Sports collectibles guide for beginners; tips on how to buy, collect, organize, and maintain your sporting memorabilia
Sports memorabilia collecting is huge money making industry and it is still growing each year. It is a favorite pastime of sports aficionados throughout the world. From kids collecting sports memorabilia of their hometown heroes to someone selling sports collectibles.
Sport memorabilia collecting is a very popular hobby. I you want to start your own collection, here are some tips on how to collect sports memorabilia:
- A hobby or a business venture
Decide whether you are collecting for fun or for profit. However, it is best that you start a sports memorabilia collection because you are passionate about sports rather than start collecting for money. It is more motivating to buy and maintain your sports collection if you love what you are doing. When your collection grows and you become an experienced collector, you will eventually find an opportunity for business.
- Decide on what autographed sports memorabilia you want to collect
Set a theme or categorize your collection. Organizing and focusing on what types of sports memorabilia to collect will help you save money, time, effort, and space.
Will you collect according to the sport or to the type of memorabilia? If possible, choose only a favorite game so it would not be hard for you to keep the interest up. For example, you can collect basketball sports cards or game worn jerseys if you are a basketball enthusiast. You can also gather sports collectibles according to team or player. Say, if you are a New York Yankee fan, you could collect only Yankee bats and baseballs.
- Determine the values of your sports memorabilia
Starting your sports memorabilia collection is a serious endeavor as it requires you to spend, so you have to spend wisely.
Know the values or appraisals for sports memorabilia. Make sure that you have checked on price ranges before finally purchasing a collectible item. Refer to sports memorabilia price guides in magazines or on websites. Try store hopping, whether on line or in sports shops near you, to know price disparities of the same type of memorabilia.
For example, one store may sell you a sports card for $2 while another store will sell you the same card for $2.90. This may not sound a significant difference if you buy cards individually, but when you go shopping for more, you would realize how every cent counts.
- Make that wish list for collectible sports memorabilia
Make a wanted list of the collectibles you want to collect and set priorities. This means you would have to plan out which sports collectibles to purchase at this point and what others to buy during another point in time.
With a list on hand, you could set your budget limit. Decide how much you are willing to spend for collectible sports memorabilia.
If you could afford it, invest on valuable and rare sports memorabilia but be sure that you only spend within how much you can buy. Save up if you want the more expensive sports items.
- Care for your sports memorabilia collection
Remember that collecting sports memorabilia is not only about buying but also about storing, displaying, and maintaining your collectible pieces. You would need sports collecting supplies like top loaders, plastic sleeves, and albums (for sports cards) and frames and display cabinets for other sporting memorabilia. These will help protect your collection from elements that could cause deterioration such as air, moisture, and dust.
Here is a guide in buying authentic sports memorabilia:
A.) Buy from a reputable dealer. This may be an old advice you hear everywhere but this is one of the best ways to protect your self from fakes.
Ask recommendations from sports experts or experienced sports collectors. Visit online forums and discuss about sports memorabilia shops with fellow enthusiasts. It is also encouraged that you write down the names of sellers that other collectors deem to be phonies. Vigilance is key to buying the authentic sports memorabilia from the right dealers.
B.) Look for the Certificate of Authenticity especially from third-party authentication service providers like Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA). Another assurance would be a money-back guarantee (and other forms of warranties) from your supplier of sporting memorabilia.
C.) Look for licenses. There are sports memorabilia dealers or sellers which are recommended and authorized by the Sports leagues and associations like the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL), or the Major League Baseball (MLB). Examples of certified collectible dealers are Upper Deck and Steiner Sports.