It’s no secret that the sports memorabilia market is huge – and items can often rake in big bucks. In fact, this week, a Babe Ruth jersey sold at auction for a cool $4.4 million, setting a record for any item of sports memorabilia. Lawrence Taylor’s championship ring from Super XXV also fetched a pretty penny this week, selling for $230k, which was more than three times the expected price.
As much as most of us would like to own a piece of history once in possession of – or worn by – our sports idols, let’s be honest: The average Bambino or L.T. fan isn’t really in a position to be shelling out hundred of thousands for memorabilia. However, that doesn’t mean you own a bit of sports history that fits a little better in your budget. Our stores carry pieces ranging from the basic to the blingy, such as:
- Baseball cards. On the hunt for an important card to add to your collection or just feeling nostalgic? Swing by to see if you can find your favorite sports hero – the hunt is half the fun.
- Autographed photos, balls and other items. Sure, it might be made out to John and you’re a Jerry, but chances are good that Tracy McGrady’s handwriting is illegible, anyway, and no one will be the wiser.
- Collector items. The sports memorabilia world is full of different types of items, from the quirky – like cheeseheads – to the fun – like bobbleheads – to the classy – like championship Waterford crystals. But we can pretty much guarantee that you won’t find Ty Cobb’s teeth in one of our stores.
- Super Bowl and other championship rings. Believe it or not, football heroes, basketball legends and other personnel associated with championship teams often sell their rings. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Internet blew up over reports that a pawn shop in Wisconsin received an authenticated 2010 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl ring. From time-to-time, championship rings make their way into our jewelry cases, as well, so if you’re looking for a good deal on a piece of history, give our stores a call to see if we have the bling you want.
What are the top pieces of sports memorabilia you’d love to own?