The Dodgers still aren’t setting the world on fire but Yasiel Puig is making some fans forget the won-loss record. The rookie sensation has been in the big leagues for just over a week and is batting .500 with four home runs. That fast start has generated some buzz for his first public autograph signing, set for June 29 at an L.A. area card show.
According to memorabilia dealer Honabach & Sons, which is co-sponsoring his appearance, Puig autographs will start at $149 for a flat item, baseball, mini helmet or figurine. Photos larger than 11×14, bats, jerseys , full size helmets and other equipment will cost $199 while having him sign game-used memorabilia or art work will run $299. You’ll get his name—no inscription or personalization—but a professional photographer will snap your picture and post it online for free.
Honabach & Sons indicated via Facebook that no more than 250 Puig autograph tickets would be sold for the City of Industry event at Frank & Sons, a long-time card and memorabilia show. They also say Puig’s agents are promising it will be his only autograph show during the season. Despite the price tag for a promising, but as yet unproven rookie star, promoters expect the autograph tickets to be gone in a hurry.
Puig will join current and former players Matt Kemp, Nick Punto, Jerry Hariston Jr., Luis Cruz, Tommy Davis & Steve Yeager for the ‘Dodgers Fest’ event.
Some Puig autographs are available on eBay.