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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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WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION POSTCARDS & TICKETS
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION POSTCARDS & TICKETS
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$2108 Bids
V1912 Sweet Caporal Christy Mathewson Pin - HOF (New York Giants)
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
V1912 Sweet Caporal Christy Mathewson Pin - HOF (New York Giants)
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $200- $400
$827 Bids
Vintage Art Animals World Estate Collection
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Art Animals World Estate Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$326 Bids
Gary Wells’ Motorcycle Banner W/ 8x10 Color Photo
Nov 05, 12:00 PM MST
Gary Wells’ Motorcycle Banner W/ 8x10 Color Photo
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$1106 Bids
(25) Assorted Sports Bobble Heads, Randy Johnson
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
(25) Assorted Sports Bobble Heads, Randy Johnson
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$355 Bids
PRE WAR CARD, FELT & PIN LOT- W. JOHNSON
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
PRE WAR CARD, FELT & PIN LOT- W. JOHNSON
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$903 Bids
[FOOTBALL]. CRUIKSHANK, GEORGE (1792-1878). FOOT BALL. LOND...
Nov 20, 10:00 AM CST
[FOOTBALL]. CRUIKSHANK, GEORGE (1792-1878). FOOT BALL. LOND...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $200- $300
$2003 Bids
BASEBALL MEMORABILIA LOT
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
BASEBALL MEMORABILIA LOT
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1003 Bids
1987 Donruss Baseball Full Wax Box
Nov 01, 5:00 PM EDT
1987 Donruss Baseball Full Wax Box
by Saco River Auction
Est: $30- $40
$103 Bids
Sports Collectibles, Starting Lineup
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Sports Collectibles, Starting Lineup
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
CLEVELAND INDIANS 1948 WORLD SERIES BLACK BAT
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
CLEVELAND INDIANS 1948 WORLD SERIES BLACK BAT
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$1603 Bids
Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics 20x16 Showcase GFA
Oct 28, 8:00 PM CDT
Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics 20x16 Showcase GFA
by Dalshire International Inc
Est: $299- $399
$503 Bids
(8/8) 1970-71 Topps NBA Championship Photo Album Basketball Cards Set
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
(8/8) 1970-71 Topps NBA Championship Photo Album Basketball Cards Set
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $25- $50
$212 Bids
V1912 Sweet Caporal Kid Elberfeld Pin (Washington Senators)
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
V1912 Sweet Caporal Kid Elberfeld Pin (Washington Senators)
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $25- $50
$42 Bids
1912 Sweet Caporal Johnny Evers Pin - HOF (Washington Senators)
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
1912 Sweet Caporal Johnny Evers Pin - HOF (Washington Senators)
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $50- $100
$42 Bids
Keystone Light Advertising Chalk Bobble Head Dog Back Bar Statue
Nov 14, 9:30 AM CST
Keystone Light Advertising Chalk Bobble Head Dog Back Bar Statue
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $40- $80
$302 Bids
1968 MLB Magnetic Game Lunchbox with Thermos
Nov 07, 6:00 PM EDT
1968 MLB Magnetic Game Lunchbox with Thermos
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Lot of 2 FREDDIE FREEMAN Rookie Baseball Cards/HOT
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Lot of 2 FREDDIE FREEMAN Rookie Baseball Cards/HOT
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$122 Bids
10 1986 Topps Baseball Rack Packs
Nov 01, 5:00 PM EDT
10 1986 Topps Baseball Rack Packs
by Saco River Auction
Est: $30- $40
$102 Bids
10 1989 Topps Baseball Rack Packs
Nov 01, 5:00 PM EDT
10 1989 Topps Baseball Rack Packs
by Saco River Auction
Est: $30- $40
$102 Bids
[BASEBALL]. A GROUP OF SIX 19TH CENTURY BASEBALL CLUB RECEP...
Nov 20, 10:00 AM CST
[BASEBALL]. A GROUP OF SIX 19TH CENTURY BASEBALL CLUB RECEP...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1252 Bids
[BASEBALL]. A GROUP OF 11 ANTIQUE TICKETS, SCORECARDS, AND ...
Nov 20, 10:00 AM CST
[BASEBALL]. A GROUP OF 11 ANTIQUE TICKETS, SCORECARDS, AND ...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $200- $300
$1252 Bids
(2) Factory Sealed 1992 Donruss Baseball Wax Box - Ripken Auto??
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
(2) Factory Sealed 1992 Donruss Baseball Wax Box - Ripken Auto??
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $40- $80
$42 Bids

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