Signed Sports Memorabilia: What’s The Hype?

It’s not a new concept to dedicate aspects of home interior to things that we love; posters of our favourite bands, artwork by our favourite artists and nowadays people are doing the same with pieces of signed sport memorabilia. 

Collecting signed sports merchandise used to be something only children were seen to do, however, with online marketplaces becoming more and more popular this is no longer the case. With professional collectors and true fans wanting to display their successful grabs in their own homes, what once was a childhood hobby is now so much more. 

It has sparked a change in the growing incorporation of the “man cave” in interior design plans and people are making sure there is now a dedicated space to show off signed sports memorabilia as rare artwork. 

Is collecting signed sports memorabilia an expensive hobby?

The range of sports available to watch or play is immense: football, boxing, basketball, cricket, athletics… the list goes on! Therefore, it’s no surprise that there are valuable tokens as an ode to these popular games making their own marketplace. In fact, there’s a lot of money to be made (and spent) in the buying and selling of signed sports memorabilia. 

In 2018, the most expensive autographed baseball signed by 11 of the first Baseball Hall of Fame members was sold for just over £600,000. A baseball which you could usually buy for a mere couple of pounds had its price multiplied simply because of the signatures that were on it! The autographs were taken during the members induction in 1939 and were kept in pristine condition to be sold decades later. 

How to spot fake sports memorabilia?

An item autographed by a famous sports person can have extreme value which means purchasing them can come with risks. Many of the online sites where pieces are sold do not check the authenticity of the items and often people find they are spending a lot of money on fraudulent items. So, how can you make sure you’re not being tricked into buying fake items?

There are a few things you can do, as advised by the Autograph Fair Trade Association Ltd, to try and stop this from happening:

  1. Don’t take a certificate of authenticity as complete proof – even if it has the hologram! There have been many cases of people making believable copies; a real should always include the dealer’s name and contact details as well as saying details of any dealer memberships they have. It’s always a good thing to check these details are true – as many will be hoping you don’t. 
  2. Don’t just take the dealer’s word as true, just because they can answer questions believably doesn’t mean they’re being honest! This deceit is easier for them to do when you’re contacting them via online marketplaces. A couple of ways to try and avoid this trap is to try and talk to them at least over the phone – this helps give you some of the social cues that we lose over virtual communication and helps you get a better feel of the dealer.
  3. Do your own research: if you’re spending serious money in collecting signed sports memorabilia then doing some of your own serious research is critical. Learn as much as you can about memorabilia so you can start to spot the fakes yourself.
  4. Buy from reliable dealers: There are reputable dealers which are recognised and acknowledged as reliable by third parties so that you don’t have to do the background search yourself. Sticking with those that have established reputations reduces the chances of your being tricked. Some reliable dealers of signed sport memorabilia include Autograph & Memorabilia and Sports & Star Autographs Ltd.

Can signed sports memorabilia really add to your decor?

The ‘man cave’ was once seen as a room for men to escape to for solitary escape, however, the space is no longer confined to men or even to a specific room. The evolution of the ‘man cave’ has meant that many people opt to display their signed sports memorabilia in other parts of the house, choosing to incorporate things that they love into their interior design, not hidden away from the sight of guests. We even have our man cave street sign to direct your guests straight to viewing!

If the memorabilia market is new to you then you probably can’t imagine having a signed jersey as your living room centrepiece but this is becoming more and more common. Whether it’s a signed ball on a bedroom shelf, a framed photo hanging in the hallway or a room full of merchandise, signed sport memorabilia items are becoming statement home decor pieces. 

Signed Sports Art 

If you’re a sports lover who doesn’t want your contemporary interior design to be spoiled by decades-old pieces of memorabilia, then our signed sports art is the answer to your problem. Artists, Biggon and Greavesy, offer a range of artistically stylish pieces to fit any decor. 

Signed Sport Art By Biggon

Biggon is a UK artist who specialises in photo manipulation artwork, incorporating renowned idols into his work and essentially modernising them. He pairs bold and beautiful colours and images to form contemporary pieces with classical subjects that would be a beautiful addition to any home. Our collection of his work includes monochrome pieces signed by Anthony Joshua and Mike Tyson that would be perfect for boxing fanatics to show off.

Signed Sport Art By Greavesy

Greavesy is also a UK based digital artist, who takes well-known stars and splashes them with colour and crystals to convert them into pieces of art. For sports lovers, he offers quirky, yet stylish pieces which cleverly use colour to capture personality in images of  Tyson Fury all signed, framed and ready to display.

The best interiors are ones that reflect the interests and loves of those who live there so if sport is your thing, there’s no reason you can’t start showing that off in the comfort of your own home. Some pieces may have high costs, but can you really put a price on the items that make a house into a home?

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