What is the Best Authentication (COA) for a Sports Autograph?

Often I get asked, “What is the best authentication (COA) for an autograph to come with?”  That depends on the athlete and sport.  For example, a Derek Jeter autograph you would want Steiner Sports COA, a Michael Jordan autographed an Upper Deck COA, etc.  I have always been a big fan of having online databases where you can verify an autograph, such as MLB’s or TRISTAR’s.  Keep in mind, some companies do few signings in a particular sport, for example UDA does very few baseball signings, so that affects the list as well.  PSA/DNA ITP I personally think is preferred by more collectors that a JSA witness, so they will rank ahead of them.  However, both are equally great.  Each PSA/DNA ITP and JSA witness COA means the autograph was witnessed by a representative from PSA or JSA.  So here are Top 5 preferred COAs by sport.  Just going to rank the Top 3 most popular, baseball, basketball, and football.

Baseball:

1.)    MLB Authentication

2.)    Steiner Sports

3.)    PSA/DNA ITP

4.)    JSA Witness

5.)    TRISTAR

MLB authentication is most preferred for any baseball autograph, especially game used items.  These autographs are witnessed by a representative from MLB and each unique hologram # is verified on their website, stating the item and date it was signed.  Steiner does so many baseball signings they are a great one also.

Basketball:

1.)    UDA

2.)    Steiner Sports

3.)    PANINI

4.)    PSA/DNA ITP

5.)    JSA Witness

UDA represents LeBron and Jordan, so those COAs are very popular.  Steiner does a good amount of signings with basketball stars like Carmelo Anthony.  PANINI represents Durant and Kobe.

Football:

  1. Steiner Sports
  2. Mounted Memories
  3. PSA/DNA ITP
  4. JSA Witness
  5. TRISTAR

Steiner represents Eli and Peyton Manning and does a ton of signings with NY Giants and other football legends.  Mounted Memories also does a ton of football related signings. PSA and JSA are high on this list simply because they are present to witness a great deal of football signings at the public shows, so their COA comes on a ton of football items.  TRISTAR is on this list because of the signings they do but also because they represent Tom Brady.

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5 Tips When Purchasing Autographed Sports Memorabilia Online

So you have found that perfect autographed collectible online you want to purchase.  You have done your research, know the item is authentic and exactly what you want.  Here are 5 tips to help your transaction go smoothly.

#1 – Make sure the company you are buying from has a good reputation.  You can check feedback, online reviews, etc…  Make sure they have a phone number, address, and an email address so you can get a hold of them in case you have a question/issue.  Nothing worse than seeing a website with just an email address or conversion page and trying to get a hold of them that way.

# 2 – Get everything in writing.  When placing order online you should get a receipt emailed to you that states the item, date you bought it, where it is shipping to, and what the item is.  If placing the order over the phone, ask that a receipt be emailed to you.  This will ensure everyone is on the same page with what item is being ordered and where it is shipping to.

#3 – Buy it with a credit card or with PayPal.  This will allow you some recourse to get your money back in case the seller is unwilling to work with you or as a last resort.  Remember to check your credit card terms on how long they give you to do a chargeback.  PayPal is normally 45 days.  Never pay by check or money order.

#4 – If the item is over $250, ask that a signature required be added to the shipment.  Nothing worse than having an expensive item sit on your front porch while you are not home.

#5 – Make sure your item is sent with tracking.  Yes, this is pretty much a given nowadays, but you would be surprised.  UPS, FedEx, USPS, all offer tracking and a signature required.

 

Powers Autographs was started by Matt Powers as a way for sports autograph and celebrity memorabilia enthusiasts and collectors to have a high-quality product available at affordable pricing. Having been in the business since 2004, he noticed there wasn’t a website available that included not only signed sports memorabilia and celebrity autographs, but also high quality custom framing and autograph display cases for everything from autographed baseballs to signed guitars, and more.

