Coming off of an uncharacteristic 5-11 season, the 2016 San Francisco 49ers have higher expectations this season under new head coach Chip Kelly. Kelly brings his up-tempo offense to San Francisco after failing to change the landscape of the Philadelphia Eagles offense. The 49ers find themselves in a quarterback battle between last season’s starter Colin Kaepernick, who ended 2015 on the IR after being benched for Blaine Gabbert, former 2011 first round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Either quarterback will benefit from having workhorse running back Carlos Hyde in the backfield. Hyde is expected to have a big 2016 season and his signed memorabilia, including signed mini helmets, footballs, and more, has seen a rise in popularity. The 49ers will have a hard time tallying more wins in the 2016 season and competing with a crowded NFC West division. The Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks are both Super Bowl contenders, and the Rams are a bit of a mystery as they begin their first season in Los Angeles. The San Francisco 49ers have lost too many key members of their once stout defense, and with a new head coach and quarterback controversy, you can’t expect a huge jump from the team in 2016. The 49ers remain a popular NFL team, however, and signed helmets, jerseys, footballs, and photos still attract plenty of interest.
2016 MLB Best-Selling Line Up Card
C – Salvador Perez (KC)
1B – Eric Hosmer (KC)
2B – Ben Zobrist (CHC)
3B – Manny Machado (BAL)
SS – Carlos Correa (HOU)
LF – Yoenis Cespedes (NYM)
CF – Nomar Mazara (TEX)
RF – Jose Bautista (TOR)
SP – Clayton Kershaw (LAD)
Catcher – Salvador Perez leads all MLB catchers in hitting, Gatorade baths and personality. “Salvy” is the ladle that stirs the Gatorade in the cooler he will pour on a teammate after another Royals win. Perez’s signed baseball has been highly coveted following the Royals World Series win. His energy is infectious and the whole team seems to feed off his undeniable love for the game. Perez’s ascension into the elite level of backstops is just beginning. Salvador has a long career in Royal Blue ahead of him and a lot more Gatorade baths to give.
First Base – Perez’s teammate, Eric Hosmer is hitting his stride in his sixth MLB season. “Hos” has steadily improved with each season, now a decorated fielder at first, an All-Star and World Champion. Hosmer’s daring gamble in Game 6 of the World Series help lead his Royals to their first World Series title in over three decades. Eric Hosmer has graduated from the ranks of up and coming player to MVP candidate. Hosmer’s all-around game has him on pace for plenty of accolades in his presumably long, Kansas City career.
Second Base – The Super Utility Man, Ben Zobrist appears to be peaking in his late 30’s. Fresh off a World Series title with Kansas City, Zobrist signed a lucrative four year pact with the Chicago Cubs to rejoin his former Manager, Joe Maddon. Zobrist has dipped himself in the fountain of youth located somewhere near Lake Michigan. Ben earned Player of the Month honors in May of 2016. Zobrist plays all over the diamond at Wrigley Field and has Cubbie Faithful not wishing but expecting October Baseball on the North Side of Chicago.
Third Base – Arguably the quietest superstar in today’s game, Manny Machado has been posting obscene offensive numbers while flashing leather Orioles faithful have not seen since a Human Vacuum once occupied the hot corner. Machado’s smooth play and violent bat have placed him in American League MVP circles. Experts love his intangibles and cannot believe he does not get the press that Harper and Trout receive. Manny Machado signed baseballs are undervalued at the moment and we recommend grabbing some before demand raises his price.
Shortstop – Houston’s twenty-two year old phenom, Carlos Correa has lifted the Astros into the stratosphere with moon shots. Correa has lived up to the hype a first overall pick is accustomed to. Carlos Correa was one of the hottest selling autographs last winter and has remained amongst the best sellers in 2016.
Left Field – Yoenis Cespedes was one of the hottest names in 2015 after his trade to the New York Mets. Cespedes led the Mets to the World Series and later re-signed with the club. Yo’s towering shots have become a staple at Citi Field. Fans have embraced this macho man bravado. Cespedes has been bounced around four teams in his MLB career but he seems to have found a home in Flushing with the Mets. Yoenis Cespedes signed baseballs are hard to find.
Center Field – Another season, another top prospect promoted to Arlington. Nomar Mazara has lived up to his billing. Mazara is off to a torrid start to 2016 and many believe he has the inside track to American League Rookie of the Year. Collectors love loading up on the next big prospect so Nomar Mazara signed baseballs have been selling quite well. Mazara certainly appears to be the next big star out in Texas.
