Tips For Getting Any Autograph You Want

Getting a player’s autograph on your baseball card, ball, hat, jersey, or any other piece of sports memorabilia is a time-honored tradition for young sports fans. They’ve been celebrated in classic movies like The Sandlot, sold for thousands of dollars, and generally been a staple of a sports fan’s life growing up.

At some point or another you’ve probably wished you had an athlete’s signature, or have seen your kid pining away over getting his favorite player’s autograph. So how do you go about it?

Get To The Game Early

Whether it’s batting practice or some other pregame warmups, you’re likely going to have to get to the park or stadium hours early to get a really good shot at not only getting down to the level of the players, but also doing so while they’re in the mood to sign autographs. Understand that you may have great seats, but immediately before the game players most likely don’t want that distraction.

Pick A Game Against A Bad Team

Why? Because fewer fans equals less competition. This works especially well if you’re in a city with a perennially bad team, and the player whose autograph you want is on the visiting team. You’ll stand out if you’re wearing his team’s gear, and there will simply be fewer people asking for autographs.

Bide Your Time

Sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Your favorite player isn’t signing autographs that day, or he just doesn’t sign as many as usual. Don’t stress! If you have an opportunity to get a different autograph, take it, and wait for another chance to come around. It’s all about planning out your approach, but sometimes you’ll just have bad luck. Another game you might get it with ease.

Write A Letter

If you’re still having trouble snagging that autograph you really want, then why not write a letter? Many players will send autographs through the mail, and you might be surprised to find out how many take the time to answer those fan letters.

Some tips for requesting through the mail:

  • Write it out! Don’t type the letter that you’re sending, even if it’s gushing with fandom. A handwritten letter is more personal, and it shows that you’re willing to put in a little effort to get the autograph. Players are people too, and that personal touch makes it more likely they’ll respond.
  • What doesn’t? A letter that’s been typed out and feels like a form. Regardless of how personal it is, a typed letter could always allow you to just delete a name and replace it with another. That looks like you’re an autograph mercenary, not someone who genuinely wants their signature because you’re such a fan.
  • Keep it brief, but show you’re a true fan. You don’t have to list off their statistics from their rookie year, but maybe tell them why you like watching them so much. Maybe there’s a great play they made that you specifically remember from a year or two ago. That kind of detail can mean a lot to a player.

So in conclusion, take your chances at the game or through the mail, and you might just end up with that dream autograph. And when you do, check out the cases at BallQube for a beautiful, durable way to show off your new signature!

 

The 10 Funniest Dad Instagrammers Every Parent Should Be Following

You may remember your dad making what we’d refer to today as “dad jokes” when you were growing up, but could you imagine if he were on Instagram today? Luckily, you don’t have to imagine it. Dads of all sorts are taking to Instagram to share their funny fatherhood stories.

There are a ton of funny Instagram accounts run by dads, but here are 10 of our favorites.

1. Father of Daughters

Follow Simon Hooper, the proud dad of four daughters, as he navigates the everyday adventures of parenting all four. Honest and hilarious, this is a must follow for parents of young children.

2. Nate Robinson

The point guard loves blending strange Instagram filters with goofy photos of his kids and funny memes. It’s a fun and playful look inside the life of a father in the NBA.

3. Fashion Dads

Okay, so it technically isn’t one dad, but this deserves to make the list. The account posts funny pictures of dads in quintessential dad outfits, and it’s absolutely worth your time.

4. Benjamin Travis

Benjamin Travis is a dad who works from home while raising three young daughters and documenting many of their moments together on Instagram. Certainly worth a follow for the relatable and often humorous posts.

5. How To Be A Dad

The Instagram account associated with HowToBeADad.com is just as hilarious and relatable as the website. You’ll find all the dad-based humor you need right here.

6. Kevin Blankenship

Do you like pancakes? Do you like art? Then you’ll love this account full of pancake art. It started while Kevin was making pancakes for his two young sons, and it’s become an oddly beautiful and often funny account.

