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Sporting collectables: sports memorabilia

Sports memorabilia is one of the largest and most popular of the collectibles catagories. Sports collectibles usually refers to items related to sporting events or the athletic participants. These items can range from signed autographs or sports items to trading cards, athletic apparel and any item related to sporting events or activities. The passion for sporting collectibles goes back to the start of the 20th century. Collectors are motivated in various ways. Some have collected items since childhood, while others are new to the game. The passion and its demand has led to the formation of a multi million dollar industry with some items selling for several million dollars each. The online marketplace is also robust with sites like Ebay listing several thousand items at a time for sale to the public. Each item worth is set by the marketplace. While the rare and hard to find items due have significant value. Items that are somewhat altered also carry demand from sporting collectors for their scarcity and uniqueness. Many site like http://www.iantiqueonline.com carry articles related to this collecting. Some have great information articles while other list prices and a marketplace for both buyers and sellers. While some share a passion for sporting collectibles others attempt to profit from fake merchandising. So for any item that is of value, it is always a good idea to have an expert evaluate and appraise items for their authenticity before spending large amount of money on unauthenticated items.

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Comment by tomsantiquesetcetera on October 26, 2008 at 11:27pm
I just posted these Felt-backs on eBay. Might add that the yellow one with 2 of the same sold a week ago on ebay for $159.95.
Any investors take note that these are all rookie cards, first time issued, and will continue to go up in value. They originally sold for 2 cents. That was in 1950. They have earned 15.6% interest to date. Are you sitting down?

Based on the above, in 58 years the 1 card will be worth at 15.6% $1,282,797.83! And you know what? Somebody will sell it in a garage sale for $1.00.
Comment by tomsantiquesetcetera on October 25, 2008 at 11:20pm
I went to an Estate sale yesterday. I casually looked at, and past, a glass container with little bits of paper in it. Another dealer picked it up, opened it and looked at them. As she was looking I too looked and saw that they were pictures of football players. She carried the box with her for a few minutes and then put it down. I asked if she was going to buy it and she said no. So I picked it up and looked at the pictures. They were miniature sports cards on PFL (Professional Football League) rookie football players. The newest one was from 1950. I later determined these were called Topps Felt-backs and depending on the player were worth from $50 to $300 each, and there were 10 of them! I paid $1.00 for them, plus I got the jewelry box too!

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