Sunday, January 19, 2014

Hall of Fame season is here!!

2014 Football Hall of Fame Nominee Jerome Bettis

I love this time of year when it comes to collecting autographs & reminiscing about watching famous athletes growing up.  You see, in 2 of the major North American sports, baseball and football, their respective hall of fames announce the new inductees for the summer.  The National Baseball Hall of fame just announced their 2014 inductees and the National Football Hall of Fame just announced their finalists. (Football will announce inductees during Super Bowl weekend).

The other nice piece is that I remember watching all of these inductees and nominees in their prime.  Moreover, based on the voting results, a collector can consider a player's status  This provides a good gauge for where the player sits in the history of the game as well as their individual autograph value. 

As I looked in my baseball collection I see that of the 6 major names being inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame I have 2 of their autographs, (Frank Thomas and Tony LaRussa).  Time to move those 2 items into my Hall of fame section.  Next year, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez are on the ballot and I'm sure I'll be moving theirs as well.  I'm excited to think these previously acquired autographs will enhance my collection even more now.

The other reason I'm excited, is that many of these new inductees start making appearances during the winter months.  Greg Maddux is appearing in NY this week (Autographs start at $199).  Frank Thomas & Tony Larussa will be appearing in NJ a couple of weeks later (Autographs start at $99).    Hall of fame pricing stays consistent throughout the players life.  Sometimes they even increase a bit.  So take advantage of these opportunities now.

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Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux

Friday, January 17, 2014

Shawn Thornton Autograph Appearance - Rhode Island

To Die Hard Bruins fans in Rhode Island this is for you.  Yes, I know you have the Providence Bruins, which is awesome and fantastic.  They are a great team, they are entertaining and many players on the roster become teammates of the person I'm featuring in the posting.  But if you want to meet a seasoned NHL veteran, a respected fighter and multi Stanley cup champion, I have great news.

Bruin enforcer and fan favorite Shawn Thornton will be appearing in Providence, Rhode Island on February 16th.  An opportunity to meet and acquire an autograph from this current Bruin is a great Valentine gift to offer to that die hard Bruin fan.  Not to mention it's occurring early in the day on a weekend and that will provide a great opportunity for families to come out.

Pricing for his autograph is fantastic.  $29 for regular items such as photos and pucks, $39 for premium such as jerseys and sticks, and $10 for inscriptions.  This is outstanding and below market for a 2 time Stanley Cup champion.  Take advantage of this opportunity.

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Boston Red Sox Catcher, David Ross Appearance

Are you collecting 2013 World Series champion player autographs? Are you a fan of the Red Sox?  If so, here is some fantastic information for you.  Red Sox catcher and 2013 World Series champion, David Ross is making a public autograph appearance on Saturday January 25th.  This will be a great opportunity to participate in something fun on the weekend prior to the superbowl.  It will also provide great opportunities for families to come out and meet a great man and Sox player on a non-school night.

Pricing for this is fantastic.  $29 for regular items such as balls, $59 for premium such as jerseys and bats and $25 for inscriptions.  I recommend spending the extra fee for an inscription as Ross made the last out of the world series.  It is worth the extra money to have him add on "Last Out, 13 WS" or 12 WS Champs. 

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