Football memorabilia makes up a large segment of the sports memorabilia industry. The sport enjoys an international profile and as a sport that has been around for over 100 years, it is inevitable that a number of really great pieces of memorabilia have been left behind. Football memorabilia can be anything from a ticket stub to a multi-thousand pound item so the scope for collection really is huge.
When it comes to buying autographed football memorabilia or any sports memorabilia, you need to think about what athlete (or athletes) have signed it, and what type of item it actually is. The biggest factor is determining the value of a piece of memorabilia is who signed it. The bigger the celebrity, generally the more valuable the piece. Also, if the celebrity rarely signed anything, a signed piece can be even more valuable as it is one of a kind. However, the hype surrounding a new star can't always be a reliable indicator of a valuable piece. A star needs to last the distance in order for their signed memorabilia to be worth something in the future. A player needs to be successful in their career in order to their memorabilia to be considered valuable. This can difficult in football as new stars are always on the rise and it can be difficult to gauge whether a new player has the ability to go the distance.
The amount of signing of memorabilia that a player does during his career is also an important variable. Certain football players do not like signing things, whereas others will sign anything at any opportunity. Although the latter type of players tend not to be favourites with the fans, a rare autograph from someone who doesn't usually sign things can be extremely valuable.
Like most other markets, football memorabilia collecting operates a supply and demand policy. If there is a limited supply of a certain item of football memorabilia, the demand is increased and ultimately so is the value. For finding football memorabilia and making sure that your items are authentic, the internet is a great tool. Here you can research a player's signing practices and suss out the general market availability of their football memorabilia. Just by using Google you can easily find your next piece of memorabilia.
The way that a certain football is viewed by the public can be a huge factor when it comes to valuing your signed football memorabilia. Look at what sort of headlines the player is making now and how their lifestyles could ultimately affect their careers in ten years time. For example if they have had an affair or committed an offence then the chances are they are making the headlines for all the wrong reasons and this negative press can diminish the value of anything signed by them.
When it comes to autographed football memorabilia, two signatures on the same item can often bring even more value. The signatures have to be related in someway though, for example if you were to get a Manchester United shirt signed by the entire current team this would really add to the value. However, obtaining multiple signatures can often be very difficult and requires a lot of time and effort.
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