Diamondbacks Thing of the Week: Game used, Cheap!

I like game-used items. They seem a little closer to the player than more generic memorabilia: I keep a Tony Clark bat by my bed at SnakePit Towers, so if there are any intruders. I'm swinging for the fences....

At the expensive end, the sky is virtually the limit for these things. If you have approaching a grand to spare, you can pick up Mark Reynolds 97th career home-run or Luis Gonzalez's 269th, or even a Curt Schilling bat - though the term "game used" might be a bit of a stretch for a player with a career OPS of .348... However, that's probably an over-pay, considering that for not much more, you can get a rather nice VIP package, benefiting the Tony Hawk Foundation, which includes a private dinner with Gonzo.

Nah, we are much more interested in the stuff at the other end of the price-scale. Though I do draw the line at generic baseballs, or the recent wave of baseball cards which contain tiny swatches from a player's jersey. So, here are five pieces of other game-used memorabilia for the Diamondbacks, all for under $50.

1, Tyler Skaggs Diamondbacks Stud Rookie Signed Game Used SL Ball PSA - $9.99 + $8 shipping
"Up for auction is a signed game used southern league ball that has been signed by stud Diamondbacks rookie pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Tyler signed this ball for me in person after a minor league game last year." Well, that's fairly straightforward. Skaggs did make 13 starts for Mobile in the Southern League last year, so this seems to be plausible, at least - though as with all game-used items, the buyer needs to beware. All my stuff came from the D-backs annual Yard Sale, which should be fairly reliable, I would hope!

2. TONY WOMACK ARIZONA DIAMONDBACK GAME USED LOUISVILLE SLUGGER GRAIN SEPERATION - $20.00 + $13 shipping
"Up for auction is a Louisville Slugger (Black Finish) Game Used by Tony Womack while he player for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Can't remember exactly what year I got it from my friend who worked at The BOB now Chase Field. The bat is in Game Used Condition (lball scuffs and a there is grain separation under his name nothing missing though)." The guy appears to have had an "in" with the team about 10-15 years ago, as he's also selling bats for the same price from Hanley Frias, Andy Fox and David Dellucci. About the same cost will get you a signed Matt Davidson game used bat - albeit, confusingly, not one used by Matt Davidson.

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3. May 25, 2008 Arizona Diamondbacks Game Used Line Up Card Bob Melvin Autograph - $34.95 + $3.95 shipping
I recall seeing a stack of these at one of the yard sales two or three years ago, and did pick one up. This one is a little different, in that it's from a road game. It was a contest in Atlanta, when Micah Owings started for us, though unfortunately, it's not the game where he had four hits, two homers and six RBI - that took place the year before, and would certainly be cool to have. Still, this one was a nice 9-3 victory over the Braves, with Owings beating Tom Glavine.

4. Arizona Diamondbacks Game Used Baseball Pendant and Necklace - $40 + $3 shipping
Okay, I complained above about taking of game-used items and carving them up into tiny slices so you can sell multiple copies of the same thing. But I have to say, this one is neat. "I crafted the pendant using an authentic baseball used from an actual Diamondbacks game. I cut the leather cover of the ball into dime sized pieces and inserted them into a heavyweight chrome pendant. The white leather, red stitching and chrome framing provide a great contrast. Because the ball is game used, it shows some special character that is unique to that particular piece. The pendant will come with a 18" silver plated necklace and a necklace box."

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5. Arizona Diamondbacks Coasters with Game Used Dirt - Set of 4 - $46.98, free shipping
I was surprised by the number of items which include "game used dirt", whatever that may mean. Coasters like these, I can perhaps see, but you can also get Chase Field earth embedded into a crystal paperweight. And if that weren't enough, what about a set of game-used dirt cufflinks? Though I must confess, as someone who hasn't worn a shirt to work for approaching 13 years now, my first thought was, "There are people out there who still wear cufflinks?" They're something I remember my father possessing a set of. Maybe the fashion wheel has turned full circle, and they've become hip again...

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