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After His Death, A Memorabilia Collector Discusses Musial’s Value

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A box of signed baseballs signed by National Baseball Hall of Fame member Stan Musial sit ready for sale at the St. Louis Cardinals annual Winter Warm up in St. Louis on January 20, 2013. Musial, a Cardinal his entire career, died on January 19 at the age of 92. Musial entered the Hall of Fame in 1969.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

A box of signed baseballs signed by National Baseball Hall of Fame member Stan Musial sit ready for sale at the St. Louis Cardinals annual Winter Warm up in St. Louis on January 20, 2013. Musial, a Cardinal his entire career, died on January 19 at the age of 92. Musial entered the Hall of Fame in 1969. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It often happens with artists, as well as athletes: the value of items they produced while they were alive increases after their death.

In the case of Stan Musial, that would include items he autographed over the years.

“Typically, it will go up in price,” collector Mike Luechtefeld of Red Bud, Illinois, explained from his collectibles booth at this year’s Winter Warm-Up. “I think with Stan, because he’s had his business for so long, there’s still a lot of his stuff you’ll be able to get.”

He says ironically, because Musial was so approachable and willing to sign just about anything placed in front of him, the higher volume of autographed items will hold down prices in the collectibles market. Luechtefeld expects a rise in the short term value of the autographed goods and then a drop in the long term.

The most expensive Musial autographed item on the auction website ebay is a 1941 minor league contract signed by Musial’s mother which can be yours for $10,000.

Predictably, the more unique a Musial item is, the more likely it will fetch a good price. For instance, Luechtefeld says for years he’s been trying to find a signed harmonica, Stan’s trademark.

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