The Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Football Memorabilia

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Baseball may be America’s pastime, but football is the country’s greatest passion. Nothing can match a Sunday of thrilling and explosive gridiron action — and the history of both the college and pro game runs deep across this football-crazed nation.

With the sport’s rich heritage, there is no shortage of iconic and valuable memorabilia on sale these days. Most fans have gotten an autograph or visited the Hall of Fame and understand how much emotional weight is wrapped up in all these items. And, even better to some, there are also great financial profits to be earned.

Fortunately, the barrier to entry of becoming a collector of football memorabilia isn’t high. Knowing where to start can seem daunting at first — and there can be some large, upfront costs for major items. But by following a few key tips, you can avoid the pitfalls some beginners make and turn this into an endeavor that’s fulfilling for both your heart and your wallet.

Know Where to Look

These days, there’s a wide range of places where you can find sports memorabilia and collectibles, including:

  • Reputable card dealers
  • Local card retailers
  • Specialty trade shows 
  • Auctions

Your best advice, though, is to conduct some research before buying anything from a card dealer or retail outlet that you can trust. As you get more familiar with the community, secondary sellers will become easier to validate over time, and you can use word of mouth or online networks to seek out less well-known marketplaces that may contain some gems.

Don’t Be Fooled

Many people on eBay, other online marketplaces or even at some less formal trade shows usually aren’t selling genuine memorabilia. Instead, they’re merely selling a bill of goods and looking to get rich quick. Don’t want to be the sucker who gets duped.

Viewers of the reality show Pawn Stars know even a seasoned collector needs to rely on a professional to spot a forgery. In the sports memorabilia world, authenticity verification is critical. Of course, if you want to be 100 percent certain you aren’t getting duped, make sure the item is valid before purchasing it.

Set a Budget

To some degree, every football collector is an investor. So, particularly as you start out, sticking to a set budget is critical. The goal is to buy memorabilia for cheap and sell it for a significant profit down the road as the item appreciates. 

Making a big come up is rewarding both financially and from a professional standpoint — and it can be addictive, creating a hunger for more. There are other factors involved in collecting, but don’t go overboard early on or take a big loss on an item for which you misjudged the market.

Collect with Your Heart

At the same time, most people who collect football memorabilia started because they were a fan first. Never forget that. If you find an item that’s emotionally significant to you, understand that nostalgia has a price. More than seeing this as a negative, try to remember this is why you got the bug in the first place. 

Now, don’t completely go over your budget due to a personal connection, but realize that some items in your collection will never sell, anyway. If it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, it might be worth paying a little extra to give you something of an emotional showpiece that encourages you to keep looking for more incredible items. Indeed, money is always recoupable, but regret is forever.

Becoming a Collector Requires Skill and Diligence

If you already know a lot about the game, you’re off to a great start. Being a real football fan means you’ll have a good understanding of the context and importance of the various items you come across as you begin your journey as a collector.

Be sure to know where to look, do your due diligence to not get duped by fakes, don’t spend beyond your means and remember your heart is what got you into this in the first place. If you start out following these four core principles, you’ll be well on your way to a Hall of Fame-caliber experience in the world of sports memorabilia.

Fantasy Football Draft Experts You Should Know

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PODCAST: 7 Tips that Will Help You Fulfill Your Daily Football Fantasies

Strategy tip #1: Buy a value QB that you think will be losing or in a shoot out, you want your QB throwing a ton. If he is a huge favorite, he may not throw much in the 2nd half, and simply run the ball. This is not good for you. Underdog QBs are a good thing in this game type.

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PODCAST: The Amazing Fantasy Football 3-Horse Attack Strategy

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PODCAST: Issues in Predicting College and NFL Football Games

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On this episode of The Football Analytics Show, Bob Stoll, founder of Dr. Bob Sports and true analytics pioneer, joins Ed Feng for a wide ranging conversation. Bob has been using analytics in his handicapping for 30 years.
Among other topics, we discuss the following:
  • How Bob first started running numbers on the NFL, and how different it was back then
  • The definition of a tout, and why Bob chooses to show his long term record
  • How Bob makes player adjustments for his college football model
  • The machine learning method he is applying to the NFL
  • Whether linebackers or defensive backs are more important to the defense
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How to Apply Artificial Intelligence to Fantasy Football

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There are many ways to use artificial intelligence and machine learning to enhance one’s sports betting and gaming results. This article may give you some ideas:

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Week 5 Fantasy Football Waiver-Wire Grab Bag

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While Week 4 featured another string of memorable, exciting games, several of them came at a cost, as numerous big-name fantasy stars suffered injuries. Fortunately, a few of those players will head …

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NFL Fantasy Football 2017: Sleeper Quarterbacks for Your Consideration

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Everyone is looking forward to the kickoff of the 2017 NFL season and not just because of the New England Patriots/Kansas City Chiefs game that will get things started. Certainly the NFL betting odds this season are worth the hype.

 

Everyone wants to know whether or not the Patriots will be dethroned and who will carry out the deed. But for fantasy football enthusiasts, there is a whole other prize at stake. If you are part of a fantasy football league, then the chances are high that you already drafted.

 

But if you haven’t yet, there are a few significant quarterbacks you might have slept on but who most definitely deserve your consideration for the 2017 season. Sleeper quarterbacks like this are easy to miss.

 

But if you are looking for a QB late in the draft, these guys could make all the difference to your prospects this season.

