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Had a funny thing happen the other way.  I found a guy on Craiglist that wanted to sell about 10 baseballs for $5 total.  Based on the photo I saw, only one was an MLB baseball, and the others were giveaway balls from such places as Greektown Casino, Union 76, etc.  But for $5 I figured I could at least get the MLB ball, and decide later what to do with the rest of them (maybe have WhiteCaps players sign them?).

I gave him $5, and looked at the balls.  The MLB ball was actually signed (which was not evident in the original photo) by none other than DAVID WELLS, the former Blue Jay, Tiger, and Yankee pitcher (he threw a perfect game for the latter), as well as other teams!  I asked the seller about it, and he had no idea where the ball or auto came from, or even who it was, although I recognized the name.

When I took the ball home I compared it with an authenticated ball on the internet, and the signature matched up perfectly.  It reminded me of the time I bought a ball for $5 signed by Billy Martin, which I recognized, while the other two unidentified autos turned out to be  Wayne Gretzky and Eddie Mio, which Mio confirmed a year later.

Crazy thing is that I don't really collect many signed baseballs!

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18 hours ago, detroittigerfan said:

Had a funny thing happen the other way.  I found a guy on Craiglist that wanted to sell about 10 baseballs for $5 total.  Based on the photo I saw, only one was an MLB baseball, and the others were giveaway balls from such places as Greektown Casino, Union 76, etc.  But for $5 I figured I could at least get the MLB ball, and decide later what to do with the rest of them (maybe have WhiteCaps players sign them?).

I gave him $5, and looked at the balls.  The MLB ball was actually signed (which was not evident in the original photo) by none other than DAVID WELLS, the former Blue Jay, Tiger, and Yankee pitcher (he threw a perfect game for the latter), as well as other teams!  I asked the seller about it, and he had no idea where the ball or auto came from, or even who it was, although I recognized the name.

When I took the ball home I compared it with an authenticated ball on the internet, and the signature matched up perfectly.  It reminded me of the time I bought a ball for $5 signed by Billy Martin, which I recognized, while the other two unidentified autos turned out to be  Wayne Gretzky and Eddie Mio, which Mio confirmed a year later.

Crazy thing is that I don't really collect many signed baseballs!

That's a great deal! Congrats, Dave!

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Had a great time at 5/3 Ballpark today with my next door neighbor, despite the lopsided loss by the WhiteCaps. 

After the game I had ALAN TRAMMELL sign my 1984 World Series ball, although he would not put  a "WS MVP" inscription on it.  Frankly, I can't blame him or else he may have everyone request that or something else.  Tram works with all the Tigers' minor league teams as a "Special Assistant to the GM."

My neighbor also got Tram to sign my "The 50 Greatest Tigers Every Fan Should Know" book.  Tram is ranked # 8 in that book.

THANK YOU TRAM!

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