My Darryl Strawberry Dilemma!!!
Ok, so let’s get right down to it….
A few weeks ago I found out that Darryl Strawberry would be doing a signing at the local memorabilia store near my house. To date, this shop has held signings with Dwight Gooden, Gary Carter, and Josh Johnson. And all of them have been outstanding when it comes to organization and fun.
So, naturally being a big Darryl Strawberry fan, I wanted to add his signature to my growing collection of signed baseballs. And since I already have a few un-signed balls in my possession, all I would need to do is buy the autograph ticket and I would be all set.
And then I found out what the shop was charging for ‘Straw’ – $49.00!
While not a heck of a lot of money, $49 is not cheap either. And since I have paid $40 or less for guys like Ozzie Smith, Gary Carter, and Fergie Jenkins, $49 seems awful high for a guy who is not as decorated as the above-mentioned players.
And then there is the fact that Darryl doesn’t really provide a consistent signature.
First, there is this:
And then this:
You see what I mean, right?? Pretty drastic differences, huh???
Ok, so now on to the dilemma. While I am perfectly content on paying for an autograph and potential photo-op with ‘Straw’, I am not positive that I am willing to plunk down $65.00($49 for the auto and another $15 for the ball and case costs) for what may be a miserable looking signature.
Oh, and then I found this on Ebay:
For just $19.99, I can get this official Rawlings game ball that has been signed pretty nicely by the Mets star player. And it comes with a COA from the company that hosted a signing with him not too long ago. And for just $19.99 plus another $8 for shipping, I am coming in way below what I would have to pay to get the signature done in person… It’s missing an inscription, and I love inscriptions, but I am not sure that an inscription makes up for the almost $40 discount!!!
What to do, what to do!!!
What would you do?? Let me know, I would love some feedback on this one! Thanks.