If you have been researching some well-known people from the past and have been contemplating how to tie a specific celebrity into a gift idea, consider investing in some autographed memorabilia that can serve as a display piece. The recipient of a gift that includes a vintage item and autograph may treasure the one-of-a-kind item.
Your child or spouse may have a favorite sports team member who was prominent many decades ago or a loved one may idolize a particular singer who has been famous for the duration of their adulthood. Either type of celebrity could have signed some items that are reminiscent of a career or that were featured during a sporting event or concert.
Think about how a particular item will impact the person who will be on the receiving end. A ball or a catcher's mitt that contains a vintage autograph could be a great conversation piece and the item can also be set up on top of a decorative pedestal or inside of a case. Avoid purchasing autographs that are written on paper products, unless you plan on using a framing technique that will highlight the autograph and prevent the paper from becoming crumpled or lost.
After picking a particular celebrity, look through items that are listed online and compare prices. Be aware of sellers who have listed lots that include multiple pieces that all bear the same exact signature. These items could be reproductions and may not necessarily contain the original ink that was used to create an autograph. Serious sellers may have pages that allow purchasers to leave reviews. Look for signs of authenticity, including positive comments from past buyers or listings that showcase autographed items that are unique.
A vintage autograph should be preserved to prevent ink from fading or liquids or dirty substances from covering up parts of a signature. Autographed pieces that symbolize someone's love of a sport or an instrument may prompt the recipient to handle an autographed item on occasion.
Consider display options that will keep an autograph clean and dry but that will allow the owner to easily access the item when they would like to handle it or view the autograph up close. A case that contains a rear entry door that latches or one that contains a dome top that can be lifted upward or snapped downward can be used to house any type of item that contains a vintage autograph.
Look into places that offer vintage autographs for sale.