by Eileen Marable
The gang at Grey Flannel Auctions are pretty darn lucky. Every day priceless sports artifacts come through their door. Jerseys, shoes, programs and just about anything tied to a sports star or team is open for consideration.
Sports memorabilia is a tricky business. Often it’s filled with emotion and an individual’s personal love for their team. Many sports fans can tell you the weather and the team line up on the day of an away game from their team’s 1985 season. Personal memories can become mixed in – like fans who hold Packer’s themed weddings or those who name their children after their favorite player and hold on to the all the game programs from the year they were born.
With all the variables involved in sports, big personalities and personal preferences, how does one determine what’s valuable in the market of sports memorabilia. What kind of items actually make the cut?
We'll give you some hints: autographed items are great. So are items from the early careers of all-star players or up-and-comers. And, if the item also comes from a record setting game, now you are talking.
Here are some items that with knock Rich’s socks off in tonight’s premiere episode at 10:00p E/P. We think you’ll start to see a pattern:
Michael Jordan’s NBA All-Star Game Sneakers – These sneakers tick all the must have boxes. Not only is this pair of sneakers worn and autographed they happed to belong to the man widely recognized as basketball’s greatest player ever. Air Jordan. His Airness. Mr. Michael Jordan. Among Jordan’s many accomplishments include bringing the Chicago Bulls to three back to back NBA championships from ’91 – ’93 and after a brief break came back to do it again from ’96 – ’98. He won five MVP awards and appeared in the NBA All-Star Games fourteen times. Basically if it was important- or even remotely related to – basketball, Jordan has done it. In fact he’s even been voted second only to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press’ list of athletes of the century.
1928 World Series Program: Yankees v. Cardinals – Admittedly this item has a head start being valuable having survived from back in 1928. A program from this game gets even more points when you consider it had the nation riveted thanks to the amazing efforts of the winning NY Yankees and two of their star players. The Yankees came into the series strong and stayed strong thanks to a team effort. Lou Gehrig drove in as many runs alone as the entire Cardinals team combined. And the Babe? He hit .625 and hit three homers in the final game to drive a nail in the Series. The Series win marked the first time a team had won back-to-back Series. A surviving program from this historic game is truly a special find.
LA Angels All-Star Jered Weaver Autographed Rookie Season Jersey – Weaver is one of the most talked about up-and-comers in baseball. By now you are getting the hang of this sports memorabilia thing. First, he’s a prominent player with a winning record. Second, the jersey is autographed. Third, it is worn. Weaver used this jersey in his rookie season. But there is a surprising fourth reason that adds to this item’s value. We don’t want to give this one away so you’ll just have to watch and see if you can spot why this jersey might be extra collectible.
Are you hooked on sports memorabilia yet? Have you gotten the hang of what makes a sweet find? The team at Grey Flannel have so many items that come across their desks there are plenty of stories to share – and Velocity will be there as they unfold.
All-Star Dealers airs Thursdays on Velocity at 10:00p E/P and 10:30p E/P
Don’t let us be the only one telling stories…tell us your favorite sports memories or memorabilia?