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6 Tips To Help You Shop Smart For Golf Memorabilia

Golf memorabilia can be filled with collectible treasures, but it's easy to come out on the losing end as well. Here are 6 tips to ensure that you make smart purchases.

Whether you’re a golfer or just a major fan of golf, collecting all sorts of classic golf sports memorabilia can be a fantastic way to show your love for the game.  Plus there are so many different types of memorabilia out there, there’s bound to be something really ideal for you no matter what you’re looking for.  But of course, as with any other type of collecting, you do have to know what you’re doing before starting, or you can end up with a lot of problems down the line.  There’s always someone looking to cheat you when it comes to golf memorabilia, and here are 6 tips to help you shop smart when it comes to your collection.

1)      Always set financial limitations.

One of the smartest things that you can do when it comes for shopping for sports collectibles is set a budget for how much you can spend, are willing to spend, or feel is smart to spend.  This is really important, so that you can make sure that you’re never going to get ripped off with any other types of collectibles.  That way, you don’t end up overpaying on any items, or having buyer’s remorse when you’re adding anything to your collection.

2)      Always get some sort of proof when it comes to celebrity golf memorabilia.

One of the biggest mistakes that you can make when it comes to any sort of sport collectible, is buying something like an autograph or specific club from a certain player, without proof that it belonged to them.  There are a lot of fakes out there in the world, and some shady businessmen make all their money off of selling fakes like these.  So it’s really important that you have documentation, and documentation that can be proven and corroborated, so that you can find items that you know are legitimate. 

3)      Formulate the golf collectibles that you absolutely have to have.

Really this means making a list, or just thinking about what golfing celebrities you would like to find items from.  Whether it’s actual equipment that Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus used or otherwise, you want to be sure that you have a targeted list that you can follow, as a guide for you to be able to ensure you have the most complete collection possible.  That way, you can be sure that you’re able to get all the items that you really want the most. 

4)      When buying signed collectibles, always do your research.

While you may not be able to develop the especially keen eye necessary to always spot a fake from an authentic signature, you can at least make sure that they feature the standards of any athlete.  Most of the time, whether it’s Tiger Woods golf memorabilia or Fred Couples, you’re going to find that they have a particular way that they tend to sign just about every autograph.  So it’s important that you look at pictures of known legitimate autographs, so that you can always spot the fakes from the real ones just by looking for certain visual cues that can be your guide.

5)      Always look closely at golf collectibles before making a purchase.

A massive mistake that many potential memorabilia hounds make, is not checking things closely enough.  That’s precisely why you need to always take a closer look at every item that you encounter, whether it’s framed or not.  Any collector that won’t allow you to look at an item you may be willing to purchase, out of the frame, is not to be trusted.  Plus this is a great way for you to be able to inspect jerseys as well as cards, to get a better impression of whether or not they are actually legitimate.

6)      Never buy from anyone without doing your research.

Another thing that you want to do before any golf memorabilia purchases, is always look into the company that’s selling the product before you make a purchase.  This is really important, so that you can make sure they only have a positive history.  Anybody with an iffy history is someone to be avoided, because they are just not worth the risk at all when it comes to your hard earned money.  Without the right types of research put into any purchase, you could end up with golf collectibles like signatures that aren’t even worth the paper they were printed upon.

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