Whatever the sport, if you’re a fan and a collector, you’ll want to get your hands on as much as you can. However, if you aren’t careful in your collecting, you could just end up with a pile of junk instead of cabinet full of priceless memorabilia.
When collecting your memorabilia, you should probably decide on what kind of memorabilia you want to collect to avoid just collecting any old thing. One example is to only collect memorabilia from a particular team, player or from a particular sport. Collecting specific items from a particular team is a popular option as it not only looks impressive to have a cohesive set of sporting goods, but it also adds value to your collection as you are likely to collect prized team items in an effort to have a complete set of whatever it is you are collecting. To asses an item’s value is pretty easy; all you have to do is inform yourself on what items are rare and unique, thus more valuable.
Obviously the most important issue when collecting sporting memorabilia is to ensure that an item is authentic. One way of doing this is to ensure that you purchase an item directly from a licensed dealer, the club themselves or even the player. All memorabilia products should come with a Certificate of Authenticity; otherwise their value will be diminished when you try to resell. There are so many stores and dealers out there now who specialize in dealing with sports memorabilia, like HTFM Framing and Memorabilia, these kinds of organizations with a reputation are a trusted source of authentic memorabilia.
Certain athletes and sports are in higher demand, so naturally the product becomes higher in value, and certain products will always be a safe bet, like signed footballs and baseballs, boxing gloves, basketballs; just make sure that it is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. If you are dedicated to a particular player or team it is likely that certain items are going to be quite expensive because there are other people with the same collecting ideas as you, so be prepared with a budget; if you can’t pay for the memorabilia, then it isn’t worth a thing.
When it comes down to it though, no matter what you collect, your collection should say something about you and your passion. Just collecting for the sake of having stuff is just silly, collect strategically, but only collect the items that you really want, ones that will make a statement about your collection and passion for the sport.