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Autograph Collection Getting Stale? Here are 4 Tips to Energize it Again

Every now and then we stop collecting autographs, for whatever reason.  Don’t have the space, nothing of interest has come onto the market, finances, etc…  Here are 4 tips to help get you out of a rut and enjoy collecting again.

#1 – Sell or trade pieces no longer of interest.  Maybe that autograph you picked up when you were 21, no longer has the same meaning to you at 31.  Sell it, or even better trading it with a fellow collector for an item you do want.  Remember, collecting is all about enjoying the pieces and the moments they represent.

#2 – Try collecting a different sport.  I get it, not all Americans are into hockey.  But you would be surprised the amount of history and well known names this sport has produced.  Maybe a Bobby Orr or Wayne Gretzky autograph?

Bobby Orr Photo

Bobby Orr Photo

#3 – Try collecting a different type of item.  Sure, we all have jerseys, photos, and baseballs.  How about an autographed batting helmet?  Or a game used item?

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Craig Biggio Signed Houston Astros Batting Helmet 3000 Hits

#4 – Have an item personalized or inscribed.  Yes, having an item personalized will devalue the item for re-sell.  However, getting a baseball or photo of you and your favorite athlete “To Mike, Keep the Collection Going,” may just be some inspiration you need.  Having a baseball inscribed WS CHAMPS by Buster Posey or another one of your favorite players who has won a World Series, might be the item to get you turnaround.

 

Powers Autographs was started by Matt Powers as a way for sports autograph and celebrity memorabilia enthusiasts and collectors to have a high-quality product available at affordable pricing. Having been in the business since 2004, he noticed there wasn’t a website available that included not only signed sports memorabilia and celebrity autographs, but also high quality custom framing and autograph display cases for everything from autographed baseballs to signed guitars, and more.

 

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5 Tips to Framing Your Autographed Sports Jersey

You just bought an autographed jersey of your favorite player.  Now what?  Got to get it framed of course.  Here are 5 tips to help you protect your investment when getting your jersey framed.

#1 – Always have your jersey framed behind UV protective glass.  UV glass will not only help protect the signature from fading, but also protect the integrity of the jersey colors.   Also, be sure once you hang up your jersey, to have it hang on the side the sun comes into the room (to protect it from direct sunlight)

#2 – Use acid-free double matting.  Acid free matting will not fade or bleed.  Also, a double matte (meaning one layered on top of the other) adds a beautiful touch to make the framing more appealing.  You can also add a 2nd team color to the matte when using a double matte.   See below example.  Notice how the blue outer and yellow inner matte really bring out the colors of the jersey?

Double Matte Jersey Example

Double Matte Jersey Example

#3 – Choose a quality molding.  Yes, a plastic frame will work just fine.  But a nice upgrade to a mahogany frame (see below) will really make a jersey pop, such as a San Francisco 49ers.

#4 – Don’t go overboard with loading the frame with 2 photos, pins, an autographed photo, a plaque, etc..  It just takes away from the jersey.  Adding one 8×10 photo or a nice plaque will certainly add to the frame, not take away from it.  See below Montana examples.  One with the tickets, very classy, symmetrical.  2nd Montana jersey, too much stuff, and not well organized.

Classy Montana Framed Jersey

Classy Montana Framed Jersey

 

2nd Montana Jersey

2nd Montana Jersey

 

#5 – Make sure to have your jersey pinned to the back matte, not glued.  This will protect the integrity of the jersey in case you ever want to take it out of the frame.

Powers Autographs was started by Matt Powers as a way for sports autograph and celebrity memorabilia enthusiasts and collectors to have a high-quality product available at affordable pricing. Having been in the business since 2004, he noticed there wasn’t a website available that included not only signed sports memorabilia and celebrity autographs, but also high quality custom framing and autograph display cases for everything from autographed baseballs to signed guitars, and more.

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5 Tips on Getting Autographs at Spring Training

Heading out to Spring Training to have some baseballs autographed by your favorite players?  Here are 5 tips to help you secure that autograph.

