When we think of autographed baseballs, we usually think of signatures of people that are directly related to the sport of baseball. That includes current and former players, coaches, owners, general managers, announcers, etc. Some people may wonder if baseballs signed by entertainers, famous people from other sports or walks of life are worth anything. Are they worth adding to your collection?
If you have seen the pre-game festivities of a baseball game you might notice that a lot of times there are people who throw the “first pitch” of the game. There really is not a limit to who can and does throw these ceremonial pitches as long as the home baseball team is in agreement with it. Sometimes those designated for duty aren't famous at all. Sometimes, however, they are well known.
Now, the real question is, if any of these people sign baseballs, are the baseballs worth anything? Or are they considered a baseball collector’s item? The answer: yes. The more famous of these autographed baseballs usually come from current or former presidents. There are autographed baseballs from presidents being sold on eBay all the time, and some are worth a lot more money than those autographed by actual players. The 43rd president once threw the first pitch of game 4 of the World Series along with his father, also a former president, and they both signed the baseball.
If you look on eBay, you will find that a ball signed by a former president is actually worth a good amount of money. Now, imagine how much a ball signed by two former presidents will be worth, let alone the fact that it was thrown during such a famous event like the World Series? With that said, whenever you get a chance to have a ball signed by a well-known person, do not turn it down.
Autographed baseball collectors often specialize in Hall of Famers, team balls or balls signed by players who have achieved milestones. Many, however, collect every kind of signed baseball they can find. Collecting baseballs signed by an ex-president, a Hollywood actor or another sports celebrity is just another day at the office for them...and they're often the most talked about items in a collection.
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