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Why should I buy sports memorabilia?

Great question.  Here are just a few reasons.

1.  Unbelievable items reside in personal collections.  You can own things you never thought existed, and certainly never expected to be outside of a sport's Hall of Fame. 

Items sold privately and at auction over the past few years include:

  • Babe Ruth's game used 1932 World Series Yankees uniform worn during his Called Shot, the bat from his first home run at Yankee Stadium in 1923, and the contract from his sale to the New York Yankees
  • Mickey Mantle's game worn 1956 Yankees uniform, personal World Series rings, and even his Triple Crown award
  • Julius "Dr. J" Erving's jersey worn for his famous dunk from the foul line during the 1976 Slam Dunk Contest
  • Tiger Woods's famous Sunday red Nike golf shirt from the 2006 Masters golf tournament, used and autographed by Woods
  • Pristine single-signed baseballs from Ruth, Gehrig, Cobb, and nearly every other player imaginable
  • Incredible team-signed baseballs from teams like the 1927 New York Yankees and the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers
  • and many more...

At the same time, plenty of desirable rarities are available at all price levels.

These include:
  • Single-signed and team-signed photos, balls, bats, jerseys, and other autographed items
  • Game used uniforms and equipment
  • Programs, rings, trophies, and other types of memorabilia

3.  Sports memorabilia is consistently a good investment, as collector demand continues to outstrip the supply of quality authentic items.

At the high end, the finest known 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner card has sold for $451,000 in 1991, $640,000 in 1996, $1.265 million in 2000, $2.35 million in early 2007, and $2.8 million in the fall of 2007

At the low end, Mickey Mantle autographed baseballs with trusted letters of authenticity have consistently risen by double-digit percentages year after year, often selling for $750-$1000+ today compared to $300-$500 only a few years ago.

The unique nature of the collectibles we sell makes it virtually impossible to present the historical financial performance of sports memorabilia as a simple S&P 500-type index.  However, please feel free to contact us via email or phone to discuss the investment potential of sports memorabilia in greater detail.  We would be happy to help you build a collection with an eye toward investment performance, informed by our experience as well as historical auction data.

4.  Unlike other investments, sports memorabilia is tangible and can be displayed magnificently.

You can turn your available space into a true gallery showroom or personal Hall of Fame using framing, deluxe cases made of cherry wood and other fine materials, replica bat racks and lockers, and many other display methods.

5.  Finally, collecting sports memorabilia is a great hobby that allows collectors to pursue rare items while remembering superstars and reliving significant moments from throughout their lives.

In the words of Gary Cypres, one of the world's foremost sports memorabilia collectors and the owner of a 30,000 square foot private Los Angeles museum that displays his treasures:

"I grew up in the '50s and I loved sports.  As a collector, what it does is it brings you back to your childhood." (Orange County Register, 11/21/07)