Look we all needed something to do during the pandemic. Some people learned a new skill, others got fit and some started collecting sports memorabilia. Well, this has caused a giant spike in the rise of any sports collectible out there from signed baseballs to jerseys of former pros.
Michael Osacky’s is a traveling appraiser and goes all over the country looking for people’s old collectibles. He has seen values almost triple in recent months for instance he recently found a letter written by Ty Cobb that he says skyrocketed from $1,500 to $3,500 in value.
Osacky has said people started dreaming about the past and got nostalgic and started looking at their collections. Whether watching old documentaries or old games they would remember having something from these old players. Then as the pandemic drug on people wondered if they could sell some of their stuff to survive through it. He went from getting a dozen calls per week to a dozen calls per day from people who want to know what their autographs and cards are worth.
Jeff Katz, a baseball historian, and avid collector has seen similar rises in prices. He expects things like Babe Ruth autographs to stay sky-high in value, even after other goods return to pre-pandemic values.
[Source Fox 13]