Treasure Hunters Roadshow (THR) is one of the leading buyers of precious metals, comic books, toys and other antiques. Since 1996, teams of treasure hunters have traveled to more than 1,000 cities in the United States, Canada and Europe, in search of some of the most special and rarest treasures.

Although THR is a buyer of all antiques, a special group of treasure hunters is committed to finding sports’ greatest collectibles. Though signed autographs, equipment and cards are all well-known products, sellers are encouraged to bring their distinctive or one-of-a-kind game-worn jerseys to the THR events.

If the sports industry experts at Treasure Hunters Roadshow, a lot of of whom are sports enthusiasts with considerable collections themselves, deem that the jerseys are authentic and valuable, and are of interest to their global network of potential buyers, they will make an offer to purchase the item on the spot.

While football, basketball and baseball jerseys continue to be popular in the United States, there is a huge global marketplace for soccer jerseys from around the globe. As the popularity of soccer has continued to climb internationally, so has the interest in jerseys worn and signed by its greatest stars.

Soccer (or football, as it is known in the vast majority of the world) got its humble beginnings in the English countryside in the mid-19th century. While the first recorded soccer match took place in 1860, it was far from the neat and rigid game we know these days. Most notably, teams had no regular uniforms. Alternatively, they typically wore bulky knickerbockers and inconvenient colored sashes to distinguish teams.

To reduce the confusion, teams in the 1870s started to ask their players to have on similar colors. However, there were no policies governing that a team needed to use the same color for every game, nor a way of distinguishing players from one another.

As the game began to grow throughout the world at the turn of the 20th century, so did the list of policies governing it. Quite a few teams started to adopt a single color or style, most of them primarily based on the styles of clubs that had taken shape in England.

Following WWII, many teams began using much less complicated uniforms because of to financial restrictions. These resembled the modern day v-neck shirts made of natural fibers. In order to improve revenue for their club, Real Madrid became the first team to design and market a replica jersey sold to fans beginning in the 1970s.

Seeing the success of these replica jerseys, other teams started to design more complicated jerseys for both their players and to sell to fans. Manchester United made international headlines in 1996 when their coach, at halftime of a game, declared that his team was losing because of the gray-colored jerseys they were wearing (which had been purposely chosen to be worn with jeans) due to the fact the players could not see each other on the field.

Jerseys continued to climb in popularity as fans eagerly scooped them up in order to show their team loyalties. Today, followers continue to shell out big bucks for athletes’ jerseys, specifically those worn in games. Not too long ago, a World Cup-worn jersey sold at auction for over $800.

Many of these authentic jerseys continue to make their way to THR events, where sellers are eager to cash in on their most valuable sports items. A listing of upcoming Treasure Hunters Roadshow events can be found on the company’s internet site.


 


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