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Selling Sports Memorabilia

Aug 18, 2007
The value of sports memorabilia has gone up over the years and if you have some that you may want to sell, you could potentially profit from it most especially if your items are sought after by collectors or are considered rare.

The first step in selling any sports memorabilia for that matter would be to have a qualified appraiser appraise the value of your memorabilia especially if you are unsure of its value or unaware of how the market is actually pricing such. You can ask for an opinion at your local sports shop selling cards for instance but you can seek for other opinions from other collectors or from people who have extensive experience in the memorabilia business and industry. You can find on collector's magazines appraisers or authenticators posting their services for which you will have to pay for.

In selling your sports memorabilia, a local dealer may be interested in your collection or you can sell it yourself on the internet by lots or one at a time. When selling items to a dealer expect to obtain usually half of the wholesale price that you may find posted on price guides. If you have high ticket or high quality items you can get the best return for your investment if you take them to an auction house.

Any documentation regarding your memorabilia would be very helpful to enable you to get the best price for your memorabilia. For instance, if you have a game used jersey of Michael Jordan that has been autographed would be worth something but being able to show a picture of you with Michael Jordan handing the jersey to you or signing it would be plus points.

When it comes to memorabilia or items related to a particular player, prices vary every month and every year. Of course, it is a wise investment to invest on memorabilia and collectibles on hall of famers and retired athletes who won't have any more game score slumps to affect the status that they earned themselves in their field of sports. Though it is not always true that older is always better when it comes to the hobby of collecting, it is a good rule of thumb to follow when collecting sports memorabilia. Of course, the rarer the item, the more valuable it is.

All categories of sports have memorabilia and collectibles but the most popular and the one that dominates would be baseball.
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