Sports Memorabilia

Top 3 History Facts About Collecting Sports Memorabilia

We all have that one thing that we enjoy doing every single day. Whether it is something that we get paid to do or just something that we enjoy doing for fun, our lives just simply would not be the same without that thing. When it comes to collecting sports memorabilia, it is not really something that everyone does, nor is it something that you are going to hear people talking about every single day. However, by no means does it mean that it is not a fun thing to do!

So, do you like collecting sports memorabilia? If you do, do you collect such items just because it is something that you love doing so, or is it because you get paid for doing so? Regardless of what you answer to this question might be, I think that we are both going to agree on one thing, and that is that collecting sports memorabilia is always a fun and exciting experience. And if you are a professional sports memorabilia collector, I assume that you already know about the history of this hobby, don’t you? And now, here are some things that you may or may not know about the history of collecting sports memorabilia!

Baseball Trading Cards
At the beginning of the 21st century, baseball was (and it still is) one of the most famous sports in America. With that being said, many people started collecting baseball items. However, instead of collecting baseball bats and jerseys, they were mostly collecting baseball trading cards. One of my friends who works at has one of the best baseball collections I have ever seen including a Babe Ruth rookie card. 

Tobacco Companies
Who was the first to capture the national enthusiasm for baseball? That’s right – tobacco companies! Not only did tobacco companies recognize the national enthusiasm for baseball, but they directed that enthusiasm towards a collectible market as well.

Bubble Gums
Bubblegum companies were the ones who made another big step in the sports memorabilia industry. Not only did they decide to manufacture sports cards, but include them in their bubble gum packs as well. This helped increase the recognition of sports cards significantly since almost everyone (if not everyone) who bought a bubble gum pack got at least one sports card for free.