Personal Risk Management

Protecting your sports trading cards and memorabilia

There’s little doubt the pandemic created a massive boom for sports trading cards and memorabilia. In fact, 23 of the 24 most expensive sports card transactions of all time occurred over the past 15 months, according to Sports Illustrated.

Whether you’ve been collecting since childhood, are just getting started, or you recently found an old stash of baseball cards in your attic, we’ve got tips and suggestions to help you protect your collection.

How can you keep your treasured collection protected for generations to come?
Frame it. Protect your memorabilia by placing them in quality display cases or frames. Acrylic cases are popular because they are cheaper than glass, less likely to break, and offer the added benefit of UV protection. If you are framing a piece, use a professional framer who specializes in sports collectibles and uses acid-free materials.

Store it. Baseball cards should be stored in appropriate card savers, sleeves, or holders. Avoid using non-recessed screw-down holders that could flatten and damage the cards, and never, ever laminate your cards.

Protect it. Keep your items away from direct sunlight and fluorescent lighting so they don’t fade, and maintain constant temperature and humidity levels. Even baseballs should be kept away from light sources, as light can fade inked signatures and deteriorate leather. Also, avoid storing your valuables in basements and other areas of the home that may be prone to flooding.
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