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article imageAmazon expands its sales reach into sports memorabilia

By Kev Hedges     Feb 3, 2012 in Business
Amazon, the online retail giant, has expanded its sales reach into sports memorabilia, a company statement announced on Thursday.
Shoppers can now enter a search by sport, team, year and item price and a range of sporting memorabilia can be found from the Sports Collectibles Store .
Among the kind of valuables collectors can find are autographed items, game jerseys and tops, used ticket stubs, trading cards, team coffee mugs and baseball caps with team logos. The section would suit sports fans and memorabilia enthusiasts alike. There will be more than two million items available and will include officially licensed items by the NFL, NBA, FIFA and Major League Baseball, writes Mashable.
Amazon have been quick to point out that all items will have to pass a quality and authenticity measure. Item sellers will have to rate a condition marker and authentication sources. Amazon has made use of professional sports authenticator, James Spence Authentication and Beckett Grading Services.
There are some gems in the section including a Babe Ruth Autographed and Hand Signed Official AL Baseball PSA Graded 7. However, the item will set you back a cool $46,434.95. Another baseball, signed by Babe Ruth, was selling at $13,360.
An Amazon Market Place statement said:
This is a big deal for us and our customers because Amazon provides a great opportunity for Icons to reach millions of [sport and] soccer fans in an easy way and serve them with high quality, unique, genuinely hand-signed items. We have a history of providing customers with authentic jerseys, cleats and photos signed by the world’s most iconic players, and we’re excited about expanding this tradition and reaching millions of potential new customers through Amazon.
There were also many affordable items available as well as rare collectibles. Tim Tebow rookie cards are trading at $8.95.
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