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.
Wade Boggs (also, available in Saratoga Springs in September)
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.
Rod Carew recently dodged a health issue. I would place him as #1 on my list. Try to find an "era appropriate" ball for him to sign. Having his sig on a modern-day ball takes a bit of the shine away. These older balls are around - somewhat pricey - but still available. The other sigs are strictly whatever your budget can handle and whatever players you are most interested in - childhood memories, hometown heroes, All-stars, etc.
I agree with others. There is little, if any, investment value in any of these sigs. I shudder to remember the day when I got my 1st Mickey Mantle for $25. Why didn't I take a case of baseballs with me???
Those days are long gone. Good luck!
Chuck, back when Mickey was signing for $25, it took you 2-3 days to earn that amount. That is why you didn't have a case of baseballs with you.
Pete, the folks on here have given you some good advice. Decide whether this is an "investment" or a "collection". If it is a collection, get the players you like off of that list. If you are near any minor league parks, buy the appropriate league balls off of Ebay and go to a game. Both teams will have prospects that may turn out to be the next Aaron Judge. Having Michael Jordan play for the nearby Barons in 1994 was a great way to get me (and my son) started.