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Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian, by Steven Lubar and Kathleen M. Kendrick
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Array of autographed baseballs, 1950s-80sArray of autographed baseballs, 1950s-80s

For a baseball fan, getting a ball signed by a favorite player can be the ultimate thrill. Autographed balls also become valuable collector's items, with certain signatures fetching very high prices. The Smithsonian's sports history collection includes baseballs signed by many noted players. Some have come from memorabilia dealers, others from the fans who collected them.

See also: Baseballs, Popular Culture Memorabilia, Sports Memorabilia

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