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Autographed Baseballs - Starting a Hall of Fame Collection? Here are Top 10 to Buy

February 06, 2018 4 min read 1 Comment

Ken Griffey Jr Autographed Hall of Fame Baseball

Many sports memorabiliabaseball collectors like to have a theme when starting an autographed baseball collection.  World Series MVP, Rookie of the Year, and members of the Hall of Fame are popular ones.

Let's take a look at where to start when collecting autographed Hall of Fame baseballs.

For the purpose of this article, to make the cut I looked at the player's percentage of Hall of Fame votes (the higher the better), the cost of their autograph (when starting a collection pricing matters, thus Ruth and those type of guys are out), and how often a player signs (availability of the autograph).  I also included one player at each position to broaden the collection and essentially make a "team."

You could start with just autographed baseballs, or Hall of Fame logo baseballs, or baseballs with their Hall of Fame inscription.  Your choice, but just be consistent.

 

Stay tuned to the end as I will post my pick of which of these 10 players to start with.

 

1st Baseman - Rod Carew

An 18 x All-Star and with 90% + Hall of Fame vote, Carew has some impressive stats.  .328 average an 7 x batting champion.

A Rod Carew autographed baseball ranges from $79 - $199 depending on the inscription and authentication.  Great value!  Here is one with his Hall of Fame inscription for $79.

Rod Carew Autographed Hall of Fame Baseball

2nd Baseman - Roberto Alomar

Another very affordable autographed baseball starting at $79 with Hall of Fame inscription.  Alomar received 90% of his Hall of Fame votes.  Does quite a few signings.  10 x Gold Glove winner, so solid defensive player.  2 x World Series champion and 12 x All-Star.  A Roberto Alomar autographed Hall of Fame baseball is a great pick for 2nd base.

Roberto Alomar Autographed Hall of Fame Baseball - Powers Sports Memorabilia

 

Shortstop - Cal Ripken Jr.

No collection is complete without the Iron Man, Cal Ripken Jr.  Even without his consecutive game streak, he is one of baseball's most popular players. 

Received over 98% of his Hall of Fame votes.  19 x All Star, 2 x MVP, 1983 World Series Champion, and 1982 Rookie of the Year.  

 Another affordable autograph.  Cal Ripken Jr autographed baseballs start at $99 with his Hall of Fame inscription one for $139.

Cal Ripken Jr Autographed Hall of Fame Baseball

 

3rd Baseman - George Brett

 One baseball's best pure hitters.  Member of the 3,000 hit club,  13 x All-Star, 1980 MVP, 1985 World Series Champion, and received 98% of his Hall of Fame votes.  

Probably most famous for the Pine Tar incident below.  One of baseball's funniest moments.

A George Brett autographed Hall of Fame baseball goes for $199, staying under that $200 range.

George Brett Autographed Hall of Fame Baseball - Powers Sports Memorabilia

 Left Field - Rickey Henderson

The Man of Steal!  Baseball's all-time leader in stolen bases.  10 x All-Star, 2 x World Series Champion, MVP, and received 94% of his Hall of Fame votes.  

A Rickey Henderson autographed baseballstarts at $229.

Rickey Henderson Autographed Baseball - Powers Sports Memorabilia

 

Center Field - Ken Griffey Jr. 

Come on now, you didn't think I was going to leave out "The Kid?"  Just about everyone's favorite player.  Received 99% of his Hall of Fame vote.  Uh, who didn't vote for him?

13 x All-Star, 10 x Gold Glove, and the 1997 AL MVP,  500 Home Run club member.  

In 2018 he just completed his 1st post Hall of Fame autograph signing.  Ones with his Hall of Fame inscription going for $299.  Tough autograph, but a must have.  

Ken Griffey Jr Autographed Hall of Fame Baseball - Powers Sports Memorabilia

 

His most famous play was this catch.

 

 

Right Field - Hank Aaron

755 Home Runs gets you into onto this list.

Hank was a 25 x All-Star, World Series Champion, League MVP, and had a .305 average.  For a power hitter that is phenomenal.

Aaron had 97% of his Hall of Fame vote and his jersey retired by the Bravesand Brewers.

A Hank Aaron autographed baseball will probably be at the top for this list price wise, but well worth it.  Starts at $419.

Hank Aaron Autographed Baseball - Powers Sports Memorabilia

 

Catcher - Johnny Bench

A 14 x All Star for the Reds, 10 x Gold Glove, 2 x World Series Champion, and 2 x NL MVP.  Bench is THE catcher for this team.  

Received 96% of his Hall of Fame votes, signs autographs regularly, and very affordable.  A Johnny Bench autographed baseballwith his Hall of Fame inscription runs $99, 

Johnny Bench Autographed Hall of Fame Baseball - Powers Sports Memorabilia

 

Starting Pitcher - Nolan Ryan

This is where it gets tricky.  So many options.  Are there pitchers with a better win percentage than Ryan?  Sure.  Better ERA?  Yup.  

He is on this list for a few reasons.  Strikeout king, 7 no-hitters, the fight with Robin Ventura, 3 teams retired his jersey, and has a 98% Hall of Fame vote.  

 A very affordable autograph.  Nolan Ryan autographed baseballsstart at $99 and Hall of Fame inscribed ones $119.

Nolan Ryan Autographed Hall of Fame Baseball - Powers Sports Memorabilia

 

Closer - Dennis Eckersely

Tough choice here.  Going with Eck simply because his autograph is so affordable, 390 saves, 83% Hall of Fame votes, and when  he was at his pinnacle, no one was tougher to hit.  

Probably best known for giving up the Kirk Gibson home run in the 1988 World Series.

A Dennis Eckersley autographed Hall of Fame baseball runs about $129.

Dennis Eckerlsey Autographed Hall of Fame Baseball - Powers Sports Memorabilia

 

 

You could get your collection started with all the above baseballs for $1700-$2000, depending on which options or inscriptions you choose.

So who is the 1st baseball you should get???

100% KEN GRIFFEY JR!  Why, toughest autograph of the bunch and arguably the most popular.  Start with him and build your sports memorabilia collection from there.


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Jeff Vander Woude
Jeff Vander Woude

March 10, 2018

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