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Who is Strasburg?

He played baseball for the Lynchburg Blue Stockings of the old Piedmont League until quitting to volunteer for the Army in WW I. He won a silver star in France and returned to his farm in the Shenandoah Valley. The town of Strasburg, Virginia is named after him.

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I don't know if you guys watched the game or not..... When Delwyn Young of Pittsburg hit that home run off Strasburg... I saw the fan in the stadium contest catching the ball with the guy next to him... Then throw the ball back onto the field...

I was thinking... He's going to regrest that move for the rest of his life.

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I don't know if you guys watched the game or not..... When Delwyn Young of Pittsburg hit that home run off Strasburg... I saw the fan in the stadium contest catching the ball with the guy next to him... Then throw the ball back onto the field...

I was thinking... He's going to regrest that move for the rest of his life.

Ha! I didn't think about that at the time. But you're right, he probably tossed a couple G's back onto the field

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http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2010/06/the_guy_who_threw_back_strasbu.html

So one estimated the ball would be worth $500 to $1,000. Another said it would start at $1,000, and could go significantly higher. A third -- Dan Wulkan from Southern California's Memory Lane Inc., which sold Barry Bonds's 70th home run ball -- said he'd pay $1,000 for it today, and maybe as much as $2,000 or more. CNBC's Darren Rovell wrote about all the memorabilia craziness circling Strasburg already; one of his strikeout balls has been bid up to $1,700, with a week to go in the auction.

"I have no regrets, even after everyone came up and told me how much money I could have got off it," Corey said. "It's not worth the hassle."

No regrets he says.

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What else is he going to say?

I'd have regrets...

The "used ball" from his debut is going at $18k right now.... What do you think the home run ball would go for? $25-30k...

Think if you heald onto that ball for say 10 years and Strasburg becomes the next Roger Clemens or a 300 game winner or something...

That ball could go for $100k or more, easily....

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What else is he going to say?

I'd have regrets...

The "used ball" from his debut is going at $18k right now.... What do you think the home run ball would go for? $25-30k...

Think if you heald onto that ball for say 10 years and Strasburg becomes the next Roger Clemens or a 300 game winner or something...

That ball could go for $100k or more, easily....

Did you even read the link? Steinberg called multiple memorabilia dealers to see what it would be worth. The highest was only $1700.

And it wasn't a rash decision. At the beginning of the game he already had it in his mind that he would throw it back. I'm sure he put the value of it somewhere around there.

And its not a strike out ball, which would be worth more (and there are 14 of). So the value of the home run ball is diminished in that sense.

He knew exactly what he was doing.

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Did you even read the link? Steinberg called multiple memorabilia dealers to see what it would be worth. The highest was only $1200.

Have you read the thread.... They have an auction for a generic ball used in his debut game and bidding is up to 18k....... Given that fact I suspect those memorabilia dealers would be revising their guestimates....

And it wasn't a rash decision. At the beginning of the game he already had it in his mind that he would throw it back. I'm sure he put the value of it somewhere around there.

Somewhere around 18k? If Strasburg wins the cy young this year, or fulfills his potential and becomes the next Walter Johnson in the capital... That ball could be worth 100 times that..... How many 300 game winner debut balls are around?

I think you are far undervaluing the value of the ball. I think the fan who threw it back did too. There is literally no telling what that ball could be worth in 15 years. A few million dollars isn't out of the question. If strasburg fulfills his potential.

And its not a strike out ball, which would be worth more (and there are 14 of). So the value of the home run ball is diminished in that sense.

There is only 1 home run ball... There will only ever be 1 strasburg debut home run ball.

There are 14 Strike out balls... If you were a collector which would you rather be? 1 of 14, or 1 of 1?

I don't know how many generic balls....

I disagree strongly the home run ball would be worth less than a strike out ball. The home run ball is the most exclusive property of all the balls used.

He knew exactly what he was doing.

Not a chance in the world he knew what he was throwing away.... You've had what four days to think about it and you still don't know.. That dude will be regretting that throw for the rest of his life. He just threw away a winning lotery ticket.

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Did you even read the link? Steinberg called multiple memorabilia dealers to see what it would be worth. The highest was only $1700.

And it wasn't a rash decision. At the beginning of the game he already had it in his mind that he would throw it back. I'm sure he put the value of it somewhere around there.

And its not a strike out ball, which would be worth more (and there are 14 of). So the value of the home run ball is diminished in that sense.

He knew exactly what he was doing.

So a ball that registered Strasburg's second career K is worth 18K+, but the first homerun hit off of him is only worth $1200? Memorabilia dealers lowball the price in order to maximize profit. The dealers also have no clue what the market is for Strasburg, his rookie card went for well over $10K and the second K ball is going to end up going for close to if not over $20K. The first homerun hit off of him would have EASILY gone for $5-10K if not more, as long as the person who caught it was smart and took it straigt to one of the 7 mlb authenticators at the game and had the ball authenticated.

When estimating the worth of sports memorabilia you have to look at the recent similar items that have sold not memorabilia dealers. Sports memorabilia dealers are worse than pawn shops.

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So a ball that registered Strasburg's second career K is worth 18K+, but the first homerun hit off of him is only worth $1200? Memorabilia dealers lowball the price in order to maximize profit. The dealers also have no clue what the market is for Strasburg, his rookie card went for well over $10K and the second K ball is going to end up going for close to if not over $20K. The first homerun hit off of him would have EASILY gone for $5-10K if not more, as long as the person who caught it was smart and took it straigt to one of the 7 mlb authenticators at the game and had the ball authenticated.

