Game Worn Memorabilia Photo Matching

Game Worn Memorabilia Photo MatchingOne of the techniques that has proven to be invaluable for collectors of game worn memorabilia is the concept of photo matching.

It's a tool used by investigators in every field and sports collectors are no different in that they are seeking to find answers to the question of whether a jersey or other piece of memorabilia was truly used in a game.

Whether it's an NFL game worn jersey, game used baseball equipment or a some other kind of authentic game jerseys or memorabilia, it's important to glean as much knowledge as you can to know whether it's worth your investment.

A good dealer or seller will provide photo matching, although not everyone can or does.  It's also a good way to pick up a bargain when someone doesn't do this basic research and you do...thus increasing the value of the item.

There are plenty of sources for photo matching game worn memorabilia.  Getty Images has a tremendous storehouse of images you can view.  They take photos of virtually every game and if you can find one that shows your jersey, it's a thrill.  Sports cards can help since many of the photos are relative close-ups.  The teams often publish photos of individual games online.   A newspaper in the area may offer paid access to its archives if you can find out if their photographers covered a specific game.

It's important to measure every quirk of the jersey to see if it matches the photo and be sure to look at numerous photos, if available, to gather as much detail as possible.  Shot from a distance, a photograph isn't likely to be of much help.  Multiple angles, especially close-ups make it a lot easier.

Don't overlook videotape, either, especially for older jerseys.  A television 'cutaway' that shows the item up close may be very valuable.

Game worn memorabilia like helmets, bats, gloves and other items can be authenticated and value enhanced by taking some time to come up with indisputable proof that it's the real thing.

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