Baseball jerseys are great items to add to any sports memorabilia collection and can mean big profit if you invest in the right ones. Unfortunately, the “right” jersey can be elusive or just too expensive for your budget. Here are three smart tips to consider when collecting baseball jerseys that will help you come out on top.
One of the first things to remember when purchasing a baseball jersey would be to make sure it is authentic. Always purchase from a reputable sports memorabilia dealer, and make sure the signature is not forged by only purchasing jerseys that come with a certificate of authenticity from a well-known authenticator. There are millions of fake jerseys sold each year. In 2013, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in cooperation with the NFL, seized around $13,600,000 dollars of fake jerseys and other related memorabilia. “Organized criminals are preying on that excitement, ripping consumers off with counterfeit merchandise and stealing from the American businesses who have worked hard to build a trusted brand”, said ICE director, John Morton, in this ESPN Report: Cracking Down on Fake Jerseys.
The Game and Player
After you know that the jersey and autograph are authentic, make sure you invest in only the best. The best jerseys will be from very well-known players, autographed, and will have been used in a high profile game. A good example of a jersey that fits this description would be the 9/11 Mike Piazza jersey we sold for $365,000. It broke a record for being the highest price paid for a modern day autographed jersey. We all know the tragic events that happened on September 11. After the terrorist attacks, MLB was thinking of canceling upcoming games, or possibly the entire season, but finally decided to continue on. On September 21, 2001 the New York Mets were playing the Atlanta Braves when Piazza crushed a two-run home run telling the world that MLB, and the US as a whole, were deciding to be brave and go forward.
Scout Minor League Players
Make no mistake, authentic MLB jerseys and other game used, signed baseball memorabilia can get very expensive. If you do not have deep pockets, you could scout talent in the minor league. It is getting harder to obtain autographs and game used collectables the affordable, old-fashioned way by getting them from the players at the game. Minor league players are much different because their security is not as tight (compared to MLB), and they are much more eager to sign and give away things. Scout the best players that you think will move up to the majors and offer to purchase their game-used jerseys. If they get drafted to a MLB team and do well, the jerseys will skyrocket in value.
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