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How to Buy the Best Autographed Memorabilia

September 16th, 2011 Collectibles

The next time you're looking to buy an autographed piece of sports memorabilia, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind in order to get the best value and potentially make a solid investment. Before you spend your hard-earned cash, try conducting the appropriate research regarding the value and signature on the item.

The person who signed your piece is obviously one of the most important factors in determining its value. If a player was successful during his career, for example, his autograph will be priced higher than someone who sat on the bench for most games. Anyone with a spot in the Hall of Fame is a great choice, and you can make your own predictions if you think a certain somebody will eventually achieve worldwide acclaim.

The amount of memorabilia that a player signed throughout his lifetime is another factor that affects the value of a collectible. Some stars aren't very sociable and make it a point to keep their autographs to a minimum. In that case, any item they do sign will likely be worth a pretty penny in the future.

You may think that having two signatures on an item would cause its value to increase, but that's not always the case. If you meet someone famous in person, it's important to refrain from asking one of the back-up players or actors to sign your piece just because he or she is standing next to the main star.

Classic sports items, like sticks, bats and balls, are big sellers, so try to look for memorabilia in those categories. Official game items are also prized by collectors. Any other similar item can be valuable if it's well-publicized, like one of Michael Jordan's shoes, but otherwise random personal items are more conversational pieces than one-of-a-kind, unforgettable memorabilia.