Fans and some collectors will clamor for a ticket to Derek Jeter’s last game later this year. Unused tickets will be worth more than stubs, but few will be thrown away. In this day and age, just about everyone is conscious of the potential value of a piece of sports memorabilia.
Sometimes, though, we don’t quite understand when history is right in front of us. Case in point: Derek Jeter’s first game. He was a big time prospect but there was no Jeter mania in Seattle, where he got into the box score for the first time on May 29, 1995. In fact, fewer than 19,000 fans showed up at the Kingdome and a lot of unused tickets apparently went out with the trash—or maybe the recycling company.
That’s why it’s not surprising to read this story on Forbes.com, which outlines the value of a Jeter first game stub compared to what the last game ducats might bring.
“Unless we have some donors and some people who really want to step up, it won’t survive the summer,” says the president of the museum’s board of directors.
The problem has to do with autographs, believe it or not.
When he was alive, Feller convinced baseball legends to show up and sign at a reduced rate. He’d then return the favor to them. Now that he’s gone, those events are too expensive for the museum, located about 20 miles from Des Moines. General support has waned, too, according to this story in the Des Moines Register.
Can you buy a signed Babe Ruth baseball for $1,450? A Nevada man thought he could. The authenticator who signed off on it believes he did.
Others say it’s a fake.
Jim Clemmons bought it through AuctionZip.com a while ago and thought he could turn a quick profit since the ball was authenticated by the company once used by the producers of the hit TV show Pawn Stars.
The fact that the ball wasn’t drawing a lot of bidder interest from serious collectors should have brought up a red flag, but Clemmons now has a ball one expert says was made in 1952—four years after the Babe’s death.
He reached out to KLAS-TV in Las Vegas and they did a story last week.