Shopping for the sports fan in your life may seem simple. The latest sweatshirt, t-shirt, or hat may seem like the logical choice, but what if you want to give something a little more unique? For that extra special gift you may want to look into sports memorabilia. You’ll need to do a little research to find the right gift from the right vendor, but your favorite sports fan will likely be thrilled with their gift. Before shopping, there are some things to consider.
Set a Budget
Know your budget before you start shopping. Luckily, in the area of sports memorabilia, there are items available in a wide price range. Autographed football helmets from a hall of famer will run you much more than an autographed baseball card from a young, unproven player. If you would like to see what some items may go for, there are pricing guides available for many categories of memorabilia. Doing this research gives you an idea of what various items may command in terms of pricing, arming you with the knowledge needed so you are not overcharged.
Verify Your Dealer
Unfortunately, there are a good number of unscrupulous vendors out there. Make sure you find a dealer that offers proper documentation for the products they sell. They should offer proof of authentication from a trusted, third party. Gridiron Greats Football Memorabilia is an example of a dealer who is forthright with their authentication process, allowing buyers to purchase with confidence. Be sure to provide your gift recipient with the documentation received.
Protect Your Purchase
If you can, allow room in your budget to buy appropriate protection for the item purchased. Items like baseball cards or photographs are easy to protect with plastic sleeves or frames designed to hold them and preserve their integrity. An autographed baseball or football helmet can be protected in a display case built specifically for that purpose.
Don’t be intimidated by the vast quantity of memorabilia available for purchase. Narrow it down to a specific team, or better yet, a specific athlete. Then take your time to find the right dealer. With the right research, your sports memorabilia purchase is sure to bring a smile to your favorite sports fan.