The acquisition of signed baseball memorabilia is a hobby that can bring nice financial returns. The critical components are the player and equipment or incidental items involved. The greater the status of the player is the most important component. The more famous a player is, the greater the demand for his signature will be. Coupled with this is the scarcity of autographs. Although a player may be famous, if he signed every object thrust his way, the market can become saturated. Related to the players popularity, is the quantity of collectibles directly associated with him. Again, the less there is, the more the value of what exists increases. Signed equipment has the same relationship factors at work. When getting memorabilia autographed, make sure that the autograph will not diminish the value of the item.