The rich patina of the game can be found on the surface of this game used ball, which was hologrammed and recorded as it left the playing field.
Each MLB artifact is authenticated under the auspices of the MLB Authentication Program and carries a uniquely numbered hologram that allows fans to verify their item at MLB.com/authentication. MLB Authenticators witness, log, and adhere holograms to each baseball that comes out of play. Thus the details of each baseball are linked to a unique hologram number in this online database.After balls acquired by Tokens & Icons are handmade into cuff links, pendants and wallets, the leather remnants of each ball (example right) are woven into one bracelet. When fans enter the bracelet's hologram at mlb.com, it reveals the date and opponent of the game in which the baseball was removed from play.The Major League Baseball Authentication Program is the most comprehensive league-wide memorabilia authentication initiative in professional sports. Since its launch in 2001, it has become the industry standard for game used sports authentication. MLB stations an authenticator at every game played throughout the season. This demonstrates a commitment to ensuring all game used artifacts are genuine. For more information, please visit Authentication.