#1 – Get to the ballpark early.  Early bird gets the worm as the saying goes.  Less autograph seekers and you will get a better position against the fence/dugout, so you have a better chance to get that autograph.

#2 – Position yourself where ball players leave the field or by the dugout.  These will be your best chances to get in front of them.

Ryan Howard Signing Autographs

Ryan Howard Signing Autographs

#3 – BE READY!  Have your pen cap taken off and baseball taken out of the bag.  Also, have a 2nd and 3rd pen handy just in case you do not get your pen back.

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Jorge Posada Signing Autographs

#4 – Bring a camera.  If you can snap a photo while the player is signing your baseball to document your trip, that is awesome.   Having a 2nd person with to take the photo while you get the autograph, even better!

#5 – Be patient and courteous.  These guys get asked for their autograph all the time.  If you do not get them the 1st day, you might get them tomorrow.  You just never know when.  Also, always say thank you, they do appreciate that.

 

Powers Autographs was started by Matt Powers as a way for sports autograph and celebrity memorabilia enthusiasts and collectors to have a high-quality product available at affordable pricing. Having been in the business since 2004, he noticed there wasn’t a website available that included not only signed sports memorabilia and celebrity autographs, but also high quality custom framing and autograph display cases for everything from autographed baseballs to signed guitars, and more.

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Should You Purchase a Replica or Authentic Signed Baseball Jersey?

Often I get asked what the difference is between a replica and authentic Majestic baseball jersey.  “Which one should I buy,” the customer asks.  While yes, there are differences between the two, my answer is always, “Not much, except the price tag.”

Here are the descriptions of each jersey direct from Majestic, the company who makes all MLB jerseys.  We will use Mike Trout as an example.

Replica:

With a stud prospect like Mike Trout waiting in the wings to showcase his five-tool skills in The Bigs, the future for the Angels is looking bright. Since being drafted by the Angels, the outfielder has had lofty expectations. Trout’s consistent hitting and power, defensive skills, throwing arm, and speed on the basepaths will certainly leave a lasting mark on the Angels, and the rest of the MLB in the coming years. Support the young Jersey native each time you head to the Halos game with this Mike Trout jersey by Majestic. It replicates what the Angels wear on the field and features a tackle twill Angels wordmark on front with Trout’s name and #27 in tackle twill on the back.
FEATURES:
  • 100% Polyester fabric
  • Full button jersey
  • Tackle twill team and player graphics
  • Jock tag
  • Rounded hem
  • Imported
  • Officially licensed Angels Mike Trout jersey
Mike Trout Replica Jersey

Mike Trout Replica Jersey

Authentic:

Engineered to uphold the MLB® standard, the Majestic® Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout Authentic Cool Base™ Home White On-Field Jersey is packed with the same features the pros rely on to maximize performance. Designed with tackle twill decoration team details and player name and number, this baseball jersey emulates the official look of #27 when he takes the field.

FEATURES:

  • Full button-front, On-Field baseball jersey
  • Authentic tackle twill team wordmark on front
  • Full back player name and number in printed tackle twill decoration
  • Authentic left sleeve patch
  • MLB® Authentic Collection Performance Apparel woven jock tag at bottom left
  • Cool Base™ performance technology provides extra comfort
  • Stretch mesh gussets under arms for enhanced range of motion
  • MLB® batter patch at back neck
  • Officially licensed by the MLB®
  • Fabric: Body – 100% moisture-wicking polyester; Under Arms – 82% nylon, 18% spandex
  • Majestic
Mike Trout Authentic Jersey

Mike Trout Authentic Jersey

When getting a jersey autographed, the most important characteristic is that the jersey has sewn on name and numbers, which both the replica and authentic jersey have.   A sewn on number allows for the highest quality signature due to the tackle twill material and it is much easier to sign for the athlete than a screen printed jersey.  As you can see, the look of the jerseys is almost identical.  The authentic also has the patches, but those can be added to the replica for about $10 per patch.

