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05-03-2008, 01:26 PM
Posted By: <b>Neal</b><p>I have a bunch of autographed baseballs and just started too look at some. I noticed a few are starting to get yellowish in color. I store them out of any sort of direct light. They are stored in a dark walk in closet up on a shelve. I also use those Damp Rids to take out any moisture in closets.<br /><br />Any idea why they are turning yellow?<br /><br />Thanks you!

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05-03-2008, 01:35 PM
Posted By: <b>Jodi Birkholm</b><p>If they are Rawlings OAL/ONL balls, I'll take a stab and guess that they were manufactured between the late 1970's-1999. League presidents would include MacPhail, Feeney, Coleman, Brown, White, Giamatti, Budig, etc. Rawlings baseballs manufactured within said time frame were produced using inferior hide. Most baseballs from this era have turned yellow or exhibit "spotting". There's nothing you can do to prevent it, although it does help that you are storing them out of any direct source of light. The modern Rawlings OMLB Selig balls are standing up much better, which is great news, although time will tell. The quality of leather currently being used is exponentially superior. I've also noticed that the hide on the OMLB balls appears to be grittier, grainier, if you will.

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05-03-2008, 01:39 PM
Posted By: <b>Neal</b><p>Thank you Jodi. Most are on Bobby Brown Baseballs!

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05-03-2008, 01:45 PM
Posted By: <b>Jodi Birkholm</b><p>No problem.

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05-04-2008, 01:59 AM
Posted By: <b>David R</b><p>I have noticed that the ink on a lot of my autographed baseballs is starting to fade quite a bit. Most of these were signed in the 1980s. They are stored in a dark closet. Anything that can be done? I fear they will be gone altogether in another 10 or 20 years.

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05-04-2008, 11:58 PM
Posted By: <b>Jodi Birkholm</b><p>No, I'm afraid you're out of luck. Just keep storing them out of direct light as you have been doing.

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05-05-2008, 01:34 AM
Posted By: <b>Mark L</b><p>Would shellack be able to stop the fading? Were old-time collectors right about using it in some cases?

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05-05-2008, 07:54 AM
Posted By: <b>Richard S. Simon</b><p>Shellac would stop the fading but ruin the look of the ball. <br />In today's hobby shellac is a no-no.<br />--<br><br>I refuse to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent.<br />Unknown author <br />--<br />We made a promise. We swore we'd always remember.<br />No retreat baby, no surrender.<br />The Boss

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05-05-2008, 11:13 AM
Posted By: <b>shelly jaffe</b><p>You might try shrink wrap with UV coating. It has worked for me for many years. Jodi is correct about the spotting and yellowing. The shrink wrap prevents smears and keeps the autograph from getting lighter.

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05-05-2008, 12:29 PM
Posted By: <b>Jodi Birkholm</b><p>I would have to disagree with Shelly's advice. Shrink wrap (even a high-tech UV, PVC-free type)can also have dire consequences. I would still recommend that you do nothing to the balls other than what you have been doing. There is NOTHING that can be done to eradicate/restore the time-induced fading of ink. Baseballs, bats and equipment are so inconsistent and temperamental insofar as signatures remaining bold over time is concerned. Collectors in these mediums have to take that fact as par for the course. If this bothers you too much (as it always has me), I would recommend that you choose a lower-maintenance form of signed sports collectible. Flat items are the best, the smaller the better.

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05-06-2008, 11:05 AM
Posted By: <b>shelly jaffe</b><p>Jodie, what problems to do you find with shrink wrap? I have had balls for almost 15 years with no problems. The main reason I do it is for the safety of the autograph. It does not prevent the ball from turning yellow.

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05-07-2008, 11:45 AM
Posted By: <b>Jodi Birkholm</b><p>Shellie, I guess you should consider yourself fortunate that your balls haven't yellowed. On the whole, I've actually encountered MORE problems with shrink-wrapped balls. I have never used this method myself, but have seen extra uneven spotting/yellowing occur in other collectors' shrink-wrapped assemblages. I don't know what causes this--I can only speak of what I have witnessed firsthand. And I suppose it goes without saying that the balls in question were all from the 1980's-90's (ONL/OAL).