The MLB Authentication program has become a big part of every game. Team representatives are at every ballpark, collecting virtually every item that is used in a game. Many are sold in team shops while others go into MLB Auctions. However, that doesn’t mean that a lot of MLB Authenticated items don’t wind up being made available on eBay at some point.
Every week, dozens of new items are listed, many from collectors who either bought them hoping to flip them for a profit on a website that gets a lot more page views than the MLB site or simply decide to downsize their collections.
For the last several years, Steiner Sports has had a deal to sell the Yankees game worn jerseys, pants and game used memorabilia. They have hundreds of items in their warehouse. Many are sold to collectors who keep them around for awhile and then list them (you can earn a 20% discount by clicking here and typing SPORTS20 in the box near the end of checkout).
A recent check of eBay’s listings included some bases used in the 2007 World Series, some ALDS game worn jerseys including one donned by manager Joe Girardi, game worn caps and even a pair of road pants worn by Curtis Granderson that were packed with dirt from a busy few hours of sliding. Even if you think collecting pants is a little strange, you have to admit that they’re kind of fun to look at.
There was a game-worn camo jersey of top pitching prospect Trevor Bauer that sold for $750, potentially a bargain if he has a long and productive big league career.
Many times the items that come from MLB Authenticated sell for very reasonable prices despite the seemingly ironclad provenance. A game-used Jason Kubel Twins capsold for $34.99. That’s not much more than you’d pay for an authentic replica.
If you can, buy something with an MLB identification number. That way, it’ll stay in the database forever and you’ll have instant proof of its authenticity. With the leagues moving more and more toward handling all of their game worn and game used memorabilia, MLB Authentication will likely become the standard for collectors who have entered the hobby recently and don’t want to pay a private authenticator to offer a seal of approval. If not, be sure to read the description carefully, don’t be afraid to ask questions and look at the seller’s feedback to ensure they’ve sold similar items without complaint. Most, however, realize that including the MLB Authentication label in their title or description is not something they should attempt to fake.
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