Melbourne's northerly conquerors, Carlton Football Club, or 'the Blues' to their fans, have a long and proud history within the Australian Football League. Over the years great victories have been won, defeats suffered, heroes raised up and villains vanquished. Alongside all of this, willing the team on, have been their fans.
Blues fans are some of the most passionate supporters in the AFL. In order to commemorate their admiration for the team, many buy memorabilia; from football jerseys to show their team colours out in the street, to football trading cards, or even super rare objects like game footballs and signed items. Key to remember for all those looking to start collecting Carlton Blues memorabilia is that there's no right or wrong way to collect. Each fan knows best what it is they would like to buy.
There is a huge selection of Carlton Blues memorabilia on offer on eBay, and this guide serves as an introduction with some points to consider when embarking on any search.
Types of Carlton Blues Memorabilia
Football club logos are printed on almost everything imaginable. There are Carlton Blues branded:
· bed sheets and pillow sets
· stationery including pens
· key rings
· clothing including jerseys and socks
· mugs, and a wide number of other items
All of these things are for fans who want to sport their team colours and demonstrate their allegiance to the Blues.
There's also rarer memorabilia valued by collectors that commemorate specific events within the ever changing seasons of football. Ultra collectible memorabilia includes items that have been autographed by the whole team, such as, framed team photos, jerseys or footballs being amongst the most popular of these. Match programmes, game footballs or game jerseys from any high stakes match, are also highly sought after.
What it's worth
Value is always a sliding scale. What's important to collect is whatever you find most valuable. We often treasure things for sentimental or nostalgic reasons, imbuing objects with fondness and memories. Manufacturers may make the mementoes, but you make them matter.
On the other hand, memorabilia can be valued due to:
· the object's craft
· its significance and
· most often its rarity
These are the items that attract dedicated memorabilia collectors: limited editions, signed items and true one offs. Items that have seen action on the football field and played a part in high stake matches are extremely popular, such as: player's jerseys, boots and game balls. Match programmes, especially for Grand Final matches, are also highly prized.
With such a wealth of fans clamouring to get their hands on the best memorabilia, truly limited edition objects can be big business.
Putting a Value on It
For some fanatical fans, if they have to have a piece of memorabilia, they simply have to have it; money is no object. For most fans though, there's an upper ceiling on what they're prepared to pay for a piece. Working out how much an item should cost, and what the spending price cap should be is often a good idea.
If someone is new to collecting Carlton Blues memorabilia and a little unsure of what different items are worth, it could be beneficial to communicate with other fans, or sellers of the items of interest in order to build up a knowledge base. If you're paying over the odds or instead have just found the bargain of the century, learn more about it by contacting other fans for their opinions. The internet is a great place for connecting people with similar interests. Many Carlton Blues fans participate in discussions on social media websites and forums and are usually enthusiastic to meet a new person sharing their interest as well as being willing to offer their opinion on how much an object is worth.
A second easy way to put a value on objects is to browse listings of similar objects and see what those items are selling for. eBay also lists sales that have finished in the recent past, giving buyers and sellers alike a useful reference when deciding on an object's market value. Choose an item which is similar to the item of interest and see how much it is going for, or how much it was sold for.
Signing On or Signing Off
Many fans value autographs as brilliant mementos: the knowledge that a living football legend has come into contact with an object you now own and placed their mark on it is a great feeling for any die-hard fan. When pairing a famous autograph with a brilliant piece of genuine Australian Rules memorabilia, an item's value can increase massively. Most treasured are objects signed by a whole team such as jerseys and team photographs. If someone has fond memories of a particular Blues team from a certain year, they can scour listings to see if they can find autographed memorabilia from that team.
Though hard to fake perfectly, it's never 100% possible to authenticate a signature as genuine, unless of course someone saw the player sign it with their own eyes. If set on a piece of memorabilia which is signed, take the usual precautions to check as far as possible that the autograph is genuine.
How to Buy Carlton Blue Memorabilia on eBay
Categories: The categories list on the left side of each page will help you narrow down your listings by item type. You'll find links for Memorabilia and Trading cards. As you refine your search you'll be able to narrow down your choice by subcategory.
Product Finder: Use the Trading Cards finder to quickly narrow down item listings by type of Bundle Type, Autographed, Team, Era, and Condition.
If you can't find exactly what you want, 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 and eBay will email you when a matching item becomes available.
Remember also to check out the eBay Deals page for bargains.
Buy Australian Rules Memorabilia 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?
· Do they offer a money-back guarantee?
· What are the terms and conditions?
· Are buyers positive about the seller? Most top eBay sellersoperate like retail shops and have a returns policy.
Adding to, or starting from scratch, a Carlton Blues memorabilia collection is easy on eBay. To make it even better, there is a willing army of sellers on eBay who are knowledgeable and helpful. Choosing the right piece for your collection has never been simpler.