7. James Breakwell

Four daughters and a pet pig make appearances in this Instagram account, along with funny illustrations by James. If you happen to be a dad with daughters, or just like cute photos, this is a great one to follow.

8. Beleafmel

There are plenty of pictures of Beleaf’s cute kids, as well as uniquely humorous videos and pictures to keep you entertained here.

9. Tom Curtis

Things I Have Drawn is the hilarious Instagram account that follows the drawings of Tom’s young son Dom. Tom takes the drawings and recreates them in “real life” photos using Photoshop.

10. Chad Johnson

The man also known as Ochocinco is a father and quite funny Instagrammer. He loves meeting fans and playing them in Fifa, and this account rarely disappoints.

At BallQube, we love the dads of Instagram who take the time to document their children as they grow up. After all, we’re all about preserving great memories for later years.

 

Why BallQube Is Unique

At BallQube, we know you have options when it comes to storing and maintaining your sports memorabilia, but what really is the difference between those various options? We suspect that many people don’t know what sets BallQube products apart from our competitors, so we wanted to give you a quick look at what makes our products so special.

The square, two-piece sports display case is where it all started. And in fact, BallQube invented and patented this handy display case. Yep, we were the first in the business, and although a variety of imitators have popped up over the years, we hardly see them as our peers. Why?

For one thing, our cases are made right here in the U.S.A. We don’t know of any other sports display cases that can make that claim. Most come from China, Taiwan, or Costa Rica, instead of supporting U.S. business and manufacturing like BallQube. We also believe that our cases are simply better quality. Our cases are clearer, and made of higher quality materials, making them the perfect holding case for valuable sports memorabilia that you want everyone to see.

And keep in mind that our baseball cases are designed for a perfect fit around an official Major League Baseball. They’re required to be an exact size, so our baseball cases are built specifically to hold them—it’s not a one-size fits all types of balls deal. Got a lot of sports memorabilia? That’s great, and what’s even better is that you can stack our cases to easily categorize and display it all compactly.

You’ll also notice the attention to detail when you buy a BallQube case. Do you have a valuable signature on a ball or piece of memorabilia that you don’t want fading? Then get one of our cases with UV protection that will protect against autograph and color fading due to light. We know you want to display your memorabilia, not just tuck it away in a dusty drawer, and that’s why we produce cases with those extra touches.

We bring that attention to detail and quality to all of our cases, not just our original baseball cases. We produce display cases for memorabilia from basketball, softball, golf, hockey, and other sports. That means if you’ve got a jersey, a hockey puck, a baseball bat, some trading cards, and a cereal box that you want to display, you’ll find a proper case for all of them at BallQube. Seriously, you can display everything from football helmets to 1:24 scale race cars—there’s a BallQube case for it all.

When you put it all together, there simply isn’t a company that does what we do at BallQube. So don’t let your valuable sports memorabilia gather dust because you’re too worried to display it – get a BallQube case from our huge selection and show it off with pride.

The 5 Greatest Pitchers Of All Time

It’s a tall order, of course. To name the five best pitchers when so many great pitchers come to mind. But we’ve got some names here for you, and we think you’ll agree that they’re all some of the best to ever set foot on a Major League field. Greatest of all time? Well, that’s for you to decide…

5. Bob Feller

Rapid Robert was known to be one of the hardest throwers in the game, and played his entire career with the Cleveland Indians. In 18 years he recorded 266 wins and 2,581 strikeouts. Those are huge numbers, but we also have to remember that Feller spent three years of his prime serving his country in WWII, which means he could easily have had over 300 wins. He also threw 12 one-hitters and two no-hitters, including the only one ever thrown on Opening Day.

4. Bob Gibson

In 1969, MLB lowered the mound to give hitters a better chance. That was prompted in part by Bob Gibson’s 1.12 ERA in 1968, a record that still stands today. Not only does he hold the all-time lowest ERA, but he also threw 13 shutouts that year and was named the league’s MVP.

“Gibby” was a nine time All-Star, a two-time Cy Young winner, a two time World Series MVP, and perhaps the most imposing presence to ever take the mound. While his 251 wins and 3,117 strikeouts are quite impressive, his performance in the postseason is really what cements him as an all-time great. He still holds the record for most strikeouts in a World Series at 35, and the most strikeouts during a World Series game, at an incredible 17.

