September 10, 2012 marks the 20 anniversary of Allan H. "Bud" Selig's election as the ninth commissioner of baseball, as reported by Len Berman's That's Sports.
As detailed in a 2011 post about the Jewish executives and labor leaders in major sports, Commissioner Selig has a variety of cards and memorabilia available to Jewish baseball collectors.
Bud Selig signed HeroDeck playing card. Photo courtesy of Joshua Platt.
Selig's cards, according to Beckett.com
, These include cut signature and autograph cards from Fleer and Upper Deck. He's also got a Hero Deck playing card bearing his caricature, a Wisconsin Historical Museum
issue (#63 in the series honoring the 1957 Braves), and Jewish Major Leaguers
cards (2006, #43, 2010, #43).
The JML cards sell for $5-10. I've seen the Wisconsin Museum card listed on eBay for $3. The playing card is available for around $2. None of these cards are, unfortunately, listed in the Beckett Marketplace.
Selig has been a willing through the mail signer, in the past. He signed my Hero Deck card and enclosed a signed business card in response to my letter requesting his autograph.
Bud Selig Statue SGA. Photo courtesy of eBay.
Selig is also memorialized in bronze, with a statue in his likeness having recently been unveiled outside of Miller Park. The St. Paul Saints
issued a "Best Bud" statuette to commemorate the occasion. The stadium give-away was limited to 2,500, and is selling for $10 and up on eBay
A search of eBay this morning shows a variety of other Selig memorabilia available.
Bud Selig signed check. Photo courtesy of eBay.
This includes ten Brewers checks signed by Selig as team owner. I've got only one signed check in my collection (from Negro Leagues female player Toni Stone
), but I find these fascinating collectibles. The signature is almost guaranteed to be authentic, and the payee/payor information offers a snapshot of a single moment in history.
Also available for bid on eBay are bats, baseball cards, balls, photos, magazines and programs, business cards, mini helmets and letters signed by the Commissioner. There's also a 2010 Brewers program available from the game at which the statue of Selig was dedicated in Milwaukee.
In The Best Interests of Baseball, by Andrew Zimbalist. Photo courtesy of Amazon.com.
shows more than two dozen books featuring Selig. These include In the Best Interests of Baseball: The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig
by Jewish sports economist Andrew Zimbalist
, as well as other books dealing with baseball's commissioners, labor relations and business models.
Collectors can also find autographed baseballs, photos and business cards inked by Selig, along with a song titled, Bud Selig (Shake & Bake)
(warning, this song has explicit lyrics), on Amazon.
Selig's facsimile signature is, of course, on every official Major League Baseball. I'd love to add a signed Selig OML ball to my collection. Does anyone have one?
What other Bud Selig memorabilia do you have in your Jewish baseball collection? Have you had the chance to meet the Commish? Share your thoughts with other JewishSportsCollectibles.com readers by commenting below.