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Sports - General

The world of sports memorabilia holds much opportunity for investors and hobbyists alike, from awards, programs, and trading cards to apparel, autographs, and equipment. Perhaps the only limiting factor in this pursuit is a piece’s scarcity and price.

The first days of modern sports created a number of opportunities for collecting, although acquiring sports memorabilia from this time period may be outside of many budgets. Some of the earliest known memorabilia items include vintage artwork, event programs, awards, and trading cards dating back as far as the 18th and 19th centuries.

Further into the 20th century, collecting memorabilia became popular, and the post-World War II era brought a major increase in merchandising of collector’s items and sports products. Trading cards, team apparel, and autographs were among some of the fastest growing markets of the time period. Today, the sports memorabilia realm has seen its share of overproduced, even non-authentic items, and deciphering what’s truly valuable has become an occupation for some.

When adding sports memorabilia to a collection, it’s important that one can authenticate the purchase as well as understand the item’s value. Buying Mint or Near-Mint will give a collector the best chance at owning sports memorabilia that appreciates in value.


Quick Facts

  • The National Sports Collectors Convention is held each year in a designated U.S. city. The event is an opportunity for memorabilia collectors to buy, sell, or trade items as well as get autographs from some of sports greatest contenders
  • Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball, also called the “Hope Diamond of Baseball,” sold for $3 million on a Guernsey auction in 1999
  • Olympic torches are among the highest earning Olympic collectibles on the market. Some have sold for hundreds of thousands each

Recommended Items at Auction

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Mickey Mantle Coin lot - 1960's
Mar 10, 7:00 PM EST
Mickey Mantle Coin lot - 1960's
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$2211 Bids
Detroit Tigers Vintage Pennant lot of 3 with 68 Champs
Mar 10, 7:00 PM EST
Detroit Tigers Vintage Pennant lot of 3 with 68 Champs
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$418 Bids
Vintage Spalding Baseball
Mar 10, 7:00 PM EST
Vintage Spalding Baseball
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$517 Bids
Notre Dame Vintage Pennant Lot of 4
Mar 10, 7:00 PM EST
Notre Dame Vintage Pennant Lot of 4
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$316 Bids
Danbury Mint Mickey Mantle
Mar 10, 7:00 PM EST
Danbury Mint Mickey Mantle
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$115 Bids
Vintage College Pennant lot of 3
Mar 10, 7:00 PM EST
Vintage College Pennant lot of 3
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$275 Bids
1997 STADIUM CLUB MEMBERS ONLY PATENT LEATHER PL 13 RARE
Mar 07, 9:00 PM EST
1997 STADIUM CLUB MEMBERS ONLY PATENT LEATHER PL 13 RARE
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$364 Bids
(3) 1988 STARTING LINEUP BASKETBALL FIGURINES
Feb 29, 11:00 AM EST
(3) 1988 STARTING LINEUP BASKETBALL FIGURINES
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $25- $50
$264 Bids
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DECORATOR CAST IRON MANCHESTER UNITED PLAQUE + COLLINGWOOD FOOTBALL PLAQUE
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
DECORATOR CAST IRON MANCHESTER UNITED PLAQUE + COLLINGWOOD FOOTBALL PLAQUE
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD304 Bids
Vintage College Pennant lot of 3 with Ole Miss Flag
Mar 10, 7:00 PM EST
Vintage College Pennant lot of 3 with Ole Miss Flag
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$343 Bids
1969 Baseball Decanter
Mar 10, 7:00 PM EST
1969 Baseball Decanter
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$93 Bids
Vintage NFL Pennant lot of 3
Mar 10, 7:00 PM EST
Vintage NFL Pennant lot of 3
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$163 Bids
1932 Sport Kings Knute Rockne
Mar 18, 2:00 PM EDT
1932 Sport Kings Knute Rockne
by Saco River Auction
Est: $200- $300
$553 Bids
Sports collectables.
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
Sports collectables.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $40- $80
$403 Bids
[BASEBALL B18 “BLANKETS”]. COBB, Ty (1886-1961). Egyptienne...
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
[BASEBALL B18 “BLANKETS”]. COBB, Ty (1886-1961). Egyptienne...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $200- $500
$1253 Bids
[BASEBALL]. Fold-Out Postcard of the “Chicago Americans / W...
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
[BASEBALL]. Fold-Out Postcard of the “Chicago Americans / W...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $800- $1,200
$4503 Bids
[BASEBALL]. [CIGARETTE CARD]. Photographic Cigarette Card o...
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
[BASEBALL]. [CIGARETTE CARD]. Photographic Cigarette Card o...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1503 Bids
[BASEBALL]. Extension (Fold-Out) Postcard of the 1909 Champ...
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
[BASEBALL]. Extension (Fold-Out) Postcard of the 1909 Champ...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5502 Bids
[JAPANESE BASEBALL]. Original Action Photo of the First Gam...
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
[JAPANESE BASEBALL]. Original Action Photo of the First Gam...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$702 Bids
Vintage Sports Program lot of 7
Mar 10, 7:00 PM EST
Vintage Sports Program lot of 7
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$72 Bids
Group Lot of 30 Yankees Souvenir Baseballs
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Group Lot of 30 Yankees Souvenir Baseballs
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$152 Bids
1950's Baseball Vintage Pennant lot with 59 All-Star Game
Mar 10, 7:00 PM EST
1950's Baseball Vintage Pennant lot with 59 All-Star Game
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$932 Bids
Vintage NFL Pennant lot of 2
Mar 10, 7:00 PM EST
Vintage NFL Pennant lot of 2
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$292 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Sports - General


Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.

Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.

Saco River Auction

Saco River Auction

McCurley Auction Company

McCurley Auction Company

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures