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If you are an avid NFL fan and collect football memorabilia as a frequent hobby, autographed NFL footballs are some of the most common pieces to obtain. Whether you got it signed at a pre-season training camp or during a regular-season practice or even after a game, you are bound to be holding onto a great piece of memorabilia that could hold some pretty substantial value. To maintain value of your autographed NFL football, you must take good care of it. If you are planning on keeping it for yourself, giving it as a gift or even selling it, failure to properly take care of it will ruin the item. The following are some good tips on how to properly take care of your signed football.
The first thing you will need in order to take the best care of your signed NFL football is a display case. Autographed footballs are best kept in glass or acrylic football display cases. You can purchase most of these in stores and online. Usually, the case will be cubed or shaped like a box and will have a stand to hold it. This automatically keeps fingers and hands off of your football that is signed as well as dust and other debris. There are plastic cases that perform the same function for less of a price than the glass cases and work equally as well.
Although you are going to have to handle the football from time to time whether it is moving it from spot to spot or showing it to a friend, you should never let your fingers or anyone else touch the actual signature. No matter how clean your hands are, it can be easily contaminated, smudged or altered very easily. Make sure whomever you are showing off your autographed NFL football to is made aware of this as well.
If your autographed football was signed with a pen, it will eventually fade over time and the ink will diminish if left in the sun. The best way to preserve your ink football signature is to limit the amount of light that directly comes in contact with the signature. When not showing off the ball, you should keep the signed NFL football away from direct sunlight. As a rule you’ll want to set up the lighting around it so the light hits lightly from different angles rather than direct. The less light over time, the longer the NFL signature will last.