This post has been 4 1/2 years in the making.
When I started ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ in the summer of 2008, I had one signed baseball in my collection – a Billy Williams ball that I got signed in the in 1989 while living in Chicago and attending a Cubs Convention with my dad. Mr. Williams was so friendly towards me; both my dad and I became instant fans!! I lugged that ball from state to state and from house to house for more than twenty years.
And once I decided to get back into the hobby of baseball card collecting, I dusted off my Billy Williams ball, bought a new UV-protected case for it, and kept it on my desk for inspiration.
Fast forward to today and I am happy to be celebrating that I now have 100 autographed baseballs in my collection. The collection, just like my cards, is focused around men that helped shape the history of the game in prior decades as well as the players that impacted my love for the sport during my youth.
I’ve got Marlins. I’ve got All-Stars. I’ve got Cy Young Award winners and MVPs. I’ve got World Series heroes and I have Hall of Famers.
I have signed balls in my collection that I never really thought that I would obtain. And, of course, I have some balls in my collection that I wish I never did obtain.
But, I tell you what – I love this collection. And for as much as my Hank Aaron and Reggie Jackson and Willie Mays signed balls mean to me, the single best ball in my collection is still that old National League ball signed by Hall Of Famer, Billy Williams.
Here is a look at my full collection of signed baseballs:
And a peek at the gem of my collection, my Billy Williams ball:
I already have plans in place to add more baseballs to my collection. And while I don’t have a target number of balls that I want for this extension of my baseball card collecting hobby, I am pretty confident that the collection will continue to blossom in the coming years!
Thanks for reading.