Wise internet shoppers are aware they are taking additional risks when spending money on items that cannot be tried on, held, or closely viewed. Websites with no hassle return policies are less of a risk because the item can be returned if customers are not completely satisfied. Many websites have limited or no return policies which provide little recourse if something does not fit, is the wrong item, or is nothing like the customer expected.
These risks increase exponentially when dealing with Signed Football Sports Memorabilia. Any item that is more valuable when autographed will cost a higher price. There are affordable items that have been signed but pricing is still higher than items not autographed. The risky part is knowing if the signature is authentic. This is much the same situation when purchasing designer handbags online. Fakes, excellent forgeries, and cheap knock-offs may arrive at the doorstep.
How to Know?
Most people purchase display cases along with signed merchandise. Many autographed items are sold in display cases, so how do you know if the signature is real or not? Authentication should accompany items that have been signed by the actual athlete. If no authentication is available, do not purchase the product.
Common authentication companies include JSA, PSADNA, and Beckett Authentications. The item will have a number on it that will match the number on the authentication card. A way to be confident the card is real is to visit the website of the authenticating company to verify the number was in fact assigned to that item. The number should be included in the description of the item, so it can be verified before the item is purchased.
A Wide Variety
The positive aspect of buying online is the wide variety of items available. There are footballs, helmets, photographs, jerseys, trading cards, and group posters from every team in the NFL and many college teams. There are thousands of products to browse in several sports categories. If football is not followed, perhaps baseball, hockey, basketball, soccer, golfing, or wrestling is enjoyed. Take some time to just see what is offered, what pricing points exist, and what shipping costs, if anything at all.