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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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Billiards scoreboard by Heiron & Smith (32 x 92cm)
Apr 24, 6:30 PM AEST
Billiards scoreboard by Heiron & Smith (32 x 92cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD807 Bids
1973 Kentucky Derby Club House Box Ticket and Program
Apr 28, 6:00 PM EDT
1973 Kentucky Derby Club House Box Ticket and Program
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$904 Bids
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Rare and important Chicago American Giants team photograph c.1910s (PSA/DNA Type I).
May 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Rare and important Chicago American Giants team photograph c.1910s (PSA/DNA Type I).
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$7003 Bids
1962 Salada Coins #41 Mickey Mantle New York Yankees
May 27, 6:00 PM EDT
1962 Salada Coins #41 Mickey Mantle New York Yankees
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$403 Bids
1996 Score Board All Sport PPF Plus Kobe Bryant RC #185
Apr 24, 7:00 PM EDT
1996 Score Board All Sport PPF Plus Kobe Bryant RC #185
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$83 Bids
1975 Hostess Uncut Box Panel With Yaz
Apr 29, 2:00 PM EDT
1975 Hostess Uncut Box Panel With Yaz
by Saco River Auction
Est: $30- $40
$303 Bids
1997 Scoreboard Mickey Mantle Collection #6 Diecut - Promo
Apr 24, 7:00 PM EDT
1997 Scoreboard Mickey Mantle Collection #6 Diecut - Promo
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$93 Bids
VINTAGE PITT UNIVERSITY PENNANT VG
May 12, 9:00 PM EDT
VINTAGE PITT UNIVERSITY PENNANT VG
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $20- $100
$222 Bids
Vintage 1950's Kansas City Athletics American League Pinback Button
May 06, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage 1950's Kansas City Athletics American League Pinback Button
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
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September 29, 1957 New York Giants last game at The Polo Grounds ticket stub.
May 02, 12:00 PM EDT
September 29, 1957 New York Giants last game at The Polo Grounds ticket stub.
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $500- $750
$1502 Bids
FUNKO POP # 71 MICHAEL JORDAN UPPER DECK (ZP)
May 01, 6:30 PM CDT
FUNKO POP # 71 MICHAEL JORDAN UPPER DECK (ZP)
by Auctions By Moldenhauer
Est: $125- $250
$162 Bids
A Large Group of Mini Basketball Hops & Balls
Apr 27, 10:00 AM AEST
A Large Group of Mini Basketball Hops & Balls
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD202 Bids
A Group of Sports Balls
Apr 27, 10:00 AM AEST
A Group of Sports Balls
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD202 Bids
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1916 World Series program (likely Game 2 - Ruth 1st WS win).
May 02, 12:00 PM EDT
1916 World Series program (likely Game 2 - Ruth 1st WS win).
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $2,500- $5,000
$7002 Bids
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1932 World Series program.
May 02, 12:00 PM EDT
1932 World Series program.
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $500- $1,000
$1502 Bids
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Chicago American Giants team photograph c.1910s (PSA/DNA Type III).
May 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Chicago American Giants team photograph c.1910s (PSA/DNA Type III).
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$2502 Bids
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1949 Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges World Series photograph (PSA/DNA Type I).
May 02, 12:00 PM EDT
1949 Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges World Series photograph (PSA/DNA Type I).
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$1252 Bids
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Rare Rogers Hornsby photographic baseball glove display box c.1920-30s.
May 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Rare Rogers Hornsby photographic baseball glove display box c.1920-30s.
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $500- $1,000
$1252 Bids
(2) 1955 NBA Holiday Fest Championship Programs
May 02, 11:00 AM EDT
(2) 1955 NBA Holiday Fest Championship Programs
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$112 Bids

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