The NBA has been one of the hottest, most exciting team sports for decades. Some basketball experts state it's the most popular professional team sport in the world. It's played in over 125 countries globally. With such soaring popularity, it's no wonder the area of NBA autographs is such a growing area of the sports memorabilia to get involved with.

 

Signed Derrick Rose jerseyMost of the action focuses on the current stars.  Blake Griffin.  Kevin Durant. Derrick Rose.  Chris Paul.  Kobe Bryant.  However, the NBA has a long litany of superstars that fans remember through tangible investments like signed photos, jerseys, shoes and more.

 

Because of the league's history, NBA autographs are usually among the most appealing and valuable type of merchandise for well informed, hardcore sports collectors.Certain basketball items fare better in the collector's market than others. Autographed NBA basketballs and numbered jerseys rank high. So do team basketballs and jerseys from NBA champions, such as the Boston Celtics teams led by Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, John Havlicek and coach Arnold "Red" Auerbach from the 1950's through the mid-1970s and the later teams of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Dennis Johnson and Robert Parish.

 

NBA autographed memorabilia is also very highly sought after from the championship New York Knicks teams of the early 1970's.

 

Any team signed basketball autographed by clubs that included backcourt ace Walt "Clyde" Frazier, flashy, twirling guard Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, center superstar Willis Reed, and head coach Red Holtzman are in great demand.Of course, anything seminal and of quality from the likes of Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, the late Wilt Chamberlain or "The Big O", Oscar Robertson, would be highly valued, and would be an excellent choice for those looking to build or expand a collection.

 

Also, any of the outstanding year end category leaders, such as the individual scoring champs, three-point shooters and rebound leaders are highly prized.

 

An individual can amass quite a substantial display collection of NBA signed memorabilia. The very best are signed photographs and signed basketballs. They can be proudly displayed in your business office, in a sports collection area of you home, such as your den, or even on a beautiful gold display shelf right in your foyer or living room. NBA signed photographs come in any number of sizes.

 

Signed basketballs and photographs in excellent condition that are also very rare would make for a distinguished collection . Rare NBA autographed memorabilia from the likes of NBA Most Valuable Players, Finals MVP's and All-Star Game MVP's are in high demand.

 

Such memorabilia would include valuables from the likes of Jordan, early legend George Mikan, Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,"Pistol" Pete Maravich, Jerry West, Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson. NBA autographs of players who are no longer with us are always valued.

 

Any memorabilia from a player named to the NBA Half-Century Team or the NBA's 50 Greatest Players List would be extremely valuable. The same could be said of some of the NBA's greatest coaches ever such as Phil Jackson, Pat Riley, Red Auerbach and other deceased standouts.

 

If you're not loyal to any one particular team, certain NBA themes such as the 1950's, MVPs, Coaches of the Year and Rookies of the Year would be a good way to push your collection in a specific direction.

 

NBA autographs are a great way to capture the colorful action of this world-wide sport. With relatively new stars like Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Blake Griffin entering the scene and Kobe Bryant ready to add to his impressive championship resume', there are always new players to add to your own Wall of Fame.

 

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