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Old 04-16-2019, 08:52 PM
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Default Unique Randy Johnson signed ball?

Ulysse Nardin Limited Randy Johnson watch each came with a signed ball. I had never seen one. Not perfect, but I picked this one up cheap. Anyone heard of these? The watches were pricey ($15,500) and only 100 were made (which included a case and signed ball)
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:56 PM
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Wow, I'm guessing most people dropping that much on a watch could care less about a RJ ball, so locating one is probably a bear!
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Old 04-17-2019, 09:30 AM
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If this isn't expensive enough for your taste. They have a gold band version (instead of rubber) for $23,500!!!
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Old 04-17-2019, 04:11 PM
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Found this pic of the display case the ball and watch come in.
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Old 04-18-2019, 09:11 AM
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Found this pic of the display case the ball and watch come in.
I love the Timmy Lawler Watch and fake china grove ball.
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Old 04-18-2019, 10:22 AM
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Don't know who Timmy Lawler is? Googled and nothing came up. I paid $39.18 for the ball. That's a good price for a scrap of paper with RJ's name on it.

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Old 04-19-2019, 10:53 AM
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Don't know who Timmy Lawler is? Googled and nothing came up. I paid $39.18 for the ball. That's a good price for a scrap of paper with RJ's name on it.
and a bad price for a fake china grove ball with anyone's signature on it.
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Old 04-19-2019, 10:48 PM
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I would say from a player collector standpoint, that has to be a fantastic deal, but that comment assumes a few things to be true, since a non-OLB of an issue of 100 is nothing special on it's own:

1) The signature won't bleed/fade in time due to poor quality or fake (non-leather) material.

2) The balls were only available by purchasing a watch and not any other way, nor are there any unissued stock. This means, the original purchase price for one is 5 figures and that is the only way one hits the market!

I collect Steve Garvey and honestly have so many signatures that the autograph itself becomes irrelvant, but if there was something like this issued with a Garvey ball, the completist in me would want one. Assuming those facts above, the only way to get one would be to be lucky enough to find one that was sold alone or buy the package (which I would not allow to be within my budget).

I would guess single balls would be incredibly hard to find, because if the original buyer cared enough about the ball itself, they keep the ball. If they don't care, they probably don't bother to try to sell it on eBay so it is tossed in a drawer, maybe given away to a lucky friend/relative or possibly donated. From there, it has to make it's way to be resold again in the right forum to draw a true collector.

However, without the back story to go with it, I would agree that it would probably not be worth the $40.

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Old 04-20-2019, 09:49 AM
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Thanks for the comments. I wasn't try to suggest I had the hope diamond :-) . I was really just chatting that this is different than I had ever seen before and a cool back story I never heard before. The ball does have the Ulysses Nardin name on a Rawlings ball which makes me think it is at least real. I used to be a OMLB purist. Still am. But honestly, I was just excited to get an RJ signature on a ball for $40 with a cool back story and was sharing the story with you all. Nothing more.
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Thanks for the comments. I wasn't try to suggest I had the hope diamond :-) . I was really just chatting that this is different than I had ever seen before and a cool back story I never heard before. The ball does have the Ulysses Nardin name on a Rawlings ball which makes me think it is at least real. I used to be a OMLB purist. Still am. But honestly, I was just excited to get an RJ signature on a ball for $40 with a cool back story and was sharing the story with you all. Nothing more.
I know, and I just like to bust your balls...
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The ball does have the Ulysses Nardin name on a Rawlings ball
What's so special about the Ulysses Nardin name?
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Old 04-20-2019, 12:40 PM
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What's so special about the Ulysses Nardin name?
I have never heard of them. They make watches way outside my knowledge of super expensive watches. Nothing special to me except a spherical ball, RJ signature, a nifty back story and good price. 😀

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i know, and i just like to bust your balls...:d
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What's so special about the Ulysses Nardin name?
I like strange and unusual watches, my favorite has the F bomb on it. Ulysses Nardin makes the second coolest watch on the market, the Erotica Jarretiere. A google search of a video of that watch is NSFW.
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Ulysse Nardin has to be a porn name.
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Ulysse Nardin has to be a porn name.
Maybe that's why they call RJ The Big Unit?

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Maybe that's why they call RJ The Big Unit?
Randy Johnson, itself, is a fine porn name.
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Old 04-23-2019, 05:20 PM
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Received it in the mail today. I totally missed that I won this from a fine watch company, not sports. It is a OLMB Rawlings. 100% leather. I googled Ulysee Nardin and it is definitely a super high end watch company - listing Michael Jordon and Jeff Bezos as patrons. Theses watches are world winning and very complex. Now that I have researched the company, I can see that Randy Johnson was lucky they would even choose him. (The watch is called "Big Unit". Came out in 2012 with only 100 and sold out). I love cool back story's like this.
Not the hope diamond. But, best $39.18 I spent this week. :-)

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The ball has China stamped on it. It’s not an OMLB. You would think that a company that charges 100k for a watch and has great attention to detail would at least use an official ball.

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Old 04-24-2019, 09:31 AM
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The ball has China stamped on it. Its not an OMLB. You would think that a company that charges 100k for a watch and has great attention to detail would at least use an official ball.
Conversely,people dropping 15k on a watch couldn't care less about Randy Johnson and look at the baseball as a neat throw away.


I can't imagine anyone looked at the ball made in China one way or another when purchasing this item.
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Old 04-24-2019, 10:59 AM
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The ball has China stamped on it. Its not an OMLB. You would think that a company that charges 100k for a watch and has great attention to detail would at least use an official ball.
You are correct about the ball. My apologies. It is a Rawlings ball with the MLB logo on it. Says leather. And Official League OLB1 logo. Maybe couldn't use OMLB because licensing? I too, wish it were not "China".
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