EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 6 - January 22, 2000 - ISSN 1528-6703     8 of 9

Sports: Where to Begin?

By Wayne Tuiskula

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Most people probably think of baseball cards when they think about sports collectibles, but there is much more to consider. Items from the more mainstream sports like baseball, basketball, football and hockey will always be sought after by collectors. Other collectors are just as zealous in their pursuit of golf, tennis, auto racing, boxing and other sports collectibles.

Targeting In On Your Interest
When you target a specific sport, you may want to narrow it down even further. Do you want to collect only cards, autographs or memorabilia? Do you want to buy cards of the current players or cards that you might have owned when you were younger? Do you want to concentrate on a certain player or team?

If you aren't interested in cards or if you want to supplement your card collection with other sports collectibles, you've got a lot of options. In baseball alone you can collect cards, autographs, equipment (balls, bats, gloves, etc.), postcards, trophies, books, pennants, stamps, pins, tickets, magazines, programs, medallions, photos and yearbooks.

Foul Ball: Fakes & Forgeries
There is one very important thing to remember as you begin to collect. There are reproductions and fakes in sports collectibles like most other areas of collecting. Autographs are often faked. I saw a boxing glove on eBay once -the description said it had been signed by Jack Dempsey. Whoever signed it forgot the second "e" in Dempsey.

Tin advertising signs are often reproduced picturing sports celebrities. There are forged cards on the market too. When I'm not sure about something, I would rather pass on it then pay good money for a fake. You can avoid this by dealing with a knowledgeable, reputable dealer.

Please send along information on any fakes or reproductions you see, and I'll be glad to add it to this column and keep everyone informed. Also, feel free to send along suggestions for future columns to me at

About the author:

Wayne Tuiskula has been an antique and collectibles dealer for over 20 years and a licensed auctioneer. He runs Central Mass. Auctions Inc. in Worcester, Massachusetts. He holds the (GPPA) Graduate Personal Property Appraiser designation from the National Auctioneers Association. Email Wayne at

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