Game Used and Fight Worn Sports Memorabilia
“Every man-cave should have at least one piece of memorabilia that has been used by an athlete at an actual sporting event.” - Jason Bobbitt
Imagine having your buddies over to watch a UFC event and one of them points out a pair of autographed UFC gloves nicely framed on your wall. How cool it would it be to casually mention that those gloves were worn by Lyoto Machida at UFC 129 and that those gloves were the last gloves ever to land a punch on Randy Couture at a UFC event. Or what about an autographed hockey stick used by Hall of Famer, Mario Lemieux in the 1996 NHL playoffs, or an autographed shoe worn by Kobe Bryant in his final regular season NBA game in 2009?
Having a piece of actual sports history on your wall will give you a surreal feeling every time you walk by it. Not only is it a conversation piece, but it tells its own story. A hockey jersey for example, worn by an NHL enforcer may have a slight tear from a fight, blood stains from another player, sweat and Gatorade stains or perhaps a black puck mark from blocking a 100 MPH slap shot.
Usually the cost for piece of game used and fight worn memorabilia is much more than regular memorabilia because it is difficult to obtain and is essentially a “one-of-a-kind” item. Having the athlete autograph the used item is yet another challenge. The best autographs include a few words from the athlete such as the name of the event and the date, for example a hockey puck may have something like “Game 7 overtime goal” or a fight worn glove may read “2nd round KO – UFC 66″ followed by their autograph.
If you look on the internet for game/fight used memorabilia items you will find thousands of items but how do you know it was actually used in a game or fight? And how do you know it was used by a particular athlete? The best way is to look at the seller and research their relationship with the athlete. Have they had public or private signings with the athlete in the past?
If you are buying any autographed memorabilia online it’s critical that you check out the seller’s website to screen out possible frauds. An obvious indication that a website is questionable is that it doesn’t have any contact information other than an email address or a contact form.
Legitimate websites will display on their Contact Page, an actual physical address and phone number. Look out for websites that only have a PO box and do not display a physical address.