July Autograph Fishing Report: Baseball Youth Movement Catch of the Day: Dr. Dre

What's Going On In The Deep Waters of The Vast Autograph Ocean

In a monthly post I will try to go over some things observed in the industry. Feel free to comment, agree or disagree. Some points may have been discussed prior as this will be monthly touching only the main issues in the autograph universe.

For the month of July 2016: With the All-Star break in full swing, lets review the current situation in the baseball market. The two big names are without question Mike Trout & Bryce Harper. On the field they are quite different, but not nearly as different as they are off the field with their autographs/game used accessibility. 

First subject: Mike Trout

Lets start off by realizing if Trout plays the way he has during the beginning of his career, he will break several all-time records. 

Player comparison: Mickey Mantle

Autographs/Game Used items: Mike Trout grew up in New Jersey & has been followed by scouts/autograph hunters for quite sometime. Trout, Frazier, Doolittle were well known in the NJ area with really only Trout making the jump to superstar. With that being said, Trout has typically been keen on his market & has released a good bit of material with Anderson Authentics, which is great for collectors, but also reflects his value. 

Signing Difficulty: Medium/Easy

Second Subject: Bryce Harper

Bryce is a hard player to read due to his streaky nature, but what makes him most interesting for us isn't how he plays, but his signature difficulty.

Player Comparison: Duke Snider

Autographs/Game Used Items: Bryce is not only keen on his material, he goes out of his way to destroy game used items & conserve autograph encounters. For every signed Bryce Harper baseball on the market, I would guess there're 3 to 5 Mike Trout signed baseballs to compare on rarity. For that reason, despite being arguably the worse of the two players moving forward, his autograph holds more value than Trout.

Signing Difficulty: Extreme/Hard

How do you value these two players moving forward?

With a Trout baseball going for 200-250, and Harpers bringing 300-350, which would you rather add to your collection knowing how they feel towards signing?

To what extent does West/East coast markets & winning reflect on their value? 

Why do you feel Bryce brings more money, is it purely due to how much he signs? 

Catch of The Day: Dr. Dre signed Dre 2001 album.
Hip-Hop, really? Yes, really! Dr. Dre and other Hip Hop legends have seen a recent spike in the market with the release of popular motion pictures. With living artist such as Dr. Dre, Slim Shady, Kanye West, NAS & JAY-Z all being hard signatures to obtain, and a target market growing into their money making years, Hip Hop will remain on a steady rise and should be looked at in your collection if only for investment purposes. 

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Comment by Paul on July 12, 2016 at 2:50pm
Hip hop is still a limited market although the music is wide stream these days.
Comment by Jared on July 12, 2016 at 3:23pm

It appears to be expanding, especially the iconic album titles. Just like grunge or punk, I think only the true icons will hold value, but the prices are impressive on some of these guys. 

Comment by Paul on July 12, 2016 at 3:27pm

Rockaway has a cd signed by public enemy, with eazy e, who passed and they have done nothing but drop the price.

Comment by Paul on July 12, 2016 at 3:29pm

I mean, Nwa.

Comment by Jared on July 12, 2016 at 3:32pm

NWA to me doesn't nearly have the appeal as single signed items by those guys like Easy-E ect. They seemed to be great because of their members, not really their overall production of music. NWA is a really interesting one to think about though. 

Comment by Paul on July 12, 2016 at 3:37pm

I can see people collecting the hip hop artist, like punk etc , with one of the beastie boys members passing on and they ended breaking up. How much for the dre signed lp?

Comment by Paul on July 12, 2016 at 3:39pm

Now Vanilla ice is one to look out for.

Comment by Steven Jackson on July 12, 2016 at 4:38pm

How much was that CD at rockaway ? I couldn't find it

Comment by Paul on July 12, 2016 at 4:45pm

First it was 1500, then 850 and now 750. It's on their website.

Comment by Jared on July 13, 2016 at 11:29am

This LP was sold already Paul. I was fortunate to run into someone who is a friend of Dre and get a few items from them, including some tough Slim Shady items. If you'd like a 2001, I can see if another turns up, but this is the first I ever seen. 

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