Filed under: Beckett Media | Tags: All-star celebrity softball game, All-Star Game, baseball, game-used memorabilia, Home Run Derby, Jennie Finch, Josh Hamilton, Josh Hamilton ginger ale bottle, MLB, MLB Authentication, MLB.com, Texas Rangers
By Chris Olds | Editor
Generally speaking, the value of an autograph often rests with what type of item was signed — the more appealing the item, the more money one would expect to pay.
In this case, maybe not.
Among the items on the MLB.com auction block as part of Major League Baseball’s “2010: The Year in Review Auction” is an MLB-authenticated autographed ginger ale bottle.
It’s signed by American League MVP Josh Hamilton.
It’s just the latest in unusual memorabilia to have an MLB authentication sticker on it as everything from dirt to on-deck circles have been examined, described stickered and sold.
While it’s actually been customary for MLB to note empty champagne bottles from World Series celebrations, Hamilton’s case is different. This is perhaps one of the more unique items out there for a Texas Rangers fan who holds Hamilton’s life story and his struggles with sobriety close to them.
What’s the story? After the Rangers won Game 6 of the ALCS, knocking off the Yankees, they celebrated in a fashion that included their star slugger’s lifestyle concerns, eschewing the typical champagne showers for one that included ginger ale.
The rest, as they say, is MLB-authenticated history.
The bottle carries an opening bid of $200 and the auction, which opened today, runs until Dec. 16.
Also among the other unusual or notable items on the block are:
— Game-Used 1st Base (1st Round) from the 2010 Home Run Derby (7/12/10) Think about that for a minute … an All-Star Derby-used base.
— Game-Used Softball from the 2010 Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (Mike Piazza Home Run) (7/11/10) Think your Piazza home run ball is obscure? This one tops it.
— Game-Used Pitching Rubber from the 2010 Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (07/11/10) You know you watched Jennie Finch get lit up by MC Hammer for not one, but two home runs … wait, was it just me? This item was there for the action.
— Game-used Baseball from the Giants NL West Clinch Game (10/3/10) One for the Buster Posey fans out there… and there apparently are many.
There are other notable game-used baseballs and bases up for grabs. Did anything catch your eye — or are you just saving up for that ginger ale bottle like I am?
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
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