Pawn Stars: Custom Dodgers Autographed Baseball Bench Table | History


– What is this? TOM: That’s a bench and a table. Tell me about this. I started making
these benches in 1999. It’s a history of not only
the Los Angeles Dodgers, but going back to Brooklyn. And I was commissioned by
another major league team to make an autograph
bench, and that’s where this idea came from. Yeah, but it
looks like garbage. [laughs] No, seriously. It says Dodgers all over it. TOM: Not a Dodgers fan. The San Francisco Giants. TOM: I’m coming
into the pawn shop today to sell my
Los Angeles Brooklyn Dodgers autographed
baseball bat bench with a matching coffee table. I’ve slowly collected
these autographs and finally have it put
together as a whole piece. My goal was for all
of these Dodgers to have touched this bench
and touched the table. And it’s almost
religious in a way. So how many cards and
everything do you have? TOM: There are about 170
autographs altogether. OK.
That includes the bats? TOM: Yes.
Bats and baseballs. One thing you got me
massively concerned here, you took all the
bats and the balls, you drilled holes in them. Which is, as far as a condition
goes, is not really great. If you understand
what I’m saying. And you want to sell all this. TOM: I want to sell
the set as one. OK, and how much
do you want for it? – I want $60,000.
– Ooh. Quite frankly, I have no idea
if your price is right or not. Let me call up a buddy and have
him take a look at this stuff. Let me get an idea from him. I mean, you just have
so much stuff here and I need a little help. So if you don’t mind hanging
out, I’m going to get him down, he’ll look at
everything, and we’ll try and figure something out.
– OK. – All right?
– Thank you. Hearing that an expert is coming
in is going to be a good thing. It will help me understand
what the real value is for this piece. He wants a whopping
$60,000 for this. I think that’s way
out of left field, but maybe he’s just
starting real high. So I called Jeremy
down to see what this thing is really worth. So we have a
Dodgers furniture. I’d figured I’d have
you take a look at it. He wants a lot of
money for them, but there’s a lot of stuff here. Just from what I can
see here real quick, this is absolutely fantastic. So what are some of the
best pieces we have in here? Well, Charles Ebbets, I
think, is the number one. I found out there is
only one other photograph that he had signed. And then Jackie Robinson,
that was dated 1954. Well, just like
he said, by far and away, the best piece
in this entire collection has got to be the
Charles Ebbets autograph. This is, by far, the
most scarce autograph in the entire collection. Ebbets owned the team
in 1900 and opened Ebbets Field in 1912. Being that he passed
away in the 20s, that autograph– especially
on a photo like that– is exceedingly rare. On the bottom row
right here, there’s six different cards in the 1955
season that are autographed. 55 being the key
year for the Dodgers. Their first World
Series victory. So this is just one
hell of a collection. I’m assuming I’d have to
break this up to sell it. It would be a shame to, but it
would be incredibly difficult, in my opinion, to
find somebody that would be spending top dollar
on something like this. And I mean, I can think
of thousands of collectors and fans that would just love
to have an authentic autograph, from the 50s, of
Jackie Robinson. The problem is you’re not going
to really find too many people that are going to pay you
premium so they can have autographs of Wally Moon,
Rick Monday, and some of the other Dodgers from
throughout the history of the club. So what do you think
all this stuff is worth? Well, the
autographs themselves, they all have
considerable value, but beyond that, quite honestly,
I’m at a loss of words. What you’ve done here to
the bats and the balls, in my industry, it’s extremely
careless and quite honestly, it’s sacrilegious. You’re not supposed to
alter signed memorabilia when you have it. So as far as the value, because
of the condition, the fact we have about a 1/2 inch drilled
through the entire section of bats and balls, maybe
about $10,000 to $12,000 is what we’re looking at.
– Thanks, man. I appreciate it.
– You got it, man. Thank you for showing it to me.
– OK. With sports memorabilia,
the one saving grace is no matter what you have, how
rare, how unique, how obscure, there’s always somebody out
there looking to buy it. With this piece in
particular, there would be people that would
absolutely pay top dollar to have it, but we’re
talking about a very limited, very small market out there. All right. What you’ve got here
is really, really neat. It’s a great collection. But I would have
to break this up. I understand. When it comes down
to making money, that’s what you got to do. So I don’t think you’re going
to take $8,000 for all this. Not at all.
No. I have a lot more. I have three times that,
just in the autographs. It’s a neat set,
there’s a lot of history. It’s really, really cool. But I got to make money. So thanks.
– Thank you. Thanks for looking at it. I’m very surprised by the
value the expert has given me. It’s a one of a kind art piece. I know there is
a buyer out there that would pay
what I want for it, and that’s what I’m going for.

