If you are thinking about starting your signed sports memorabilia collection, big or small, it is best to lay out a plan of action before you start spending your hard earned money. While this may seem like common sense, you wouldn’t believe how many people fail to act accordingly. Planning ahead will ultimately result in a more enjoyable experience. Try some of these tips:
- Select a collecting theme and stick to it
- This takes precedence over anything else! Not only will it help you stay focused on your collecting goals, it will also help you maintain your sanity. Collectors are tempted, time and time again, to buy things that simply do not fit into the theme of their existing collection. When you appreciate great items, it's hard to resist the opportunity to buy something when the opportunity presents itself. If you collect autographs of Hall of Fame pitchers, it just doesn't make sense to buy a Magic Johnson rookie card and a Wayne Gretzky-signed puck. If you fall victim to your own impulses, you end up with a collection that has no rhyme or reason to it.
- Ask Questions To Educate Yourself
- You can never ask enough questions in this business. Whether it is a third party, a dealer, an auction, or a collectible there is more information to the collector today primarily because of the internet. There are plenty of websites with a lot of information about collectibles, their history, their scarcity, and their popularity.
- Consider Display Or Storage Cases
- This is where many new collector’s learn a valuable lesson the hard way.You end up buying a bunch of items and quickly realize you have no place to put them. If you want to display your memorabilia proudly or if you want them under lock and key this is an investment that is necessary.
Although there are many more things to consider before you start building your collection this is a good starting point to enjoy your new hobby to the fullest.