have been tampered with and therefore invalidates the authentication. Authorized authenticators can create a customized label that specifies facts about the ball and other authentication information. The label will eliminate the need to place authentication stickers on the ball, which prevents contamination from the sticker glue on the skin of the baseball.
The BallDOME was created by John Weldon of INDUPlastics, an injection molding division, owned by INDUCOMP Corporation. A collector himself, Weldon utilized his knowledge and resources to create a holder designed to provide maximum protection for one of the hobby’s most popular items.
“Look at what is happening to baseballs in the hobby today. They’re being bought, sold, touched, dropped and rolled around in cardboard boxes and exposed to sunlight and florescent lights,” Weldon said. “If you look at the baseballs that were signed by Babe Ruth during the 1930’s you will see that there are only a few choice signatures left. Each of these balls were signed with similar types of ink pens. But over time the signature has slowly been destroyed from handling, hand acid, dropping or friction from the container they are stored in. At the current rate of destruction how many Babe Ruth baseballs will be left in 25 years?”
Weldon told Sports Collectors Daily that he hopes to eventually proceed with plans to create holders for basketballs and footballs as well.
See it in action here:
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