Christmas Gifts For The Sports Fan and Collector

No matter if that special someone on your list is you or if you’re buying something to give to someone else, holiday  gifts for the sports fan offer plenty of options. This time of year, the sports memorabilia and team apparel retailers are willing to go a little Nolan Ryan 1968 Topps rookiefurther to earn your business.Topps Chrome Baseball 2015

Several are offering  specials and there is still time to get your order by the holidays.  It’s their busiest, most important time of the entire year.

And there really is no question…the best deals on sports collectibles are available during the holiday season. Retailers are willing to exchange a little profit for volume sales.

Sports Cards

1989 Michael Jordan 16x20 autographed photo playoffsSports fans come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. Some collect vintage cards. Few collectors would gripe about getting a graded rookie card or two featuring a Hall of Famer.

Others like newer material and enjoy opening boxes like these. You can always ask the person you’re buying for (slyly if necessary) the name of their favorite team or player if you don’t know it.


You’d be hard pressed to find a collector who didn’t love a great autographed photo of a sports legend. Baseball Hall of Famers sign thousands of photos in private signing sessions and most of those would be welcomed in any collection.  The good news for gift-givers and collectors is that a lot of autographed sports memorabilia seems to be dropping a bit in price.

Among the best deals?Autographed Bo Jackson football

Steiner Sports, which carries thousands of autographed items, some game-worn jerseys and game-used baseballs and other items,  offers 20% off sitewide (and yes, they have gift cards).  Just enter SPORTS20 at checkout and use this link.

Among the largest volume sellers is, which has everything from signed items to sports cards to display cases.  Look for items carrying authentication from PSA/DNA, Steiner, JSA, Mounted Memories or Upper Deck Authenticated.

One Stop Shop and a Good Book

Amazon is one of the busiest online retailers during the holidays.  One reason?  You can find just about anything on the site. Yes, they sell books, movies and video but you can also find thousands of sports card boxes, singles, sets and other sports memorabilia items, too. They have a Daily Deals section with daily specials from a bunch of different merchants.  And there’s nothing wrong with a book like this.

Gift Cards=Easy

Most collectors are heavy users of eBay and even though gift cards are sort of like giving each other money, if you don’t know what the person your buying for really wants, seeing one of these in a stocking is a welcome gift to anyone who collects.  It’s certainly better than taking a wild guess.