Pro Sports Franchises Becoming Wise To Value Of Sports Memorabilia

By Richard Mueller  

At one time, they were simply hand-me-downs. After using them for a year, professional sports franchises would send their game used equipment and game worn jerseys to their minor league clubs. Some made them available for sale to recreational leagues.

In the last ten years or so, however, collecting game worn gear from pro sports teams has become an extremely popular exercise. The teams are now trying to cash in on the craze--or at least earn money for charity. Sports collectors love the authenticity, even if the days of getting something free may have passed.

Major League Baseball now employs an official authenticator at most games, tagging game used items removed from play with a special hologram and documenting each. The items are sometimes sold at auction through the league's website, while the teams retain control of some of the uniforms, cracked bats and other items that would at one time been considered junk or items to simply give away to fans who asked. Some teams, like the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers and Red Sox have entered into agreements with memorabilia companies who retain the exclusive rights to acquire and sell those sports collectibles. It's a lucrative arrangement for both, with superstar game bats and jerseys selling for hundreds of dollars, even if they've only been used once or twice.

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When and Where Should You Wear Professional Sports Jerseys

By Nicole Roberts

Are you a sport fan and wish you could wear your professional sports jerseys everywhere? Of course, you know this is not possible, but it doesn't stop you from dreaming and it may make you wonder just what it the proper places to where your sports jerseys. After all, you certainly do not have the jersey to only where to sporting events, so then what is the proper etiquette of where and when to wear your jersey?

First off, kids and retirees seem to be the ones that can wear their professional athletics jerseys anywhere they wish, as it seems "cute" to society that children and seniors are such sports fans, but to everyone else, male and female, there are times when you simply should not where your sports jerseys, such as to your board meeting, for example. Moreover, you probably would not want to wear it to a job interview. There are just some places where sports memorabilia have no place.

So then, where can you wear it? After all, you are very proud of it and you want others to see it, not just hang it in your closet. Of course, where professional sport jerseys are always welcomed and admired is at actual sporting events, which can be at an actual sporting game or just watching a game on a Sunday afternoon at your friend's house. Of course, this is dependent on the sporting jersey you are wearing. For instance, if you are invited to a sporting event to watch a game and no everyone is for the opposite team and you show up in professional sports jerseys for the opposing team, you might not get a lot of love.

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