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The Most Expensive Pieces of Sports Memorabilia Ever Sold/Auctioned

Sports memorabilia has become increasingly popular and profitable in recent years as people seek a way to invest in the future and at the same time have some fun collecting autographs of their heroes. For example, back in 2013, a glove reportedly used by Jackie Robinson in the 1955 and 1956 World Series sold for $373,002. Here’s our 2020 list of the several of the most expensive pieces of sports memorabilia ever sold.

LeBron James Autographed Rookie card: Back in 2015 a card signed when James was a rookie sold for $95,000. However, today the value of the card could easily exceed $200,000 since it has become so rare. Coincidentally, LeBron will easily become the all-time leading scorer within about 3-4 years which means that the value of his autographs and the memorabilia associated with him will rise in value.

Joe DiMaggio & Marilyn Monroe’s Baseball: $191,200: One of the most legendary couples in sports history has to be New York Yankees baseball star Joe DiMaggio and his wife, Hollywood bombshell Marilyn Monroe. In 1961 the couple signed a baseball that was bound to soar in price as the years went on. In 2006 it sold to one collector for $191,000.

Babe Ruth’s 1919 Yankees Contract – $996,000: In 1919 Babe Ruth signed with the New York Yankees. There he played for the venerated team for a remarkable 15 seasons. It is fitting that the Babe’s contract sold for such a steep price since he was – at the time – the highest paid baseball player in the league.

Mark McGwire’s 70th Home Run Ball – $3 Million: Mark McGwire set a record of 70 home runs in a single season back in 1998. The ball that helped him set the record was pitched by Billy Wagner of the Houston Astros. However, records are made to be broken and in 2001, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants beat this record with 73 home runs in a season.,

Babe Ruth 1920 Jersey – $4.415 Million: The Babe is probably the king of sports memorabilia which is only fitting since the legendary baseball player broke so many records. A jersey worn by “The Bambino” was bought at an auction by rare sports memorabilia mogul Joshua Leland Evans.

While you may or not own a piece of sports memorabilia that can fetch millions of dollars for you, we know you still prize your collection and that you wish to make sure that the items in it are authentic. To that end, we can help with our celebrity autograph authentication service. We will provide you with a letter of authenticity after our experts have carefully scrutinized your items.

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Tips for Investing in Sports Autographs and other Memorabilia

Sports autographs and other kinds of memorabilia can either be a terrible investment or a great one. It all depends on a great many factors. For example, choosing the right signature of a player at the right time in his career is important. Here, we will try to focus on how to increase the odds that you will come out a winner with these expert tips on how to invest in sports memorabilia.

Choose a theme: Focus on one theme in your autograph collecting. This will help you to remain focused. For example, you may wish to focus not only on a particular sport but on a particular athlete as well. From there you may wish to build your collection around this one unifying theme.

Go for the classics: Don’t shy away from the classic athletes such as Muhammad Ali, Babe Ruth, or Michael Jordon simply because you think the market may be too competitive. After all, the classics have already proven themselves versus newer players whose careers may go up and down changing the value of your collection.

Do your research: The best investors in sports memorabilia are also the most knowledgeable in their field. Look into the background of your chosen theme, research how similar items sold in the past, etc. This can help you increase the quality of your collection immensely.

Have your items/signatures authenticated: Of course, any item you posses will only be as good as they are real. We can provide you with a letter of authenticity after we have verified the validity of any signature. We know how to authenticate autograph sports memorabilia due the skill and experience of our staff.

Make sure the items you purchase are in mint condition: It’s simple: items that are in “pristine” conditions sell much better than items that are in poor or average condition.

Finally, fake autographs are a real problem in the world of sports memorabilia collecting. This is why you need to purchase each item with a healthy sense of skepticism, do your research, use common sense and have professional authenticators go over your collection. This will increase the integrity and value of your collection and can make you money in the long run.