A single-signed baseball by Joe DiMaggio is valued between $400 and $600. A autographed 8 × 10 picture costs between $175 and $275. An unauthenticated ball mailed to a fan in the United States will cost between $50 and $100.
The value of a sports item increases if it has some history or connection to the player or team. For example, a signed baseball by Joe DiMaggio that was used during game play or a photo of him playing golf would be more valuable than one that was kept as a souvenir. Also, if you were able to get information about when and where he signed it, then that would increase its value even more.
Sports items have increased in value over time. The value of a sports item from before the 1960s or so may only be enough to cover its production cost. But since then they have become increasingly rare, so they can be very expensive now.
As long as it isn't a counterfeit item, its value is based on how much someone is willing to pay for it. If you have an item that is worth more than you think, then feel free to put it up for sale online or at a sporting goods store. Otherwise, keep it for fun or donate it to a cause you believe in.
A single signed baseball by Hank Aaron is valued between $100 and $175, while a signed 8 × 10 picture is worth between $60 and $120. The value of a signed baseball card increases as it becomes more rare; for example, a signed Bob Gibson card is worth far more than a signed Richie Hebner card.
Hank Aaron's official website, he got 99 problems but a signed baseball isn't one, has an estimate list of his signatures. It says that a signed baseball is worth between $100 and $175.
In 2011, an unsigned version of Aaron's actual retired number (25) sold at auction for $275,000. The price rose to $300,000 when the sale was confirmed.
An estimated 20 to 25 million baseballs have been thrown during Major League Baseball (MLB) games each year over the past half-century. Only two other players have hit more home runs during that time: Roger Maris and Barry Bonds. Of all the balls used in MLB games each year, only about 200 are signed by any player or member of the MLB staff. Of those, only 15 to 20 are signed by major league players.
A single-signed Lou Brock baseball is worth $50-$85. A autographed portrait of Lou Brock is worth around $35. Other items may be worth more or less.
Brock's signature can be found on the front of the baseball, which is signed in black sharpie. The baseball was played during Brock's era (1972-1991), but it is not certified by Major League Baseball and is therefore not considered legal for sale or use.
In 2007, an unauthenticated Brock baseball sold at auction for $40,000. In 2008, another unauthenticated Brock baseball sold for $60,000. Both were reported to have been given to Brock when he was with the St. Louis Cardinals.
An authenticated Brock baseball is worth more because it has the certificate of authenticity from MLB. An authenticated Brock baseball sold at auction in 2011 brought in $110,000.
Brock's son, Luke, who now plays first base for the Arizona Diamondbacks, is also a famous baseball player. His autograph is worth $30. Other people's autographs are usually worth less than this because they are not well known.
An unautographed baseball is worth nothing.
A single autographed baseball is worth between $100 and $150. A autographed picture of Cal Ripken Jr. is worth around $60. An autographed ball with nail polish on it that was given out at the Ripkens' home games is worth more than an ordinary ball with nail polish on it.
The value of an autographed baseball is based on two factors: 1 who signed it; and 2 when it was signed. If you own a baseball that has Ripken Jr.'s signature on it, there's no way to know if he signed it before or after his father died in May 1991. However, if it was given out by Cal Ripken Sr. during one of his son's games, that would be another story. In that case, it might be worth something like $10,000.
An autographed baseball by itself is worth nothing. The only thing that can make it worth money is if it sells for more than $100 on eBay or some other online auction site.
In conclusion, an autographed baseball by itself is worth nothing. But if it has Cal Ripken Jr.'s signature on it and was given out by its owner at one of his games, then it could be worth thousands of dollars.
DiMaggio's autograph goes for $75 to $100, with government postcards selling for somewhat more, and 8x10 photographs fetching $125 to $150. Typed letters cost $275, while the greatly sought-after ALS sells for close to $1,000. Baseballs are plentiful, and a fine specimen may be had for $350 to $400.
When Joe DiMaggio joined the New York Yankees in January 1951, he was greeted by a crowd of fans who swarmed Broadway to see him play. The "Yankee Clipper" was considered by many to be the best ballplayer in the world, so it isn't surprising that his arrival sparked such interest. What is surprising is how much some of his items have sold for over the years. In November 2001, an unsigned photo of DiMaggio taken in 1955 went up for auction at Sotheby's and realized $140,000. A few months later in February 2002, a signed baseball sent by DiMaggio to President John F. Kennedy after he broke his ankle during football season went up for auction at Christie's and brought in $225,000.
In March 2003, a federal judge ruled that the former president could not get any of the proceeds from the sale of the item because he did not sign the photo release form required before objects can be sold. At the time of writing this article, the case was still being appealed by other parties involved.
This is a baseball bat autographed by Hank Aaron. A single autographed baseball by Hank Aaron is valued between $100 and $175, or around $60.000 - $105.000 today. An entire collection of Hank Aaron's bats is worth up to $150,000.
Hank Aaron was one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. He is the all-time leader in home runs, ranks second behind Ruth in total bases, and first in hits. From 1974 to 1991, he played for the Milwaukee Braves/Atlanta Braves franchise, where he became the first player to hit into each of the four corners of the outfield during his career. The Braves retired his number 0 during their Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 1995.
In a 17-year major league career, Aaron hit 755 home runs, which is currently ranked fourth all time. He won the National League MVP award three times when he batted over.300, has eight 100-RBI seasons, and two others with more than 90 RBI.
After his retirement, Aaron became a successful business owner, investor, and philanthropist. In 2004, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Today, his annual salary as a member of the Braves organization is approximately $250,000.