Tips For Buying Sports Collectibles, Memorabilia

Rick Gregg
November 21, 2018 - 9:17 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Looking for that special sports memorabilia gift this holiday season?

Here are some collectible buying tips from Pat Blandford, who works for an Ohio-based dealer and attended last weekend’s Chicago Sports Spectacular in Rosemont.

He says:

-- Don’t Break The Bank.  “If you have, like, a younger child who’s starting out, you don’t have to go buy the most expensive thing in the room for them, for them to enjoy it,” Blandford said.  “I think sometimes that’s a better thing -- to go get maybe a few packs of cards, or a few different cards of players that you think are good. Or, maybe they have a favorite team that they want to get a few cards of their favorite players. I think all that really works well for people. When you get something for Christmas … sometimes the best gift isn’t the most expensive one.”

-- Don’t Play The Market. “Don’t try to buy for investment, or what you think things are going to be worth down the road,” Blandford said. “I would tell you to buy things that you like, and if they’re worth something later on that’s great, and if they’re not, then you at least bought something you enjoy and like.”

-- Don’t Expect To Be Able To Return The Gift. “It depends on the dealer,” he said. “If someone’s buying a $10 card from me for somebody, it’s really hard for me to be able to track it and tell that I sold it to them. And if it’s something that’s more expensive -- like, say, a really expensive rookie card, or something like that -- generally, with most dealers, when you buy it, it’s sold to you unless there’s a problem with the item.”

-- Don’t Forget, Buy What They Like. “If Rex Chapman’s your favorite player,” Blandford said, “and you end up with a bunch of Rex Chapman cards at the end of the day, and they’re not really worth anything but they mean something to you, sometimes that’s just as valuable.“​