2016 Fanatics Authentic Under Wraps Series 1 Autographed Baseballs Come with Blessing of MLB, MLBPA
By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor
Autographed baseballs have been packaged blindly like baseball cards for years. At first glance, 2016 Fanatics Authentic Under Wraps Series 1 is another in a line of such products. However, it comes with the blessing of both Major League Baseball and the Player’s Association, the first to do so. This adds another layer of authenticity and backing to both the product and the signed balls that come with it.
Each box of 2016 Fanatics Authentic Under Wraps Series 1 comes with one autographed baseball covered under one of several themes.
Every ball included in the product has been certified through the MLB Authentication Program. This means there’s a hologram on every ball that can be easily verified online through the MLB website. A second tamper-proof hologram from Fanatics is also included. These can also be verified online through Fanatics’ database.
The balls themselves come in several themes, encompassing both current and retired players. Fan Favorites makes up the bulk of the list with 76 different signers. Derek Jeter, Kris Bryant and Clayton Kershaw are among the headliners. Other themes include Inscribed, 24K Gold, Hall of Famer and Hall of Famer Inscribed. Multi-signed balls come with anywhere from two to 28 signatures. Autographed game-used balls are also randomly inserted.
In addition to the signed ball, each box of 2016 Fanatics Authentic Under Wraps Series 1 comes with an entry for a trip to the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular in Chicago. The VIP package grand prize comes with travel, autographs, photo ops and more.
2016 Fanatics Authentic Under Wraps Series 1 autographed baseballs at a glance:
Release date: May 16, 2016
What to expect in a box:
• Autographed Baseballs – 1
2016 Fanatics Authentic Under Wraps Series 1 Checklist
24K Gold Ball
Cal Ripken Jr.
Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo
Hall of Famer
Cal Ripken Jr.
Hall of Famer Inscribed
Tony La Russa
Raul Mondesi Jr.
1975 Boston Red Sox – 13 signatures
2008 Philadelphia Phillies – 22 signatures
2013 Boston Red Sox – 20 signatures
2015 Kansas City Royals – 14 signatures
Chicago Cubs 100th Anniversary – 27 signatures
Chicago Cubs Alumni – 8 signatures
Chicago Cubs Pitchers – 8 signatures
Philadelphia Phillies Alumni – 24 signatures
Ralph Branca, Bobby Thompson
Bill Buckner, Mookie Wilson
Jorge Soler, Javier Baez
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