Kevin Durant Autographs Are Solid Hoops Investment

August 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Basketball, Sports Autograph Articles

He is one of the hottest players in the NBA today. You can find all kinds of 'KD Trey' autographed collectibles, from balls to jerseys, as well as coins. There are trading cards available with Kevin Durant autographs, as well.

autograph Kevin Durant Panini cardSome of the licensed autograph dealers also sell replica banners, photos, licensed apparel and ball caps autographed by Durant. Be sure, if you don’t have an item signed by Durant in person, that you have it authenticated by a reputable dealer, so you know the autograph is genuine.

Kevin Durant was a standout at the University of Texas, before he went pro, so you may find NCAA merchandise with his autograph, as well. He won numerous Player of the Year awards when he was only a freshman.

You’ll be doing well if you purchase Kevin Durant autographs for their investment value, even if he’s not a personal favorite of yours, yet.  He's blossoming into an NBA icon and his stock is bound to go higher.

Durant is a sharp-shooter but also a great all-around player with an incredible work ethic. You will probably want to see him in action, if you get a chance, and you may be able to get an autograph from him after the game if you're extremely lucky. Your best bet, though is to buy one online that's authenticated.

Many NBA fans were skeptical when Durant came into the league, since they still had images of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant in their minds, and they weren't sure that Durant could stand up to them. But Durant has shown enormous potential, and thus, so will his autographed collectibles.

Durant already has excellent shooting skills, and he can post up from nearly anywhere, from three-point range in. He’s also great off the dribble, and frequents the free throw line. He is a fluid athlete with long strides and smooth follow-through.

You’ll enjoy collecting his memorabilia now, in his early years, and you can look forward to collecting as he continues his way into superstardom.  Durant has an autograph deal to appear on Panini trading cards and other items.

Whether you collect Kevin Durant autographs on jerseys, programs, photographs or balls, make sure they carry authentication that you trust, so that you know all your collectibles are the “real deal”.

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Autograph Signings Offer One-on-One Opportunity

Pursuing sports autograph signings is nearly as exhilarating as the games you attend. Obtaining autographs is an exciting way to get close to your favorite athletes, whatever sport they play. It's a way to show that you are a true fan, not only of a specific team, but of the best players in the game. Team balls are a perfect souvenir once you get them signed, and these balls may eventually be worth a good deal of money.

Before you attend sports autograph signings, allow yourself time to wait. If the athlete is popular, there may be lines of many people forming outside the venue where the signing will occur. If the area where the signing will be is a smaller venue, you may have to form lines, which certainly beats the alternative of pushing and shoving to see who gets up to the table first. Still, this means you need to watch the weather, because you may be standing outside for some time. Wear shoes and clothes that are comfortable, since you may be standing for awhile.

If you have an item already purchased that you would like signed, such as a ball or program, it's best to take those with you, rather than count on there being items available for purchase at autograph signings. Sometimes they have items for sale, but they may run out before you get to the front of the line.

Be prepared to tell your favorite athletes what you'd like to have written on your souvenir item. If you can get more than just their names, that's always a plus. A special message doesn't need to take a long time to write, and it will make your autograph different from the rest, should you ever decide to sell it. In addition, it will make the item more special to you if it is personalized. A clever saying can be a good idea, if the athlete is signing more than just his name. You may want to make a note of what you'd like him to write with his name, because you may forget it when you come face to face with your all-time favorite player. At some paid autograph signings, you'll have to fork over a little more to have an inscription added.

Autograph signings are not the place to get autographs for twenty of your closest friends, either. Even though your friends will want you to get an autograph for them, too, asking for a lot of them is usually annoying to the athlete, and it also is not fair to all those people standing behind you in line. At paid signings, you'll pay for each autograph ticket so 'extras' aren't possible. Try it and you'll probably be asked to leave.

There are many ways to find local sports autograph signings. You can check the website of your favorite teams, or check sports autograph sites to see if there are any coming up in your area.

