Buying Sports Memorabilia
The value of sports memorabilia has gone up and so many people are now finding such to be a good investment. But collecting sports memorabilia as a hobby can be a bit expensive.
In starting out you collection, determine a category to collect. For instance you may focus on sports cards. Then, you could further subcategorized this by being more specific like on what particular sport, what particular team for example or on whether you will focus on a single player only. Your options are practically limitless.
Take a look at price guides, periodicals and sources on the internet to be able to gauge on how much certain items sell for. You can expect to pay quite a price for players who have made themselves legends and hall of famers.
Sports memorabilia shows are an occasional event and visiting them will give you a feel of the variety and the quality of the items available in the market. Local shops specializing in collectibles and memorabilia can provide you with more contact persons for other sources of collectibles.
Be in the lookout for auctions as certain auctions can have sports memorabilia being auctioned of or some auction houses actually specialize in sports memorabilia items. Order their catalog for an idea of the upcoming auctions and the items they may have on sale. Attend the auction or send in a proxy if you can't be there in person. Internet auction sites can also be a great source of sports memorabilia.
It is always best to ask about the authenticity of the item. Buying from reputable dealers and vendors as well as being able to secure a certificate of authenticity will give you a feeling of security and assurance on your purchase.
With regards to fake sports memorabilia, there are many circulating the market. You have to be extra careful so as not to be tricked by sellers who are out there to defraud others. There are actually businesses that specialize in authenticating your sports memorabilia to give you that peace of mind with regards the genuineness of the item/s. But from the start you might want to get free opinions from dealers, friends who may have experienced in spotting a fake from the genuine and other free loads of advice. You wouldn't want to pay for the fee that may cost you a couple of hundred dollars for an item that you as well bought for hundreds of dollars but turn out to cost just fifty bucks.