I’ve noticed a lot of people collect sports memorabilia of some sort, even if it’s in a very small way. I’ve never been very good at collecting as a hobby as when I used to buy my collectibles, the first thing I would do is take it out of the box to play with it. Seems that’s a big no-no in the collectible venue as having the original box makes it much more valuable.
That’s pretty general, but there are a lot of collectors out there who range from buying items for teams they have personal affiliations with and like such as keychains, hats, jerseys, T-shirts and the like and those who go looking for original Mickey Mantle baseball cards in pristine condition. If you’re curious, a rare Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie card has sold at auction for more than $500,000. If I only knew then what I know now. Reminds me of the movie “Back to the Future” when they bring the sports almanac back in time. Think what you could do with that information.
When I think of how much the cards I used to have are worth had I saved them, well let’s just say I don’t want to think about it. A 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan Rookie Card was sold for $25,000. How about Babe Ruth? They are between $300,000 and $500,000. Of course there are caveats and things like autographs on rookie cards that can make the price skyrocket. I checked on eBay and there was a deal on a 1952 Mickey Mantle card for only $130,000. I wonder if they take payments. Here’s a quick link to an interesting story about a Mantle card http://bit.ly/CollectCard.
Anyway, like I said, I’ve never been a collector as getting the stuff and keeping it are two different things. It takes someone who is disciplined to collect and categorize over the years with a plan that the cards of today will be valuable tomorrow. I just used to buy the cards for the bubble gum inside.
I asked around to see if there was a memorabilia shop in McMinnville that sold sports collectibles but couldn’t find anyone who knew of such a place. I do know there are some in Murfreesboro and Nashville.
There is a lot of information out there for those who are interested in collecting.
1. Decide on a price range you’re willing to spend or a collectible budget so to speak.
2. Do your research. By knowing what is worth money, or likely to be, puts you in the best position to purchase.
3. Know how to avoid buying fake merchandise and how to spot it. Basically it boils down to if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
4. Spend the time and money to preserve your collection so it lasts.
Let me emphasize that last recommendation. I could have a lot of good baseball cards if I had followed it.