Right Field – You cannot mention the Texas Rangers without thinking about Jose Bautista. Despite taking a haymaker from Texas’ Roughned Odor, “Joey Bats” has been another popular seller. Bautista is on his last year of contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Bautista has been adamant about wanting to remain north of the border with the Jays. Bautista has been a polarizing player since his climb up the Home Run leaders. Bautista now at a later stage in his career has been selling rather well.
Starting Pitcher – Clayton Kershaw seems to be setting a new MLB record every time he is on the mound. The Dodgers ace has been about as unhittable as anyone in the past few decades. Kershaw’s fastball on the black, his looping curve and changing of speeds have made him in the conversation as one of the best pitchers of all time. Clayton Kershaw autographed baseballs are undervalued, especially if we continued this stretch he is on to win another Cy Young Award.
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama, May 23, 2016 (SportsCollectibles.com) –
Heisman Trophy winner, National Champion and Tennessee Titans Running Back, Derrick Henry will sign autographs for the public in Huntsville, Alabama. The signing will take place Saturday, June 11th at 2:00pm at Parkway Place Mall in Huntsville.
Derrick Henry will sign for fans at 2:00pm. Fans will have the option to purchase tickets upon arrival at the Parkway Place Mall or they can pre-order tickets for the autograph signing. Unsigned Alabama Crimson Tide mini helmets, footballs, photographs and full size helmets will be available for purchase. Also, brand new Tennessee Titans merchandise will be available. Autograph ticket prices range from $99 to $119. Fans will have the rare opportunity to get a professional photo taken with Heisman Trophy Winner, Derrick Henry. Come out and meet National Champion, Heisman Trophy Winner and Tennessee Titan, Derrick Henry.
Fans can pre-order tickets for the signing at www.sportscollectibles.com or by calling (800)793-9793. If you would like an item signed by Derrick Henry but cannot attend, please contact Sports Collectibles.
DAYTON, Ohio, February 18, 2016 (SportsCollectibles.com) –
The Ohio State Buckeyes 2014 National Championship caravan is moving on to Dayton, Ohio. The previous stop in Columbus brought out record numbers of fans to meet and get autographs from these Buckeyes. Dayton’s Championship Weekend will be March 11-13th at the Mall at Fairfield Commons located in Beaver Creek, Ohio. Headlining the three-day show are 2014 Ohio State National Champions; Ezekiel Elliot, Joey Bosa, Cardale Jones and many more Buckeyes. The three-day autograph signing show will also feature; Darron Lee, Vonn Bell, Eli Apple, Michael Thomas, Taylor Decker, Tyvis Powell and Jacoby Boren. Admission to the signing is free, pre-ordered tickets are recommended. Parking for this event is free all weekend.
Friday night will feature Jacoby Boren signing for the public at 5:00pm and Tyvis Powell to follow at 6:00pm. Admission is free, but in order to obtain an autograph you must purchase an autograph ticket for the athletes. Tickets will be available at the door or you can preorder tickets online. Saturday boasts a huge line-up of Buckeye stars beginning with Taylor Decker at 11:00am, Vonn Bell will follow at 1:00pm, Ezekiel Elliott will sign at 3:00pm and Michael Thomas will sign but the time is TBD. Sunday has four athletes slated to sign. The trio of Joey Bosa, Cardale Jones and Eli Apple will all sign at 1:00pm. Darron Lee will sign autographs for fans at 3:00pm.
Large crowds are expected to meet these National Champions; we recommend showing up early to these schedule signings. Pricing for each player can found at www.sportscollectibles.com. Prices range from $15 – $69. Dayton’s Championship Weekend is Presented by: Ohio Sports Marketing, 4th and Goal and Sports Collectibles. Come out and meet your favorite athletes at the 3rd Annual Midwest Sports Spectacular.
Fans can purchase tickets upon arrival at the show or they can pre-order tickets for the signing at www.sportscollectibles.com, www.theosustore.com or by calling (614)896-1016.
Details for the upcoming show!
• March 11-13th @ Fairfield Commons Mall (Beaver Creek, OH)
• An autograph signing event featuring 2014 National Champs:
Ezekiel Elliott, Cardale Jones, Eli Apple, Vonn Bell, Taylor Decker & More
• Specific times and dates for players TBD.
• Proudly presented by 4th & Goal, Ohio Sports Marketing, and Sports Collectibles.