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Why Collect Autographed Sports Items?

Fans have been collecting sports autographs for about the last century, although it didn’t really become widely popular until Babe Ruth autographs became a treasure to most Americans.  Ruth signed thousands of items during and after his legendary baseball career.  People got them because it gave them a special, if only brief, connection to one of their heroes.  It was one thing to say “I met the Babe”.  It was quite another to be able to prove it.

The same holds true today and sports autographs are one of the most popular forms of collecting.  Athletes are center stage 365 days a year.  They’re more visible thanks to TV and the internet.  Collecting signed items is a little tougher than it used to be.  Aware of the value of their signatures, some athletes make themselves harder to find, even in public.  Not all are worth money, but superstars are deluged with requests from fans who want that special piece for their collection but also by part or full-time sports collectible dealers who are obtaining the signatures to re-sell.

Athletes should know, though, that most people who buy or chase after autographs are pure in their intent.  They love to have a tangible connection to their favorite teams, players and to the history of the games themselves by collecting relics both past and present.  It’s a memory preserved for all time and a colorful way to decorate an office, sports room or kids room.  They’re conversation pieces and anyone who is a sports fan appreciates the time and effort it took to track down that special sports autograph.  A baseball sporting the autograph of Babe Ruth is worth thousands of dollars today because there is still a greater demand than the supply that exists in the marketplace.  It’s a terrific connection to the game’s past.

While autographs of Hall of Famers and deceased players might cost quite a lot, the beauty of autograph collecting is that you can start with a small budget and still have a nice collection.  There are plenty of well-known players whose autograph is still very inexpensive on eBay or Amazon.com.  Some retired players sign thousands of items.  As famous as he was, Nolan Ryan autographs are generally less than $75 because the great pitcher has always been so agreeable to sign.  He did so in part to keep the value down so he wouldn’t have to deal with sneaky, overbearing dealers.

Sports autographs provide a way for a collector to turn a run-of-the-mill piece of sports memorabilia such as a card or 8x10 baseball photo into a special piece with increased value.  More than anything though, collectors just like to accumulate items that mean something to them.  It’s fun, it’s relaxing and it’s a challenge.  What more could you ask for from a hobby?

What Makes Sports Autographs Original?

Seeking authentic baseball autographs in this day and age can be difficult for several reasons. The last thing a collector wants to worry about is whether an autograph is legitimate or not. When you are spending your hard-earned disposable income,  you don't want to imagine that you are being ripped off. But it's absolutely the first thing any serious baseball autograph collector should think about. So what makes sports autographs original?  In 2006, the HBO show "Real Sports" unveiled some not so complimentary issues about the baseball autograph collecting hobby/industry.

People were getting scammed hard with forged autographs.

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

In fact, many baseball autographs are still faked these days for monetary gain and it's made the industry as a whole very nervous and sometimes difficult to enter for a “newbie:. At the same time, it really makes you appreciate those items in circulation that are legitimate. But how do you determine whether or not an autograph is authentic?  It’s not really that hard and these days there are experts in the field to help separate the good from the bad and make your buying experience much more palatable.

Reputable companies who can provide proper authentication are in high demand due to the amount of non-genuine autographs that still exist; companies that can make the grade, if you will. There are many sports memorabilia authenticators on the internet who provide such a service but we've narrowed it down to a handful that are generally well respected in the industry. Here are some companies who can provide that exact expertise to help you avoid fakes and establish a serious autograph collection with as close to ironclad authentication as you can get.  Letters of authenticity are really letters of opinion.  But these companies have studied thousands of exemplars, and are familiar with common fakes, keeping mistakes to a minimum.

