You’re at a major league baseball game, hunkered down in the cheap seats out in left field. It’s late in the game, and the batter is making his third trip to the plate. He’s hit deep to left in his first two at bats, each time driving the fielder almost to the warning track. Here’s another windup, another pitch, another swing, and another crack!

As it did in previous innings, the ball heads your way, but this time it does not appear to move at all. It seems stationary, just getting bigger and bigger, until you realize that it’s heading straight for you. You’ve brought your glove, which you haven’t done in years, and before you know it, your instincts from little league have kicked in, there’s a ball in your mitt, your hand is stinging like crazy, and everyone in the bleachers is suddenly your best friend.

Because you have defied the odds by actually catching a home-run ball at a professional baseball game, you owe it to yourself to stick around a bit longer and wait at the clubhouse door, like a school kid, for an autograph.

Short of that rosy scenario, one of the best ways to get an autographed baseball that you know to be the real deal (fakes abound) is to attend a baseball memorabilia show attended by players, who will autograph baseballs for a fee—the more legendary or popular the player, the higher the fee. It may seem like a lot of trouble, and you won’t get much more than a nod and a smile from the player since they are often contracted to sign a minimum number of items in a given period of time, but at least you will know the signature on your signed baseball is genuine.

One of the most forged autographs is that of Mickey Mantle. By some estimates, at any given moment as many as 85% of all autographed Mickey Mantle baseballs and other memorabilia being sold online could be forgeries, even ones with Letters or Certificates of Authenticity (LOAs and COAs). In all cases, it’s best to buy from reputable dealers who offer lifetime guarantees if there is ever a question about authenticity.

The placement of an autograph on a baseball is also important. The preferred location is the ball’s sweet spot, which is the narrowest band between the ball’s seams. There is more room for signatures on other parts of a ball, but an autograph on the sweet spot will display better, which is why it is most desired by collectors.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Old Cardboard

Old Cardboard

Check out this well-organized collection of 500 sets of baseball cards, each over 50 years old. Browsable by type a… [read review or visit site]

The Baseball Card Blog

The Baseball Card Blog

Ben Henry's lively vintage baseball card blog, started in January 2006, offers hundreds of great posts on (and pict… [read review or visit site]

Cardboard Junkie

Cardboard Junkie

Dave Campbell's in-depth blog on old baseball (and some football) cards lives up to it's motto: 'do cards, not drug… [read review or visit site]

Baseball Cards 1887-1914

Baseball Cards 1887-1914

Roll up your socks for this Library of Congress collection showcasing hundreds of players on colorful early basebal… [read review or visit site]

Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Hall of Fame

A home run for baseball collectors, this site features special online exhibits, ranging from a baseball-uniforms da… [read review or visit site]



Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Mickey Mantle Uda Upper Deck Autographed Signed Baseball Very Nice!Mickey Mantle Handsigned/autographed Sweetspot Mcphail Baseball Real Deal!!!!Babe Ruth Autographed Baseball Psa/dna W/ Connie Mack,aaron,mays,robinson,banks Mickey Mantle Hof 74 Signed Oal Bobby Brown Baseball JsaTed Williams + 9 500 Home Run Club Signed Autograph Baseball Psa/dna Guarantee Madison Bumgarner Signed World Series 2014 Mlb Game Baseball Steiner Coa Giants Roger Maris Single Signed Vintage Official Al Baseball-gorgeous!-jsa"real" Joe Dimaggio & Ted Williams Signed Baseball MlbDerek Jeter Signed Oml Baseball Psa/dna Graded Mint+ 9.5 Sealed Loa Yankees JsaMickey Mantle Signed Ball Upper Deck AuthenticatedMadison Bumgarner " 2014 Ws Mvp " Signed World Series Baseball Auto Psa/dna CoaRare 1981 Roger Maris Yankees Single Signed Oal (macphail) Ball, PerfectMike Trout Single Signed Baseball Auto Mlb Hologram + Psa/dna Coa AngelsMickey Mantle Signed Autographed Oal Baseball W/ Coa New York Yankees Psa Or JsaSandy Koufax Clayton Kershaw Dodgers Signed Autographed Baseball Mvp Rare CyTy Cobb Signed Autographed Check From 1935 Detroit Tigers Baseball Full Jsa Loa Lot Of 18 Major League Baseball Hall Of Fame Signed Baseballs1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series Team 25 Signed Baseball Robinson Wheat JsaTed Williams Red Sox Signed Autograph A.l. Baseball Loa Psa/dna U14826Ted Williams Single Signed Baseball Auto Jsa Loa Red Sox Hof Deceased 2002 Muhammad Ali, Wilt Chamberlain,gordie Howe And Others Signed Baseball Jsa&psaWillie Mays Signed National League Baseball Psa/dna Coa Large Early AutographDerek Jeter Single Signed Baseball Auto Psa/dna Loa New York Yankees Clayton Kershaw Signed & 2x Inscribed Oml Baseball Psa/dna Graded Mint 9 Loa Mvp1960s Roberto Clemente Autographed Signed Team Issue Photo Baseball Black WhiteClayton Kershaw Single Signed Baseball Auto Steiner Coa Los Angeles DodgersYankees Roger Maris Signature Autographed Baseball Global Authentic's Certified Derek Jeter Auto Signed Mlb Baseball Mariano Rivera Comm Ball Bonus Cano Auto Joe Dimaggio Hof 55 Rare Signed Autographed Baseball Psa/dna Loa # 1a36621 1955 Satchel Paige, Gehringer,waner Autographed Baseball-dated 8/6/79 CooperstownSandy Koufax Single Signed Baseball Auto Jsa Loa Brooklyn Dodgers HofMadison Bumgarner " 2014 Ws Mvp " Signed World Series Baseball Auto Steiner CoaSigned Mickey Mantle Baseball - See PhotosHank Aaron Signed Autographed Mlb Baseball Psa/dna Graded 9.5 E29101Madison Bumgarner Single Signed Baseball Auto Psa/dna Coa San Francisco GiantsDerek Jeter Single Signed Baseball Auto Psa/dna Loa New York Yankees Mariano Rivera Signed World Series Baseball 09 W.s Champs Inscription Psa/dna1957 Autographed Baseball Includes Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Casey Stengel 500 Home Run Club Signed White Baseball With Mantle, Williams, Mays, Aaron Mike Trout Autographed Official Los Angeles Angels Baseball Jersey- W/coaYogi Berra Signed Hof 72 Baseball Autographed Ball Rj Coa Beautiful Mlb YankeesHank Aaron Willie Mays Barry Bonds 600 Hr Club Le Autographed Signed Baseball Derek Jeter Single Signed Baseball Auto Jsa Loa New York Yankees Willie Mays Signed Baseball Auto W/ Say Hey Hologram San Francisco Giants HofWillie Mickey & The Duke Multi Signed Baseball Auto Jsa Loa Mays Mantle Snider2003 Ny Yankees Team Signed Baseball 8 Auto 's Jeter Rivera Posada Torre Jsa LoaTed Williams Autographed Baseball Psa/dna 8 Nm/mt Not SealedBaseball Signed By 69 Senators Ted Williams Frank Howard Plus!Willie Mays " Say Hey " Single Signed Baseball Auto W/ Hologram Sf Giants HofJimmy Foxx Autographed Baseball Hof A's AthleticsAlbert Pujols Single Signed 2011 World Series Baseball Auto Psa/dna Coa AngelsMike Trout La Angels Signed Autographed Baseball Mlb Authentic Certified Coa Mvp1998 Yankees Signed World Series Baseball W/ Derek Jeter + Goldin Hologram # 500Mickey Mantle Autographed Baseball With Certificate Of AuthenticityStan Musial Signed Baseball "the Man" Hof 69 Mlb Ball Musial CoaBill Dickey Ny Yankees Single Signed Vintage Official Al Baseball-gorgeous!-jsaWillie Mays Signed Baseball Autographed Six 6 Stats Hof 79 660 Hrs Say Hey Holo Masahiro Tanaka Signed Autographed New York Yankees Rookie Baseball Gai Coa RcCarl Yastrzemski " Hof 1989 " Single Signed Baseball Auto Psa/dna Coa Red SoxDerek Jeter Signed Retirement Logo Final Season Baseball With Case Steiner.