Part III of Whats It Worth

Tuff Stuff’s new “What’s It Worth?” feature has returned. 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 remain the best source to get an accurate value for 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. Continuing 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 expert will provide his analysis.

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.

Here’s a sample of the submissions we received for Part III. Look for Part IV in our January issue of Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly

Mantle, Berra, Ford and DiMaggio Photos and Artwork
I have an autographed photo of Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, and Joe Dimaggio. It has a Letter of Authenticity but we all know how that goes. I have one of Mantle by himself and a George Loh artwork of “ The Mick” limited to only 500 and autographed. The signing was held in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. on July 18, 1994. I would appreciate it if you could tell me how much each one is worth. What’s it Worth?
Daryl Kaplan
Although Mantle, Berra, Ford, and DiMaggio have all signed their share of memorabilia they still continue to be sought after autographs. The 16×20 with Mantle, Berra, Ford, and DiMaggio would sell in the $550-$750 range, the Mantle colored 8×10 would be $250-$350 and the Mantle artwork would be $350-$450.

Multi-Signed Mini Helmet
I have a mini-helmet that is signed by three members of the 2,000 Yard Rushing Club (Barry Sanders, Eric Dickerson and O.J. Simpson). The helmet comes with three different photos of the players each signing the helmet. It also comes with a COA from Gridiron Authentics. This COA is signed by Joe Lamothe, President of Gridiron Authentics. The COA indicates that Sanders and Dickerson signed the helmet on 6/4/2000 and Simpson on 6/15/01. What’s It Worth?
jcook via email
I have a couple thoughts on this item. When collectors are looking to buy an item such as this, the majority of them would want the other three players on the helmet who have accomplished this feat to make the helmet complete. Which would be Terrell Davis who did it in 1998, Jamal Lewis in 2003 and Chris Johnson in 2009 The other issue you have is it’s on a mini helmet opposed to a full size helmet which would display the autographs better because the players have more room to sign it not to mention if and when more players get to 2,000 yards you could add them to it without crunching them on a mini-helmet.
With that being said I would still put an estimate value of $200-$250 on it.

Cal Ripken Signed Card
The Cal Ripken Jr Autographic signed card you have from Fleer/Skybox sells in the $50-$85 range. Cal Ripken Jr is still very popular autograph with collectors as was evident at this years National Convention held in Baltimore were he was on hand to sign autographs for his fans. What’s it Worth?
Daryl Kaplan
The Cal Ripken Jr. Autographic signed card you have from Fleer/Skybox sells in the $50-$85 range. Ripken Jr. is still very popular autograph with collectors, as was evident at this years National Convention held in Baltimore were he was on hand to sign autographs for his fans.

Honus Wagner Cut Auto

I have a Honus Wagner Cut Auto from the 2010 Historic Autographs box. It’s authenticated by PSA/DNA numbered 1/2. What’s It Worth?
theg1029 via email
The 2010 Historic Autographs box is a new product that came out this year that offers a cut autograph PSA/DNA slabbed card in each pack.
Here is the breakdown of each box of 2010 Historic Autographs: 3 Packs Per Box, 1 Card Per Pack, 1 Hall Of Fame Cut Signature in each box, each card is a PSA/DNA slabbed Cut Autograph.
The odds are as follows for the better autograph cuts: 1:100 Boxes will have a cut autograph of one of the following players: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Jimmie Foxx, Rogers Hornsby, Roger Bresnahan, Jackie Robinson, Walter Johnson, Tony Lazzeri, Mel Ott & Honus Wagner & more.
I would put an estimate value of $1,500-$2,000 on your Honus Wagner cut.

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