On Wednesday night, the Tigers third baseman secured the first Triple Crown in Major League Baseball in 45 years — the last being Red Sox left fielder Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 — by finishing with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBI. While his MVP candidacy is still up for debate, MLB decided to immediately cash in on the newly made history by offering dirt from the Kauffman Stadium batter’s box (the site of his final game) stored in a plaque for the low, low price of $39.99.
Well, apparently the marketability of the achievement goes far beyond the appeal of dirt.
According to ESPN.com, Cabrera gets a piece of all proceeds from memorabilia inscribed with references to his Triple Crown feat — items including shirts, coins and photographs. Additionally, it’s not known how much he made, but Cabrera had an agreement with the memorabilia firm Detroit City Sports to sign autographs at an event on Friday.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the cost of a Cabrera autograph has also skyrocketed. During the middle of the season, the report says that an autographed baseball cost in the range of $150. However, now Cabrera balls are being sold at about $400. In other words, if you previously owned a Miguel Cabrera autographed baseball, you either have a forever-treasured piece of baseball history — or have made a very, very nice investment.