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You gotta love Mo'ne Davis.
Told yesterday that a baseball she had signed was going for $500 on eBay, the Taney Little League star said, "Really? I've gotta get that."
Davis was kidding, of course. But not everyone thought the idea of selling signed Little League memorabilia was a laughing matter.
"I think it's ridiculous. That's absurd," said Steve Keener, CEO of Little League Inc. "[But] I don't know how you would ever control it.
"We supervise the teams while they're here, but we're not with them every minute. So if any player in the Little League World Series signs a baseball for somebody, we have no idea what they're going to do with that baseball after they get it. In some respects, it shows you why a lot of Major League Baseball players are reluctant to sign autographs anymore."
Some balls supposedly signed by Mo'ne were going for $350 or more on eBay. Other were listed with opening bids as low as .99 cents. The biggest problem, of course, is that none come with certificates of authenticity.
Not yet anyway.
Brandon Steiner, who owns a memorabilia company called Steiner Sports, said he'd be willing to pay Davis $25,000 to sign between 500 to 1,000 items. But, he said he wouldn't approach her because it would ruin her amateur status and mean she couldn't play NCAA sports.
Davis is on record as saying she'd like to play basketball at UConn.
"I wouldn't want to get in the way of that, those being the rules," Steiner said. "But would I love to call her up and say, 'Let's go sign 1,000 baseballs right now, being that I love what you've accomplished and what you've done?' A hundred percent.
"I'd get my butt up to Williamsport and get something worked out with her parents and her and get some good product online."
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