The main difference between the replica and authentic is the Cool Base technology that the players wear on the field (outlined above).  They are also sized different.  Replicas are L, XL, etc, while authentics are 44, 48, 52, etc.  Then of course is the price.  A replica are generally around $99, while an authentic can cost almost $300.

I do understand some collector needs to have the authentic jersey the players wear on the field.  They want their collection to be as authentic as possible and the authentic jersey makes that happen.  But for me, I would rather save the $200, especially if I am selling them on my website.  $200 is a big difference between buying a $500 signed Mike Trout jersey (figure $400 for the auto) and a $700 Mike Trout jersey.

 

Mike Trout Signed Authentic Jersey

Mike Trout Signed Authentic Jersey

Powers Autographs was started by Matt Powers as a way for sports autograph and celebrity memorabilia enthusiasts and collectors to have a high-quality product available at affordable pricing. Having been in the business since 2004, he noticed there wasn’t a website available that included not only signed sports memorabilia and celebrity autographs, but also high quality custom framing and autograph display cases for everything from autographed baseballs to signed guitars, and more.

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Top 10 Must Have Deceased Baseball Autographs For Your Collection

This is to add to our Top 10 current baseball autographs to collect in 2014 blog post we did a few weeks back.  Let’s do a Top 10 deceased player autographs you must have in your collection.  This list was made in a perfect world, where money grows on trees, so that Babe Ruth signed baseball is within the budget.  List is based off of a player’s play, impact on the game, and autograph desirability and availability.  Of course, this list could be made into the Top 25, there are that many good names.  But here is our Top 10.  Please comment on who yours would be.  Enjoy!

#10 – Cy Young – One of baseball’s best pitchers.  The “Cy Young Award” is given annually to baseball’s best pitchers from each league.  While he won the most games of any pitcher (511), he also lost the most (316).  Pitched 3 No-Hitters.  He also had 746 complete games and 7,356 innings pitched, both current MLB records.   Ever now and then signed baseballs surface for sale, but generally signed index cards are available.

Cy Young Signed Baseball

Cy Young Signed Baseball

#9 – Roberto Clemente – 15 x All Star, 2 x World Series Champion, and member of the Hall of Fame and 3000 hit club.   Most known for his charity work, Clemente died during a plane crash to help victims of a recent earthquake in Nicaragua.  The Roberto Clemente award is given to a player with outstanding baseball playing skills who is personally involved in community work.  His autograph is highly sought after due to his popularity and lack of supply.

Roberto Clemente Signed Photo

Roberto Clemente Signed Photo

# 8 – Ty Cobb – Certainly will not win any likeability awards, players feared him and media members hated him.  He was won 11 batting titles, stole 897 bases, and had a career .366 batting average.  He even received more Hall of Fame votes than Babe Ruth.  Autographed baseballs of his are in high demand.

Ty Cobb Signed Baseball

Ty Cobb Signed Baseball

# 7 – Ted Williams – The “Splendid Splinter,” Williams had arguably baseball’s sweetest swing.  The best Boston Red Sox of all-time.  19 x All-Star, 2 x Triple Crown winner, and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Williams lost 4 years of his playing career due to military service.  His autographed baseballs and bats and still fairly affordable and readily available.

Ted Williams Signed Baseball

Ted Williams Signed Baseball

#6 – Stan Musial – Recently passing away in 2013, Stan “the Man” had stats for days.  24 x All-Star, 3 x World Series Champion, 3 x MVP, and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.  The greatest St. Louis Cardinal of all-time.   One of baseball’s best hitters of all-time, Stan signed autographs often and made them very affordable for everyone.  Baseballs, jerseys, and bats are very collectible for him, including a photo of him and JFK in the 1962 All-Star Game.

