Just Collect isn't just about vintage sports cards; as much as we love the cardboard, our trusted team of experts is just as passionate about authentic ink from all four major sports and beyond. For nearly a decade we've bought and sold over $15M worth of sports cards & memorabilia, and now we're anxious to help you get top dollar for your prized signatures.
As many of you may have noticed, the NBA has surged back to popularity levels not seen since the end of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dynasty. A new crop of mega-stars led by LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant have lifted the league to new heights and brought the demand for basketball autographs right along with it. Across the board, prices for rare basketball related signatures have risen dramatically and Just Collect has been giving our clients, old and new, the assist they need to take advantage of the current run.
We're constantly on the lookout for vintage autographs from hard wood legends like Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, "Pistol" Pete Maravich, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Julius Erving, Bob Cousy, George Mikan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and the original Doctor, the founding father of game itself, Dr. James Naismith.
Single signatures are just part of our game though; early autographed game used jerseys, sneakers, warm- ups, vintage photos, and basketballs from historic teams such as the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the New York Knicks, are always at the top of our "wish" list as well, along with any material originating from the old ABA (American Basketball Association).
Michael Jordan signed rookie cards are the hottest item on the autograph market right now, and are sought after by collectors across the country. There are only a handful of them available, and thus come at a premium. According to PSA/DNA's population report, there are only about 20 in existence, and over the last few years, we have seen them sell for thousands of dollars. Vintage autographed rookie cards, like those of Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain, are also items that we are looking to buy. Not only are the signatures themselves hard to come by, but getting that signature on a decent looking rookie card is a tall task.
Other valuable items include signed photos. There are two types of photos that you'll see: color photos and original wire photos. The original wire photos will be the most valuable, as they hail from the original newspapers, and will usually include a newspaper clipping and possibly editorial notes on the back. They will also be in black and white, so a strong signature in blue or red will present beautifully on the photos. These are strongly desired because of their rarity as just the photo itself, then you pair that with a signature and you have a slam dunk. Other photos you will see will be color photos, which are more common, as companies tended to print hundreds of them and sold them to the public. Since the photo is in color, it can sometimes be harder to read the signatures, so what you'll see is a lot of autos in gray or silver sharpie, over a dark part of the photo. Either way, autographed photos of the game's best are valuable, and are continuing to grow in popularity.
We are also looking to purchase memorabilia and signed items from historical basketball events. Whether it's an original photo from Wilt's 100-point game, a ticket stub from Michael's first NBA game, or a rare piece of memorabilia from the Knicks championship run in 1969-70, we are interested! We also know that most NBA executives, both current and past, have collected throughout their tenure, and will eventually need to liquidate their collections. We are here to facilitate that process, and are looking forward to sharing these items, and their stories, with the world.
Game worn memorabilia has always been strong throughout the hobby. Ranging from signed jerseys to shoes, collectors have placed high regard to these items, and continue to add these pieces to their collections. From the game's founding fathers to today's mega-stars, Just Collect is aggressively seeking all types of signed game-used memorabilia, and is paying top dollar.
Over the past decade or so, card companies have started producing new types of cards to meet the demand of younger hobby enthusiasts. These cards are called relic cards, (sometimes referred to as "jersey cards" or "patch cards") which feature a piece of game used jerseys of today's brightest stars. After seeing that market take off, card companies like Topps, Panini, and Leaf started getting these superstars to also autograph these cards, and started making limited runs of each (serial numbered). As you can imagine, even though these cards are "modern", since they are serial numbers, signed, and contain memorabilia, they are rare and highly sought after. Just Collect is actively buying these autographed jersey cards of Mike, Kobe, and LeBron, and would also be interested in larger collections as well.
So whether it's a single piece or a massive collection, Just Collect will make the process simple and safe when you decide the time is right to sell by offering free appraisals by appointment at all of our five satellite offices nationwide and accepting submissions by mail daily. If your collection is too large to ship, we'll gladly come to you. Ideally, the autographs we're seeking will have been authenticated by a respected third party (PSA or JSA are preferred) prior to us viewing them but by no means is this a deal breaker. Unearthing fresh, previously unseen material and bringing it to market is something we pride ourselves upon.
Call us today to discuss your options. Our knowledgeable staff is here to answer any and all questions you may have. You can reach us at 732-828-2261 Monday-Friday, from 8AM - 6PM. You can also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.