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    Question Starting an autographed baseball collection....

    Hi guys, first time poster.
    Im Pete from upstate NY and just now going to get into baseball autograph collecting. I have the great opportunity in starting this because of my location near Cooperstown NY.I am planning on attending the HOF weekend and would like to start my collection then. Now, I do not have an unlimited budget, but would like peoples opinion on which players may be good to start with. Im guessing that based on players age and health (ability to get future signings) would be a big factor. I would like to post the names of signers and would love if people would chime in on their opinion of who the begin with. I have purchased Official Major League Baseballs and have also purchased blue ball point pens and UV protection ball qubes. If you would/could post your top 10 in the order in which you would get them. Here is a list...in NO specific order.

    Rod Carew
    Al Kaline
    John*Smoltz
    Mike Piazza
    Wade Boggs (also, available in Saratoga Springs in September)
    Orlando Cepeda
    Craig Biggio
    Andre Dawson
    Dennis Eckersely
    Jim Rice
    Brooks Robinson
    Bruce Sutter
    Ozzie Smith
    Ryne Sandberg
    Eddie Murray
    Doc Gooden
    Robin Yount
    Tom Glavine
    Frank Thomas
    Tony LaRussa
    Barry Larkin
    Jim Leyritz
    Roberto Alomar
    Johnny Bench
    Billy Williams
    Dave Winfield
    Whitey Herzog
    Rickey Henderson
    Fergie Jenkins
    Gaylord Perry
    Juan Marichal
    Rollie Fingers
    Pete Rose
    Joe Morgan
    Tony Perez

    My purpose of starting my collection would be to have them worth something to leave for my daughter. I know they wont be worth anything near a Ty Cobb or a Babe Ruth, but you have to start some where...lol Thanks for anyones input and ideas.
    Pete

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    price on some will be real high . Of list Whitey Herzog should be one of the older , Gaylord signs on tour but is getting older . Ozzie Smith , Brooks Robinson and Al Kaline would be on list . I've had the chance to talk to Gaylord and get FREE auto .
    I would start with team you like . None of these played on teams I like

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamebird View Post
    Hi guys, first time poster.
    Im Pete from upstate NY and just now going to get into baseball autograph collecting. I have the great opportunity in starting this because of my location near Cooperstown NY.I am planning on attending the HOF weekend and would like to start my collection then. Now, I do not have an unlimited budget, but would like peoples opinion on which players may be good to start with. Im guessing that based on players age and health (ability to get future signings) would be a big factor. I would like to post the names of signers and would love if people would chime in on their opinion of who the begin with. I have purchased Official Major League Baseballs and have also purchased blue ball point pens and UV protection ball qubes. If you would/could post your top 10 in the order in which you would get them. Here is a list...in NO specific order.

    Rod Carew
    Al Kaline
    John*Smoltz
    Mike Piazza
    Wade Boggs (also, available in Saratoga Springs in September)
    Orlando Cepeda
    Craig Biggio
    Andre Dawson
    Dennis Eckersely
    Jim Rice
    Brooks Robinson
    Bruce Sutter
    Ozzie Smith
    Ryne Sandberg
    Eddie Murray
    Doc Gooden
    Robin Yount
    Tom Glavine
    Frank Thomas
    Tony LaRussa
    Barry Larkin
    Jim Leyritz
    Roberto Alomar
    Johnny Bench
    Billy Williams
    Dave Winfield
    Whitey Herzog
    Rickey Henderson
    Fergie Jenkins
    Gaylord Perry
    Juan Marichal
    Rollie Fingers
    Pete Rose
    Joe Morgan
    Tony Perez

    My purpose of starting my collection would be to have them worth something to leave for my daughter. I know they wont be worth anything near a Ty Cobb or a Babe Ruth, but you have to start some where...lol Thanks for anyones input and ideas.
    Pete
    my must haves would be:
    Kaline
    Robinson
    yount
    bench
    marichal
    frank thomas
    piazza
    Smith
    carew
    Perez

    couldn't go wrong with any of them really. best of luck
    **looking for Sweet spot, game ball and sweet sigs autos off my needs list.**

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    Awesome....thanks guys for the input

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    Also, it might depend on who you have the opportunity to get. The list that @michaelstepper gave is a perfect group, but also go by age, as some may not be able to sign in the future. Any HOFer is going to be a great addition to a collection.
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    I'd look up the ages of the list you have and start working on the older ones.. due to the fact they are older they don't get the respect that they should as the younger kids only care about Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant, etc..

    You can get some deals on EBAY.. I have snagged some players that were around $20 to $30 or so.. (the cost of a ball is around $10, so they aren't that much really)

    Good luck,

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    I have been watching some on Ebay....but forgeries scare the S*** out of me. I'm not experienced enough yet to pick out the fakes yet. I do agree with the "age" thing...Ill have to google to see who is oldest to youngest. I do wish I could trust Ebay. There is even concern with those posted with COA's....some have said that even the "highly reputable" authenticity companies are suspect.

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    Buy PSA/DNA or JSA and you'll be fine. A few others are good too. But those 2 are pretty solid and many if those players listed shouldn't be to costly. SigAuctions.com has weekly auctions that have players like this available.

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    I have auto'd baseballs from:

    UDA: Upper Deck Authenticated
    PSA/DNA
    Harmon Killebrew Authentication
    Reggie Jackson Authentication
    JSA Authentication
    Millcreeksports

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    ok...thank you.

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    BTW ; I have 350 plus signed minor league baseballs signed - 5% maybe made it . These are game hit by player .

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    Post a scan here before you buy. We can help weed out fakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RStadlerASU22 View Post
    Buy PSA/DNA or JSA and you'll be fine. A few others are good too. But those 2 are pretty solid and many if those players listed shouldn't be to costly. SigAuctions.com has weekly auctions that have players like this available.

    Ryan
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    OP, I totally agree with this post, especially since you stated that you're looking to leave them for your daughter. Getting the autographs in person will be WAY more expensive than getting them on ebay. On the other hand, if you have a favorite player or two, and you're looking forward to the experience of meeting them in person, then it might be worth the extra money to get the autographs in Cooperstown.

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    Thank You ....that would be great.

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