Saturday, April 07, 2018

Goodwill Find

I stopped in a Goodwill store today and came across a very used-looking baseball but decided to take a closer look.  It had a couple black sharpie autographs on it that I didn't recognize, but for 99 cents, I decided to take a chance. 

The ball isn't an official Rawlings Major League ball, but any leather-covered ball has to be worth 99 cents just as a baseball, right?

After looking online and trying to find players with the jersey numbers listed on the ball, I gave up and posted a picture of it on  In just a few minutes, another member identified the signatures as Tommy Hanson and Jonny Venters, who played for the Atlanta Braves from about 2010 through 2012.

Unfortunately, Tommy Hanson passed away in 2015 due to issues with cocaine and alcohol.

I have no idea how an Atlanta Braves-signed ball made its way to Minnesota, but it made for an interesting find.


Laurens said...

Probably during an interleague series in 2010 perhaps?

Droidtrader said...

Probably! Looks like the Braves were here in early June, 2010. Thanks!