Stadium Giveaways: Tchotchke or Collectible?
Rings, bobbleheads, statues, seat cushions, trading cards, window decals and even giant foam Band-Aids; when it comes to sports stadium giveaways, if you look hard enough, some team, somewhere, has given away a kitchen sink. Well, maybe not but you get the idea. Stadium giveaway marketing has been around nearly as long as the sports […]
Like His Game, LeBron James Collectibles Play Above the Rim
The long awaited anointing of the next Michael Jordan still may be some years away, but with LeBron James in search of his second consecutive NBA title, fans and collectors needn’t wait to start pursuing his collectibles. The first-round pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA Draft, the hype surrounding the just-out-of-high-school rookie […]
Indianapolis 500 Push Collectibles into High Gear
The Indianapolis 500, often referred to, as the Indy 500, is an annual race held on Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motors Speedway (IMS). The 500-mile race was first held in 1911 and is heralded as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” With its history, tradition and world-class drivers, the 500 provides collectors with numerous […]
Cigar Store Indians: The Original Tobacco Advertising Pitchmen
In the 1600s, ships traversed the Atlantic Ocean as businessmen in England looked to expand commerce and consumption of tobacco from America to Europe. The tobacco trade connected settlers who grew the crops in Virginia near the Jamestown colony, sailors who transported the dried leaves and the brokers who sold tobacco to merchants and shopkeepers […]