Stan Musial Signed Cardinals Jersey

Stan Musial Signed Cardinals Jersey

# 5 – Joe DiMaggio – Known as the “Yankee Clipper,” DiMaggio still has the longest consecutive game hitting streak at 56 games.  He was a 13 x All-Star and 9 World Series Champion with the New York Yankees.  Also, a member of the baseball Hall of Fame and his #5 is retired by the Yankees.  His marriage to Marilyn Monroe only increased his celebrity status.  One of the most popular Yankees of all time.   Just about everything with his autograph is collectible, baseballs, jerseys, bats, and photos.

Joe DiMaggio Signed Baseball

Joe DiMaggio Signed Baseball

#4 – Lou Gehrig – Played with the legendary Babe Ruth.   Died at the age of 37 from what is now known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  A 7 x All-Star, 6 x World Series Champion for the New York Yankees.  His “luckiest man of the face of the earth” speech is one of the most well known of all-time.  Received the most votes for Baseball’s All Century Team.  Because he died at such a young age, played for the Yankees, and with Babe Ruth, his autograph is highly sought after.  Autographed baseballs are very difficult to come by.

Lou Gehrig Signed Baseball

Lou Gehrig Signed Baseball

#3 – Mickey Mantle – 20 x All-Star, 7 x World Series Champion with the New York Yankees, member of the baseball Hall of Fame, and #7 retired by the Yankees.  Mantle was known more for his huge home runs he hit from each side of the plate and over indulgence in alcohol.  His signed baseballs, jerseys, and bats are readily available and highly collectible among baseball and Yankee fans.

Mickey Mantle Signed Yankees Jersey

Mickey Mantle Signed Yankees Jersey

#2 – Jackie Robinson – No baseball collection would be complete without an autograph from Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947.  While this feat is hard to put into words, it is easily one of the most significant moments in baseball history, setting the stage for baseball as we see it today.  He was the 1947 Rookie of the Year, a 6 x All Star, and won the 1955 World Series as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Autographed baseballs are extremely rare, but really anything from Robinson is collectible.

Jackie Robinson Signed Baseball

Jackie Robinson Signed Baseball

#1 – Babe Ruth – #1 for obvious reasons. Baseball’s most well known player of all-time.  Involved in one of the worst trades of all time, from the Red Sox to the Yankees.  He was a 12 x Home Run Champion, hitting 714 Home Runs in his career.  7 x World Series Champion and voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.   Ruth was the first baseball star to be the subject of overwhelming interest by the public.  Baseball of course had previous stars such as Ty Cobb, but none had the positive relationship Ruth did with the fans.  America was hit hard by World War I and the 1918 flu epidemic and was looking for something positive to look forward to.  Watching Ruth hit home runs for the Yankees was it.  His autographed baseballs are a MUST have for any serious collector and can cost tens of thousands of dollars depending on the quality of the signature.

 

Babe Ruth Signed Baseball

Babe Ruth Signed Baseball

Honorable Mention: Roy Campanella, Bob Feller, Jimmie Foxx, Josh Gibson, Hank Greenberg, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Walter Johnson, Mel Ott, and Satchel Paige.  Gibson would have made the list, but his autographed items are impossible to find.

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Ever Wonder How an Autograph Signing Event Gets Set Up?

You are going to an autograph show to get an autograph of your favorite athlete, let’s say Kansas Jayhawk star Thomas Robinson.  You have your basketball in hand as you walk through the line, thinking about what you are going to say to him.  Then the thought occurs to you, “Wow, how does this whole event get set up?  I mean how did they get Thomas Robinson to come here?”  My fellow collector, those are some great questions.  Let me help you answer them from the perspective of a dealer.

#1 – GETTING THE ATHLETE

This sometimes can be the easiest or the hardest part.  Typically, an autograph store owner like myself will find out who the agent is for a particular athlete.  I will then contact the agent and ask if the athlete is interested in an upcoming autograph signing.  Most of the time, if it is an athlete that does a lot of them, the process is fairly smooth, pricing set in stone, all that needs to get ironed out is a date and the contract.  If the athlete rarely does an autograph signing, convincing them to do it and coming to a common ground on pricing can be quite difficult.  Especially, if the athlete’s autograph is in high demand.   In that case, usually the dealer will come up with an initial 1st offer to the athlete.  I remember chasing one athlete and taking to his agent almost monthly for 2 years!  Signing never did happen, but the seed was planted.

