Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Ryan Braun Autograph Session

Chris at the Gavel Chat went to a Ryan Braun autograph session recently has a great video about it. I really enjoy going to autograph shows, meeting the players, and seeing the collections that other people are working on. It's a great place to get ideas and meet people.


Is Ryan Braun worth $99 for the autograph?
It's a tough question to answer, unless you are a huge Ryan Braun fan. He is a Rookie of the Year winner, plays on a winning team with a good, young future, and is headed for his first trip to the playoffs. However, he has less than 100 career home runs, is playing his 2nd position in less than 2 years of MLB service, and is a crash into the wall away from missing significant time on the field.

I typically don't get current player autographs. I think they are priced to high and you're exposing your collecting budget to a lot of risk... especially players who haven't solidified their legacy. For example, Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson are current players, but a legendary resume. I like getting my favorite players once they've retired or entered the Hall of Fame. I'm going to an MAB show this fall where Gary Carter is signing baseballs for $55.

I know the market place drives the autograph fees, but do you think Ryan Braun's autograph is worth $99 on a baseball?

3 comments:

Brian said...

Nobody in the league under 35 years old is worth $99 for an autograph. I like Braun, but 3 years ago nobody was aksing him for anything...

Brian said...

Nobody in the league under 35 years old is worth $99 for an autograph. I like Braun, but 3 years ago nobody was aksing him for anything...

JRJ said...

Brian - thanks for the comments.
Agree, $99 is a lot for his short service time. I guess if you collect ROYs, then it might be worth it because once current players get a pretty high level they stop doing public signings until after they retire.

I don't mind paying for autographs, but I think you get more value when you pay for HOFers or retired players. $99 for a couple of seasons is a bit high.

Thanks again.