Cool Mets Stuff

Not much Mets news with the day off, so today’s post is self-serving and blatantly commercialized.

You may or may not realize that publishing a blog costs money, and to help defray the costs, MetsToday has implemented a few revenue streams to keep the site live. Hopefully these aren’t too intrusive, and in fact what I try to do is make the commercialization useful in some way to a Mets fan.

For example, I’ve been asked to review — for a small fee — a website called Authentic Sports Collectibles ( And unless you comment / email with strong objections, I’ll continue to sprinkle in sponsored posts once in a while to keep the server fees paid (please let me know your opinion, either way).

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Review: Authentic Sports Collectibles

Other than some old baseball cards, I’m not much into collectibles — partially because I don’t have the space and mostly because I don’t have the money. However, after looking at this particular site, I’m coming close to pulling out my credit card and making some purchases.

Authentic Sports Collectibles has a fine selection of current Mets memorabilia, mixed in with a few very cool older items. For example, they have both a baseball and a bat autographed by the 1986 Mets, and some jerseys signed by old heroes such as Tom Seaver, Gary Carter, Darryl Strawberry, and Howard Johnson.

For the most part, though, the site has photos and jerseys autographed by current Mets, so it’s a good place to check out if you’re more into today’s team and/or you want to buy a gift for a young fan. They have a good selection of items signed by Aaron Heilman, John Maine, Billy Wagner, Jose Valentin, Carlos Beltran, Pedro Martinez, Paul LoDuca and others.

The site is easy to navigate — just type in “Mets” into the search box or select them from the drop-down box on the home page — so you can find what you’re interested in, in seconds. Thumbnails open up into large-size images so you get a good look at what you’re buying. Everything I checked out comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, and they deal with highly respected suppliers such as Steiner Sports and Upper Deck. They offer a fair 15-day return policy, and are based locally — in Thornwood, NY.

Follow the banner below to visit their site, and let me know how your experience goes.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.