Monday, July 27, 2009

A nickel isn't worth a dime today


But an autograph is worth quite a bit. A day after the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, retired stars sold their autographs in downtown Cooperstown. Yogi Berra's signature fetched $75. That's not worth $100 today, Berra would say. And it's certainly not worth $599 -- the price of a Rickey Henderson autograph on a shoe or cleats. Henderson and Jim Rice were inducted into the Hall of Fame Sunday, so their signatures were fetching big bucks. Henderson sat outside a CVS drug store as a long line of fans eagerly opened their wallets for a brush with fame. A true superstar, Henderson showed up 40 minutes late. ESPN was to blame, the fans were told.

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