Football, or soccer, as it is known in some areas of the world, is arguably one of the biggest sport in the world; and for many hardcore fans, acquiring a piece of football memorabilia is priceless.
Football is shrouded in history and enjoyed by millions across the globe. With a host of historic football clubs, international teams and players; collecting memorabilia has become part of the football experience. For many, collecting priceless football artifacts has become a hobby or a past time and over the years the popularity of collecting sports memorabilia has grown considerably. Such is the popularity of football as a celebrity culture in this day in age that the rise in obtaining signed sports memorabilia continues to rise more than most.
Most clubs and international teams nowadays produce mass items which are pre-signed and sold in official club shops, international shops and on the team’s official website. Signed shirts, signed team photographs and signed pictures of star players are perhaps the most popular form of football memorabilia for buyers and sellers to trade in.
The fundamental growth in collecting signed sport memorabilia stems from how readily available it now is. Collectors can now enjoy a number of channels for collecting football memorabilia. Official avenues include direct contact with football clubs. Other options include independent traders who specialise in the buying and trading of football memorabilia which can include anything from signed football programmes through to signed shirts and photographs.
A more popular approach in the 21st century is made available by the internet. From the comfort of one’s home, the internet offers a vast source of online auction sites, specialist memorabilia companies and private collectors and sellers that can all offer signed memorabilia items.
Given the global influence that football has, collecting memorabilia can prove to be quite profitable in future years. This again contributes to the ever growing popularity of collecting football memorabilia, particularly anything that is signed. Due to its global status, there is a mass market to appeal to and for many football fans, coming into the possession of any form of football memorabilia creates an emotional bond in the sense that it makes a person feel part of a particular day such as an FA Cup Final for instance. Should one be privileged enough to acquire a signed shirt from such an event, the future implications of that could not have a value attributed to it.