Are you in possession of an autographed Beckham Manchester United jersey or Muhammed Ali boxing glove? Was your grandfather present and kept a programme when the Yankees won their first world series in 1923, or purchased a Babe Ruth Home Run ball? If you'd like to get a Sports Memorabilia valuation from our online specialist, simply upload a photograph and tell us any other details you know about the item. If you have other categories of memorabilia - that's fine too!
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Sports memorabilia can be defined as any object that is closely related to and gains its value from its relationship to the sports industry and its players. This category of collectibles includes a wide range of objects, the most popular being sporting equipment used and/or signed by athletes (such as balls, bats, and gloves), trading cards, photos, autographs and sports clothes. Basically, sports memorabilia is anything that bears the memory of teams or individual athletes, as well as specific events.
Sports memorabilia that had been authenticated by a reputable expert, dealer or an auction house who certificate them legitimate is a great investment. The market of sports memorabilia is huge right now with its global worth of $26.1 billion today . The research estimates that by 2032 the sports memorabilia market size to reach $227.2 billion. Of course the value of various sports memorabilia is different depending on the current trends and the items ranging from signed helmets for those football fans, to signed basketballs, signed pucks, framed jerseys, game-used items, and more.
The best way to find out how much your sports memorabilia are worth is to get them appraised by an expert. You can get some idea of what the specific item is worth, be it a signed Micheal Jordan basketball, Mickey Mantle signed baseball or Tiger Woods rookie sports card by checking the prices those items got on a previous auctions, that knowing what condition and grade your sports memorabilia are. You can also check out the multiple sports memorabilia guides online.
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You can easily appraise your sports memorabilia at the local auction house. Not every auction house have a sports memorabilia expert on site. Using a qualified sports memorabilia appraiser online is another option. You can easily and swiftly get your sports memorabilia appraised by one of our sports memorabilia experts at Value My Stuff. Simply fill in the form, attach the images and additional information about your item and send it to us, and we will send you your appraisal certificate within 24/ 48 h. Submit your sports memorabilia for appraisal here!
Our experts specialise in the most popular collecting categories of Sports Memorabilia: football, basketball, American football, boxing, tennis and golf memorabilia. Your memorabilia will be valued based on the importance of the event, edition number, celebrity behind the autograph, and significance in the history of the game or sport.
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If you have the right player or sports personality memorabilia, you just might have hit the jackpot. A rare, mint-condition player's collectible card could sell for well over $1 million dollars.
Serious collectors are able to pay millions for the rookie sports cards of famous players or the signed jerseys from the historical games. The same situation is with signed baseballs, footballs or other equipment that was a part of the major sport event. During the right auction, there is really no limit for the final price of a famous item like that but based on several sports memorabilia analysts, the value of an item only goes higher when the players have retired and established themselves as pillars of the game.
Usually, collectors and auction houses usually turn to third party sports memorabilia experts and specialist to authenticate the items. The authentication process often contains research of other signed items and autographs of the famous players when it comes to authenticating sports equipment like signed jerseys, tennis balls, footballs, hockey pucks, bats, baseballs or shoes. It really helps if the owner provides a photo documenting the moment the item was signed by a player. When it comes to other memorabilia such as collectible sports cards, it is usually the research of paper, the serial numbers, the pigments used and the overal historical knowledge about the sport cards and sports history that helps to certify and grade them. The higher the grade the more precious, rare and valuable sports card is.
Our sports memorabilia specialist has worked in the industry for over 40 years, for Christie’s in their sporting department and as a tennis specialist for 13 years. He also holds the position of racket and equipment specialist at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and runs his own company, which was formed in 1928 and has been involved in all racket sports, golf equipment and football memorabilia.
Our Sports Memorabilia expert for the UK grew up with close family connections in football, cricket and steeplechasing and it was from this that he developed an interest in the category. In the past, he developed this expertise by working as a consultant for Sotheby's in the Collector's department specialising in Football Memorabilia. During his time at Sotheby's, he also developed a passion for collecting antiquarian rare books which he has been doing for over twenty years.