But back to more serious matters, namely, Football Memorabilia. There is still money to be made in Football Memorbilia, even though it may not be as popular as baseball. The game has changed since the early days, and so the best of the football collectibles are items from the early days of this game. Lou Grange and Jim Thorpe are two of the players that I remember as a child. These were real men that played for very little money, and they seemed to even play better when they were hurt. Often college players were better known than the pros because the professionals were a new breed in the early days.
The Chicago Bears didn't even start until 1920, and that was before there was a national Football League. The game itself was founded in 1876, when a committee gathered to write the new rules which became football. Before that there was rugby, played over seas.
Today's collectibles include leather helmets, most without any face masks, old footballs, pads, pants, jerseys, shoes and paper items. These items can command thousands of dollars, and depending on who owned them, the prices many be almost limitless.
Today we have a new group of collectibles in this field such as players cards, signed helmets and jerseys, nodders of the players and autographs. If you check the guide books you will be amazed at what people are paying for these modern day treasures. A Don Maynard jersey from the 1970's is listed in Kovels for $4,130 and a Dan Marino pair of size 11 ½ shoes, autographed, are listed at $3,275. I'm sure if you find a guide that just list sports items, these prices would seem small in comparison to the high listed items.
One of the better things to do is collect items belonging to high school all Americans. These can often be obtained free. You might get a jersey, helmet or autograph and just hold it. You can do the very same thing with college players. I don't usually recommend you buy items and hold on to them, but when you are obtaining these items, try to get more than one, so you can sell the first one and keep the others. Years later you may own a piece that belonged to a Hall of Famer worth thousands. If you recall I told you the same thing about political items.
I would be very cautious when purchasing new sports collectibles, because their resale value can often be far less than their asking price. Also be careful when buying autographed material because these are often forged or written with a auto pen.
I hope your team wins today, but if they don't, there's always next year.
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