Over the years, a number of individuals have accumulated vast private collections of sports memorabilia. These collections are so broad that it is impossible to know who truly has the largest sports memorabilia collection.
It is estimated that there are 50 to 100 serious memorabilia collectors in the United States. They typically have acquired their items through private dealers and auction houses.
Who are these individuals and how did they go about collecting what they have? A search of the internet reveals a number of amazing stories. This article shares the stories of two of these private collectors, both of whom have a large amount of baseball memorabilia.
Let’s assume you’ve been able to get a major league baseball player to sign a baseball or other item. You cherish it because it’s yours and you know who signed it! Authenticating baseball memorabilia such as this could prove to be very important.
Just remember that at some point in the future, someone else will become the owner of this autographed item. That person may not value it the same way you do. In fact, they may not want it and may choose to sell it.
I have visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York two times. The museum, which is filled with MLB baseball memorabilia, was the highlight of my visits.
There are three sections making up this baseball shrine: the actual Hall of Fame, which honors elected members, the museum and a research library. This is the hall’s 75th year, so it has been a year of special celebrations and events.
In this review, I will share our impressions of the hall, highlight a few special areas of the museum, and note some of the changes that have taken place since I was there.