TOPEKA, Kan. — A Kansas family hopes a Royals baseball, with precious memories, will help bury a loved one. The baseball has been buried in a Topeka family’s basement for 30 years. Now two parents are hoping by selling it, they will be able to pay for their son’s funeral according to WIBW.
The ball that Sandy Tibbits is hoping will give her son the funeral she wants him to have looks like it is signed by the entire 1977 Kansas City Royals team. Jay lost his battle with cancer last month. Tibbits said her mom gave her the ball, telling her to hold onto it because it will be worth something someday.
When they looked at it, they thought the ball had signatures from the entire ’77 Royals team, that won the American League West but fell to the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series. A friend took the ball in to see if the signatures were legitimate.
Unfortunately, it’s a rubber-stamped, team signed ball, except for Willie Wilson’s signature, who signed it himself. The owner of Jeff’s Sports Cards said the ball is worth about $50, which is much less than the $500 it would be worth if the signatures were real.
The Tibbits were hoping to cremate their son and haven’t given up hope despite the low estimate. Family friend Laurie McCollum has contacted the Royals in an effort to help. She also set up a fund at Envista Credit Union for people that wish to help with Jay’s funeral expenses.