They often have money to spend and an appreciation for what they’re buying but those who chase the finest kinds of sports memorabilia don’t always know how or what to do once they’ve started building a collection.
Dan Imler is hoping to be their go-to guy.
A familiar name to many in the hobby, Imler has announced the launch of Legacy Sports Collections, a new firm created to help collectors of higher end sports cards and memorabilia with a variety of services.
Forging ahead with his own company after years in the auction business, Imler recently left his long-time position as vice-president of southern California-based SCP Auctions. There, he had played a prominent role in bringing to market mountains of historic and valuable sports-related memorabilia. His tenure with SCP also included facilitating the company’s five-year partnership with Sotheby’s and directing the sales of dozens of prominent athlete estate collections.
He’ll still be helping clients buy and sell items but that’s just one element of the new business.
Legacy Sports Collections (LSC) bills itself as, “A unique, relationship-based sports collection management firm offering a comprehensive range of services specifically tailored to elevating the collecting experience and enhancing the myriad benefits of curation and preservation of fine sports artifacts.”
Some of LSC’s menu will include advisory services for buyers and sellers, collection management tools such as custom databases, e-museum websites, logistics management, financial services including insurance and a sales platform called the Legacy Vault.
“Legacy Sports Collections is about helping clients maximize what we call ‘Total ROI’ in their sports collecting endeavors,” Imler stated. “Not just from a financial standpoint but the total personal investment in the hobby experience. The hobby can be immensely rewarding on many levels, but the marketplace is not without it perils. We strive to help our clients remain focused on pride of ownership and help them stay connected with the objects they love.”
In addition to offering strategic guidance to those looking to create quality collections, Imler says LSC will offer a partnership approach to adding structure, value, security, and liquidity to those who’ve been in the hobby for a while but could use some assistance.
“My professional journey was born from being a collector first and foremost,” says Imler, who started working in his family’s auction business as a teenager in Massachusetts. “My curatorial work with clients is continuously guided by my shared passion as hobbyist blended with deep industry knowledge gained over nearly 30 years.”
LSC has launched a website outlining the specifics of its various services, which also include help with auction marketing, formal appraisals for clients for insurance and estate planning purposes, research services that may enhance the historical value of certain pieces, advice on grading, authentication and insurance, collateralization, escrow, and trust arrangements.