3. Nolan Ryan

Yep, the strikeout king is on this list. Speaking of imposing mound presence, he terrorized batters for 27 years with a ferocious fastball, and threw seven no-hitters during that time. His 5,714 strikeouts are over 800 more than the next runner up—a guy named Randy Johnson. He never won a Cy Young award, but it’s hard to keep him off the list just from the sheer numbers he put up over his career that spanned parts of four decades.

2. Sandy Koufax

Koufax may be slightly controversial, as his career was ended early due to arthritis, but when he was healthy, he was nearly unbeatable. During an amazing 6 years, he racked up 2,396 strikeouts, four no-hitters, a perfect game, and three Cy Young Awards. While many of the pitchers on this list lasted well into their 30s and even 40s, Koufax only had until 30 before he was forced to retire. Is that a point against him, or for him?

1. Randy Johnson

The Big Unit. Second only to Nolan Ryan in strikeouts, the 6-foot-10, hard throwing lefty punched out 4,875 batters during his career, and won the Cy Young 5 times. He threw two no-hitters and one perfect game, and won 303 games during his career.

His 10.75 strikeouts per nine innings is the best ever, and if you’ve seen his highlights, you know why. His devastating fastball once struck and killed a bird in mid-flight, but it was more generally known for striking out opposing batters left and right, like during his 20-strikeout performance against the Reds in 2001.

So who did we miss? Who doesn’t deserve to be on here in the first place? Let us know in the comments!

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson Breaking The Color Barrier

On April 15th, Major League Baseball will hold their annual Jackie Robinson Day, marking the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in professional baseball.

It may seem hard to believe today, but in 1947, his presence on the field with the Brooklyn Dodgers was a major event, marking the first time a black player had played in the majors.

Robinson would go on to win the Rookie of the Year award in 1947, proving he was in the majors to stay. In 1949, he won the MVP award, and finally in 1955 was part of the World Champion Dodgers team that overcame the Yankees to secure their place in history.

At the end of his career, Robinson was traded to the New York Giants, but retired shortly thereafter. He finished with a career batting average of .311, an OPS of .883, and a .409 On Base Percentage. His final tally was 947 runs, 734 RBI, and 1,518 hits in 1,382 games. He also stole 197 bases during his career.

He became the first black player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962, and in 1972 the Dodgers retired his number.

Throughout his career, Robinson had to endure hostile crowds, unwelcoming teammates, and even threats against him and his family. Through it all, he acted with grace and humility, and in fact, his calm demeanor and strength of spirit were part of the reason that Dodgers’ GM Branch Rickey brought him up to the majors. He knew that it would be a difficult journey, and found in Robinson both incredible talent and the ability to endure the racism and hatred that his presence on the field evoked in some people.

No matter what ballpark you head to on Jackie Robinson Day, the players will all be wearing the same number—42. The tradition of wearing 42 on April 15th began when Ken Griffey Jr. wrote to then-commissioner Bud Selig in 1997 and asked if he could wear 42 to honor Robinson on that day.

Selig agreed, and later encouraged more players to wear the number. Since 2009, every player in the majors wears the famous 42 on April 15th, in a special tribute to a baseball legend.

At Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, a new statue of Jackie Robinson will be unveiled on April 15th. Though the Dodgers may have a new home across the country, the club gave Robinson his shot at the majors, and will always be associated with Robinson’s career.

If you’d like to learn more about Jackie Robinson’s career and faith, then we’d highly recommend you pick up 42 Faith: The Rest of the Jackie Robinson Story by Ed Henry. It chronicles the story of Robinson’s faith and the role it played in helping him break the color barrier and stay calm and collected in the face of so much adversity.

And if you do head to the ballpark for Jackie Robinson Day, make sure that any souvenir or memorabilia you bring home stays safe and sound with a clear and durable case from BallQube!

