Thursday, November 4, 2004
More Bang for Your Buck: Sports Memorabilia
Tonight, a new era begins in Miami sports history. If you're going to the Miami Heat game, save the ticket stub. With Shaq in town, collecting memorabilia and merchandise are on the rebound. In tonight's "More Bang For The Buck," we're going to show you what's big when it comes to following the big guy.
WSVN -- For Miami Heat fans, it's been long months waiting to see Shaquille O'Neil in a Heat uniform.
But if you thought going to the game was expensive, try getting the big man's autograph.
Henry Pascar: "Since he signed with the heat, people couldn't grab enough of it."
Henry Pascar of Proco Memorabilia has witnessed the Shaq-effect first hand.
He even had an artist draw a rendering of number 32 in his new uniform.
Henry: "Of course, the original artwork is the most valuable because they make sterographs and lithographs from that."
9-year-old Alex Gufford wishes he could own some Shaq. Alex, you see, knows a winner when he sees one.
Four years ago, he was diagnosed with leukemia.
Alex: "When I heard from someone it was a life, death situation I got scared. I just tried to tough it out and take all the pills I can and do everything they tell me to do and I did."
If Alex really wants something of the super center, his best bet is a photo.
At Proco, they're valued at about $10 dollars. Add a John Hancock to it, and it's now worth over $300 dollars.
Henry: "In the case of Shaquille O'Neal, his autograph is not going to be inexpensive. If you want it, you're going to pay for it."
You will especially have to pay for rare items. The most sought after - uniforms and shoes worn in a game.
Henry: "Unlike a photo where you can print as many as theyd like, there are only so many uniforms they will end up wearing."
But be careful who you buy from. In the memorabilia world, there are a lot of fakes. Also, look for companies that will refund your money if the item is not authentic.
And finally, be patient. When it comes to Shaq, those premium prices may fall as more becomes available.
Henry: "I would think as the season gets on and we get some private signings with him thats when we'll get the autographed memorabilia."
With Shaq's help, Alex's collection has started off with a slam dunk.
The ball's value - over $400 dollars. As for Alex's prediction - how will Shaq help the team?
Alex: "I think they are going to do really well."
So far, alex has been cancer free for over a year. He's healthy and plays basketball everyday. A big thanks to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Miami Heat for their help.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Proco Memorabilia, Inc.
5289 NW 108 Ave.
954-749-4900 ext. 2
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society