Whether you enjoy watching the NBA, the Euroleague, or FIBA, you’ve probably accrued quite a bit of basketball jerseys, balls, photos, and other collectibles. If one of your favorite players took the league by storm and their gear has skyrocketed in value, you may want to consider selling some of it off. Or maybe you’re becoming overwhelmed by how much space all your memorabilia takes up.
If you’ve thought about selling your championship basketball or other sports memorabilia, you can make some money and cut back on your belongings. You may even strike gold with a rare and valuable one-of-a-kind piece.
eBay is a great start to selling your limited edition, signed Emmet Ryan poster, but there may be a better marketplace where it will get more attention or fetch a higher value.
Etsy is a Great Place for Sports Finds
Etsy has become a place for collectors and craftsmen to list their rare or limited edition items that others can appreciate. Unlike eBay, Etsy makes it a bit easier for shoppers to browse items by type or team. Their fees are reasonable and it’s easy to set up an account.
Before you commit to selling, you can always check out the competition by browsing available products already listed on the website. They have a great selection of Euroleague items.
2. Look into Local Consignment and Antique Shops
People love to look through consignment shops to see what will turn up. There are droves of retirees that make antique shopping a hobby. They often browse items in the local secondhand antique shops on a weekly basis.
Consignment shops often don’t charge for space but will charge a fraction of the sale price. So, if your items don’t sell immediately, then you don’t have to pay a listing fee. You can also ask the shop what teams or players they think will sell well, they can often tell who’s in demand and who’s not. They may even assist in setting prices.
3. Get a Space at the Local Art and Craft Market
While you may think about tomatoes and pumpkins when you think about the weekend market, your sports memorabilia may be just what’s missing. People are often intrigued and fascinated by sports gear. If you set up a table at the market, you may meet a few other enthusiasts who will want to purchase your autographed basketball, but you might also meet a few to watch games with.
Some markets are free to reserve a space while others will charge you a reservation fee. Either way, it’s a great way to get some fresh air and show off your beautiful collection.
4. Open an Online Shop
Starting an online shop can be an easy way to sell your items without even leaving the house. Most hosting services are easy to use, will take care of the payment system for you, and make your shop easy to find online.
To open an online shop, start with a domain, choose a template that works for sports collectibles, and post pictures and prices of your merchandise. The great thing about an online shop is when something sells, you just package and ship it without having to worry about transporting it to and from a location.
5. Use Online Forums to Meet Other Fans
Who buys sports collectibles? Sports fans. Next time you’re reading through your favorite blog or a sports forum, check and see if there are any local meetups. You can watch the game with a few new friends and they may even want to buy a few pieces from you. They may also point in the right direction for consignment shops or antique shops that are easy to work with.
6. Swing Past the Pawn Shop
Pawn shops are a great way to unload some of your more valuable items without the hassle of finding a buyer. If you’re selling to a pawn shop, you’ll get the best value for your collectibles if you have the paperwork handy. Bring in items you know are in good condition and that you would want to buy if you saw them in a pawn shop. Dust them off and shine them up to save the shop attendants a bit of work.
7. Find a Selling Service
You can find a wide range of businesses that will sell your items for you on eBay, online auctions, or post them in a variety of places. This allows you to not worry about the headaches of writing descriptions or finding customers. These sellers often charge a commission or a listing fee, but they’ll save you plenty of time and money.
There are also websites, like eBay, that let you post your items for sale, but they’re marketed just to collectors.
When the time comes to part with some of your prized items, make sure you take pictures to remember how much you enjoyed owning them. But if you need the spare cash or you’re running out of room, remember there will always be more collectibles and incredible years of basketball to come. In the meantime, enjoy the excitement of the current basketball season as Milano makes or breaks Euroleague history.
If you want to sell your sports collectibles, but have trouble parting with them, just think of the process as a way to show off your collection to those who care about basketball just as much as you.