Buying & Selling Sporting Memorabilia
Using Online Auctions to kit yourself out in your favourite sporting memorabilia
Sporting memorabilia has recently become big business. What was previously the territory of the thermos-toting anorak brigade has become very profitable and even the revered auctions house Christie's now holds dedicated sports memorabilia auctions. While your unlikely to find Pele's 1970 world cup shirt or Bobby Moore's 1966 medal for sale at an online auction, you are guaranteed to find some none the less interesting and rare items of memorabilia relating to your favourite sport.
Be it football, cricket, boxing or rugby the big auction sites hold a treasure trove for the dedicated fan.
A quick search on eBay at the time of writing reveals; a Chelsea shirt signed by John Terry, a signed photograph of Michael Vaughan, a boxing glove signed by Mohammad Ali and a crash helmet signed by Michael Schumacher. An enviable collection indeed. In fact all of the "big 4" UK auction sites have a category dedicated to sports memorabilia. eBay's is the easiest to find and, of course, the largest while the likes of eBid, eBay, QXL, and Amazon all have sports memorabilia sub-categories proving just how popular buying autographed memorabilia has become.
Of course it doesn't have to be signed to be of interest however.
Wherever you find a life-long dedication to a sport or a team you'll find a keen sense of nostalgia too and if you want to track down the program from the first game you attended or a replica of the shirt worn during your last FA cup run then an internet auction site is the perfect place to do so.
Bid4Sport.com is one of the few sites dedicated to guaranteed authentic memorabilia. And if it isn't, you'll get your money back!
So you've got your yearly bonus or savings burning a whole in your virtual pocket and you want to spend it on a rare and valued treasure celebrating and commemorating your beloved team. You've managed to convince your spouse that it will appreciate in value over time and that it's an "investment". Logging on to your favoured Internet auction site leads to discover just the item you're looking for.... Before you get the plastic out or start measuring up for a display case think carefully about the item you are about to purchase.
Beware of fakes
Check the feedback!
Ask lots of questions
Certificates of authenticity
Many certificates are in fact issued by the seller themselves and are in fact worthless. Make sure you email the seller asking these questions before you lump in with a huge maximum bid. While there are a number of scammers and con men active on auction sites they can be avoided or identified if you follow these guidelines ensuring that your treasured item of memorabilia is indeed a real treasure.
A certificate of authenticity from the seller offers little in the way of guarantee that the item is authentic. Be sure of any guarantees before spending huge amounts of money.
Selling sports memorabilia online
Why would anyone want to sell a treasured item of sporting memorabilia? Gambling debts? A bad divorce lawyer? A crack habit? We're not sure. Maybe you've decided that visiting sporting venues, obtaining some signatures and flogging them online is preferable to the 9 to 5 grind. Whatever the reasons there are a few pointers and guidelines that would be sellers should take note of when selling unique pieces of sports nostalgia online.
Make sure you include...
Include a clear scanned or photographed image of the autograph in close up, as well as a picture of the item as a whole. Also include all information about how the autograph was obtained including date and location. You should also include an explanation of any certificate of authenticity that you have for the item and stating that you will refund the buyer if they are not fully satisfied is always a good idea. Should you choose to sell on eBay then be aware that any listing not following these guidelines can be removed...
Getting a COA