The Value of Thurman Munson Memorabilia, Autographs & Signed Baseballs
Often times the value of memorabilia has more to do with the rarity of the items then the actual player itself, while the quality of the player’s career is taken into consideration there is more value associated with things that are hard to find or items that cannot be replicated. Memorabilia from former New York Yankees catcher certainly fits the description of being rare but also being a player who was good enough to warrant such interest from collectors.
Munson played his entire 11-year career with the Yankees and is the only Yankee to win the Rookie of the Year award and the MVP award. He was a seven-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner and won two World Series championships with the team. What makes Munson’s memorabilia so rare and valuable though is the fact that he died unexpectedly, at the age of 32, in 1979 while practicing takeoff and landing techniques in an airplane he owned.
Thurman Munson Signed Baseball
The value of a Thurman Munson singled signed baseball can vary – it’s all based on condition. A single signed ball is the most desired Munson piece of memorabilia, short of a quality game used item, and can range from $1,000 – $8,000 in value based on condition. In today’s market, Munson signed memorabilia will sell for as little as $500 dollars on upwards of $10k dollars depending on the overall quality of the piece, whether it’s his rookie card, a single signed or multi-signed baseball, signed photographs, playing equipment, or even old newspapers of his death in 1979 that are in good condition.
Sometimes the events surrounding the “why” memorabilia by particular players is so rare is enough to increase its value over time, instead of it simply being difficult to find. The feelings or circumstances that players are sometimes involved in, which actually lead to the rarity of their memorabilia being coveted by collectors, is enough to increase that interest as the items become more difficult to find. It certainly helps though when that particular player was considered the best catcher during the time he played and has been honored by the team he played for in having his number retired.