How To Display Your Sports Memorabilia Without Making Your Wife Mad

Sports. Aren’t they just the best? And collecting sports memorabilia is all part of the fun. But once you’ve gotten your treasures home, you may run into some trouble trying to display the collectibles that mean so much to you. Why? Because an assortment of autographed balls rolling around the mantle doesn’t exactly scream sophistication, and they almost certainly don’t go with the decorating scheme your wife has worked so hard on.

But you love your memorabilia, and you want to display it so everyone can see! The thing is, life is all about compromise, and here at BallQube, we know exactly how you can show off those beloved souvenirs without driving your wife crazy.

Pick Your Battles

Like we said earlier, a bunch of autographed baseballs rolling around on the mantle may be a little much, but would a signed ball or two sitting in pristine cases over the fireplace cause that much of a stir? That may just be the compromise that you can both live with. In the end, is it really worth it to display something if you know for certain it’s going to bug your wife every time she sees it? Pick your battles, guys.

Choose A Room

You know what will really annoy your wife? Having to see memorabilia laying around the house everywhere she goes. It’s in the bedroom, it’s in the hallway, it’s hanging up in the dining room, it’s driving her insane. Pick a room and put all, or at least most, of your collection in there. When guests come around, you can show it off, but they don’t need to know that you’re a die-hard Sox fan the moment they open the door.

Class Things Up

Your autographed Joe Montana jersey does not belong tacked up on the wall in the family room, but perhaps a stylish frame would convince your wife otherwise? Think about it. A custom frame look (without the custom frame price), and a T-shirt insert to hold the jersey perfectly in place – how can she possibly object?

Get Her Input

So far we’ve been going off the assumption that your wife hates sports stuff in the house, and is not at all on board with your planned decorating. But have you tried talking to her and asking her what she thinks is the best way to display it? If it means that much to you, she’ll probably be willing to make a few concessions, and she’ll almost certainly be more open to displaying it if you tell her about BallQube’s selection of stylish, sophisticated display cases.

Guys, you don’t have to drive your wife crazy trying to cover the walls in memorabilia. Pick your battles, consolidate it into a room or two, and actually have a conversation with her about it. And once you’ve done all that, you’ll probably need a few cases for everything, so check out our full line of highest quality display cases. Whether you need them for footballs, basketballs, or even mini helmets, we’ve got you covered – and we promise, your wife is gonna love ‘em.

5 Best Baseball Stadiums In The Country

With 30 teams playing in the MLB, there are quite a few different ballparks that you’d probably love to check out in person. But which do you visit first? And which ones are absolute must-sees for any die-hard baseball fan? It’s tough to just pick five, and we’re sure there will be some friendly disagreement, but these are five stadiums across the country that we here at BallQube feel you really just can’t miss.

Fenway Park

The Green Monster, the Pesky Pole, the Curse of the Bambino—you’ll see the first two and laugh about the third while sitting in your seats at Fenway. It may not be as flashy as some of the other parks on this list, but history surely counts for something, and Fenway is truly one of the great ballparks in the game. There’s no denying the atmosphere inside the stadium, and it’s worth it to see a game in Boston just to say that you have.

PNC Park

PNC is an absolute gem of a ballpark, placed right along the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh. The outfield opens up into a gorgeous view of the city’s skyline and the Roberto Clemente Bridge, and when the lights are shining it may just be the best view in baseball. The sight lines here are excellent, so you’ll be able to enjoy the game as well as the great view. And with the Pirates doing so well in recent years, there’s no time like the present to buy tickets.

Busch Stadium

It’s tough to beat the atmosphere of Busch Stadium during a warm summer night in St. Louis. The Cardinals do a lot of winning at home, the fans are passionate, and the park itself is fantastic. This third incarnation of Busch Stadium boasts a view of the St. Louis Arch, a beautiful brick exterior, and great hospitality. The addition of Ballpark Village just across the street means there’s also a fun gathering spot for food and drinks just outside the doors.

Coors Field

As if watching the Rockies play weren’t enough, at Coors Field, you can get a pretty good view of the other Rockies in the area, too (the mountains, that is). This stadium is a great place to catch a game – it has its own microbrewery, and the downtown area surrounding it is perfect for going out before or after the game.

Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium is great in an old school, throwback type of way. There’s a beautiful view of the San Gabriel Mountains, Dodger Dogs to satisfy your hunger, and good baseball being played to keep you coming back for more. Plus it’s one of the only parks that’s still named after the home team – and that kind of pride is something to celebrate.

If you make it to all five of the parks on this list, you’ll almost certainly have some memorabilia to bring home with you, whether it’s an autographed ball, a meaningful jersey, or a special baseball cap. So do yourself a favor and check out our selection of the clearest, most durable display cases around, to show that memorabilia off safely and stylishly.

The Invention of the BallQube

On a cold October evening in 1983, Ken Rogers and John Graham got together over beers to watch the Orioles play the Phillies in the World Series.  A  meeting of the two accountants’ minds usually led to lengthy conversations about sports statistics and obscure trivia.

But this night, John, an avid baseball collector, mentioned to Ken that his wife wasn’t pleased that John’s hundreds of autographed baseballs were taking over the den.  He needed  a great looking, protective, and space-saving way to display his collection or it was  headed to the auction house.

Ken and John started brainstorming solutions and soon realized a cube-shaped case could be stacked in rows and columns (because accountants dream in rows and columns) therefore conserving an enormous amount of space.  {At that time, the only type of baseball display case was a globe on a gold stand.}  The men drew out the two-piece design on a cocktail napkin and, just like that, the remarkable ball cube came to life.

Following that World Series evening, Ken and John decided to leave the debits and credits behind to pursue the production and promotion of their revolutionary idea. Collectors and sports fans across the country enthusiastically embraced the iconic, patented BallQube which is now the official display of sport.

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BallQube Golf Ball Displays–for the “Sportive” and the Creative

Pink PegasusBallQube Golf Ball Displays aren’t just for displaying golf balls.  Although, we must say our little cube makes any golf ball proud!  This fun-size display, measuring 1.75 inches by 1.75 inches by 1.75 inches on the interior, creates a magical space for your smallest treasures to call home.

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On a recent visit to Paris’ Musee Picasso, we fell in love with these stones Picasso collected during beach vacations with his family and later carved into amulets.  Aren’t they splendid?  We think they deserve a 360 degree view of the world inside of BallQube Golf Ball displays.

 

Which of your tiny charms awaits a BallQube to call home?  BallQube Golf Ball Display.

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What’s a BallQube?

If you’re asking yourself, “What’s a BallQube?”– It’s best described by a poem written over 2,500 years ago…

WHITE SPACE

Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub,

It is the centre hole that makes it useful.

Shape clay into a vessel,

It is the space within that makes it useful.

Cut doors and windows for a room,

It is the holes which make it useful.

Therefore profit comes from what is there,

Usefulness from what is not there.

___Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

 BallQube’s mission is to provide a clear and classic space to protect and display the prized possessions of sports fans of all ages.

We are a company created by sports fans for sports fans. BallQube invented and patented the original two-piece, square sports display (US Patent No. D498.502). Since the 1980’s, we’ve manufactured all of our products in our Texas facility. Our seasoned team of hard working professionals dedicate themselves each day to making crystal clear, high quality sports displays and delivering them on time to our customers.

How will selling BallQube displays improve your company’s bottom line?

  • In addition to the attractiveness of our classic design, BallQube provides vibrant, modern packaging which consumers find appealing.
  • Selling BallQube displays yields high margins and an approximately 30-day inventory turnover.
  • Because BallQube’s products are manufactured in our Texas facility we provide quick order turnaround and caring customer service.
  • You will never have to worry about overseas price fluctuations or import issues since BallQube’s products are made in the USA.
  • BallQube has more than twenty years of experience working with large retailers and complying with each company’s vendor compliance rules.
  • BallQube can ship to your distribution centers with products ready to place on your stores’ shelves with your company’s price stickers.
  • If you desire, BallQube can customize items to be placed inside of our displays. Contact us with the details.