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What is the value of a Mickey Mantle autographed baseball?

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A Mickey Mantle single signed baseball is worth about $400-$600. The price will vary based on condition, and type of authenticity that accompanies the signature. Rare examples of a pristine signature or inscriptions like "The Mick" "HOF 1974" or 536 HR's" could raise the price to approximately $1,000. Personal inscriptions like "Good luck Mike" could sell for less than $400. A rarely signed full-name signature "Mickey Charles Mantle" will break the $2,000 price mark as it did in a May 5, 2007, live eBay auction, when it sold for $2,390. Along with condition, the type of authenticity that accompanies the signature will dictate the price. Mickey Mantle was under contract with the Upper-Deck company before he passed away. Baseballs that have the Upper-Deck hologram could sell in the $1,000-$1,500 price range. And signatures that have not been authenticated could sell at half the market value or less. In about a dozen recent auctions (June-August 2009) a Mickey Mantle-signed baseball sold for a high of $597.50. The average selling price was about $475. One baseball (inscribed "No. 7") sold for $836.50. And in an April 2009 auction, a Mickey Mantle-signed baseball (inscribed "MVP '56 '57 '62") sold for $1,792.50! In addition, a rare Mickey Charles Mantle- signed baseball sold for $1,314.50. So it's worth up to over $1000.
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What is the value of the last autograph of Babe Ruth signed on his deathbed?

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A Babe Ruth autograph could sell anywhere between $4,000. to $20,000. and up. Depending on the Item signed, condition, and the type of authenticity that accompanies the signature. Even a "cut signature" The lowest price for a signed item (a signature on a piece of paper, or "cut" from a larger piece) will sell in the $2,000. range. As far as his last autograph being signed on his deathbed (I'm assume you mean before he died) you will have a hard time selling it as such without strong letters of provenance. Provenance is the ultimate proof of the origin or source from which something comes, and the history of subsequent owners. Provenance can come in different forms and with varying degrees of impact. In order for provenance to have an impact in authenticating an item like this it must come from a verifiable source. For example, a letter that comes from a source like a doctor that is know to have treated "The Babe," or a family member. Without this it is just merely an old $10,000. Baseball with Babe Ruth's signature on it. An autograph (baseball?) of such historic significance would be well known in the hobby, and would have already been sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not in the hall of fame. I have never heard of such an autograph, and without Provenance it will not exist beyond a story told by the owner of the ball.
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What is the value of a Mickey Mantle-autographed baseball?

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<aclass="h2headingh2"style="color:rgb(0,0,0);"name="mickey_mantle_single_signed_baseball">Mickey Mantle Single Signed Baseball A Mickey Mantle single signed baseball is worth about $400-$600. The price will vary based on condition, and type of authenticity that accompanies the signature. Rare examples of a pristine signature or inscriptions like "The Mick" "HOF 1974" or 536 HR's" could raise the price to approximately $1,000. Personal inscriptions like "Good luck Mike" could sell for less than $400. A rarely signed full-name signature "Mickey Charles Mantle" will break the $2,000 price mark as it did in a May 5, 2007, live eBay auction, when it sold for $2,390. Along with condition, the type of authenticity that accompanies the signature will dictate the price. Mickey Mantle was under contract with the Upper-Deck company before he passed away. Baseballs that have the Upper-Deck hologram could sell in the $1,000-$1,500 price range. And signatures that have not been authenticated could sell at half the market value or less. In about a dozen recent auctions (June-August 2009) a Mickey Mantle-signed baseball sold for a high of $597.50. The average selling price was about $475. One baseball (inscribed "No. 7") sold for $836.50. And in an April 2009 auction, a Mickey Mantle-signed baseball (inscribed "MVP '56 '57 '62") sold for $1,792.50! In addition, a rare Mickey Charles Mantle- signed baseball sold for $1,314.50. Mickey Mantle HR's signed autographed OAL Baseball was bidded for $3,999.99 in ebay recently. If you have one, you are lucky.
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How much is an average NBA team worth?

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i would say 350,000,000$ (350 million $). the Los Angeles Lakers cost 607,000,000 $ though
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How do you find the value of an autographed baseball?

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That answer is really up to market conditions as well as what one individual will pay for a certain item. First things first, buy SCD (Sports Collectors Digest) as well as other Hobby Publications. Familiarize yourself with the price guidews listed for the particular player. Furthermore, if you have vintage material i.e. ball or picture signed in the 40's 50's etc...that will determine a premium for it...as well as condition. Remember, find out the provenance of the autograph.........if the seller doesn't know it or is very evaisive BUYER BEWARE. The hobby was built with the trust of seller buyer relationships. Price Guide but first... 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. I will provide a link on this page for your convenience.
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What does NQ mean on a PSA graded card?

