Whats It Worth Sneak Peek

Tuff Stuff’s new “What’s It Worth?” feature has arrived. For several years our readers have asked us to evaluate their memorabilia because with the ever-changing economics of the hobby those prices are always fluxuating.
While our price guides remains the best source to get an accurate value of your sports cards, collectors wanted a reliable source to turn to to get the same type of dependable pricing for the other items in their collections. And now they have that source.

Every collector has several memorabilia items they’re dying to know the value of. We at Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly are here to help. Starting with this issue (and running bi-monthly moving forward), we’ll provide you with an all-knowing memorabilia expert and you can submit your descriptions and find out the value of your items free of charge. You simply provide a brief, yet detailed description of your item (along with an image if possible) and our new expert will provide his analysis.

Whether it’s that vintage signed photo of Roger Staubach in your basement or the two-foot tall bobblehead of Brett Favre in the garage, our renowned expert Jeff Lemieux will let you know what its worth.

Being the owner of two successful sports memorabilia retail stores for more than 25 years and an avid collector for many more, Jeff Lemieux knows the hobby like few others. The veteran host of ESPN radio show “What’s It Worth” and co-host of the TV show “Sports Attic” which employs a similar theme, Lemieux can evaluate sports memorabilia with the best of them.

Because he’s a collector himself and understands the importance of accurate assessments regarding sports memorabilia, Lemiuex has graciously offered to lend his skills and give our readers an source to turn to. While we can’t guarantee that all of the submissions we receive will be evaluated, we will stuff as many as we can into the pages of Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly every other month, we’ll also post them on our “What’s It Worth?” page on www.tuffstuff.com which is being developed now.

Knowing the true value of your memorabilia can save you hundreds of dollars in new purchases, resale and trades. Instead of paying a hefty price tag to get your item evaluated, submit your item for evaluation with our proven expert and get the real value for free.

The more unique the item the more description our expert will need so please be specific and include an image of the item if possible. Items sent to our expert for evaluation will be taken randomly and because we expect a large quality of submissions, we can’t guarantee your item will make the cut but we will evaluate as many as we can fit on our Tuff Stuff pages and many of those that don’t make it in the magazine will then be posted on www.tuffstuff.com.

In the near future you’ll be able to go to our “What’s It Worth?” page on the www.tuffstuff.com website and submit your “What’s It Worth?” questions via the website. Until then, to make a submission for evaluation you can simply e-mail scott.fragale@fwmedia.com or click HERE, list as many facts a syou can in a two-to-three paragraph write-up along with any images that may help and put “What’s It Worth?” in the subject line of your e-mail. Then make sure you check out every issue of Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly and visit www.tuffstuff.com regularly to read your evaluations.

Special Online Only Sneak Peek From July Issue of Tuff Stuff:

1919 Black Sox Signed BB

The Official American League (Johnson) baseball has been signed by 22 members of the infamous 1919 Chicago White Sox. Signatures include: Joe Jackson, Fred McMullin, R.H. Wilkinson, Eddie Collins, C.A. Risberg (sweet spot), Wm. Gleason (sweet spot, signature has been neatly traced over), W.H. James, E.V. Cicotte, Hap Felsch, Byrd Lynn, Joe Jenkins, Geo. D. Weaver, C.P. Williams, John J. Sullivan, J.E. Mayer, Chic Gandil, Grover Lowdermilk, John Collins, Ray Schalk, H. McClellan, and Dick Kerr.

There are also two names yet to decipher. The period notation “10/9/19” appears on the sweet spot between the Gleason and Risberg signatures. This is the date of the final game of the World Series. The ball has several additional signatures including the signature of the ball’s original owner, Al Munro Elias, and his relative, Walter Elias, (who has signed the ball “From Walter B. Elias”). Additional signatures on the ball include 1919 WS umpires “Chas Rigler” and “R.F. Nallin.” The ball is very slightly toned and has a very light coat of protective shellac. All of the manufacturer’s labels are clear and bright.
The ball was acquired from REA/MastroNet Auction July 2000 and has been authenticated by several prominent members in the industry. I hope to one day take it on tour or even to loan it to the Baseball Hall of Fame (if they are interested) to give everyone the opportunity to see it. What’s it worth?
Kenneth Lee

The 1919 World Series between the White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds was the greatest sports scandal of the century with eight of the White Sox players ultimately being banned from baseball for life by baseball’s first commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis for allegedly fixing the series.

Because Joe Jackson suffered from illiteracy anything signed by him is extremely valuable. He often had his wife sign his signature for him so to find anything that is actually signed by him is very difficult.

In July 2000, this ball sold for $93,666 in auction. Sports memorabilia values have taken a hit over past year because of the way the economy is but has seen some improvements in recent months and show some positive signs of recovery. With that being said, an item like this is so rare I would still put an estimated value of  $100,000-$150,000.

1967 St. Louis Cardinals Team-Signed Baseball

I have a 1967 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals official NL team-signed baseball. It includes all four Hall of Famers on the team (Red Schoendiest, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock and Steve Carlton) along with Maxvill, McCarver, Shannon, Boyer, White, Francona, Briles, Curt Simmons, Warwick, Bob Skinner, Ron Taylor, Gagliano, Stallard, Purkey, and Barney Schultz. 

The ball is fairly white, the signatures all legible, with some clearer than others. It’s an official NL Warren Giles Spalding ball. What’s it worth?
James Mclaughlin

A team-signed baseball will typically include 22-26 signatures, including the starting lineup, star pitchers and other “key” players. Two names I noticed that were missing on your list of players on the ball were Roger Maris and Orlando Cepeda. Assuming they are on there I would put an estimated value of  $750-$1,000

McGwire-Signed Baseball
I have a hand-signed Mark McGwire baseball. It is an official American League baseball signed on the sweet spot in 1987 after he was named AL Rookie of the Year. The ball is in mint condition and signed in ink with his weird signature. He was doing a show for a sports memorabilia company (I don’t remember the name) and was ordered by mail in 1987. I have kept the ball in a plastic holder with a solid wood base. What’s it worth? 
Stan Dec
Ellwood City, Pa.

Unfortunately with Mark McGwire publicly admitting having used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career his autograph is not as valuable as it once was.  In 1998, after he broke Roger Maris single-season home run record of 61 by hitting 70 that year, his autograph baseballs were fetching as high as $750-$1,000. Because he still doesn’t sign autographs very often his signed baseball sells in the $150-$250 range

Ted Williams Signed Tax Form

I have a W-4 Employees Witholding Exemption Certificate  form signed “Theodore Samuel Williams.” It shows he claimed one exemption for being married and six other deductions. It is dated March 1959, Islamorda, Fla. I havent seen much signed with his full name like that. I had it authenicated by PSA/DNA. I didnt know if the full signature like that would make it more valuable. What’s it worth?
Harold Andrews

Yes, having it signed with his full name does make it more valuable. Most commonly you will find memorabilia signed Ted Williams. Rarely do you find his whole name autographs. I would put an estimate value of $500-$1,000.

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