How to Buy Memorabilia for the Brisbane Broncos
With their long a successful history in the NRL, there is a large amount of impressive and sought after memorabilia for the Brisbane Broncos.
In this guide, you will find essential tips and guidelines for purchasing Brisbane Broncos memorabilia. Whether you are just starting a collection or are an avid Broncos enthusiast, you will find a range of items available to buy on eBay.
Types of Brisbane Broncos Memorabilia
There are several types of memorabilia on the market from various eras in the club’s past.
· Officially Licensed Memorabilia
Many items of memorabilia will be items officially endorsed by the Brisbane Broncos. These include Broncos jerseys and other clothing, flags, keyrings, badges and various other home ware and kitchenware items.
Officially licensed memorabilia will usually include the Broncos name and logo, and should have a tag or sticker present to indicate authenticity.
· Limited Edition Items
You will find some items of Brisbane Broncos memorabilia that manufacturers have created a limited number of. These limited edition items, especially those that have been autographed, will be of high value due to their rare nature.
· Other Collectables
There are a large number of other Brisbane Broncos collectibles available to buy. Jerseys or boots worn during one of the Brisbane Broncos’ matches, for example, will be particularly sought after items, and autographed versions of these items will demand an even greater premium.
Other collectibles include match programmes and ticket stubs, photographs, posters, lithographs and trading cards. Signed versions of the items will be more popular and fetch a higher price.
As well as vintage items from significant times in the club’s history, you will also find many modern collectibles. Examples include mobile phone cases, stationery, prints, toys, number plates, magnets and mugs.
Study the Item
When purchasing an item of Brisbane Broncos memorabilia, it is important that you examine the item closely. As well as providing photographs, sellers should provide as much detail as possible about the memorabilia, including its age, condition, history and whether there are any signs of wear or damage.
If you have any questions about an item, you should contact the seller and ask them. You may wish to see more detailed photographs, for example, or ask about the circumstances under which the item was autographed to better understand its authenticity.
Look for Certificates of Authenticity
Expensive items of Brisbane Broncos memorabilia, especially those that are signed by one or more players, will often be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity (COA). These provide proof that the item is genuine, and not a copy or a forgery.
The COA should itself be inspected carefully, as a COA is only as reliable as the authenticator and seller providing it.
Do your Research
You should spend time exploring the various kinds of Broncos memorabilia available to you. The more you shop around, the better you will understand the appeal and value of different items, and the better chance you will have of finding the right piece of memorabilia for your needs.
Remember to use the advanced search options if you wish to include completed listings in your search results. This will show you the prices that certain items of Broncos memorabilia have sold for in the past.
If you are looking for an autographed piece of Broncos memorabilia, you will be more confident in the authenticity of the item if you are aware of what the player’s autograph should look like. When buying or selling an autographed piece on eBay, ensure that you are familiar with eBay’s policy on autographed items.
Research the Seller
When buying memorabilia, it is important that you trust the individual or company you are buying from. You should research the seller as much as possible in order to ensure that you are purchasing a genuine piece of memorabilia for the Brisbane Broncos.
On eBay, you can view the seller’s profile to look through the feedback and comments left by previous buyers. This will give you a better idea of their reliability and reputation as an honest seller.
The most sought after pieces of Broncos memorabilia, such as a limited edition jersey signed by a number of Broncos legends, will sell for several hundred dollars. If possible, these more expensive items should be purchased face-to-face, so that you can study the item and any COAs first-hand. Many sellers on eBay offer a free ‘Local Pickup’ service so that you may purchase the item personally.
Protect your Brisbane Broncos Memorabilia
Once you have purchased you Brisbane Broncos memorabilia, you should ensure that it is protected from any wear or damage that can lessen its value.
You will find a range of storage and display options on eBay, including:
· trading card cases
· binders and sleeves
· rugby ball and boot cases
· jersey display cases
· storage boxes
For the most expensive items or collection of Broncos memorabilia, ensure that you have adequate insurance to protect them from theft or damage.
Buying Memorabilia for the Brisbane Broncos on eBay
You will find a vast array of memorabilia for the Brisbane Broncos on eBay.
Under the list of options on the left of the page, select Brisbane Broncos from the “Team” heading.
You can choose from a number of other options to narrow your search results further. Select from various types of memorabilia, eras of the Broncos’ history and items that have or have not been signed.
The “Price” option is useful if you are on a budget. Simply select a price range using the slider. You can also select to see new or used items, and limit results to only include memorabilia being sold in Australia.
Remember also to search eBay’s Deals page when searching for bargains.
If you are searching for a specific item of Brisbane Broncos memorabilia, you may prefer to use the Keyword search bar at the top of the page. For example, if you wished to purchase a jersey signed by Broncos ex-captain and NRL legend Darren Lockyer, you would simply type “Darren Lockyer signed jersey” (without quotation marks) into the search box.
If you can't find exactly what you’re looking for, try browsing eBay Stores or tell the eBay Community what you’re looking for by creating a post on Want It Now, or save a search on My eBay. eBay will then email you when a matching item becomes available.
Buy Memorabilia for the Brisbane Broncos with Confidence
Make sure that you know exactly what you’re buying and understand how eBay and PayPal protect you.
Know Your Item
Read the details in the item listing carefully.
Remember to add delivery costs to your final price. If you’re buying a high value item, check that the seller will insure it until it is delivered to you.
If you want more information, click the “Ask seller a question” button on the seller’s profile or the “Ask a question” link at the bottom of the item listing page.
Know Your Seller
Research your seller so that you feel safe and positive about every transaction.
· What is the seller’s Feedback rating?
· How many transactions have they completed?
· How many positive responses do they have?
· What do buyers say in their Feedback?
· Are they positive about the seller?
Most top eBay sellers operate like retail shops and have a returns policy.
· Do they offer a money-back guarantee?
· What are their terms and conditions?