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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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Rare 1923 World's Heavyweight Championship Programme
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Rare 1923 World's Heavyweight Championship Programme
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$30014 Bids
Rare 1896 West Point And Yale Football Game Program
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Rare 1896 West Point And Yale Football Game Program
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$17010 Bids
Vintage Sports Collectibles
Dec 09, 8:00 AM EST
Vintage Sports Collectibles
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $200- $400
$4759 Bids
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NFL Super Bowl XL(40) 25K & Silver Flip Coin
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
NFL Super Bowl XL(40) 25K & Silver Flip Coin
by Gallery 63
Est: $50- $150
$1758 Bids
Rare St. Louis Blues Baseball Frank Snake Trimble Negro League Poster
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Rare St. Louis Blues Baseball Frank Snake Trimble Negro League Poster
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$1607 Bids
Frank Snake Trimble Negro League Baseball Family Collection
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Frank Snake Trimble Negro League Baseball Family Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$264 Bids
Vintage 1951 Detroit Allstar Baseball Pennant
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage 1951 Detroit Allstar Baseball Pennant
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$654 Bids
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1923 World Series Game 1 ticket stub graded PSA 1 PR (1st World Series game at Yankee Stadium).
Dec 12, 11:00 AM EST
1923 World Series Game 1 ticket stub graded PSA 1 PR (1st World Series game at Yankee Stadium).
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$4003 Bids
AMA Sport Pickleball
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
AMA Sport Pickleball
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
Vintage Baseball Basketball Bobble Heads
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Baseball Basketball Bobble Heads
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$103 Bids
Vintage Size 10 Men's Riedell Roller Skates
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Size 10 Men's Riedell Roller Skates
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
2010 Leaf MMA Dual Showdowns Autographs Unsigned Cyan Printing Plate #AC1/BP1 Celeste/Palmer Beckett
Dec 04, 8:00 PM EST
2010 Leaf MMA Dual Showdowns Autographs Unsigned Cyan Printing Plate #AC1/BP1 Celeste/Palmer Beckett
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$102 Bids
1976 Crane Discs Roger Staubach Psa 9
Dec 05, 5:00 PM EST
1976 Crane Discs Roger Staubach Psa 9
by Saco River Auction
Est: $30- $40
$102 Bids
8 x 10 Boston Celtics photo prints, Paul pierce
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
8 x 10 Boston Celtics photo prints, Paul pierce
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$52 Bids
1973 World Series Shea New York Mets Game Ticket
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
1973 World Series Shea New York Mets Game Ticket
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$302 Bids
A member pack marked Manchester United
Dec 17, 10:00 AM AEDT
A member pack marked Manchester United
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD202 Bids
(June 1956) LIFE Magazine Mickey Mantle
Dec 04, 9:00 PM EST
(June 1956) LIFE Magazine Mickey Mantle
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $5- $50
$22 Bids
2014 Topps UFC Champions Jose Aldo Manufactured Belt Plate 5/25
Dec 04, 8:00 PM EST
2014 Topps UFC Champions Jose Aldo Manufactured Belt Plate 5/25
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$51 Bid
93 Illinois Chicago Bulls Champions Licence Plate
Dec 10, 8:00 AM CST
93 Illinois Chicago Bulls Champions Licence Plate
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $10- $10,000
$101 Bid
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Buick & GTE Super Bowl Collector Sets
Dec 11, 9:30 AM EST
Buick & GTE Super Bowl Collector Sets
by Madison Square Gallery
Est: $40- $50
$201 Bid
(Dec 1957) Boston Globe Sunday Magazine Newspaper Bill Russell
Dec 04, 9:00 PM EST
(Dec 1957) Boston Globe Sunday Magazine Newspaper Bill Russell
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $5- $50
$11 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Sports - General


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