Unscripted Series 'Ball Boys' Offers First-Hand Look at Sports Memorabilia Industry

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ABC is hoping to hit a home run with its new reality show Ball Boys, another unscripted series from from the producers of the popular History Channel show Pawn Stars

This time the action takes place at Robbie’s First Base, a family owned Baltimore sports memorabilia shop and postal service business.

The Baltimore Sun's David Zurawick examines the connection between Ball Boys and Pawn Stars, writing, "Think of it as a jock lover's version of 'History Detectives.'"

The new series explores the billion-dollar industry from an insider's point of view. How much is a 1927 New York Yankees lineup card -- signed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig -- worth? How much does NFL great Jim Brown think one of his autograph helmets should fetch?

While Pawn Stars assesses the value of items from the commonplace to the truly historicby sometimes calling on professional historians to verify the authenticity of wares, Ball Boys features major professional athletes. 

“We buy and sell memorabilia, negotiate details, go travel and go find high-end memorabilia. We went to the [Baseball] Hall of Fame to look for some stuff there,” said Robbie Davis Jr., for whom the shop was named.

The Hollywood Reporter caught up with executive producer David George (Cajun Pawn Stars) to discuss the 12-episode series and what makes the industry so compelling.

The first two episodes are scheduled to air on Saturday March 24 at 3 and 3:30 p.m. Davis Sr. says he’s already hoping for a second season.

What do you think? Will you watch Ball Boys?

 

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