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
In the late 1840s, baseball was establishing itself as America’s favorite national pass-time. It truly had something for everyone: baseball provided an escape for the working class men and women looking for some wholesome entertainment at the end of a long day; for children, baseball was what dreams were made of. Kids of all ages from all walks of life would piece together their own crude games of baseball, earnestly attempting to channel the top players of their day.
Looking to capitalize on baseball’s rising popularity, tobacco companies employed a brilliant marketing tactic that would not only increase sales, but make baseball even more popular (which would then increase sales even more). The ploy was simple: include a card with a popular ball player’s face on it in every cigar box. Kids and adults alike began collecting these cards, cards signed by the player himself became valuable, and the art of sports memorabilia collecting was born!
If you’re a sports fan and have been thinking about starting a sports memorabilia collection of your own, you need to learn the rules of the game. However, in order to be successful, you’ll need to avoid some common pitfalls.
Shopping for Gifts?
What will you give as gifts during this holiday season? Do you celebrate Christmas? Maybe you celebrate Hanukkah which is actually starting right during Thanksgiving this year (2013). Kwanzaa is also a celebration of the harvest and more of a cultural holiday. Whatever the holiday, many of us get into the spirit of giving gifts to friends and loved ones during the holidays or on a birthday. We want to give something meaningful, of high quality but at a reasonable price. Here are a few ideas that I am thinking of:
You can have almost anything at all personalized with initials or a name. I found an adorable birth announcement idea on ETSY where all the details were printed on a commemorative pillow. The Parris Chic Boutique has lots of personalized gifts that would fit the need for great item at a reasonable price.
There are many options for small artisans to sell online these days. You can find some great handmade
The shopping experience from the days of old is barely recognizable in today’s culture. From department stores to gas stations, customer service has either completely disappeared or has a drastically new face. Some may remember leisurely evenings out to simply do some window shopping. The window display told a story as it enticed you into the store. The quality of the mannequins, the colors, lights and sounds would put the passerby into a state of awe and they would find themselves coveting the toy, shoes or clothes that were being portrayed as a must have.
Do you remember when shopping for shoes, the salesperson would sit you down, measure out your foot and actually slip the shoes onto your foot? This counter display from collectors weekly says it all. It is carved and painted wood depicting the quality of mannequins from the 1920’s and 30’s. How about driving up to a filling station and the attendant would run up to your car window to take your order for fuel? He would swiftly get the gas to pumping into your vehicle and then run around to make sure your windows were cleaned, correct air was in your tires and if you wanted, he would check your oil and water levels. Whew, those are days long gone right along with those prices.
Some items are a little more challenging to buy online than others. Clothing, for example,
Collecting autographs is a fun way to commemorate your meetings with famous that people you admire. You may focus on celebrities such as athletes, Hollywood movie stars, popular recording artists, stage actors, TV stars and authors. On the other hand, you may be more interested in getting autographs from prominent figures in other vocations, such as politicians or business owners. Some collectors enjoy getting autographs from people in multiple categories.
Autograph collecting is a great hobby that will provide you with priceless memories surrounding your excitement when you have met your favorite famous people.
Acquiring Your Own Autographs:
If you are a serious autograph collector, you may prefer to carry a small autograph book with you, instead of having to fumble for a piece of paper or a napkin when you run into a celebrity. Worse yet, you you are caught with nothing at all to write on so the celeb offers to sign your t-shirt. That may actually be pretty cool! You could have the tee framed up and displayed in your personal hall of fame! Autograph books are easy to find, however, and helps to keep your collection all in one place. There is a variety of sizes, colors and styles so you can choose one that best reflects your own personality.
One of the easiest ways to get an autograph is
Despite the fact that the first patent for a mechanical cotton picker being issued in 1850, cotton picking was mostly done by hand until the end of world war II. This was, in fact, due to the following factors. Mechanical Pickers proved to be a very difficult invention. The great depression provided ample amounts of really cheap labor, and World War II limited metal and other natural resources needed to manufacture equipment.
