“The demand for Kris’ autograph is super high right now because he signed so few autographs and plays in city starved for success,” said Victor Shaffer, executive vice president of Fanatics Authentic. “Being a great teammate and having good looks doesn’t hurt either.”
On Saturday the Cubs slugger signed hundreds of autographs for the company in Atlanta. This is where the Cubs will be playing the Braves over the weekend. Bryant said he noticed the3 frenzy over his autograph at the games and on the road.
“There are always a ton of fans waiting during batting practice and outside the hotels, and the way I look at it, it means it’s a byproduct of me doing something right,” Bryant said. Even though he has signed on to a major agency, Bryant said he will still sign autographs for free and will keep looking for the autographs of his opponents. Bryant never collected as a kid but now that he has access he has quite the stash.
“I got six signed balls from each team at the All-Star Game,” Bryant said. “And I got [Clayton] Kershaw, [Mike] Trout and [Bryce] Harper on individual balls.”
Bryant’s newly signed merchandise isn’t cheap. A signed authentic Cubs jersey is $600; a signed bat is $300; a signed cap is $250; and a signed ball is $200.
Earlier this month, on eBay a bidder paid $15,100 for a signed 2013 Bowman card of Bryant. Since mid-April, 14 other signed cards have gone for more than $5,000 each. “It blows my mind that people pay those types of prices,” Bryant said. “I didn’t even know this kind of market existed. But I’m happy people who paid those prices believe in me.”
Per Head sources say for those who want to truly invest in Bryant. The company Shaffer said they will offer some limited edition items of which he will sign only 17 apiece. There will also be one-of-a-kind items, including his game-used No. 17 jersey that he wore during his first home run at Wrigley Field, which he signed Saturday.
The kid is going far and everyone can see it in him. Is this kid the next Babe Ruth?