Autographed Sports Memorabilia

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Autographed sports memorabilia has witnessed a sharp rise in just the past decade. As long as there have been sports games there have been autograph hounds, but the practice of casually accruing players' John Hancocks has sprouted into sheer mania for some. The result has been both good and bad for players and collectors alike.

On the one hand, players are only too happy to see soaring interest in their particular sports. After all, their salaries are tied not only to their performances, but ticket revenues as well. So long as fans are clamoring for tickets to come see their idols take cuts and dunk basketballs, athletes are assured that owners will continue to turn profits, which means bigger paydays for the players.

The Other Side of Autographed Sports Memorabilia

The flip side of the surge in autographed sports memorabilia's popularity is a growing cynicism and reluctance on the part of athletes. This suspicion isn't unfounded either, as more and more fans seek autographs simply to turn around and post them on eBay to turn a profit. Players may not be rocket scientists, but they're smart enough to realize when their signatures are being abused and their good will exploited.

Another downside of autographed sports memorabilia is the physical barrier it creates between some players and fans. Lamentably, we live in times when seeing a player do his job at the stadium or ballpark is no longer enough. Some overzealous fans storm onto fields, shout obscenities, and threaten those players who won't accommodate their autograph requests. Understandably, then, many players have taken a step back and now refuse to sign autographs altogether.

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