Upper Deck has signed Daisuke to an exclusive memorabilia and autograph deal. According to sources it’s a 1 year deal. The price for a Matsuzaka signed baseball in English will be $449.99, while his signature with a Kanji inscription will cost $100 more. It’s estimated that Daisuke is being paid approximately $150 per autographed ball.
Would you pay $450 for a Daisuke ball? Would you pay $550 for the ball with a kanji inscription?
Kei Igawa has signed a similar deal, except he is paying Upper Deck $150 per autographed ball. Thank goodness there isn’t a huge demand for Kei Igawa balls or else his "paltry" 4 million per year would be gone in no time!
You won this battle Theo Epstein.