Is baseball a little too involved in game-used industry…a nice card collecting story and…our new presence on the web.
Jackie Robinson Day certainly was impressive. It’s nice to see today’s players paying tribute to the guys who came before. I have a feeling Ken Griffey Junior will be remembered for starting the ‘#42 jersey movement’ as much as anything when his career does come to an end.
It’s great they’ll use the jerseys as a fundraiser for the Robinson Foundation, but baseball is almost becoming a little too enamored with the ‘game-used memorabilia as priceless treasures’ concept. Hopefully you the story we brought to you last week about the authenticators who work every game, gobbling up anything and everything to throw into the auctions at MLB.com. There’s no doubt MLB was trying to capitalize on the Robinson memorabilia Sunday. Each helmet bore a sticker, each base was decorated and each player seemingly was issued as many jerseys as he wanted to wear. I suspect they’ll roll out baseballs from each game and sell them. It’s memorabilia overload.
The pink bat idea last year was nice, for the most part. A fairly limited quantity of items and not quite as commercialized. I think you’ll see more of these ‘historical tributes’ and special event days as a way to market game-used memorabilia. The worst part about the MLB being involved in authentication, though, is that very little material will find it’s way into the hands of collectors without being subject to a big mark-up or auction that involves some wealthy executive who is willing and able to pay anything for an office decoration and/or tax write-off.
I also see MLB Auctions now selling game-used baseballs from marginal events or milestones–and they’re not even the ball that was actually involved; just a random ball from that game. How stupid to they think collectors are? It’s almost a mentality of ‘well, they’ll buy anything so let’s sell everything’. I’m not going to be surprised if the day comes when baseball confiscates home run balls of particular note from fans who catch them.
Sometimes we run across stories or columns that don’t necessarily fit into the ‘news’ section. This is one of those. Just a nice piece that reminds us why and how we got into this hobby.
I always thought MySpace was for high school and college kids. It’s a big deal with the under 30 crowd, but the concept is growing. And the guy (30 years old) who created MySpace is worth about 8 zillion dollars. Surprisingly since we created the SportsCollectorsDaily.com MySpace page, we’ve run across some really nice tributes to ballplayers past and present. Check out our ‘friends’ –especially Rube Waddell–and you’ll see what I mean. Be careful, though, it’s addicting!