 

The first name on the list has to be Jay Cutler. Maybe you thought you would never have to give Cutler another thought. After all, he seemed pretty determined to retire in the offseason. You probably think that he is already off somewhere polishing his broadcaster abilities.

 

But you are wrong. Dolphins Coach Adam Gase threw his retirement plans out the window and dragged him back into the game, not only because of the experience he brings to the table as a former Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos QB but also because Ryan Tannehill was sidelined by a knee injury that has pretty much ended his season.

 

Miami couldn’t afford to continue without  Cutler. So he is back in the game with a one-year deal, so do not count him out. This is as solid a first or second quarterback as they get.

 

Brian Hoyer closely follows Cutler on this list. Some people want to discount him because he can barely keep C.J. Beathard off his back. The San Francisco 49ers rookie is definitely impressive. But Brian is all but certain to keep his starting job this season.

 

And you know that Kyle Shanahan, the new coach, is going to get the best out of him. That is what Kyle does; he takes talent and polishes it. Brian is definitely a talent. He delivered a solid performance in the preseason.

 

The fact that he has largely gone undrafted is surprising. But he still makes a great last-round QB pick; so you might as well pounce on him.

 

DeShone Kizer has the most to prove of the bunch because no one knows whether or not he will be productive for the Browns’ offense this season. But the preseason gave everyone plenty of reason to keep an eye on Kizer. His 8 carries for 47 yards showed just how mobile he can be.

 

And with a solid team of receivers by his side, Kizer’s stock is all but guaranteed to rise.

 

People do not know what to make of Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans. He isn’t expected to start. But do not be too quick to count him out. The one person standing in his way is Tom Savage.

 

But Tom is only guaranteed to start in Week 1. The veteran is unlikely to hold out for the whole season. So expect Watson’s potential to explode in the near future.

 

Nine 2017 Fantasy Football Sleepers That Pros are Drafting

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One of the most underrated avenues to separate yourself from your league-mates is hammering the back end of the draft with high-upside dart throws. The typical drafter will go the safe route and draft players based on name value. Here’s a  tip: don’t do that! The latter part of the draft is where professional fantasy football players separate themselves  from amateurs.

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Thoughts On NFL Fantasy Football After Preseason Week 1

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There is no better time than now for fans to draft players to their fantasy football teams. Sunday’s games have a lot to tell about the players and their value to their teams. Based on their performance, you can tell what player deserves to be on your team, and who is not worth the investment. Read on to get more insight on the NFL odds for week 1.

Could Robby Anderson be the New York Jets’ No. 1?

Anderson’s performance last season was nothing if not sterling, which is why he really ought to be a top priority for the Jets. With 14 receptions, 29 targets, 240 yards and 2 scores last week, he is well above most other players. He is a little over 6 feet tall, which makes him the tallest receiver. He might not weigh much at 190 lbs, but there is no denying that he is talented. Despite McCown’s attack on Saturday, Robby still deserves a place as one of the best New York Jets players.

The Patriots’ Backfield Uncertainty

There is little clarity on the status of the Patriots’ backfield. Dion Lewis seems to bear the bulk of the work after veteran player Mike Gilislee’s hamstring injury. Last season, Lewis did not get much time on the field due to injury, but this season seems more promising for him. According to many fantasy football enthusiasts, players like Rex Burkhead and James White seem invaluable, but the team’s coach Bill Belichick thinks that Lewis is just as important to the team.

Jameis Winston’s Astounding Performance

Winston beat Mike Evans with 7 targets and Cameron Brate with 19 and 8 yard gains, which is really not surprising. He remains a valuable player for his team, and one that you should consider drafting to your fantasy team. The case is different for rookie O.J Howard who despite showing great potential during the game remains a risky investment. Evan’s regression is a mere rumor, and since he has proven himself in other seasons, you might want to draft him into your team.

Is Kenny Galloday The Lions’ Star?

After two touchdowns, Lions’ rookie receiver enjoyed his well- earned time in the limelight. He has both flair and athletic ability, although this does not guarantee him a spot in the fantasy football community. This is because the Lions players rise through the ranks in a designated way. Currently, Marvin Jones, Eric Ebron and Theo Riddick are above Galloday in the pecking order. He might however be lucky since Ebron is prone to injury and Jones suffered huge statistical drop, so Galloday might still get his chance to shine.

Who will be the Dallas Backfield?

After Darren McFadden’s performance on Sunday, there is no doubt that he will be the Dallas backfield. He might be getting old and losing some of his exceptional flexibility as he turns thirty before the season kicks off, but he is still one of the team’s best players. Elliot’s pending suspension makes him a risky investment for your fantasy team. It is also hard to guess what a fair price for Zeke would be.

Colts Panic Due to Andrew Luck’s Absence

Luck has been missing in action for a while now after he suffered a shoulder injury that needed to be surgically repaired. This veteran quarterback’s absence from the field is unsettling to say the least. To make matters worse, his backup, Scott Tolzien, is not half as inspiring as Luck is. The team’s manager has not clearly stated that Luck won’t be joining the team, so there is still a glimmer of hope that he might return.

Rookies prove themselves

2017 seems like the year for rookie running backs to prove themselves. These include such players as Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara. It is somewhat reminiscent of the year 2014 where rookies like Odell Beckham Jr., Kelvin Benjamin and Mike Evans proved to be talented wide outs. Some rookie quarterbacks to watch out for include Deshaune Watson, Mitchell Trubisky and Deshone Kizer. Although it is clear that these rookies have immense talent, it is best to first observe them before drafting them for your team.