How To Donate

Gifts of objects associated with baseball's history are essential to the growth and educational potential of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and artifacts are actively sought. Past donations have provided the Museum with the outstanding collection that continues to appeal to all generations from varied backgrounds throughout the world.Jerseys from Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb and Cy Young are some of the over 37,000 artifacts in the Hall of Fame's collection. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

There are, however, many great stories from the past and present which need acknowledgment in Cooperstown. The Hall of Fame acquires appropriate objects for its collection solely through gifts from the general public and amateur and professional baseball organizations. Baseball enthusiasts and historians are always welcome to contribute to the Museum's holdings and become an active participant in the Hall of Fame's future.

All objects submitted for acquisition are reviewed by members of the Museum's Accessions Committee, which is charged with accepting only those items of historic significance which support the Museum's education and exhibit programs. Only after this group gives its approval do submitted objects become registered artifacts.

If you own an object that is part of our pastime's history, and you would be interested in sharing it with fans everywhere, not only at the present time, but for generations to come, the Hall of Fame would like to hear from you. To ensure that the Accessions Committee has all the information it needs to properly evaluate your proposed donation, please be sure to submit the following information:

  • A photograph of the object
  • A brief description of the piece, including dimensions
  • All available information on the age and origin of the object
  • Potential donor's name, address and phone number
  • Any other information about the history of the object

All proposals are welcome in hopes you will join the Hall of Fame in preserving the heritage and future of the national pastime. Proposals may be addressed to:

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
25 Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Although the Museum and its staff are prohibited from providing appraisals of any object, donations to the Museum may be tax deductible to the extent of the full fair market value of the objects donated. In addition, donors of three-dimensional artifacts will receive a lifetime pass to the Museum and a donor's certificate. Library donors will receive a certificate of donation.

Although the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is not permitted to recommend specific individuals for the authentication, appraisal, or sale of memorabilia, listed below is an organization that may be helpful in searching for such information:

International Society of Appraisers
303 West Madison St.
Suite 2650
Chicago, IL 60606
312-981-6778 Phone
312-265-2908 Fax