A Hall of Fame autograph… and a Hall of Fame pricetag

If you need new Hall of Famer Mike Piazza‘s autograph, you’ll have an opportunity to get it later this month at MAB Celebrity Services’ “Yankeepalooza” show in Fort Lee. But you’d better have deep pockets.

Piazza’s autograph tickets start at $179, plus an additional $59 fee if you want him to add “HOF 2016” or any other inscription to his signature.

That’s a little bit too steep for me – the rising autograph fees are one of the main reasons I’ve stopped posting about which former and current Mets are scheduled to appear at collectibles shows each month.

Yankee fans may be interested to see that Joe Girardi ($79 and up) and Luis Severino ($65 and up) have recently been added to the show lineup, too.

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Spend "A Glorious Day with the Amazin's" on Sat., Nov. 14

Autographed 1988 Topps Dwight Gooden card from my collection
Autographed 1988 Topps Dwight Gooden card from my collection

MAB Celebrity Services invites you to spend “A Glorious Day with the Amazin’s” on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Crowne Plaza Fairfield in Fairfield, New Jersey.

Twenty-two current and former New York Mets will be guests at the autograph show, including members of four of the five Mets teams that played in the World Series.

Highlights of the show include appearances by Travis d’Arnaud, Endy Chavez, Billy Wagner, Sid Fernandez, Dwight Gooden, Mookie Wilson and Jon Matlack, as well as non-Mets guests Ozzie Smith, Whitey Ford, Don Mattingly and Bill Buckner.

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MAB Celebrity Services Plans Mets Autograph Show for Nov. 14

My autographed Travis d'Arnaud 2014 Topps baseball card
My autographed Travis d’Arnaud 2014 Topps baseball card

MAB Celebrity Services is offering fans a chance to meet and get autographs from members of the 1986 and 1969 World Series Champion Mets teams, as well as the 1973 and 2016 National League Champs, the 1988 and 2006 NL East Division Winners and the original 1962 squad on Saturday, November 14th at the Crowne Plaza Fairfield in Fairfield, NJ.

Autograph fees run between $15 and $69 per player; show admission is $10 (children 10 and under are free with paid adult admission.)

For more information and full guest list, check out MAB’s website.

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“Pinstripe Pandemonium” Recap

The view from my front door early Saturday morning (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
The view from my front door early Saturday morning (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

When I woke up Saturday morning, I didn’t think I was going to MAB Celebrity Services’ “Pinstripe Pandemonium” show.

As it turned out, the snow and rain was all but over. My friend Bart said he had no trouble getting to me, and the roads were clear from my place to the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights and both Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson had arrived in town on Friday.

In fact, we were there an hour and a half before Pedro was due to start signing autographs. We checked out the vendors’ tables – I found a couple of relatively inexpensive signed baseball cards for my collection, Bart bought a box of 2014 Bowman Draft cards.

Baseball cards signed by Dave Duncan and Joe Torre, along with a plastic souvenir mini-helmet given away at the show.
Baseball cards signed by Dave Duncan and Joe Torre, along with a plastic souvenir mini-helmet given away at the show.

We hung out in the lobby area outside of the hotel restaurant for a little while, and saw Johnson come down for breakfast. When you see “6-10” written on the back of a baseball card, you know that Randy Johnson is tall – but it didn’t hit home until I saw him in person. Continue reading ““Pinstripe Pandemonium” Recap”

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Autograph show features new Hall of Famers, 2000 World Series champs

2015-01-13-22.35.33This October will be the 15th anniversary of the New York Mets’ last World Series appearance… but not surprisingly, the folks at MAB Celebrity Services are only interested in the winners of the 2000 World Series.

Next weekend, they’ll hold “Pinstripe Pandemonium,” a celebration of the 2000 New York Yankees World Championship team. The show will also feature appearances by other Yankee “legends” and three of the four newly-elected baseball Hall of Famers.

Fans will have the opportunity to meet and get autographs from former Mets Pedro Martinez ($159+), Doc Gooden ($35), Doc Medich ($20+), Rick Cerone ($30), Paul Gibson ($25), Mike Stanton ($25+) and Shane Spencer ($20).

I don’t expect to get anything signed at the show – I already have all of the ex-Mets and cannot even think about paying the $199 fee to have Randy Johnson sign an 8×10 photo – but I plan to tag along with my friend who wants to see Martinez and Johnson. Maybe I’ll find an inexpensive card or two to add to my Mets autograph collection while I’m there.

Pinstripe Pandemonium will be held at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights-Meadowlands in Hasbrouck Heights on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, including the full guest list and prices, visit mab-celebrity.com.

Are you planning to attend the autograph show?

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Four 1969 Mets are scheduled to appear at Oct. 26 autograph show

Signed Jerry Koosman baseball card from my collection
Signed Jerry Koosman baseball card from my collection

Four members of the New York Mets Hall of Fame are scheduled to sign autographs at MAB Celebrity Services’ “That ’90s Show” on Sunday, October 26th. The weekend event, which begins on Saturday, October 25th, will be held at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights-Meadowlands.

The former Mets stars are Jerry Koosman (autographs are $39), Cleon Jones ($20), Bud Harrelson ($20) and Ed Kranepool ($18). Fans desiring autographs from all of the ex-Mets players can purchase a super ticket for $69.

The main focus will be a mini-reunion of 1994 New York Rangers hockey players on Saturday, along with a scheduled appearance by Hulk Hogan and several other pro wrestlers. Sunday’s slate of guests includes the ex-Mets as well as a couple of baseball Hall of Famers: Jim Palmer and Rollie Fingers.

All information is subject to change – for more details and the latest guest list, check MAB Celebrity Services’ website.

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Well, that didn’t take long…

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese (23)
David Freese (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

The St. Louis Cardinals won another World Series title last night, and when I woke up this morning I found emails offering me the opportunity to buy autographed souvenirs.

MAB Celebrity Services is offering pre-orders for photos and baseballs signed by manager Tony LaRussa with a “2011 WS Champs” inscription for between $99.99 and $129.99, depending on the item.

Steiner Sports is offering World Series baseballs signed by Albert Pujols ($499.99) and World Series MVP David Freese ($299.99).

If you’ve got deep pockets, they’d be perfect gifts for a Cardinals fan, I’m sure. 🙂