How To Preserve A Vintage Baseball

Knowing how to preserve a vintage baseball is important if you enjoy the world of sports collecting. Baseball has been a national pastime for over 100 years and collecting its memorabilia is a way to save the memories and have a piece of history. if you collect vintage baseballs, you need to know how to protect them to keep their value.

Things you'll need:

  • Display case
  • Rubber gloves
  • Tissue paper
  1. Avoid direct, artificial or sunlight which will fade autographs and cause the ball to yellow. A UV protective display case is a way to avoid light damage and still display your vintage baseballs. Look for a case with at least 50 percent UV protection. Cases come in standard sizes or you can order one to suit your needs. 

  2. Avoid handling the ball. If you must handle the ball, pick it up with gloves or touch only its laces. The oils in your fingers will eventually darken the hide of the baseball.

  3. Preserve the value of a baseball by storing it in its original box wrapped in tissue paper if you do not plan to display it. If you do not have the original box, keep the ball wrapped in plain white tissue paper stored in a small box for protection. Do not use newsprint which could bleed on the ball. It is not a good idea to try and preserve a baseball in plastic bags. The plastic bag will hold in moisture and cause possible mold damage. Always store in a dark place away from any possible leaks. Also, do not store the baseball in a closet that has an outside wall which may cause temperature changes.

  4. Avoid using protective coating on the baseball such as wax, varnish, polyurethane, shellac, etc. These protective agents will drastically decrease the value of your vintage ball.


  • If you have vintage balls, encourage your children to appreciate them, but do not allow them to handle the ball without your supervision.
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