Collecting Sports Memorabilia Should Be FUN!

Heisman Trophy helmet

Beginning sports collectors are often unsure what memorabilia to collect. Hopefully, we can help you get started in the right direction!

In our last blog post, “Four Questions All Sports Memorabilia Enthusiasts Must Ask Themselves,” we laid the foundation for how to approach sports memorabilia collecting. Assuming you’ve decided what you’d like to collect, this column will help you take the next step by offering some ideas for possible projects.

As the previous article stated, I began with collecting autographed baseballs. At the time, they were rather inexpensive and didn’t require much space to display. These were important considerations for my limited budget and space. I couldn’t collect everything I wanted at the time, so my conservative approach allowed my collection a start in the right direction.

Since my favorite team was the Atlanta Braves, I collected items related to the team I loved. If someone ever played for the Braves, I wanted a signed baseball from them. But, as time went on, I adjusted my approach to collect with a more distinct purpose.

The list below provides three ideas (from two major sports) for your consideration. There are many more ideas than these, of course, but this will get you thinking in the right direction.


  1. 3000 Hit Club Members
  2. 300 Win’s Club
  3. AL and NL MVP’s


  1. Super Bowl MVP’s
  2. Hall of Fame QB’s
  3. All Time Record Holders (Rushing, Receiving, Passing, etc.)

In addition, for NCAA Football you could collect Heisman Trophy Winners.

For the NHL, consider collecting the top scorers or best all-time goalies.

For the NBA, look at the 50 greatest players of all time and start collecting those. You can find lists of top players, according to their respective positions, all-time team, etc., by visiting the,, and, just to name a few.

You can assemble a great collection starting with one of those lists. After all, there are so many different ideas and categories from which to choose.

With a lot of these kinds of collections, you can start with only one item. For instance, you could begin with a baseball bat and then aim at getting “3000 hit club” members to sign it. Alternatively, you could buy a Super Bowl MVP full-size helmet and start that collection, or you could get signatures from each player, individually, on a particular item.

The fun is in approaching your collection in any way you want. Sports memorabilia collecting is your hobby, so you should never feel compelled to adhere to any specific way of doing things. Collect because doing so brings you joy.

One thing to remember, if you are collecting as an investment, there are some rules to follow if you are going to make a profit. Those will be covered in a future blog post.

In next week’s article, we will answer the question: “What type of pen should I use on my item?”

Check out for further information, old blog posts, upcoming signings, and all your sports collectible needs.

Leave a Reply