It doesn't take much to become a collector of autographed hockey memorabilia. The only things you really need are passion for collecting things and a love for hockey. You can either collect the memorabilia for investment purposes, such as reselling what you collect down the line to turn a profit, or simply out of an interest in the sport itself, which is what most people do. This article will provide some tips for starting what might become a cherished and lasting collection of autographed hockey memorabilia.
First, it's helpful to review just what memorabilia is. In most cases when people think of sports memorabilia, they are thinking of things that have a direct tie or association with something sports related, such as to a particular athlete or team, or perhaps to a particular game or sporting event, or even to a particular venue. For example, hockey fans in Toronto might want to collect gear and memorabilia that has to do with the Maple Leafs, since that's the National Hockey League team that's based in Toronto.
Alternatively, fans of the great Wayne Gretzky may be interested in collecting his jerseys, pucks he played with, or even his helmet and hockey sticks. There's a lot of flexibility. When it comes to autographed hockey memorabilia, some of the most commonly collected artifacts include signed sticks, pucks, and jerseys, but it's possible to collect just about anything with a signature on it. There are even people who might chip off parts of a venue or bring in their drinks and food receptacles for signing; you'll have to determine what exactly you want signatures on and who you'd like to have sign it.
When you start collecting your hockey memorabilia, keep in mind that it should reflect you and your interest in and love for the game. Alternatively, if you're collecting from the perspective of an investor, then you'll want things that can bring you back some money years from now when you decide to sell them. The specifics of what you collect, naturally, are up to you; you don't have to let anyone else tell you that this or that article is or is not worth collecting; the choice is a personal one. With that in mind, there are still some things to be aware of when you're building your collection, especially if it's a collection that you want to last and that you'd like to have lasting value with.
For example, keep in mind that the fewer versions of your memorabilia there are in circulation, the more valuable your copy will be. For example, not too many people will have the jersey that a famous hockey player wore in his first season with a professional level team, so if you can manage to snag that and get it signed, you've got something that's potentially worth a lot of money. Similarly, the more common items tend to be the better investments that will be recognized as treasures rather than as oddities. Keeping these tips in mind might bring more joy to your hockey gear collection.