Chicago fans have a keen interest in sports and sports memorabilia, and at such a short distance away, Darien, IL residents are no different. Whether you buy them at shops, search for them at online auction sites or get them directly from the teams and players, collectible sports items can be a fun hobby or a great way to make extra cash. When your sports collection threatens to take over your home, use Safeguard Self Storage to keep it safe and out of the way.
Unique Illinois Sports Collectibles Can Be Valuable
Whether you want to build a personal collection or try your hand at selling or trading sports memorabilia, your state's bounty of famous teams and players make it easy to find hidden gems in local yard sales, flea markets and auctions. Here are a few items you don't want to miss.
- Items autographed by famous local athletes such as Michael Jordan, Frank Thomas, Mike Ditka, Dick Butkus and Walter Payton
- 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series trophy or related memorabilia
- Vintage Chicago Cubs photos from the early 1900s
- Early Chicago team pennants
- Plush Chicago team mascots
- Commemorative programs
- Vintage posters and programs
Store Valuable Items Properly
Once you accumulate enough autographed gloves, collectible figures and jerseys, you may need new storage solutions to help you avoid tripping over sports-themed clutter. To keep your sports memorabilia in top shape, pack and store them carefully with these tips:
Breakable Items. Delicate, breakable items should be wrapped in soft fabric, paper or bubble wrap and placed in sturdy boxes or totes.
Paper Items. Cards, photos, tickets and other paper items should be stored in catalogs designed to protect them or wrapped in acid-free paper.
Fabric items. Jerseys, pennants and banners should be stored flat and kept at a consistent temperature; folding them or exposing them to extreme heat or cold can cause fabric deterioration and peeling of letters.
Leather Items. Clean and condition gloves and other leather items before storing, and stuff them with acid-free paper to maintain shape and prevent moisture.
Keep Your Prized Memorabilia in Pristine Condition
Storing your collections in your attic, basement or garage isn't a good idea. They can easily become damaged by extreme temperatures, water and mold damage, and insects. Storing them in a climate controlled home or commercial self storage unit keeps them dry, clean, safe and unharmed. Safeguard Self Storage also allows you to access your sports treasures any time you desire. If you're selling them at an event or store, you can easily organize large numbers of items for relocation and ensure that no one can gain access to your expensive or rare items without your permission.
With an affordable, convenient alternative to household storage, you'll always have room for the latest additions and the rarest finds. Find a storage unit near your Darien, IL home, and make space for all your valuable collectibles.