Originally Posted by BombsAway
It looks like he also has an Antonio Gates signed baseball. Great idea Loumud!
I'll answer several questions here. Yes, there is a Gates signed baseball that I got signed at the event at Horton Plaza 2 seasons ago. I actually asked him to sweetspot it, but something got lost in translation and he signed the side panel. It's ok though, since Gates has the tall signature and it might not have looked as good on the sweetspot after all. I got the LT baseball signed at the event this past December with CJ's and GTSM (thanks for the hook-up, Fred). In hindsight I don't know if I would pay that much for something like that again, but it's definitely something unique. I know some collectors on here aren't too keen on non-baseball players signing baseballs, but I think it's kind of cool. Plus, baseballs take up much
less display room than footballs, basketballs, helmets, minis, etc. (there's also a baseball in my case signed by the 2007 #1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden and I have a couple others not pictured here signed by Simpson's creator Matt Groening with sketches on them).
The case I got I believe cost me $150 or $175 a few years ago. I bought it through www.sportsdisplays.com
. They run periodic specials on their items typically around Father's Day and Christmas. I can't recall if my case has 97% or 98% UV protective glass or less, but I can
say that since I put the baseballs in their own UV protective cubes inside the case I haven't had any issues with browning or fading. Also keep in mind that baseballs vary from ball-to-ball depending on the quality of leather. Some will stand up pretty well to UV rays, but others won't. Even if the cowhide is good you still run the risk of the auto getting damaged.
Buying the cubes retail will set you back some money. But, you can buy them in bulk from some sellers on ebay, which will save you at least $1 per cube (including shipping), if not more. Just make sure they are the UV protective cubes. The deals aren't that hard to find these days! Just don't want you guys to make the same mistakes I did early on in my own collecting career...