Many sports fans come across an impressive piece of memorabilia that they want to add in their personal collection. It is easy for our heart to beat a bit faster when we see these items. We may read the item descriptions in the auction and they all sound really great. Obviously, we could find more than a few other people who are going for it. We will eventually throw caution to the wind and we place bid after bid on the autographed baseball bat or other similar things. If we are participating in online auction, we will get an email that we have won it. We make the payment through PayPal and finally it’s over.
In less than a week, we could receive the item in a shipped packaging. At this time, we may no longer be in the middle of excitement and other hustle and bustle. We may start to think that the item in our possession could be a fake. This could be an unfortunate mistake and something that collectors may make. The situation could be challenging for people who are quite new to the hobby. Some online sellers are infamous for the insistence to deceive innocent sports fans. It is true that there are some online and great sellers out there, but there are obviously some sharks in the sports memorabilia industry.
The problem also happens in real world trade shows and auctions. One of the biggest mistakes is trusting the seller too much. They could eventually bully us into buying us the item after they give us false information. They could just be aggressive us and they could make us think that we are obtaining a valuable autographed sports memorabilia. Many of us are not aware that forgeries are a common occurrence in the sports memorabilia industry. People often do this in the name of the almighty dollar. Unfortunately, it could be difficult for beginners to determine about the authenticity of a memorabilia.
It is important to educate ourselves about signatures and autographs of the sports celebrities. We should learn about the history behind the memorabilia. We should check authentic autographed items and make a comparison. There are experts and companies who are reputable in this area, such as Beckett and PSA/DNA. We should take note of sellers and find out whether they sell valuable items at unusually lower prices. They could also sell mass quantities of items. Normally, sports memorabilia is hard to come by and people don’t sell them in mass quantity. By understanding this simple rule, we should be able to benefit greatly.
The item should also have the certificate of authenticity of COA. It is quite easy for sellers to offer doctored certificate that gives beginners a false sense of security. It is important for us to re-read the information that people provide. The certificate should be released by reputable organizations, such as PSA/DNA, Upper Deck and TriStar. Sports fans should be particularly careful, especially if they want to establish a quality collection of sports memorabilia.