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Old 10-19-2018, 05:18 PM
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Default 500 Homerun Balls and Ken Griffey Jr.

TIA for reading my post. I am both a collector/dealer and promoter. My Company, TRISTAR, is hosting the upcoming Ken Griffey Jr. private signing. I am happy to answer any questions. I wanted to post the following as a collector to discuss the value proposition of a 500 Homerun signed baseball. As a collector, i am paying (yes we pay as well) and having Griffey Jr. sign my 500 Homerun baseball. I want it for my collection so i am doing it. However, i also believe it is a prudent investment for my children, whenever they decide to sell it when i am not around and i base that on the sales of similar balls. the best one i have seen was in an REA auction which had 21 of the 22 living at the time Club Members (missing Bonds). Pujols and Ortiz later joined so today there are 24 living members. I have read on this and other such group forums that people who have 500 Homerun balls wont pay to add players such as Pujols and Griffey Jr. Of Course to do so helps my company but it also is a good investment based on what i see. The aforementioned 500 Home Run baseball sold for $9988.
What will one sell for at auction signed by all 24 living members? $10,000, $15, $20,000 who knows. i have not seen one for sale yet.

My premise is that if you have one and need Griffey, Jr can you really afford not to add his signature? i understand $450 does not grow on trees. But what i will say is that I heard many collectors in the 1980's and early 90's excoriate over Mantle and DiMaggio pricing when they were $10 and $25 respectively. how do i know? i was the promoter and believe me i wish i had saved a lot more of their items at those prices. as the promoter of those shows i paid exactly the same as the public.

I know everyone has an opinion, even those who don't own a 500 HR Club baseball. But for those who do, the upcoming Griffey Jr. signing (which is nearly sold out anyway and will be prior to the signing based on the current demand), I see this as a rare opportunity to add one of the toughest signatures in the Club.
details on the link below.
i appreciate everyone's time and opinions.
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:58 PM
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Hi Jeff
Good luck with the info you are looking for. I am not an autograph person but know certain ones have taken off in value and that whole market has gone up in the last few years, or so it seems to me. Take care....
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Old 10-22-2018, 05:13 AM
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This exact same thread was also posted in the autograph forum in case anyone has a comment. Lots of good comments on that thread. Here is what I posted....

With all due respect, if Tristar was almost sold out then why are you posting on this board and multiple Facebook boards about this signing every day. Also, I think it is fair game to let other board members know the disclaimer that Tri-Star has put on the signing. It says that they cannot guarantee autograph placement, quality of the autograph, pen selection, etc. So if you’re going to send in your cherished 500 homerun club ball, please keep that in mind. I have never seen that disclaimer on any other signing. Just want to make sure people are going into this signing with eyes wide open.

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