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New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez, known to fans as A-Rod, has retired from baseball after a 22-year career that will be remembered for championships, controversy and big money. He was released by the Yankees after playing his final game on Aug. 12, but will continue on with the club as a special advisor and instructor.
Here is a look at how A-Rod’s retirement will affect the price of memorabilia associated with the now-legendary Yankee. Prices were drawn from SportsMemorabilia.com on Aug. 11, 2016 unless otherwise noted.
How Will Alex Rodriguez Retirement Affect Prices?
Retirement can affect the price of memorabilia, but career longevity and reputation among fans factors heavily, according to SportsMemorabilia.com. Rodriguez certainly has the stats, but his career is blemished by a suspension that lasted through the 2014 season after evidence emerged he used performance-enhancing substances.
“A-Rod memorabilia, signed and unsigned, will probably be a bit higher over the next few weeks, but I expect prices to drift lower over the long haul,” said Steven Cyrkin, who runs Autograph Live, an online community where fans and autograph collectors help each other collect better and avoid forgeries.
“He’s not going to hit 700 home runs and his PED scandals will likely always keep prices for his memorabilia down,” he continued. “I wouldn’t rush out and buy his autograph for fear of paying more in the future. Like other former baseball heroes found to have used performance-enhancing drugs, like Sosa, McGwire, Palmeiro and Bonds, A-Rod’s memorabilia will likely always trade at a big discount compared to similarly-talented but clean athletes. I wouldn’t buy Rodriguez as an investment.”
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Alex Rodriguez 3,000th Hit Ball: $399.99
On June 19, 2015, Rodriguez picked up hit No. 3,000 against the Detroit Tigers — and the Yankees created a special edition ball with a logo just for the occasion. This A-Rod memorabilia is fetching $399.99 at the official Yankees store.
A regular, signed A-Rod ball can be picked up for just over $189 on SportsMemorabilia.com.
Autographed Game Model Bat: $399.99
The Yankees store is selling a game model bat hand signed by A-Rod for $399.99. The 14-time All Star has a .295 batting average coming into his final game, one of just many impressive career accomplishments.
Signed Debut Ticket Stub: $3,648.99
A-Rod’s first game as a Seattle Mariner was against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in 1994. An autographed stub from that game is going for $3,648.99. More than two decades later, in May 2015, Rodriguez tied the record set by the great Willie Mays when he hit home run No. 660 in Fenway Park.
Signed Home Run Bat: $11,817.99
The signed game bat A-Rod used to hit home run No. 549 is selling for $11,817.99. Entering his final game, A-Rod records 696 home runs — the fourth-most of all time — as well as 25 grand slams, an all-time record.
Signed Sports Illustrated Magazine: $13,660.99
A no-reprint copy of the Feb. 24, 1997 issue of Sports Illustrated, signed by A-Rod and fellow Yankee great and fan favorite Derek Jeter, is currently on sale for $13,660.99.
A-Rod Baseball Jersey: $18,205.99
A Rodriguez jersey can range anywhere from $44.99 — for toddlers — to $266.99 for an MLB Authentic Collection jersey in the official Yankees store.
A framed and signed Yankees jersey, however, can fetch as much as $817.99 on SportsMemorabilia.com. If you’re in the market for a used A-Rod game jersey, expect to shell out $18,205.99.
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500th Home Run Ball: $103,579
On Aug. 4, 2007, A-Rod became the 22nd member — and at 32 years old, the youngest ever — to join the illustrious 500 club when he hit his 500th home run off the first pitch thrown by Royals’ Kyle Davies.
“His 500th home run ball sold for $103,579 unsigned in 2010,” Cyrkin said. The ball sold in an auction. “I doubt it would bring that today.”
With his career ending, Rodriguez remains one of the highest-paid baseball players of all time, earning $448 million over his 22-year career, reported AP. His memorabilia can fetch tens of thousands, and will likely see a temporary bump in the weeks following his final game.
This article originally appeared on GoBankingRates.