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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Money ball

By Jim Mullen




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Christian Lopez caught the home-run ball that Derek Jeter smacked last week for his 3,000th hit. When Lopez handed the ball to Jeter, sportswriters were shocked that the guy didn't ask for any money. They acted as if Lopez returned a lost wallet filled with $150,000 in cash without even asking for a reward.

Basically he did, according to some expert valuations. That's right; experts say Lopez could have gotten as much as $150,000 for a used baseball.

Funny story: Seconds after the ball was hit, it was listed on eBay for $1,999, even though it was not possible for anyone other than Christian Lopez to have it in his possession. Six or seven of the baseballs were for sale by the end of the day.

Not so funny story: Earlier the same week, a baseball fan fell over a railing and died while trying to catch a foul ball that retails for about $6. If he had been trying to catch the Hope Diamond, it wouldn't have been worth it.

Years ago I was watching "Antiques Roadshow" when a guy brought one of the appraisers an autographed soccer ball. The appraiser went on and on about how unique and rare the ball was and gave it a stratospheric price of tens of thousands of dollars. And it wasn't signed by David Beckham or Pele or Mia Hamm, the only soccer players most of us have heard of.

So why was it worth so much? Oh, did I forget to mention I was watching the original "Antiques Roadshow," the British version? You couldn't get 10 bucks for that ball at a lawn sale over here. The next week a cricket bat was appraised for thousands of pounds. After all, it was signed by Donald Bradman. THE Donald Bradman! Oh, yeah, I've never heard of him, either. To tell you the truth, I thought the cricket bat was a piece from a broken butter churn. But, then, could you get more than a pound or two for Derek Jeter's record-breaking baseball in London?

So what are things like baseballs and autographs really worth if the price is so arbitrary? If a famous baseball came up at an auction, would you bid on it at all? If so, would you stop at $6? $50? $250? $1,000? Charlie Sheen once spent $93,000 on a baseball. Was that an early warning sign of celebrity flakiness?

Could you tell one baseball from another, a real signature from a fake? The ball with which Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in one game originally sold for more than half a million dollars. When its authenticity was questioned, it resold for $67,000. And yet, it's still just a basketball -- a basketball you can't even play with. What does the owner do with it? Hang it on the wall and stare at it as if it were a da Vinci? People are always complaining that athletes make way too much money. It sounds like collectors make way too much money, too. The only difference is that no one's talking about putting a salary cap on collectors. Or actors. Or team owners.

An expert may say that a baseball is worth $150,000, but it's not as if you can write that on a deposit slip and hand the bank teller a baseball. The hard part is finding the person who not only thinks the ball is worth that kind of money but also has that kind of money.

I saw a commercial last night hawking a baseball commemorating Jeter's 3,000th hit. This is not the ball he hit, it's just some $6 ball that says Jeter got 3,000 hits. It costs $49.99 and comes in a plexiglass cube. Autographed "by hand," it costs $699.99. What does that mean, "by hand"? Does Jeter normally use his foot? I might pay that for a baseball -- if it was also autographed by Christian Lopez.

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Jim Mullen is the author of "It Takes a Village Idiot: Complicating the Simple Life" and "Baby's First Tattoo."


Previously:


Golf and death go hand in hand
Tune in, turn off, unplug
The radar curtain
Is Steve Jobs clouding my privacy?
The gift of garbage
Johnny Intern, Ph.D.
Twenty-foot fences make good neighbors
You must remember this…
TV experts and real news
Hey caller, where's the fire?
My sad cushy life
Pacemaker, don't you mess around with me
Big Brother is skinny
Flight of the snowbirds
This HDTV needs child support
Dear Future: Where's the dome?
Not so elementary, my dear Watson
A vacation revolution
Your call is very unimportant to us
Life: There's no app for that
Bam! Practical kitchen magic
Poisoning myself
Ban Huck Finn in schools --- even the sanitized version!
$38,000 for traffic and weather updates
2011 Predictions: Nostradamus was a hack
2010: A year of annoying junk
Why do bad things happen to stupid people?
Moving on from movie theaters
Money never sleeps, but it does pass out
President Trump kept it classy
Stalking your college kid won't change a thing
Putting my life in ‘Jeopardy’
Mo' government, mo' problems
iLostIt
Dressed for excess
Expert tease
The mysteries of Jersey
‘You are a toilet, where am I?’
Don't we all cheat at the game of life?
What happens when I forget where Google is?
Don't let the doorman hit you on the way out
Picasso fiasco
Purple (hair) ‘Daze’
Let me hear your body talk
Working from work
Babies deserve clean restrooms, too
3-year-old bear-killers are a thing of the past
Money-making ideas on the fly
Collecting and hoarding
Chain of fools
Please come pick up your acting awards, ESPN commentators, you've earned them
You've been superpoked by the U.S. gov't
e-Readin', e-Writin' and e-Rithmatic
A pose by any other name
Warning: Column contains 2010 spoilers
‘He loves only gold, only gold’
Think about direction, wonder why …
Flushing your money down a diamond-studded toilet
More like ‘wack’ Friday
The good, the ad and the ugly
The desert of the real
Let books be large and in charge
I was insulting people way before the Internet
GPS drill sergeant: Left, right, left!
Butterfly in the sky, you make winds go twice as high
Music to my ears it's not
You don't light up my life
Fair or not: Country living is far from ‘Little House’
A parable for the ‘ages’
Top 100 Cable news stories of the century
Green dumb
A developing story
Thinking outside the lunch box
What's good for the goose is good for the scanner
Newspapers will survive, but network TV?
A really big show of generation gaps
When pigs flu
The reports of our decline have been greatly exaggerated
Mergers and admonitions
Invest in gold: little, yellow, different
Stuck in Folsom Penthouse
Collecting karma
Setting loose the creative ‘juice’
It's all in the numbers
You're damaging your brain with practical skills
The real rat pack
The unspeakable luxury of the Park-O-Matic
Gross-ery shopping



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