Collect Sports Autographs and Autographed Memorabilia Signed by Famous Footballers, Golfers and Boxers
- By: Barry Brooks
Playing golf myself I started to collect the odd item of golf memorabilia and signed photo, once I started I then got the autograph collectors bug and now have a vast assortment of Ryder Cup Memorabilia, signed golf photos, signed golf prints and signed golf memorabilia. The week at St Andrews has added to my collection, a Martin Kaymer autograph, a Rory McIlroy autograph and a Graeme McDowell signed photo.
It is not often that you can pick up a celebrity autograph on a golf course in fact the last famous autograph I got at a golf course in Los Angeles was a Robbie Williams autograph! I know imagine Robbie playing golf. Itâ€™s strange but I have actually collected autographs of all types on golf courses.
I am going to an auction of golf memorabilia and ephemera next week and with a little bit of luck I might be able to pick up a few vintage autographs and one or two autographed albums at a reasonable price? Well hereâ€™s hoping anyway! The auction is not only selling golf memorabilia it also has tennis memorabilia, sport memorabilia, music memorabilia and a very small selection of movie memorabilia. Auctions are great fun but you do have to be careful as there is no guarantee that you will be buying genuine autographs and authentic memorabilia. Buying autographs can be a costly affair depending on whose autograph you are trying to buy, letâ€™s say you were trying to buy a Tiger Woods autograph or a Jack Nicklaus autograph. They would cost anything from Â£200- Â£1000 depending on what they were signed on.
One of my favorite haunts for collecting sports autographs are golf courses. I have managed to find a golf tournament which not only has sportsmen but celebrities playing as well and have collected autographed music memorabilia, autographed posters, movie autographs and many hand signed autographs all at one venue (a collectors dream!!) Another area where you can collect autographed footballs is at football stadiums I have a famous football team virtually on my doorstep, however I prefer to get an autographed football from the visiting team, what I do is find out which hotel they are staying at and try and get the visiting team to autograph sports memorabilia the night before the match, then I wait at the stadium before and after the game to get the signatures of the players I missed earlier. This is often very time consuming, you need loads of patience and warm drinks.
Signed sports memorabilia is my passion and I have many famous footballerâ€™s autographs, golf autographs and as well as boxing autographs, in my collection other than George Best autographs I have several autographed albums with a Bobby Charlton autograph and autographed photos of virtually every Premiership team in my collection. My most treasured football autograph was collected in my home town many years ago, it was a George Best autographed photo, which is also my favorite framed autograph to date.
The last way I collect autographed football items is to attend the ground the day of the match, this has often proven to be fruitful. You could also try and find out where the away team is staying as they generally use the same hotel on a regular basis this is the method I prefer
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