Argh! I've been looking for this baseball for close to 7 years, and this is literally the first one I have ever seen on eBay. The only reason I knew it even existed was because the Opening Day ball for the NL just had the red stitching and year so I asked a ball dealer about it. (Who also has not seen one in a long time.) I started with my All Star ball, and an Opening Day 2002, then I just picked them up each year if I was at the actual event. I only buy balls for an event I'm at -- Opening Day, final year of a Stadium, or my favorite the "Griffey Returns" ball that he signed for charity when he came back with Cincy. Well, sure enough the one ball I'm missing came up on eBay out of the blue -- But c'mon, more than $100?? I couldn't afford to sleep on the couch tonight, so I had to stop. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230421194521...
With any luck, maybe another of these will come out now that they know someone wants it and I can pick it up even cheaper, but in the meantime it sucks!
Anyone else have something baseball oriented that you'd truly wanted or looked for, but just couldn't justify at the end? I'm not talking that Babe Ruth ball at the Heritage auctions or game used DiMaggio jerseys. I'm talking something realistic that you could actually afford, but in the end couldn't pull the trigger on it. A painting? A framed photo? Stadium seat? Artifact? Ticket to a game that was there, but you just couldn't tell your spouse it was going to be $500 so you had to bail? (Even though you thought it was totally worth $500 to be there.)