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Q: sports/baseball/autograph/billymartin ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: sports/baseball/autograph/billymartin
Category: Sports and Recreation > Trivia
Asked by: rosebana2001-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 27 Dec 2003 07:50 PST
Expires: 26 Jan 2004 07:50 PST
Question ID: 290640
What is the price I can get for one of the last billy martin
autographs on a baseball program that was played opposite the boston
redsox., just days before he died.
Subject: Re: sports/baseball/autograph/billymartin
Answered By: politicalguru-ga on 26 Jan 2004 05:14 PST
Dear Rose, 

It seems that such an authenticated piece could grab $600 - $2500. 

Estimates are given here on the basis of the sales of similar items: 

Official American League baseball autographed by Billy Martin 

Sports Illustrated Magazine 6/25/75 autographed by Billy Martin 

Official American League baseball autographed by New York Yankees
legends including Billy Martin, [and others...]

Billy Martin autographed hand signed signature cut matted with color photo 

8x10 Color photo autographed by Billy Martin

[All were available on Grand Stand Sports "Billy Martin Merchandise",

So far so good, but also: 
Official Arizona Diamondbacks Card autographed by Billy Martin

So, your first option is to sell it to a dealer, but, as a site warns:
"If you want to sell a Billy Martin autograph, eBay is still your best
bet. A dealer will only give you about 50% of an autograph's value.
Thanks to eBay's extremely active baseball auctions, it's easy for
anyone to auction off single autographs or entire autograph
collections for their market value.". (SOURCE: 2Baseball "Billy Martin
Autographs" <>).

On eBay, an item titled "BILLY MARTIN AUTOGRAPH AND CARD" is being
auctioned on a minimum "Buy It Now" price of $49.95 (higher than the
price of an autographed card at Grand Stand Sports): 
Billy Martin Autographed Baseball 

However, there are also items beginning with $1 bid... 

See all related auctions:
(ordered by price, highest price first).

2Baseball also proposes, in order to being able to evaluate the piece: 
"if you collect autographs, you definitely need a guidebook. It's the
easiest way to avoid getting taken. Dan Zachofsky's Handbook for
Collecting Baseball Memorabilia is a good source for information on
baseball autographs and their selling prices. The Standard Catalog of
Sports Autographs is another popular value guide. " (SOURCE: ibid).

Finally, the Billy Martin site's FAQ also addresses the subject: 
"I have memorabilia/autograph of Billy Martin; can you tell me how
much it is worth?
Our memorabilia experts are able to provide professional appraisals on
all sports and entertainment related items. There is a nominal fee for
this service, which will include a written appraisal. We also are
actively purchasing vintage sports memorabilia and can provide auction
services for those who wish to sell their "
(SOURCE: The Billy Martin Site, <>). 

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