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Professional Sports Authenticator or PSA will grade nearly every card submitted. Cards having significant flaws will receive "qualified" grades as follows: OC (Off Center) ST (Staining) PD (Print Defect) OF (Out of Focus) MK (Marks) MC (Miscut) NQ Non-Qualifier is widely used on auction listings description indicating the card being sold has not received and type of flaws by PSA. Cards without additional flaws usually attract more experienced collectors and can be of higher value.
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What happened to Chuck Knoblauch?

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Being a Minnesota Twins fan, I have often wondered the same thing. As far as I can tell he is out of pro baseball altogether. You have to wonder if he has turned down minor league deals because I'd think someone would give the guy another shot. I suppose he has a big pile of cash to sit on at home. He was a great player with the Twins but the best contribution he made after 1991 was demanding a trade. We shipped the complainer off to the Yankees and got some great players in return (Guzman, Milton, and Buchanan). Soon after he became fixated on throwing the ball into the box seats on the first baseline whenever a routine grounder was hit to him. He's in his second year of retirement, after refusing a minor league assignment in 2003. Here's an April 2004 article from the NY Times: Current and Ex-Yankee United by a Coach By JACK CURRY BOSTON, April 16
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Rookie baseball card signed by ken griffey jr?

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Ken Griffey Jr. signed baseball card A 1989 Ken Griffey Jr. rookie signed baseball card is worth on average $30.-$40. Prices may vary based on condition, and the type of authenticity that accompanies the signature. Signatures that have not been authenticated could sell at half the market value or less. A Ken Griffey Jr rookie card could have a higher value without the signature. Collectible items could add value to the price of a signature but not always. As in the case of a baseball card, generally 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. 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.
Asked in New York Yankees, Baseball Memorabilia, Autographs

How much is an autographed Mickey Mantle picture worth?

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A Mickey Mantle signed 8 x 10 photo sells for about $150.-$300. Price will vary based on condition, and the type of authenticity that accompanies the signature. Photo composition, and appeal will effect the price as well. Part of the value will be determined by how well the photo displays the signature. The type of ink used, and how it stands out in contrast to the photograph will also effect the price. Sharpie would be most preferred for a photo. Larger and more desired pictures could sell for more. Mickey Mantle signed a lot of Autographs. One of the most sought after signatures, there are also a lot of fakes on the market. The numbers are alarming. This is why to get top dollar for an autograph it should be properly authenticated. Signatures that are not properly authenticated could sell at half the market value or less. For more information on Mickey Mantle signatures visit the link below.
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How much is a 1991 donruss card set?

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1991 Donruss baseball card set The 1991 Donruss baseball card set consists of 770 standard size cards. A complete set has a book value of about $8.00 in Near Mint - Mint condition. A sealed factory set has a book value of about $12.00. Key cards in the set include: card number 89 - Nolan Ryan, and card number 495 - Barry Bonds.
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What is the value of lee smith's rookie card?

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1982 Topps Lee Smith Rookie card number 452 A 1982 Topps Lee Smith Rookie card number 452 has a book value of about $3.00 in Near Mint - Mint condition. Professionally graded cards will sell for more. Condition is important. Common flaws with baseball cards include: rounded edges, creases, off centered, and faded color. Any or all flaws will devalue the card significantly.
Asked in New York, New York Yankees, Baseball Memorabilia, George Steinbrenner, Business Magnates

Where can you buy the George Steinbrenner New York Yankees official commemorative patch?

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On eBay, I bought one with free shipping great quality, love the patches of Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard.
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Value of a 1976 Mike Schmidt card?

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1976 Topps Mike Schmidt baseball card number 480 A 1976 Topps Mike Schmidt baseball card number 480 has a book value of about $15.00 in Near Mint -Mint condition. Professionally graded cards will sell for more. Condition is important. Common flaws with baseball cards include: rounded edges, creases, off centered, and faded color. Any or all flaws will devalue the card significantly.
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How can you tell if a Lou Gehrig bat is game used?

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The definition of Game Used: A piece of equipment that has been used by a professional player of note during a game such as a baseball bat or glove. A piece of equipment used in a professional game such as a "game used" bat. For example a bat used by a professional baseball player like Mickey Mantle is "Game Used" A bat that was used in a little league game is a used bat not a "Game used" bat. With Louisville slugger in short, if your bat has the size stamped into the knob it is a store model bat. This is placed there to help the buyer identify the size of the bat. Examples of this would be numbers like; 6, 06 036, 36. These marking will indicate a 36 inch bat. Game used, and Professional model bats are two different animals. A game used bat would have to come with the proper paper work, or a letter of provenance showing the chain of custody from the player that used the bat to the person that currently owns the bat. Without this you just have a pro model bat. It would otherwise be difficult to prove that the bat was actually used by the player. A Lou Gehrig game used bat can sell in the $ 47,500. price range, and rare examples up to $125,000. if accompanied by the proper paperwork and provenance. The absence of acceptable documentation linking the bat to the noted player will bring a much lower price and will have to be identified by using player Characteristics, and company shipping records . The quality of provenance accompanying the game used bat will dictate the bulk of the value. Provenance is the documentation of the history of ownership of a particular item. It allows the buyer to secure additional insight as to the origin or chain of custody of the item. the provenance must come from a verifiable source. For example, a letter that comes from a source like a player, team executive, family member could have great impact while bats that originate from a particular collection or bats that come with letters from a spectator may not be given much, if any , weight. Player Characteristics For example could be the way a player taped a bat, or applied pine tar. Characteristics so unique to those players that the presence of those characteristics dramatically improves the likelihood that these players used these exact bats. The bat must show some signs of game-use that are attributable to or known for that particular player With or without provenance the bat will have to be evaluated by a reputable authenticating service. The experts that evaluate the bat will have to rely solely on player Characteristics and the bat will achieve a lower grade bringing the value down. However under rare circumstances a game-used bat that possesses extraordinary player characteristics may achieve a higher grade than a bat that is accompanied by provenance, if the player usage characteristics are superior. If you have a pro model bat you should start by checking the date the bat was made, and see if it was made during Lou Gehrig's playing days. See Related Links below for information on dating your bat.
Asked in Baseball Memorabilia, Bats, Baseball Equipment

