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What are some tips for appraising sports memorabilia without spending money?

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Some tips to receive a complimentary initial assessment of sports memorabilia are to fill out the information form on the website of a company that offers free appraisal services or to send an email directly to an appraiser, providing details about the item to be appraised. Sports memorabilia appraisers that offer free initial assessments include Grey Flannel Auctions, Heritage Auctions and Sports Artifacts. For more accurate results, send electronic images of the memorabilia.

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Grey Flannel Auctions has experienced appraisers for game-worn jerseys and equipment; Hall of Fame and vintage autographs; championship awards, trophies and jewelry; sports cards; and historical memorabilia. Complimentary initial assessments apply to pre-sale auction items, charitable donations, insurance evaluations and curiosity appraisals. Memorabilia may be an individual item or part of a collection or an estate.

Heritage Auctions offers free auction and direct purchase evaluations of individual items and collections. The correct procedure to submit a request is to follow the Request Free Appraisal link on the official website and complete the requested information in the Your Holdings online submission tool. Required information includes a brief description of the item type and date and personal contact information. For the fastest and most accurate results, provide at least one image.

Sports Artifacts offers no-cost appraisals by email for up to two items. This appraiser specializes in vintage sports items, generally from 1980 and earlier.

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