Hello everybody! It’s MSS, and as you know, I do a bit of collecting of White Sox stuff. Mostly I collect the bobbleheads (if you have any you wanna sell, email me at email@example.com) but I look at all sorts of stuff. Most recently I purchased some blueprints from New Comiskey. I also picked up an engraved bat that had the last team that played at Old Comiskey. Great stuff to add to my collection.
With the advent of the smart phone, several apps have come along for people to sell their stuff online for no extra cost. In addition to Facebook and Ebay, there is now Offerup and Let Go, both sites are like virtual garage sales. I have moved some stuff on these sites, but find that the people are usually unreliable and never respond after they make an offer. Or they lowball the shit outta ya. Which is fine, but don’t get angry when I won’t sell to ya. I check from time to time for stuff in my area and well, I got crazy lucky today.
This is amazing! Clearly over priced and it’s not even certified (although it is listed as certified)! I looked over the pictures and noticed that the ball had been damaged (maybe played with by a kid Sandlot style) but there seems to be a tear so it’s most likely damaged by a dog. Comes with the original case, even has the black “display stand”.
So I reached out to the seller to get the authentication number, ya know, since it’s listed as that…..
HOLY SHIT!!!! This is fucking history for the low price of $150? Not just a World Series used game ball, but it was a HOME RUN BALL? There were only 6 home runs in the entire 2005 Playoffs for the White Sox, and this is one of those balls right here, on Offer Up, for under $200. AMAZING. I was not born yesterday, so I decided to ask a few more questions…….
You see, you start doubting people and they reassure you that it’s a real item and if that doesn’t hold water for you (which it shouldn’t) the seller offers up that he knows a Pawn Shop that will let you know that it is real. But the gem here is that he has Scotty Pods walk off game winning homer ball, autographed by Scotty Pods. That is simply fucking amazing. Once again, for under $200. I mean baseball fans love these stories, as do Sox fans.
So at this point after I email him the story that says Scott has the homerun ball, I fully expect him to stop all communication with me, but he one ups me!
Now everyone has a story from their grandfather that might be lacking in the truth area. According to my dad, my great grandfather always claimed to be at Game 3 of the 1932 World Series. Why is that game significant? Babe Ruth called his homer. He also claimed to have been at the Red Grange 6 TD game vs Michigan in 1924. The way my father told the stories to me later in life makes me believe that he even questions them, but it would be awesome to be true. So grandpas have been lying for ages.
But this takes the cake. Grandpa told Freddy (Could this be Freddy Garcia?) that this was the home run ball from Game 2 of the 2005 World Series. He gave it to his grandson with picture evidence of Pods signing it. Never mind that you can find out the info on this ball in a few seconds on Google. So instead of checking Grandpa’s story, let’s just keep it alive without any proof. So I decided to lower the hammer…..
Anyone that has seen a game used baseball knows they aren’t white. They use mud on them from these guys. And if it was part of history, I would think you’d buy a better case than the retail one that is sold with the retail balls. But he carried on. Sure, throw your grandpa under the bus. Sure, you are gonna have a serious talk with him too. And then…
He ain’t giving this up. Why did I offer $20? These balls go for about $25 to $35 blank and in perfect condition. I am guessing the sig is real, I’d risk $20 to find out. It’s a cool story to tell folks, like I am now. But he doesn’t take my offer and says that never used baseballs signed go for $120. Well, a certified Pods WS Ball was just sold on Ebay for $26. And it has authentication. And it wasn’t chewed by a dog. At this point, I just move on cause he doesn’t really care, as shown by his use of emojis.
So while you are looking for great deals, make sure you do your homework. Don’t trust anyone, unless you know them. Lotta guys scamming out there, so ask questions. A legit seller will answer all your questions.
The Sox announced 2 more bobblehead games this week, a Game Of Thrones Southpaw bobblehead and a Mark Buehrle bobble. They join a Southpaw Birthday Bobble (for kids only) and a Star Wars bobble. As far as bobbles, some of the weakest bobbles I have ever seen. Not sure why Tim Anderson doesn’t have a bobble yet (Could be the Star Wars bobble I suppose). And I am all for a Tyler Saladino “bobble-stache”. Chance the Rapper should of had one too with all his recent success. We’ll see, I am guessing we get a few more before the end of the year.
Now that the season has started, feel free to swing by the 108 and look for us! We can’t promise to be there, but a pretty good chance one of us will be there on the weekends. You can tweet at us too @fromthe108 and join us on FB too!