Many football fans collect football shirts. Having a football shirt collection for some is more than just a hobby. It is a statement of how much they enjoy football and support their favorite players. For others, it comes as a surprise.
Serious collectors go out of their way to find the shirts. Some collect only from their favorite teams. Others collect their favorite players shirts with little thought to which team they play for. There are people who collect only the rookie shirts. And some who only collect the shirt once a player has announced their retirement.
Whatever your personal football shirt collection contains, there are many options to choose from to obtain the shirts. Retailers around the world carry authentic football shirts as well as replicas. Depending on what area you live in, most retailers will predominately carry the home team's shirts. They will also keep a few of the most favorite player's shirts on stock as well. In many places you can now find stores that only carry football shirts. These stores will have a wife range of shirts for players of different teams. You can also shop online at one of hundreds of websites that carry the shirts as well. These websites will vary with what they sell so shopping around is a must.
Once in a while you will find an entire football shirt collection that is for sale. This typically happens when the collector has passed on. Many times at these sales retired jerseys will be sold for a fraction of what they are worth. Of course sometimes people try to sell the shirts for more than they are worth too. It is a good idea to research the value of particular shirts prior to purchasing them.
Lots of sports bars are now displaying football shirt collections as well. The collection being displayed is often of the loyal team's players. Sometimes at the end of the season they will sell some of the shirts. These are usually from players that are going to another team the following season. Shirts from retired players are often hung in glass frames. This helps preserve the condition of the shirt. Sometimes the proprietor will display the team shirts from a team that is not local. This can be because of the proprietor's personal favorite team, or if the restaurant is a themed place.
Starting a football shirt collection is becoming more of a hobby for fathers and their young sons. This gives the fathers and sons a hobby they can share together. It also is a great way to introduce a young boy to the history of football. If the shirts are properly cared for, the young boy will some day find his collection is worth much more than a stamp collection.
No matter what reason you have for starting a football shirt collection, you are sure to enjoy every minute of it. Hunting for your shirts is only part of the thrill. Displaying your collection to friends and family will give you a sense of fulfillment.