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There are many factors to conceder before putting a value on an autographed baseball by simply looking up the value in a price guide.

Factor one. How was the signture(s) acquired? If you witnessed the signing then you know for sure that it is an authentic hand signed signature. If you found the Item in a box, or at a garage sale for example then there is a chance that it is not authentic, and can also be a facsimile signature.

Before you spend money on having the signatures authenticated be sure that they are not facsimile signatures. A lot of people mistaken facsimile signatures as authentic. Facsimile signatures are printed on, as opposed to authentic hand signed signatures. If the signatures are signed with a felt pen for example, the ink will tend to be heavier at points where the pen started, stopped or slowed while signing. Lighter, thinner, or less dense when the pen is quickened or coming off the item. With facsimile signatures the ink will trend to be more uniform, or the same density throughout.

Factor two. Authenticity. An autographed baseball that is not authenticated by a creditable company could sell at half the price or less than one that is. Two of the top, and most trusted authenticators are PSA/DNA, and James Spence Authentic (JSA). Collectors will pay more for signatures authenticated by either one. It may sound odd but in some cases PSA/DNA, and JSA authenticated signatures may sell higher than a Letter of authenticity from an unknown or less trusted authenticator that witnessed the signing even though PSA/DNA, and JSA did not. It's just a matter of collectors trust, and collectors will pay more for it.

Factor three Condition. As with all collectibles this could be the most important factor of all providing that the signatures are authentic. The condition of the Item signed, as well as the signatures. The signature should be strong, and bold, as opposed to faded and hard to see. In the case of a baseball Blue ball point pen would be most preferred over sharpie which tends to fade quicker or bleed on a baseball. An educated collector will pay less for a sharpie signed baseball, if at all. Sharpie would be most preferred on a bat, or Photo.

Factor Four The type of baseball that the signatures are signed on, as well as where the signatures were signed could also determine the price. An official baseball that was used during the players career will sell at a higher price. This can be determined by the stamp of the league president on the baseball. The manager or, and team star would be most desirable on the sweet spot. Collectors will also pay a premium for inscriptions such as "500 Home runs," and pay less for personal inscriptions like "Good Luck Mary"

Price guides are based on average prices of recently sold, and closed auctions. Prices may vary based on condition, and the type of authenticity that accompanies the baseball. Prices may also vary on team signed baseballs based on the amount of signatures, and key signatures acquired. The more complete the baseball with key signatures the more valuable.

You may find prices on single signed baseballs, as well as team signed baseballs on my website. The Team Signed Baseball Price Guide includes a list of key players as well as links to full team rosters year by year. For sngle signed baseballs try to find auctions that have sold the signature for the player you are looking for or Try these helpful Links I left below. -Steven Keyman

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If the baseball is "multi-signed", and not "single signed" you would have to name the other players that signed the baseball to get an approximate value.

Dodgers team signed baseballTo find the value of a Brooklyn or Los Angeles Dodgers team signed baseball you would have to first see if the signatures can be attributed to a single year. If the signatures are of players from different years then the baseball could have a lower value. To quicken your search find the player that played the least amount of time for the team.

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Signed Baseball Cards vs Un-SignedA signature does not increase the collectible value of a baseball card. Once a card is signed the signature (not the card) becomes the collectible, and holds the bulk of the value. The baseball card is used to display the signature, and the value will be effected by how well the signature is displayed.In general, collectors of baseball cards would rather have a baseball card without the signature. The signature would be considered as a flaw in the condition of the card and will lower the value of the card as a collectible. If the signature has a lower value than the card it will lower the value of the card. The un-signed card will have a higher value.This is why it is not a good idea to have an expensive card signed. Signatures have a higher value on a baseball than on a card. Signed baseball cards sell at about 10-30 percent the value of a signed baseball. The percentage will vary based on the popularity and rarity of the signature.

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The value of the 2002 baseball card will rely on who signed the card. Once a collectible baseball card is signed the value of the card dramatically goes down as a collectible. The card then becomes an Item to display the signature. The bulk of the value relies on the value of the signature of the player that signed the card, and how well the card displays the signature. In general a signed baseball card is worth about 30% - 40% the price of a signed baseball or the same price of a signed 8 x 10 photo. A high valued card can add some value.

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A Honus Wagner single signed baseball is worth between $5,000.-$6,000.Value is based on average prices of recently closed auctions. Prices may vary based on condition, and the type of authenticity that accompanies the signature. Signatures that have not been properly authenticated could sell at half the market value or less. I could not find a value on a Gus Surh signed baseball. Either way the value of a Dual signed baseball with a noted player will sell for less than a single signed baseball of the same noted player. You cannot add up the two signatures to come up with a value. A Honus Wagner Gus Suhr Dual signed Baseball would probably be worth in the $3,000.-$5,000. price range. In a recent auction a Ty Cobb Honus Wagner Dual signed baseball sold for $4,481.25 (the signatures were weak) == ==

To have a pre-signed (facsimile signature) baseball card "hand signed" as opposed to a baseball card without a "pre signed" signature "hand signed" is not the question, rather should you have a baseball card signed at all? It is not always a good idea to have a baseball card signed. Collectible items could add value to the price of a signature but not always. As in the case of a baseball card, generally a collector of baseball cards would rather have a baseball card without the signature. The signature would be considered as a flaw in the condition of the card and will lower the value. A collector of signatures will not always pay extra for the "collectible" baseball card. The autograph collectors main concern is displaying the signature. This is why it is not a good idea to have an expensive baseball card signed. You could devalue the price of the card, and get less for it. Even if the baseball card has a low value today, if the price goes up in the future the value will be diminished by the signature. Once a collectible baseball card is signed the value of the card dramatically goes down as a collectible. The card then becomes an Item to display the signature. The bulk of the value relies on the value of the signature of the player that signed the card, and how well the card displays the signature. If you feel that the card will have no future value then you will be doing no harm. Then if the card is "pre signed" or not will effect the value as how well the hand signed signature is displayed, If the "pre-signed" signature does not distract from the hand signed signature. The signature should be bold and standout in contrast to the printing on the baseball card. In general a signed baseball card is worth about 30% - 40% the price of a signed baseball or the same price of a signed 8 x 10 photo. A high valued baseball card might add some value to the signature, but the signature is the collectible not the card.

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Milwaukee Brewers Multi-Signed BaseballThe value of your ball will rely which 12 Milwaukee Brewers signed the ball. The key signatures will hold the bulk of the value. A multi signed baseball is valued as a group and how desired that group is as a whole. You cannot add up each signature to find a value. Signatures that have not been properly authenticated could sell at half the markey value or less.

1997 signed baseballIt is difficult to put a value on a multi-signed baseball especially without knowing who signed the baseball. The value of multi signed baseballs cannot be priced by the value of each signature added up. Multi signed baseballs are valued as a group of signatures, and how desired that group is as a whole. This does not necessarily mean that two signatures will sell for less than one, but in most cases it does, or at least not the full value of the two signatures added up. You need to find the key signature on the ball and try to find similar baseballs on line that have sold at auction. Take note of condition and the type of authenticity that accompanies the signatures. If the signatures are not authenticated it could sell at half the market value or less.

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