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A great piece of baseball memorabilia for a bedroom, office or shelf is an autographed MLB picture. Whether it is a gift, a hand-me-down from a relative or something you got signed personally, an autographed baseball picture can be worth a thousand words. Just like a signed baseball, baseball card, or baseball bat, the value is most commonly determined by the success of the player at a given time, the condition of the memorabilia, and any significant awards received by the player. Right now, due to recent performance-enhancing drug allegations, the value of a signed MLB photograph from anyone involved in that likely will not increase. In fact, there is a good chance we may start to see a drop in prices of their signed photos.
Miguel Cabrera, on the other hand, won not only the AL MVP last season, but the first Triple Crown in 2012 since Carl Yastrzemski’s 1967 feat. This will undoubtedly increase the value of a Cabrera autographed MLB photograph significantly.
To most collectors and auctioneers, the value of a signed MLB picture is based on average prices of recently closed auctions. Prices may vary based on condition, and the type of authenticity that accompanies the signature. Signatures that have not been properly authenticated could sell at half the market value or less. Autographed baseball photo composition and appeal will affect the price as well. If the photo contains fingerprints or appears to be old and torn, the value will be less than that of a brand new baseball photo. The type of ink used, and how it stands out in contrast to the signed MLB photograph will also affect the price. A sharpie is the most preferred item to sign a photo with, due to its durability over a long period of time. Usually, the larger the photo and MLB signature are, the more valuable they are. Be sure to check out information on how to properly preserve an autographed MLB photo.