They’re a resilient bunch, the Stamford Bridge Blues. Since management wunderkind Jose Mourinho left under less than auspicious circumstances, the South London superclub have weathered the storms of change to come out on top of English football.
Their 2009-2010 season still hangs in the balance but, barring late surges from unlikely sources, it looks like they are set, once again, to walk off with the Premiership trophy. Chelsea signed shirts (in fact, all Chelsea signed memorabilia) are once again top of the hit list for football souvenir collectors, with fans and investors alike setting themselves up to grab what mementoes they can of yet another victorious campaign.
For fan and investor alike, it’s important to ensure that any Chelsea signed memorabilia is authentic. Just as a rare Topps card that turns out to be a photocopy is worth nothing, so Chelsea signed shirts that are proved to be fake bring neither joy nor potential return to their owners. The prices of Chelsea signed memorabilia make faking big business (and they make owning fake Chelsea signed shirts etc an expensive mistake): not stratospheric, certainly, but in line with “normal” rates for football souvenirs. Chelsea signed shirts for the probably victorious 2009-2010 season are retailing at around ï¿½300: not the kind of sum a prospective buyer wants to drop on a fake.
The price of Chelsea signed memorabilia can be a pretty useful guideline for anyone trying to navigate the online minefield of sites that sell it. Anyone offering Chelsea signed shirts et al for less than the benchmark price of ï¿½300 is possibly selling unclean merchandise: if the price comes in significantly lower than the stated average, considerable care should be exercised before buying. Naturally, there are several “common sense” checks a prospective buyer can perform ï¿½ sites selling Chelsea signed shirts that do not offer a clear returns policy, or appear to have a transparent authentication process, should be avoided at all costs. The Internet is subject to far stricter returns rules than high street shopping, because all goods bought on the web are technically purchased unseen ï¿½ so sites selling fake Chelsea signed memorabilia are unlikely to direct attention to returns in any way.
The Chelsea squad still reads like an international Who’s Who of top players: which means, of course, that Chelsea signed shirts are the autographed memorabilia equivalent of those rare sets of special edition Topps cards you used to get in the 1980s. Signed football memorabilia has the same kind of collector’s cachet as the old footie playing cards, with autographs collected in any medium worth more to a collector when they relate to a particularly successful team. Chelsea signed shirts, and other Chelsea signed memorabilia, sit top of the league, like the team they represent.
With just a few weeks left in this year’s Premiership season, and the outcome still technically undecided, things are getting hot at the top. Chelsea signed shirts and other Chelsea signed memorabilia are accordingly popular, as is merchandise featuring autographs from all of the Big Four ï¿½ any of whom, theoretically, could still do the business. Like anything else with a value indexed to popularity and success, their price can only rise if history is made ï¿½ which makes now a very good time to buy.