99 thoughts on “Pawn Stars: Custom Dodgers Autographed Baseball Bench Table | History

  1. “I have here the original constitution of the United States. I cut out and glue sticked every individual autograph onto this scrapbook. I want 5.5 million for it.”

  2. Who would even want to sit on that? It’s a museum piece at best. I’m sure he could have found a way to create a bench using clamps instead of drilling directly through the things.

  3. Customer: can i exchange this 10$ bill for 2 fives?

    Rick: i've got a buddy who knows a lot more about this than I do, let me get him down here.

  4. If you gave this fool the Mona Lisa, he would probably get some paint and a brush and try to add in his own colorful flowers and trees into the background because he thinks it will look cool.

  5. Definitely would have got more money by selling everything individually and not putting a hole in it. But the chair itself now is definitely over 25k. Someone will buy it for well ever 10-12k. You have to realize the collector wrote off all bats and balls because if the drill holes so the price he gave is for bench pics and cards. Find the right person who will keep it as the art piece and you got your 20-40k

  6. I know he screw up by making this thing but in the long run years later and only one of existence it'll gets collector value someday.

  7. That's like drilling a hole in a golden eagle coin so you can hang it on a nail. The bats and balls he ruined are probably worth 1/10th of what he could have sold them for.

  8. If this dumbass didnt mess the balls and bats up it be worth around the amount he wanted but nope he killed it all

  9. Honestly I don't see nothing bad with it this would be an ultimate Dodger fan collection piece yes it might be a small Market but there is tons of Dodger fans

  10. Everyone’s hating on the guy but I also kinda lowkey feel bad for him to put in all this work and think it’s a good idea but end up screwing it up

  11. Gotta be a Dodgers fan out there that would pay 20 large for this. I don’t know why, but there’s gotta be one

  12. When he said Dodgers if I were Rick I would be like this isn't worth a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin getting it on

  13. How can you be such an avid collector and think it's a good idea to drill holes in signed memorabilia?
    Definitely voted for Killary.

  14. Drilling the holes were the worst part, but the other issue is, as they said, is that most people only want stuff from superstars. Paying extra for dozens of autographs of lesser known players is something only diehard fans of that team are going to do, which severely limits your pool of buyers.

  15. What I have NOT seen anyone bring up is the possibility that none of the autographs on the bats and balls are authentic…maybe they're just facsimiles…..?

  16. How can you be so dumb to drill holes on the balls and bats. It is one of a kind but he could of found another way to connect the bats n balls

  17. realizing how much he has lost he might as well chop his balls and bolt them to with that piece of whatever he calls

  18. The best thing he can do is burn the whole lot and hope he never gets haunted by Dodgers ghosts for what he did expert looked like he wanted to hit him

  19. Well that's idiotic.
    That's like getting a gold bar and then sculpting it to make it into art and then selling it. You just shaved away bits of gold decreasing the value.
    Like this. You just drilled a hole in the bats and balls.
    Oh dear.

  20. Is he nuts drilling holes and destroying value of all those collections and still he calls it art ?

  21. This guy is more carpenter than fan.

    Only a really wealthy, care free Dodger fan would want this. I'm a red sox fan and I would love the Robinson, Ebbits, or Branch Ricky autograph for my collection. Not that whole bench.

    Prime example here of eliminating a huge part of the market with what he did.

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