PSA/DNA- Professional Sports Authenticator is a third party service that grades sports cards and autographs. It has also been called an "Industry Giant" by those in the know. The services they provide could tell you if a card is mint or not mint or whether a card has been trimmed or not. But they also certify autographs. PSA claims it has the hobby's most experienced grading experts and it still stands as one of the most trusted in the biz. Their strict standards seem to put them over the top in the eyes of many sports collectors. Once a card or autograph has been certified, the item is marked with an invisible DNA laced link. It is naked to the human eye but it is verifiable through an infrared laser. If you are searching for items on EBAY and you see that an item has been certified by PSA/DNA then you can look it up by a specific number. A Certificate or Letter of A uthenticity also is provided by PSA.

James Spence Authentication- James Spence Authentication is another reputable company offering similar autograph authentication services. JSA provides authentication letters, standard certification and even a clause called "And When I Die". That program is--- you guessed it---centered around a collector's last will and testament and what to do with a valuable collection once they pass away. James Spence Authentication says it will quickly eliminate the vast majority of non-authentic  autographs.

Mounted Memories - Mounted Memories is another reputable company that authenticates autographs. Just like PSA/DNA and James Spence, Mounted Memories is one of the most recognized names in the sports collectibles industry.  The company usually enters into agreements with the athletes for ‘private signings’ where a player signs a certain number of autographs for a free.  The items are then distributed in the marketplace with a COA.

Steiner Sports- Steiner Sports boasts that it's the top distributor of authentic sports collectibles since 1992. If you plan to buy from the website, each and every hand signed autograph is witnessed by a Steiner Sports representative.  Like Mounted Memories, Steiner has a large client base among pro athletes and is always adding to it.

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Types of Signed Collectables

The best thing about signed collectables is that you’ve got plenty of options for what to collect and how to do it.  There are some variations of the theme based on the particular sport you’re collecting, but here are some options for advancing your sports autograph collection.

Baseball Autographs

You can buy a baseball autographed by a Hall of Famer.  You can purchase a team signed baseball.  Signed collectables from baseball can also include jerseys, bats, 8x10 or larger photos, baseball cards or programs.  Generally, flat items are going to be cheaper.  They’re easier for the athlete to sign and don’t have the premium attached to them that other items do when sports memorabilia companies enter into a contractual agreement with a player.  However, some prefer to make a splash with a larger framed autographed piece like a signed jersey or signed baseball collection you can display on shelves.

Football Autographs

Autographed footballs, of course, are very popular and they lend themselves to autographs better than baseballs because of their size.  Despite the pebble grain, a good Sharpie signature on a football (silver ink looks great, by the way) is a thing of beauty.  You can also buy footballs with special white panels to add multiple signatures (it is hard to buy a team-signed football because it’s difficult to write small on them.  Signed NFL jerseys are another hit with collectors.  You can buy jerseys with the signature on to the numerals.  Autographed helmets look great, too—full size or the newer mini helmets designed to hold just one or two autographs.  The mini helmets require a smaller shipping charge, of course.   Yes, you can buy authentic football autographs with no trouble at all.

Basketball Autographs

Signed basketballs are probably the most popular item in this category.  They’re great for individual signatures or for teams, since only about a dozen to 15 names are necessary.  Black Sharpie on an orange ball looks great.  Blue or another dark color works too.  Many collectors also like signed NBA jerseys because they are usually colorful and look great framed without taking up a huge part of your wall.  Again, 8x10 autographs are colorful, easy to store and very inexpensive signed collectables.   Signed NBA memorabilia is rapidly growing in popularity because of the game's worldwide exposure.

Hockey Autographs

NHL players are usually very generous when it comes to autographs.  You can have them sign a hockey stick, a photo, a jersey or even a hockey puck.  Signed pucks can easily be displayed and look great with a light or gold colored Sharpie signature on the top.  They usually answer their fan mail so signed hockey cards are easy to collect and very cheap.  Buying authenticated hockey autographs via eBay or Amazon.com is easy and usually very inexpensive.

Be sure to do your homework and make plans when adding to your signed collectable stash.  It’s no fun having items you don’t have room to store, but it’s a lot of fun when you know what you’re buying is authentic.