When estimating the worth of sports memorabilia you have to look at the recent similar items that have sold not memorabilia dealers. Sports memorabilia dealers are worse than pawn shops.

Exactly.... The really exciting thing about that ball though isn't the $20k or more it could be worth today.... If strasburg is the real deal and has the kind of career folks are predicting... That balls value could go up 100-1000 times 20k in the next 15 years....

It all depends upon what kind of career Strasburg has... Baseballs have fetched 3 million dollars at auctions in the recent passed ( Mark McGuires 70th HR ball )...... In 15-20 years there is no telling what that ball could be worth.

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As one who collects sports memorabilia, specifically game used memorabilia, I can tell you that ball that was thrown back, was a MINIMUM $10k ball. If a freakin Redskins vs. Rams football from last year (two of the worst teams) sold for $400, anyone saying $1200 for Strasburgs first home scored on him is smoking crack.....

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I think you guys are over valuing a "negatively" perceived ball. The market for it isn't as great as a strikeout ball. And your argument that its a 1 of 1. Come on....Really? You could say the same for a foul ball that a ball boy threw into the stands but it doesn't mean anything.

And I highly doubt you would have been able to find an authenticator at Nats Park that night.

Multiple dealers gave an estimate of its value, not a quote for price.

I don't believe for one second that the home run ball would garner anything close to what you think it would have.

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I think you guys are over valuing a "negatively" perceived ball. The market for it isn't as great as a strikeout ball. And your argument that its a 1 of 1. Come on....Really? You could say the same for a foul ball that a ball boy threw into the stands but it doesn't mean anything.

And I highly doubt you would have been able to find an authenticator at Nats Park that night.

Multiple dealers gave an estimate of its value, not a quote for price.

I don't believe for one second that the home run ball would garner anything close to what you think it would have.

It was the FIRST homerun hit off the guy. The first pitch was a ball, would it sell for more than the second K ball even though it was a "negative", you betcha.

There were at least 7 authenticators at the park. You could have had an usher escort you down to the dugout where the majority of the authenticators were hangin out and had it authenticated.

How much do you think the multiple "dealers" would have estimated the value of the second K ball or his rookie card. Probably not anywhere near the near $20K they garnered.

Once again it was the FIRST homerun ball hit against the kid. How much do you think the first hit against him would go for? Everything related to him right now is worth more because of the hype and the fact that he is exceeding expectations.

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The value of Strasburg-related stuff is high now because of the incredible hype surrounding his debut. Surely the market will cool once he's proven to be only human and not supernatural.

The value of this stuff fluctuates wildly, and collectors try to ride the wave without getting wiped out when the wave crashes into the surf.

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I think you guys are over valuing a "negatively" perceived ball. The market for it isn't as great as a strikeout ball. And your argument that its a 1 of 1. Come on....Really? You could say the same for a foul ball that a ball boy threw into the stands but it doesn't mean anything.

A foul ball is not a 1 of 1. That's why it's not worth as much.... It's not about the negative perception... It's more about the exclusivity of the ball.

Strasburg's first home run ball is about as exclusive as it gets... If Strasburg goes on to have a fine career.

And I highly doubt you would have been able to find an authenticator at Nats Park that night.

Dude was on national TV catching the ball. Even if he didn't get it authenticated that night. He could have got it authenticated after the fact. MLB uses it's own technology to track and authenticate balls now a days... That tied with the video footage would have been enough to authenticate the ball.

Multiple dealers gave an estimate of its value, not a quote for price.

And they were obviously wrong given the auction price of the 2nd strike out ball.

I don't believe for one second that the home run ball would garner anything close to what you think it would have.

And that's why you aren't just wrong... You are also a stuburn rockhead. Because multiple people are telling you something, and you have the evidence of the ongoing auction, but stick to your original assessment without considering the validity of the argument stacked against you.

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The value of Strasburg-related stuff is high now because of the incredible hype surrounding his debut. Surely the market will cool once he's proven to be only human and not supernatural.

The value of this stuff fluctuates wildly, and collectors try to ride the wave without getting wiped out when the wave crashes into the surf.

Now I agree with that.... If you did buy a strasburg ball for 20k today, if Strasburg had an iffy career or if he got injured this year or something, (knock wood against) I could see the value of the ball going down, certainly.

You won't know how much that ball is really worth for a decade or more.... Folks paying $20k for that ball is entirely based upon hype and their belief Strasburgs future is bright. That doesn't mean it's a bad investment.

That ball only goes up in value if Strasburg fulfills his potential and becomes a once in a generation pitcher like Clemens, or Palmer....

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Wow.. that's ridiculous.

Buy it and sell it before August. he won't be pitching against the Pirates and Idians every time. Collectibles market when fueled by hype like this is really REALLY feast one day and famine the next.

~Bang

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Can't you buy a Babe Ruth signed ball for a few thousand?

The ones being sold at $2K (no PSA or COA) right now are more than likely fake. The ones that are authenticated go for anywhere between $10K - $50K.

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Can't you buy a Babe Ruth signed ball for a few thousand?

checked it out on the internet... you can get a Babe Ruth signed ball for $1500-$6000 depending upon the condition and providence of the ball. But Babe Ruth signed thousands of balls in his day. One of his homerun balls with Providence would be considerable more. One from one of his record HR seasons even more than that.

The Strasburg ball wouldn't be a generic Ball, but the first HR ball he ever gave up.... That ball just doesn't exist for many great pitchers, because nobody knows they will be great pitchers on their debut. It's a pretty special ball...

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