What’s my Sports Memorabilia Worth

October 4, 2015 by  
Filed under Antiques, The Den

Sports Memorabilia
Perhaps the most important factor in determining the worth of your sports memorabilia is athlete popularity. Merchandise branded with the name of a highly regarded sports hero will in turn command higher prices for that particular piece of merchandise.

A name like Tiger Woods, for example, would increase the value of sports collectibles overnight. The value of golf memorabilia, by the way, has increased tremendously since Tiger Woods has been on the circuit.

There have been many other athletes who have left their mark on a particular sport.
I remember the days when every kid in the school yard had a stack of baseball cards bundled with a rubber band. The point being that baseball and hockey cards dominated the sports collectible market in the 60s.

“Supply and demand factors heavily into the value of any sports memorabilia.”

Today you are just as likely to find those same kids with an autograph collection, vinyl figurines or wearing the numbered jersey of their favorite athlete.

Across the country sports clubs and organizations engage in various activities to give more exposure to their athletes. All in the hopes of enhancing the value of their branded memorabilia.

Consider also the popularity of the sport itself.
Research has shown that football, basketball, golf and NASCAR are some of the most popular sports. Not to say other sports are not popular but in terms of sports memorabilia value you have to consider viewer involvement.

There are other issues to consider as well.
While their influence may be in varying degrees they still play a role. For example, the origins of one sport may be more story-worthy than another. Some sports may be quite young while some could have historical significance. Geography may play a role in sports.

A good example would be skiing. Unless one moves to a area dominated by winter sport there may be little or no interest in winter sports memorabilia.

So when you think in terms of  value consider all facets of the particular sport.
There are very few people who show enthusiasm for every sport. While marketers must work harder to capture a collector’s attention the ones that are interested are highly targeted.

Marketing will increase the collectability of sports memorabilia.

So the value is highly dependent upon the sport, the athlete, the availability, the supply and demand and where the item is located.

Also to be considered is the  availability, or rarity, of the merchandise itself. But at the end of the day any sports memorabilia is worth simply what the highest bidder is willing to pay.

Best of luck and collect well.

Peter
SmokinMonkey.com

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