It's possible for just about anyone to become a sports memorabilia collector. The only things you really need to start is a love for sports and a passion for the process of collection. Typically most people either collect memorabilia for hobby purposes or for investment purposes, but there are plenty of people who are both formal investors and informal hobbyists.
Hockey memorabilia has become more common in recent years due to stars in the National Hockey League such as Wayne Gretzky, and plenty of people without aspirations to become famous or wealthy through their collections have developed an interest in hockey memorabilia due to a sheer love of the sport. This article will provide some tips for the aspiring collector of all things hockey related.
First of all, it helps to have some basic terminology on hand. Sports memorabilia generally refers to things that are directly connected to sporting events, venues, athletes, or professional teams. Common examples of sports memorabilia might include jerseys, pants, gloves, and other gear worn by an athlete, tickets and event programs, balls, pucks, bats, and sticks, autographed pictures, and even actual seats from stadiums and rinks. In hockey, memorabilia is likely to consist of signed jerseys, sticks, and pucks.
It can be very exciting to start one's collection of memorabilia from all things hockey related. However, you can run into a significant amount of trouble when you start to buy things simply due to emotion, so try to avoid doing so if you can. For example, there are a lot of fake bits of gear that are sold everywhere on the internet, and you will need to protect yourself to keep from being scammed.
The internet, however, can be a great place to use for price comparisons. If you find an autographed jersey at a price that seems like an exceptionally good deal, you'll know to be more cautious than usual, as you might be dealing with something that's too good to be true.
It's always good to pay a little more for something that's what it claims to be than it is to pay a little less for something that's worth absolutely nothing. If you're dealing with a hockey dealer, look up what the return policy is; if there isn't a return policy, then you might want to keep looking. Also consider purchasing memorabilia and collectibles that are officially licensed by the National Hockey League.
When you start building up your hockey memorabilia collection, remember that it should reflect your passion for sports. There's no one who gets to say that this or that isn't worth purchasing; it's all up to you. That said, when purchasing memorabilia, keep in mind that the rarer the collectible, the higher the value it will have among other collectors.
Similarly, the safer investments are the more common items, such as hockey pucks and sticks or jerseys. Finally, collections that are associated with popular athletes in the sport are more likely to appreciate over time than hockey memorabilia from less famed stars.