How do you find info on baseball bat manufacturers?

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try searching up a official site of the manafacturers but I know some bat ranks here they are 1. DeMarini ( my favorite !!!!!!!!!!!! ) 2. Easton ( love the Stealths and Synergys ) 3. Louisville Slugger ( Alex Rodriguez got sponsored by them ) 4. Rawlings ( thier Nemesis bats are pretty good ) 5. Worth ( I have the Amp and It's ranked the 6th best bat ) If you are looking to buy a bat buy a DeMarini because they're th top bat manafacturers I won a 2009 DeMarini Vendetta for half the price $60.00 on ebay. Yes, they are quite popular. But, if you want to find a certain manufacturer, i would look them up on google, and look for their official site. ask around but if your a power hitter get a bat that does not have a tingy sound because they are thin and brake easier and dont hit as solid but if your are an on base hitter then get a light bat that is strong so you can place it well.
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What is albert pujol's hat size?

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Albert wears a size 7 1/4 cap and has since the end of his rookie year in 2001. At the beginning of 2001 Spring training, he wore a size 7, then a 7 1/8 cap size by Opening Day. He switched to 7 1/4 cap size some time toward the latter part of 2001.
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How much are Mookie Blaylock rookie cards worth?

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2 cents only because of his name otherwise it would be worth a penny
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What is the value of a 1964 New York Yankees Team signed baseball?

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A 1964 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball with the key signatures: Berra, Mantle, Ford, Howard, Maris, and Stottlemyre is worth about $600.-$800. Value is based on average prices of recently closed auctions. Prices may vary based on condition, and the type of authenticity that accompanies the baseball. Prices may also vary based on the amount of signatures, and key signatures acquired. The more complete the baseball with key signatures the more valuable. If the signatures are not properly authenticated the baseball could sell at half the market value or less. For more information on team signed baseballs, links to full team rosters, key signatures, and price guidesee Related Links below.
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What is the value of a baseball signed by Honus Wagner and Gus Suhr?

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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) == ==
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What does 86 sgc mean on a graded card?

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SGC is one of the leading Sports Card Grading and Authentication service providers. Unlike other service providers, they have a grading scale of 10 - 100. 86 SGC is a grading scale provided with a card graded by SGC which is equivalent to NM 7.5.
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What is a 1962 giants team signed baseball worth?

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1962 San Francisco Giants Team Signed Baseball A 1962 San Francisco Giants Team Signed Baseball with the key signatures: Mays, McCovey, Cepeda, McCormick, Marichal, and Perry is worth about $600.00 - $900.00 Value is based on average prices of recently closed auctions. Prices may vary based on condition, and the type of authenticity that accompanies the baseball. Prices may also vary based on the amount of signatures, and key signatures acquired. The more complete the baseball with key signatures the more valuable. If the signatures are not properly authenticated the baseball could sell at half the market value or less.
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How do you break in a Wilson baseball glove?

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using it one way but its all preference u can put some oil on it the put a ball in the pocket then warp it up and leave it for a day. then get a mallet then pound the pocket then play catch and just pound it an bend it around to how u like it.
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What is the value of a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle card number 253?

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1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle card number 253 A 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle card number 253 has a book value of about $9,500. in Near Mint condition and about $2,000-$3,000 in Very Good - Excellent condition. Professionally graded cards will sell for more. Condition is important. Common flaws with baseball cards include: rounded edges, creases, off centered, and faded color. Any or all flaws will devalue the card significantly. Additionally - According to the (SMR) Sports Market Report a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle card number 253 graded values are as follows - EX5 $3,000 EX-MT6 $5,000 NM7 $10,250 NM+7.5 $12,500 NM-MT8 $20,000 NM_MT+8.5 $30,000 MT9 $85,000 A Gem Mint 10 recently sold at auction for $600,000