Sports Memorabilia Collectors
Devoted fans have been known to donate whole rooms of their homes to items they’ve collected in connection with sports figures. These people will spend years searching, investing, and perfecting the displays of precious sports memorabilia.
Anyone who knows a serious sports collector knows that even a tiny fingerprint on a valuable piece could bring a gasp of disapproval from the owner. They can truly possess an obsessive protection of their belongings. To disrespect their passion is to insult them. Something broken, chipped, or smudged can spell disaster.
There are some unusual sports events that prompt people to become collectors of sports memorabilia. Archery, badminton, canoeing, equestrian sports, judo, aerobatics, rowing, shooting, table tennis, and yachting are names of a few.
Archery would prompt a person to collect things like bows, arrows, targets, photos of their favorite archers, or score cards. One famous archer is Justin Huish, who won two gold medals at the 1996 Olympics.
The auto racing industry has a huge fan base allowing for an immense amount of sports memorabilia. Hawthorne Village created a train called ‘Dale Earnhardt Intimidator Express’. It’s a relatively new creation and costs around $80. Motorsports artist Sam Bass placed paint schemes of Dale’s cars and his signature logo on each car.
There are collectibles that don’t need a signature to be valuable.
Instant conversation can be obtained through the subject of sports memorabilia. Most collectors are happy to share what they’ve gained, how they got it, the story that goes along with it. It gives them a few minutes of their own glory and admiration just by their association with the sought after items they may own.
Sometimes a rare piece of memorabilia can be discovered at a garage sale. This brings a thrill to the avid collector. Maybe its part of an estate sale of an uncle who never told about his special treasures, passed them onto a relative who had no interest in sports, and were thrown into the sale as silly old junk. This can seem like gold to someone who recognizes its worth.
Some people even treasure what they wore to an event themselves as part of their sports memorabilia collection. They may keep the tickets to the event, their menu of the day or night, and so on.
In many ways, sports figures enjoy the same fame as actors and actresses of Hollywood. They may suffer the same privacy issues, the same stalking fears, the same crazed fans grabbing for any piece of their clothing. Even a used package from the peanuts on an airplane flight can’t escape if a famous sports figure ate from it. An unscrupulous care giver may also try to capitalize on someone’s fame. Dentals have access to dental impressions and x-rays, housekeepers have access to private belongings, gardeners have access to the tools and flowers. Even the belongings of their children aren’t safe from scrutiny. Care has to be taken with disposal of their belongings. Their trash is even subject for collecting!