Thomas Robinson

Thomas Robinson

#2 – PAYING THE ATHLETE

Once the contract is signed, generally the athlete/agent will require a 50% deposit, with the rest due the day of the signing.  Athletes are paid per autograph.  More for premium items like jerseys.  Inscriptions typically cost extra.  Also, the athlete/agent will also have a minimum signature requirement, so they are guaranteed X amount of dollars for the signing.  Checks or cash only my friend.  Put that VISA back in your wallet.

#3 – MARKETING THE EVENT

After the contract is signed and a date is selected, now it is time to market THE HECK out of the event.  This is often the hardest part of the entire signing.  Getting customers to know and come to your event.  What avenues do you market to?  Radio, newspaper, social media?  How much do you spend?  Typically, 3-4 weeks is needed to get the word out efficiently.  Also, important to get in contact with other dealers who may sell similar product to help offset the cost of the entire event.  They can market the event to their customers.

Twitter Logo

Twitter Logo

#4 – PRICING THE SIGNATURES AND PRODUCT

One of the big misconceptions when it comes to pricing an autograph is that the only factor is what the athlete gets paid.  Fans sometimes have a hard time understanding that the autograph is just a part of the equation.  Here is a hypothetical situation.

Let’s say an athlete is getting paid $10,000 for an event for 500 autographs.  Marketing ends up costing $2,000.  Labor for the event is $1,000.  Total cost for the event is now at $13,000 (a 30% increase) not even including rent and the cost of the items (helmet, jerseys, etc).  So an autograph that was costing $20, is now at $26.  Factor in rent and running a website per day and you are closer to $30 a cost per autograph.  So if a dealer sells the autograph at $50-$60, it isn’t that they are trying to make a killing off the event, they are just trying to recoup all their costs and make a little profit at the end of the day.

One other thing to consider is autograph signings rarely sell out.  Out of those 500 autographs, if 300 + get sold that is a good signing.  The dealer has to take on 200 or so autographs for inventory.  Add in the cost of the item (basketball, jersey, etc)  + the autograph and the total amount of $ adds up quickly.

#5 – ORDERING PRODUCT FOR THE EVENT

After a few weeks of marketing, we should have a decent idea of what is going to be the main seller.  Whether it is photos, helmets, baseballs, jerseys, etc…  Photos and helmets typically take about 7-10 days to get in stock.  Depending on the type of jersey, those can take 4-6 weeks, so best to order early.  If they are not able to make it in time for a signing, getting jersey #s signed is always a good back up plan.

Kansas Basketballs for Thomas Robinson to Sign

Kansas Basketballs for Thomas Robinson to Sign

If you do not have stanchions, tables, pens, and other necessities those will need to be ordered too.

One other thing to consider is having an authentication company such as PSA/DNA or JSA to authenticate the signing.  Taking photos and video of the athlete signing the product is also a major plus.

 

6 – DAY OF THE EVENT

This can be the easiest part of the whole process if you have a good system in place to get customers quickly through the line.  Always be sure to have enough staff on hand.  1 person to take the signed items from the athlete, 1 person to hand them to him.  Also, need someone at the cash register and 2-3 others floating around to help in other areas.

Typically, the athlete will show up an hour or so before the event to sign all the product that was not sold to customers that day or sold to other vendors.  Important to start the event at the time posted.  Make clear your policy on taking photos with the athlete at the signing table.  This can often slow down the process and frustrate waiting customers and the athlete.

