Any football fanatic will say the only place to get authentic Signed Football Sports Memorabilia is at the stadium during a game. Those who are well-positioned can have the item signed right in front of them by their favorite players. That is exciting and provides bragging rights and many opportunities to reiterate the story for friends and family. Purchase a display case and the jersey, football, or photograph can have a place of honor in the living room.
A Local Sports Shop
That does not happen very often, so the rest of the fans or loved ones of fans have to seek more traditional places to purchase memorabilia that has been signed. If a local sports shop still exists in town, that is the first place to look. The owner can provide information regarding how the merchandise was obtained and will have the authentication card and number that matches the number on the item. The number can be verified right there by double checking it on the website of the authentication company.
Since many local shops have gone out of business, the next option is on the internet. Buyers have to beware and do some research before making a purchase. First, find out how long the website has been operating. If a site is doubted by customers, it will not be operating for long. People will post bad reviews, make complaints, and spread the information via social media pages. The next step is to carefully read the description of the item. If it is advertised as authentic, get the company and the number to verify on the website before ordering the purchase. If it cannot be verified, find another website. Most websites are honest and provide accurate information, but checking for yourself is wise.
There are several companies that authenticate autographs. In the sports memorabilia industry, the gold standard is PSADNA. This is one of the oldest companies providing certificates of authentication for memorabilia in virtually all major sports. In addition to football, certificates are provided for baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, wrestling, golf, and many other professional and college sports teams and players.