Initial mechanical picker designs used a spindle to grab the cotton, but their efficiency was poor and the process of designing a mechanical picker was long. Many inventors spent decades trying to perfect their designs. Most designs simply left too much cotton behind on the plant. John Rust created a machine that in 1936 solved the problem.
School is out around much of the USA, hot dogs are on, baseball season is in full swing; it is summer! Although some of our country is getting the end of a pretty difficult spring season of storms and rain, we all agree that summer is fast approaching. It is time to check in on your warm-weather wardrobe and lock up the winter gear. The most basic need for men in America is the t-shirt. It is an American essential that wears through the end of fall when you will reluctantly decide to switch it out for a long sleeve tee. Don’t make the mistake of pulling out your old college tees with the cheesy statements printed but faded across the chest. Get comfortable with some of our best selling summer shirts for men, keeping it classy but casual.
Whether you’re a guy in need of a complete summer clothes overhaul or a gal looking to re-style the man in your life, we have a variety of styles and colors which is key to be smartly dressed for any barbecue, pool party or outdoor sporting event. If you are the kind of man that likes to dress a little snazzier for gatherings, t-shirts can be made classier with the right choice of slacks or jeans. Pair a simple black t-shirt with a pair of nice-fitting jeans for a night out with the boys, and switch out your tennis shoes for a pair of cowboy boots or dress shoes to take your
Choose Summer Clothes for Men that are Made in the USA When outfitting the men in your life for the hotter months, choose summer clothes made in the USA for comfort and for the sake of accountability. Knowing where your clothing is made offers piece of mind, as well as a boost to this country’s economy. Whether you are looking for a completely new wardrobe for yourself, or for that special guy, follow a few simple guidelines to fill your closet with an outfit for every fun-in-the-sun occasion.
The most important part of a man’s wardrobe for summer is his collection of solid-colored t-shirts. Having a variety of styles and colors is the key to be smartly dressed for any barbecue, pool party or outdoor sporting event. Just like the gals, choose your colors based on what they look like against the tone of your skin. After you have found a few that brighten up your manly complexion and showcase your summer tan, pick a few men’s t-shirts from them that will really stand out. For example, choose a hue that enhances the color of your eyes or coordinates your thick summer hairstyle. Finally, choose a couple whimsical shirts that showcase your personality. Whether a guy wants a humorous quote, a favorite sports logo or other masculine display, our American Made clothing
The new cinematic spectacle “The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo DiCaprio is sure to start a new from old fashion craze. Although we have always loved the various pin-up girls of the past, we also have a fascination with the 1920’s high society flappers. An article in Collectors Weekly called it the Flappers Movement and NYU’s Modern America reported that “For the time being, the bob and the entire Flapper wardrobe, united blacks and whites under a common hip-culture.” Taking it a step further, Emily Spivack at Smithsonian.com says of the time “it was a full-blown, grassroots feminist revolution.
Well, I am not sure about all that, you can decide for yourself, but it is inevitable that the fashion trend is bound to show up in our clothing collections this summer. The drop-waist dresses and cloche hats will be appearing across America in record numbers. Big jewelry and feathers along with the bob hair cuts are already making an appearance. Maybe you will find a hidden collection in the attic or in an old deserted suitcase left by a great grandmother. What a jewel that would be! All you garage sale junkies and american pickers, keep your eye open for authentic styles from the roaring 20’s.
If you want to brush up on your knowledge of the Flapper era, you can check out the article here. You can make the comparison to the Pin-up girl by taking a look at wikipedia. There is quite a difference in the origination of the pin-up girls but these burlesque performers and actresses created quite a stir themselves in the late nineteenth century. Both the flappers and the pin-up girls were commonly referred to as the “New Woman” and both movements challenged the conventions of the women’s place and influence in society. Either way, those of us interested in fashion are always intrigued with retro styles and vintage flair.
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