Thomas Robinson Signing Autographs

Thomas Robinson Signing Autographs

#7 – AFTER THE EVENT

Now that the fun is over, the grunt work starts.  Time to mail back items to customers who couldn’t attend the event or to other dealers.  Enter all the credit card receipts into accounting, count the extra inventory, price it, and display it.  Continue to market and push the product you have in stock.

 

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Thomas Robinson Autographed Kansas Basketball Jersey

Powers Autographs was started by Matt Powers as a way for sports autograph and celebrity memorabilia enthusiasts and collectors to have a high-quality product available at affordable pricing. Having been in the business since 2004, he noticed there wasn’t a website available that included not only signed sports memorabilia and celebrity autographs, but also high quality custom framing and autograph display cases for everything from autographed baseballs to signed guitars, and more.

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How to Protect Your Autographed Baseballs From Fading

So you have just started collecting autographed baseballs or you have been a serious collector for a couple years.  You are thinking to yourself, I’ve spent all this money on such a cool collection, how do I make sure I protect my autographs for the long term?   Here are 4 tips how to do so.

#1 – Always make sure your baseballs are signed in ball point pen.  This type of pen tends to not bleed much and the integrity of the signature is higher.

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Will Clark Signed 1989 World Series Baseball BATTLE OF THE BAY

#2 – Store your baseballs in a UV protected display case.  It can be a simple Ultra Pro UV display case or a classy wall mountable one.  Either way, make sure it has UV protected glass or acrylic.  UV keeps out 97-98% of harmful light that will progress the fading of your baseball rather rapidly.

Ultra Pro UV Baseball Display Case

Ultra Pro UV Baseball Display Case

Wall Mountable Baseball Display Case

Wall Mountable Baseball Display Case

 

#3 – Keep out of direct sunlight.  When displaying your autographed baseballs, keep them on the side of the room the light comes in from.  That way direct sunlight never shines on them.  Sun can fade items within just a year and is extremely harmful to autographs.

Faded Autographed Baseball

Faded Autographed Baseball

#4 – The room they are displayed in should be at room temperature.  Not too hot or too cold.  Room temperature is the perfect setting for an autograph.

 

Of course, over a long period of time (20 + years), a baseballs quality and signature quality will fade a little.  But if you take these 4 steps you can delay and prevent much of that deterioration and keep the value of your collection high.

 

Powers Autographs was started by Matt Powers as a way for sports autograph and celebrity memorabilia enthusiasts and collectors to have a high-quality product available at affordable pricing. Having been in the business since 2004, he noticed there wasn’t a website available that included not only signed sports memorabilia and celebrity autographs, but also high quality custom framing and autograph display cases for everything from autographed baseballs to signed guitars, and more.

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Top 10 Autographed College Basketball Jerseys You Must Own

With college basketball in full swing, we thought we would post our list of the Top 10 college basketball autographed jerseys you must own.  Ranking done by affordability, quality of college and NBA play, popularity of the university played for (because someone has to want to buy it), and availability of getting the jersey.  Couple stipulations to be on this list.

1.) Obviously, you had to be a great college basketball player.  Either by winning championships, being an All-American, inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame, etc..  2.) You had to be a good NBA player.  Win championships, make All-Star teams, contribute quality stats for a long time, make the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Sorry Bobby Hurley.  3.) Your autographed college basketball jersey actually had to exist at some point and available for sale to the public.  Sorry but we are not going to see a Wilt Chamberlain autographed Kansas jersey.

Also, see our Wish List and Never Gonna Happen list at the bottom.

OK, here we go.  Feel free to post your comments as to additions to the list or ones to take off.

#10 – Isiah Thomas, Indiana – 1981 NCAA Champion, #2 overall NBA draft pick by the Pistons, Pistons all-time leading scorer, 12 x NBA All-Star, 2 x NBA Champion, NBA Hall of Famer.

