It is amazing how many people are fascinated by professional athletes. Sports fans love all kinds of activities. Some enjoy basketball, baseball and football, while others cannot wait to watch ice hockey, boxing or professional golf. They keep track of scores, memorize historical events, and will go out of their way to see a live game. These enthusiasts would also be thrilled to receive authentic autographed sports memorabilia for their birthday.
There are a few things to consider when buying a loved one or close friend an authentic, autographed Gail Goodrich NBA Spalding basketball online. By being careful, you can probably save a few dollars, and prevent purchasing a fake.
1. Always verify the seller. Find out how long the company has been in business, what kind of reviews other consumers wrote, if the company is connected to other selling sites, such as E-Bay, etc. The more you know, the easier it will be to accept them as honest memorabilia dealers.
2. Use different online sources to track down a specific item. Maybe your brother mentioned that he would not mind owning a Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus autographed, numbered and framed "Golf's Greatest" canvas. Having these details makes it a lot easier to track down a copy. Do not buy right away, but investigate first. Compare how much each merchant charges for the picture, as well as the freight. While some shops will reduce the price of their collectables, they charge an arm and a leg for shipping.
3. If you want to purchase an authentic autographed sports memorabilia for someone you do not know quite well, like a business associate or a soon-to-be-father-in-law, do a little research first. Contact people that know these individuals better than you. Explain why you need the information. What would be more appropriate; a signed Magic Johnson jersey or an official MLB ball signed by the Dodger's renowned manager Tommy Lasorda?
4. Be careful when shopping for keen collectors. Either thoroughly investigate so you know with certainty what they already own, or ask them for a wish list. You should mention your spending limit, as some memorabilia may be out of your financial league.
5. Always check the vendor's store policies before finalizing your online order. Can the item be exchanged or returned? How long will it take to arrive? Will it be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity? How will the item be packaged? Verify that payments are secure, and your personal information will not be forwarded to third parties. One cannot be careful enough!
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