Last month, I contributed an article about what to watch for when starting your sports memorabilia collection. This month, I’d like to explain how to preserve a new piece once you’ve acquired it. When it comes to sports memorabilia, the longer the relationship lasts, the happier—and sometimes more profitable—it will be. Plus, the more work you put in at the time of acquisition, the less you’ll have to mess with anything down the line.
Cards, Newspapers, and Posters
Paper goods like baseball cards, newspaper clippings, and signed posters are extremely delicate, especially after years of aging. If left exposed to the elements, paper is easily folded, crumpled, and curled. Stains and water damage will quickly devalue your pieces. Pieces left out in the sun are subject to fading (which can