Besides being a huge gaming fan, growing up in Central Kentucky means that I also have a love of College Basketball. The Kentucky Wildcats are the only team in town, and so that’s the sports memorabilia I collect.
From the time I was about ten years old, I remember tuning in to watch every game that I could. My first year really following the team was the 1991-1992 season. This was just removed from Kentucky coming off of NCAA sanctions.
This also is one of the most haunting UK seasons ever thanks to Christian Laettner. To this day, that shot is shown every year during the NCAA March Madness.
It was just a few years later that Kentucky made one of its best 3-year runs in the NCAA tournament. In 1996 they won the national championship, were runner up in 1997, and again won the national championship in 1998.Do you own an item used by an athlete or have his signature on something significant? It could increase the value of the memorabilia!Click To Tweet
It wasn’t until 2012 when Anthony Davis won every award in college basketball and also won the National Championship. That summer I learned that the players from that team were leaving the team to go to the NBA.
Before that, however, they were traveling around the state and meeting with fans and signing autographs. This started my love of collecting UK memorabilia.
I was able to get my UK polo shirt signed by all five players that started in the National Championship games. Since then, I have been able to collect signatures from a majority of the players that have gone on to play in the NBA, including Karl Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, Tyler Herro, and many more.
I have jerseys, posters, magazines, and basketballs that have been signed by many players.
Collecting Sports Memorabilia
Perhaps you already purchased some collectible sports memorabilia, buying it as an investment in the future. But now you are wondering what you can do to make it worth even more money.
There is a super-easy way to increase the value so that you can sell it in ten years and make a profit. Investing in sports memorabilia is fun if you love sports, but it can also be lucrative, so you need to do everything in your power to earn from it.
The best thing to do is to find the athlete who is connected to whatever memorabilia that you have.
For example, maybe you have a Wayne Gretzky rookie card from when he first came into the NHL. Perhaps you have a jersey that was worn by Brett Favre when he still played with the Packers and when he was a legend in Wisconsin.
You could be a huge college basketball fan and have to deck out your game room in its memorabilia (like me). These items would be worth a lot more, especially those that make it to the NBA if they are signed.
If you can find the star player your collectible features, you may be able to get them to sign the item for you. It might be worth a lot of money on its own, just think how much money it will be worth if they sign it.
Know the Rules
If you want to do this, make sure you find out if the person has any stipulations about signatures. Some players will only do it at games, for instance.
Others might only do it for money at special signing events. Learn about this so that you can approach them in the right manner and get the autograph. Happy collecting!
Do you collect anything?