It’s been about this time of year for the last couple of seasons when Vin Scully makes his announcement — whether it be in a casual press-box gathering, a between-innings TV game reference while munching on cookies, or something he has to do as the result of an L.A. Times writer writing a panicked column, leaving the Hall of Fame broadcaster to clean up their mess.
Will Scully come back for another season doing Dodgers games? It would be fitting, perhaps, that he waits to make it official until when his a one-of-a-kind bobblehead is given out on Aug. 30.
Until then, contemplate another new Scully novelty: A baseball card.
One hundred Scully-signed baseball cards will be included in an upcoming Panini 2012 Cooperstown Baseball set, according to the company website.
Panini announced it had received the cards signed by the Dodgers’ Hall of Fame broadcaster this week (linked here), noting that he has “never before appeared on a certified autographed baseball card — until now.”
Scully-signed photos, balls and jerseys have only recently been made available for public sale through Art of the Game (linked here), with kiosks at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center. Jerseys sell for as much as $1,250 with balls going for $399.
(We saw Scully sign a ball for a kid once and deliver this caviat: “You know, that autograph really isn’t worth much today. And if you hang onto it a few more years, it’ll be worth even less.”)
The Panini Group, an Italian-based collectibles company, bought Donruss trading cards in 2009 and has started specialized series in the U.S. with the NBA and NHL. It announced recently an exclusive agreement with the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant for his own set of cards.