Getting Started With Autographed Soccer Memorabilia

By: Joseph Baylon

Having a collection of autographed soccer memorabilia has long been a way of proving your loyalty and passion to the sport. If you're interested in starting your own collection, here are several tips to ensure that you'll not only have an easy time collecting

How to Obtain Autographed Soccer Memorabilia
There are two ways for you to obtain autographed soccer memorabilia: you can have the soccer gear or equipment signed by the athlete with your own effort, or you can purchase one that has already been autographed.

It's certainly more affordable to work for your own autographed soccer memorabilia by yourself, but your main problem would be finding ample opportunity to approach your favorite soccer player and get his autograph. You will also have to work on getting a certificate of authenticity for your memorabilia in the event that you'd wish to sell it for a profit.

Purchasing autographed soccer memorabilia is easier, naturally, but more expensive as well. You also run the risk of buying from fraudulent sellers selling fake autographed soccer memorabilia.

Types of Autographed Soccer Memorabilia

Photographs - These can be photographs of the athlete himself or a scene from a particular soccer game containing the necessary signature. Photographs may be something you've taken by yourself, purchased, or won. If it's a group photo, consider having it enlarged so that all the signatures of the members making up your favorite soccer team can easily fit its surface.

Soccer Ball - These can be either purchased or obtained at your own effort as well. If you're going to have a soccer ball signed by your favorite players, invest in the best soccer ball you can purchase: one that has the words "FIFA approved" or "official size or weight" imprinted on them. Make sure to have a dark-colored soft tip marker ready for the signatures because it writes well on soccer balls and is easily visible. When you have completed the signatures, place it inside a glass or see-through container for safekeeping.

Soccer Shoes - Many sports brands nowadays produce clothing, gear, and equipment under the name of famous players; the same thing applies to soccer as well. If your favorite soccer player has his own line of shoes then it would be ideal to have him affix his signature on his own product. Since shoes don't have much writing space in them, they are usually good for a maximum of three signatures.

Soccer Wear - These are what make up a complete soccer outfit: soccer top, shorts, and socks. A soccer shirt or uniform serves as one of the best types of autographed soccer memorabilia because it allows the players and coaches to write as long as they want.

Gloves - These are worn only by goalkeepers, so you can generally expect only signatures from popular goalkeepers to appear on gloves. Again, autographed soccer memorabilia of this type can be purchased or obtained through personal effort.

Shin Guards - While shoes, uniforms, and soccer balls make up the bulk of autographed soccer memorabilia, it's very rare that you'll find a famous signature written on shin guards. Thus, this type of memorabilia is usually obtained by personal effort.

As a last warning: make sure that you are truly purchasing from a trusted and reliable source especially if the transaction will be processed online. Be careful about using your credit card, and never allow payments to be handled by any website you haven't checked the Better Business Bureau with.

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