The past few days have been interesting on the Boston sports scene. The Celtics and Patriots are playing great. The Red Sox made a splash by signing 2 free agent hitters and well the Bruins, are the Bruins.
Due to the recent success and news, and the fact I'm working more shifts selling memorabilia, I've noticed customers looking to purchase the hottest item on the market, at a reasonable price of course.
Hottest item as I've found out this year is not the traditional Tedy Bruschi photo, or best of new england sports collage and even stadium panoramics. NO, hot this year are photos of Julian Edelman, Danny Woodhead, Tyler Seguin, Wes Welker, and Brandon Tate and Devin McCourty. The other items that are amazing me as still popular are almost any photo from last year's NHL winter classic played at Fenway.
So what do you need to know about these hot items. There are copious amounts of photos available of these new and popular players. Prices range from $19 - $30 for an 8x10 photo including the matte and frame. The problem is that there are only 1-3 options of photos of each player. So even though there are plenty of available photos it might only be 500 of the same pose.
Autographs of these players are still hard to come by. Tyler Seguin, the hot Bruin rookie autograph price starts at about $100 for an 8x10 photo and upwards of $250 for a framed 16 x 20 print, and his autograph is a hot seller. Some of the new patriots autographs range in price from $39 - $59 if you can find them.
Another tip is that now is the time to pick up Deion Branch Autographs. Many dealers had large inventories of his autographs from Superbowl 39 and they are looking to offload his merchandise before the #84 jersey merchandise arrives. You should be able to find an authentic and older Branch autograph for less than $60.
If you want the best deal for the buck, Bruins autographs are still are fair prices. Now is the time to purchase those. You should be able to purchase 3 current bruins autographs for less than $100.
Lastly, you will not find any pictures of Carl Crawford or Adrian Gonzales in a Red Sox uniform yet. If you do they are most likely unlicensed so stay away from them. I would expect to see their photos released shortly after spring training starts.
Good luck with your shopping.