When it comes to collecting stuff, people around the world seem to be experts in it. These things can generally be gifts by someone really special to oneself. However, for cricket fans, the memorabilia they collect are not gifted by their special someone. In fact, they would forget collecting gifts sent by their partner, but will never forget to enhance the collection of things regarding their favourite teams and players. Why is it so important for the fans?
The craze for sports among the fans is quite heavily noticeable everywhere. From England's Barmy Army to India's Sudhir Kumar to Bangladesh's Shoaib Ali, the love for gentlemen's game is immense. Let alone these super or quite precisely iconic fans, the regular fans get ready to pay as many bucks as required only to see their lives' heroes perform, to take a picture with them or even an autograph.
However, it gets somewhat difficult for some people to go and watch their heroes' matches live or take pictures and autographs in person. Now that the world is going through a pandemic, the restrictions have strictly kept people away from their heroes. In this very instance, how can these fans reminisce the memories of their favourite teams and players? How can they collect their favourite memorabilia?
eBay is one of the largest online stores in the United Kingdom. Here, one can find their favourite player's signed photos, frames, cards etc. as well as original cricket balls, vintage balls, and various designed clocks. The prices of such products vary with signed photos of cricketers being around $12.00, signed photo cards being $4.00. The vintage jersey prices have a wider range of prices with the maximum being just less than $100.00. Moreover, the signed bats by cricketers on eBay cost up to $200.00.
Uniquely Sporting is a large online store based in the United Kingdom. From cricket related signed books to bats to accessories, one can find a wide range of products over here. Shane Warne's book costs around $50.00 just like Wasim and Waqar's book. Meanwhile, one can also find various County teams' bats signed by all of their players for a maximum range of $200.00.
Firma Stella is an authentic online shop with free UK deliveries and paid shipments all over the world. Not only cricket but the fans can also find football, tennis, boxing etc. collectibles from this shop. The prices in Firma Stella are slightly higher than the other shops as they tend to sell the used products by the players themselves. One can find signed gloves for around $700.00, signed jerseys for up to $1300.00 and signed bats for around $800.00.
World Cricket Store
World Cricket Store is another online shop based in the UK that offers free deliveries across the United Kingdom for orders above $50.00. Unlike the other shops, the World Cricket Store offers only the products without autographs of players or used by them. While Kookaburra bats cost up to $165.00, batting gloves can cost up to $65.00. Meanwhile, the Dukes cricket balls can be found for $20.00 while the cost of Kookaburra balls can go up to $40.00. Other cricket accessories and stuff like fan t-shirts, helmets, shoes etc. can also be found in the World Cricket Store.
Memorabilia and collectibles help people to reminisce certain memories just like how photos do. The above online stores are the pinnacle of memorabilia stores for fans. However, a problem arises as a matter of fact that all these stores are based in the UK. Could these types of stores be spread all over the world, the immeasurable shipping cost during deliveries could have been avoided by the fans. Then again one might think the memorabilia themselves cost much. But one must pay the price of reminiscing their memories.