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Is anybody else feeling priced out of the autograph market?

When I started collecting autographs in the late 1980s, if a baseball player was hired to sign autographs at a card show, you could frequently get a signature for $10… sometimes less. A star or Hall of Famer might cost $20 or $25. Larger shows would often have a free signer with paid admission.

I give JP’s Sports & Rock Solid Promotions credit for keeping the free signer tradition going for most of the shows that they run. At their White Plains show later this month, perfect game pitchers Tom Browning and Len Barker will sign for free on Saturday, Jan. 14th.

But some of the guests seem out of my league.

Steve Matz 2009 Bowman Draft Picks autograph card 030/500

Steve Matz 2009 Bowman Draft Picks autograph card 030/500

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Daily Roundup: Jan. 2, 2017

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Model trains & baseball

The holiday season is for the young and the young at heart… and there are an awful lot of folks who can’t imagine decorating for Christmas without setting up a model train under their tree. For those of us who don’t have the space (or patience) to set up tracks, there are a number of places to go to see a full-scale layout.

The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show is celebrating its 25th season, and will be open through January 16th if you haven’t had a chance to see it yet.

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