When building a man cave, sports memorabilia is a must. Whether it be signed baseball, jerseys or game used goods, there are a number of pieces that could fit nicely into the collection. The king of this high-end sports memorabilia is Steiner Sports. Based out of New York, Steiner has plenty of Yankees game-used bases and baseballs for sale thanks to an exclusive contract with the team. They’ve also had deals with other teams over the years and offer memorabilia from them as well. Prices vary based on whether there is any history behind a specific ball or base and whether the item is autographed.
Baseballs with the Derek Jeter Farewell logo that were used in one of his final games in September 2014 are available, some of which have been signed by Jeter. With case, you’ll pay around $1,500. Others used during the first season of the new Yankee Stadium and carrying the special logo, are $180 and up. Some balls were used in games in which a certain player had a good day.
Steiner sells a large amount of autographs, but access to the game-used and game-worn material is what attracts collectors of authentic memorabilia.
They often have fairly large quantities of ordinary game-used balls, meaning they do occasionally offer lower prices. While a Yankees vs. Red Sox game ball from August 8th, 2009 may go for $335 without a case, there is a large assortment of Los Angeles Dodgers game used baseballs from 2007 on sale for $19.99, down from $119.99.
Balls from game 7 of the 2011 World Series sell for several hundred dollars, while others from the 2010 ALCS are available at $200-300. It isn’t exactly cheap, but there is no question about the authenticity, either.
Game used bases often had a lifespan of two ( innings 1-2), three (3-5), or four (6-9) innings in a big league game for the most part and listings specify what innings the base was used, which base it was and the which game it is from.
A base from Mariano Rivera’s last game, autographed and inscribed as such by the greatest closer of all-time, costs over $2,500. There are bases autographed by Jeter, Andy Pettite and Joe Torre. Many others from your average game, dirt and all, go for $300-$500, depending on the teams playing, although most of them involve the Yankees.
There is a base from game 7 of the 2011 World Series. It is a third base used in innings 4-6 which was manned by David Freese who won World Series MVP for the St. Louis Cardinals. It is just over $3,000 which might be worth it for a diehard Cardinals fan. A few other World Series and championship series bases are available as well.