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Baseball Collectible Basics

To fickle fans, one baseball collectible isn’t like another. There’s a big difference between owning a Mickey Mantle player’s card and one with Derek Jeter’s autograph on it. Fans of the game aren’t the only ones amassing baseball collectibles – the practice has a wide audience because the memorabilia is also a good financial investment and treasure to be passed down to your heirs. Don’t let price affect your decision to start accumulating baseball collectibles. You can start a collection for almost nothing and build it from there. You want to know the difference between the values of the various memorabilia so that you’ll know which items are worth your consideration. When you start gathering your own baseball collectibles, such as baseball cards, you’ll find you can bulk up your collection with inserts, unopened packs, complete ready-made sets, and rookie cards. When a player is a rookie, and then becomes a legend in the game, his rook...

 


Tips for the Savvy Sports Collector

Will you want to choose only one category to begin collecting your sports memorabilia? If so, learn it, research it, and invest in it wisely. Did you know that trading cards have to be graded? It's one of the important facts you would do well to know as a potential collector of authentic, valuable sports items. Collectibles fraud is a terrible thing for someone to endure. If you've been saving a special item or items for years, waiting on just the right moment to cash in on your investment, and one day you are forced to sell because life threw you a hard ball, you don't want to suffer the devastation of a fake collectible. Educate yourself, arm yourself with knowledge. Become a collector who doesn't just pretend to know the art of recognizing authentic sports memorabilia. If you encounter a dealer who doesn't answer your questions to your satisfaction, it's best to follow your instincts and go elsewhere. Dealer confidence is key, but don't confuse confidence with a con's suave evasions. Find out the...

 


The Value of Sports Memorabilia Appraisals

When you invest in sports memorabilia, you often don't realize how much the value can climb by the time you choose to sell. Likewise, it could decrease in value as well. Appraisal is a must for the serious sports collector. People have been sorely disappointed because they didn't get their items appraised for value and then sold them for a fraction of their worth. Besides the importance of appraisals for resale value, you may want to seriously consider having your valuable insured. Insurance companies also may not recognize the value unless you've had an appraisal done. Make sure you have documented proof. There are Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice which is recognized in courts and acceptable to banks, insurance companies, auction houses, and the IRS. So, getting your appraisals done with these standards can provide assurance that your appraisals are reliable. Don't just depend on a local sports shop or whatever available appraisal you come across. Also, consider that paying fo...

 




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