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How much would you pay for a Matt Harvey autograph?

Next weekend, Matt Harvey is scheduled for a public autograph signing session at the Steiner Sports Store at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, N.Y.

Matt Harvey signs a fan's baseball cap at Citi Field on Banner Day (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Matt Harvey signs a fan’s baseball cap at Citi Field on Banner Day (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

His autograph won’t be cheap, though. It will cost $125 to get a baseball, photo or baseball card signed; if you want a premium item or piece of equipment signed, that will be $175. Want an inscription? That will be another $45.

Harvey is very hot right now and seems on the verge of becoming a superstar. I’m there will be no shortage of folks eager to take advantage of this opportunity. As my friend Bart pointed out, Harvey’s autograph price could go up even higher.

But as great as Harvey has been so far, I can’t help thinking that $125 is too much money for a pitcher who will be making his 23rd career start tomorrow. Looking at Steiner’s list of upcoming signings, I see they’ve got Hall of Famer Bob Gibson coming next month – his autograph starts at $65.

We can talk about supply and demand – Gibson’s been signing autographs at shows for decades, and Harvey’s just started. We can talk about different eras and the different salaries involved, but Harvey is still a year or two away from the beginning of his big money years.

Here’s hoping that a few years from now, Harvey is such a big star that I’ll regret passing up a chance to pay “only” $125 for his autograph. I’ll gladly deal with the hole in my collection if it means watching one of the game’s best players every fifth day.

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It didn’t take Larkin long to sign an exclusive deal with Steiner.

dollar sign
Image credit: Adria Richards

A little while ago, I got an email from Steiner Sports congratulating Barry Larkin on his election to the Hall of Fame and announcing that he was a “New Steiner Sports Exclusive Athlete.”

You can place your orders now for a baseball signed by Larkin and inscribed “HOF 2012” for just $199.99.

(Now I remember why I gave up the idea of collection Hall of Fame autographs many years ago.)

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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. 🙂

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Interesting Links

Here are a few interesting items to look at while trying to forget about disappointing Mets loss #21:

  • The Subway Series is coming, and the folks at Steiner Sports are excited. Order select Mets or Yankees autographed items, and if that player hits a home run on Saturday you’ll get it for free. (If not, you’ll pay full price – no returns.) [via Mets Police]
  • Former Newark Bears outfielder Jose Herrera once raced against (in)famous thoroughbred Zippy Chippy — and won. Check out Jason Bristol’s story for CBS21. [via Lisa Winston’s Queen of Diamonds]
  • 18-year-old Japanese knuckleball pitcher Eri Yoshida pitched in an intra-squad game on May 13. She expects to make her debut for the Golden League’s Chico Outlaws on May 29. [via YakyuBaka]
  • Beckett’s Chris Olds takes a look at how different some early examples of popular players autographs are compared to their current signatures. (I actually have one of those 1991 Front Row Manny Ramirez cards.)