The Rugby League Memorabilia machinery will probably shift into overdrive this year with the much publicized transfer of Karmichael Hunt, currently of the Brisbane Broncos, to AFL Gold Coast Football Club.
This is an unprecedented move, the first time in Australian Rugby that a player has changed codes from Rugby League to Australian Rules Football. It is a very significant move, and if it is successful, (and there is every reason to suspect that it will be), It could signal the beginning of a future period of more raiding from Rugby League in the months and years to come.
Broncos signed Hunt, voiced self doubts regarding his ability to be able to transfer his League skills to those needed for AFL, and still remain at top flight player; but a recent trail he undertook has done much to quell his fears. GCFC scouts and training staff firmly believe that he will make the transition smoothly, and with a lot of hard work and dedication, relatively easily.
In terms of the memorabilia industry its very much a first for them too, and it opens up opportunities to both the Rugby League in general and the Brisbane Broncos in particular. Broncos signed Hunt, is set to complete the transfer to Gold Coast Football Club is May 2010 until when he is expected to play in Rugby Union.
Hunts talents will be sorely missed by the Broncos and it remains to be seen what effect (if any) this move will have on his future International playing career with the Kangaroos.
There will be an undoubted rush to snap up whatsoever memorabilia is being planned for the occasion, be it signed shirts and shorts, or some signed match balls. Online memorabilia specialists , are scheduled to be busy boys. You want a memorabilia company that specializes for many sports including soccer, NRL memorabilia, Boxing, Cricket, Gold, and of course Rugby League memorabilia. As demand for Rugby League memorabilia runs very high normally, what with the up and coming transfer of the Broncos signed Hunt, you would be well advised to consider placing any order before their stocks of products runs out.
League memorabilia is very much in demand at the best of times. This up and coming transfer is likely to spark a feeding frenzy. A lot of Rugby fans love to buy memorabilia to commemorate special occasions anyway. Special matches, special events, and extra special players are all good reasons for the ownership of memorabilia. Fans take a great pride in that they have been able to collect, and are always on the look out for new occasions that will offer further opportunities to expand their collections.
Rugby league memorabilia is due to add a new chapter to its history with the transfer of Broncos signed Karmichael Hunt to AFL Gold Coast Football club.