Beware-autographed-baseballsBy Mark Chervenka
Beware of autographed baseballs
Say it ain't so, Joe! Genuine autographed (not stamped) baseballs are available with 18 of the sport's greatest names. Prices range from $369 for Joe DiMaggio to $59.95 for Ernie Banks. In between those prices are Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Brooks Robinson, Duke Snider, Hank Aaron, Pete Rose, Whitey Ford, Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, Stan Musial, Nolan Ryan, Mike Schmidt, Carl Yastremski, Willie Mays, Cal Ripken, Jr., Barry Bonds and a double header signed by both Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra. All the autographs are authentic but none are dated. Problems arise in the secondary market when the baseballs are "enhanced" with dates of historic games or a date when a specific record was broken.