About a month ago, the affiliate started their game-used memorabilia program and began collecting autographed and game-used items from BayBears players. Additionally, the Diamondbacks helped out by getting a few former BayBears to sign some BayBears merchandise, and have them MLB authenticated as well (that's not available for all the items, but you are getting them directly from the team, so authenticity wouldn't seem an issue!). Here's a few of the pieces which are currently available, along with their prices:
- Archie Bradley Signed Baseballs ($40) – Brand new Southern League Balls signed on sweet spot in ball cube
- Dugout Lineup Card from Archie Bradley’s first career start in AA, also signed by Bradley ($300), picture at the bottom of this piece
- Andrew Chafin Pair of Autographed cleats ($100) - two pairs available, as shown below
- Game worn Paul Goldschmidt Mobile BayBears jersey, autographed on back, authenticated by MLB ($400)
- Paul Goldschmidt autographed Mobile BayBears fitted hat ($100) – MLB authenticated
- Patrick Corbin, Adam Eaton, or Wade Miley autographed Mobile BayBears fitted hat ($75) – MLB authenticated
These are all fixed-price sales rather than auctions, and payment is through the BayBears, by check or credit card. To buy an item, or if you have questions, you can email or call the team's Sales and Marketing Coordinator, Sam Yarin: his email address is Sam@MobileBayBears.com, and his phone number is 251-459-6067.
They have a few additional items on which a price is still being decided. These include David Holmberg’s game worn hat from his complete-game playoff clincher in Pensacola; the dugout lineup card from that same playoff clincher, and champagne bottles from the post-game celebration (these may get signed too), so get in touch with Sam if those are of interest. And even beyond those, if someone has a specific player that they want something from, contact him, and he will certainly try to make that happen, at a mutually agreeable price.
All the proceeds from the game used memorabilia program benefit BayBears Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization. One focus of the program is to help provide upkeep for the Hank Aaron Museum and Charity. The museum was opened in 2010 and is the actual childhood home of Hank Aaron and his family - the Hall of Famer was born in Mobile, and the stadium where the team play is named in his honor. The house was moved to the stadium and, in conjunction with the Baseball Hall of Fame, turned into a wonderful museum celebrating Hank’s life and career. The BayBears Charities also helps bring inner city schools out to the museum and attend a BayBears game.
So if you're looking for something special for a D-back fan, and want to help out a good cause at the same time, take a look.