Autographed Cards: Inexpensive Space Savers

Autographed cards remain a hit with collectors of signed memorabilia. Many fans have moved away from collecting 3" x 5" index cards and have begun collecting baseball, football, basketball or signed hockey cards. Index cards, for the most part, are blank and unattractive while trading cards offer full-color action shots of players and look great with an autograph.

Here are a few additional reasons why these signed items have increased in popularity over the years.

Cost

Autographed cards are generally far less expensive than other items such as photographs, equipment, balls, or jerseys. A signed 8X10 photograph of a player may cost three, four, or even five times more than a hand-signed card. Many fans might not have the resources to buy a Joe Montana autographed photo for $150.00, but they may be able to afford to pay $75.00 for a signed football card.

Convenience

Cards are an extremely attractive option when it comes to collecting autographs. Because they are small and lightweight, it is easy to transport hundreds at a time. Fans heading to a baseball game can easily carry several cards of each player to have signed. Going to a card show to sell or trade some of your items? You might not want to lug around a few dozen autographed baseballs from table or table, but you can easily carry hundreds of signed cards in a simple three-ring binder with plastic nine-card sheets.

When it comes to storage, cards are also likely the most attractive option. They can easily be stored in plastic sleeves, binders, or top loaders in boxes and out of sight. And options such as plaques or ball/card holders are a nice way to display your signed cards without taking up a lot of space.

In addition, many fans like to send items to their favorite players in the mail. Trading cards are the most inexpensive and convenient items to mail to players. Two or three cards can be mailed to a player along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to a player for under $1.00. Cards are also extremely easy for players to mail back instead of items such as a basketball, which would require the player to repackage the item in a box and get it to a post office. Many players will autograph your cards and send them back to you, but some will not. You might not want to risk sending a $10.00 baseball that you may never see again, but losing a couple of unsigned trading cards that have a value of less than $1.00 isn't so bad.

Authenticity

Trading card companies, realizing the popularity of autographed cards, have also caught on and have begun offering more and more autographed inserts into unopened packs. Buying autographed cards from dealers and third parties can be risky, but when you're purchasing them from a reputable trading card company such as Topps, it's very likely that you're getting an authentic piece. While autograph signings with the players aren't always witnessed directly by a company employee, they are generally witnessed by a paid representative who is in charge of attending the signing.

Autographed trading cards may be for you if you're looking for an inexpensive way to collect autographs.

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