Isiah Thomas Signed Indiana Jersey

Isiah Thomas Signed Indiana Jersey

#9 – Allen Iverson, Georgetown – Everyone loved watching his crossover move, 1st team All American, and his points per game still rank #1 all-time at Georgetown.  11 x NBA All-Star, 2001 NBA MVP, #3 retired by the Philadelphia 76ers.  Fan favorite due to his small size and quickness.  His signed jerseys are very popular.

Allen Iverson Signed Georgetown Jersey

Allen Iverson Signed Georgetown Jersey

#8 – Danny Manning, Kansas – One of the greatest players at one of college basketball’s greatest college basketball universities.  Manning lead KU to win the 1988 NCAA Championship, 1988 NCAA player of the Year, #1 overall draft pick by the Clippers, and a 2 x All-Star.  Why is Kansas basketball memorabilia so cool to collect?

Danny Manning Autographed Kansas Signed Jersey

Danny Manning Autographed Kansas Signed Jersey

#7 – Bill Russell, San Francisco – Member of the College Basketball and NBA Hall of Fame.  2 x NCAA Champion, 11 x NBA Champion, 12 x All-Star.  Only reason low on list is USF (San Francisco) is not a popular basketball university and demand is low.

Bill Russell Signed USF Jersey

Bill Russell Signed USF Jersey

#6 – Patrick Ewing, Georgetown – 1984 NCAA Champion, 3 x All-American, 11 x NBA All-Star, NBA Hall of Fame, and #33 retired by the Knicks.  Georgetown autographed items are very popular among college basketball fans.

Patrick Ewing Signed Georgetown Jersey Steiner Sports COA

Patrick Ewing Signed Georgetown Jersey Steiner Sports COA

#5 – Christian Laettner, Duke – 2 x NCAA Champion, made one of college basketball’s greatest shots, a 3 pointer to beat Kentucky in the East Regional after a long pass from Grant Hill, 1992 Olympic Gold Medal, NBA All-Star, 13 year career.  Laettner is high on this list due to his unbelievably high popularity among college basketball fans and that he played for Duke, one of college basketball’s most popular programs.  Jerseys are very affordable, $169.

Christian Laettner Signed Duke Basketball Jersey

Christian Laettner Signed Duke Basketball Jersey

#4 – Michael Jordan, North Carolina- Greatest player of all-time, 1982 NCAA Champion, #23 retired by UNC, 2 x All American 1st team, won 6 NBA titles and Finals MVP awards, NBA Hall of Fame, 14 x All Star.  Only thing that keeps him #4 on the list is high cost of jersey (over $1,000).

Michael Jordan Signed UNC Jersey

Michael Jordan Signed UNC Jersey

 

#3 – Lew Alcindor, UCLA – Also known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  3 x NCAA Champion, 3 x NCAA Player of the Year, #33 retired by UCLA, Lakers, and Bucks.  6 x NBA Champion, 19 x All-Star, NBA Hall of Famer.

Lew Alcindor Signed UCLA Jersey

Lew Alcindor Signed UCLA Jersey

#2 – Larry Bird, Indiana State – The Hick from French Lick, Bird lost the 1979 title game to Magic Johnson.  This is the highest rated college basketball game of all time.  Won Naismith Player of the Year before becoming the #6 overall draft pick by the Celtics.  12 x All Star, 3 x NBA Champion,  NBA Hall of Fame, #33 retired by the Celtics.  Jerseys are very affordable, often under $200.

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Larry Bird signed Indiana State Basketball Jersey

#1 – Magic Johnson, Michigan State – Won the 1979 NCAA Championship, 1st team All-American, 5 x NBA Champion, 12 x NBA All-Star, NBA Hall of Fame.   Jerseys are often priced under $150.

Magic Johnson Signed Michigan State Jersey

Magic Johnson Signed Michigan State Jersey

 

 

Wish List

-          Chris Webber, Michigan

-          Steve Nash, Santa Clara

-          Grant Hill, Duke

-          John Stockton, Gonzaga

Never Gonna Get

-          Wilt Chamberlain, Kansas

-          LeBron James, duh

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