Holiday Gift Ideas for the Collector2 min read


Oh the holidays… That time of year when our love for one another and generosity of spirit are often frustrated by the challenge of finding a proper gift for the collectors in our lives. Let’s face it, if your are not a collector yourself, it can be a truly difficult task to find a meaningful gift for someone who enjoys the hobby. And I don’t know about you, but I have received my share of completely useless sports memorabilia gifts from people who love me and truly thought that they were giving me something that I would enjoy. It can become an awkward exchange for both the giver and receiver.

There are, however, plenty of hobby-related gifts that would be almost universally appreciated by collectors and I am happy to help steer people towards some of my favorites.


  • Stamps and Envelopes – Necessary elements for the TTM (through the mail) autograph hunt.
  • Pens – Sharpies, Staedtler and ballpoint pens are the writing instruments of choice for most hobbyists.
  • Balls/Mini Helmets/Pucks/Autograph Media – Depending on a collector’s tastes, balls and other items to get signed are easy to purchase and always useful.
  • SportsCollectors.Net  Membership – This is an excellent website and online community for autograph collectors.
  • Meiselman List – These extensive lists of mailing addresses are used by TTM autograph collectors.

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  • Card Savers – Whether you use them to store your cards or need them to submit cards for grading, Card Savers are always needed.
  • PSA Membership – A one-year PSA Membership comes with grading vouchers, a subscription to the Sports Market Report and more.
  • eBay Gift Cards – What could be more useful than a gift card to one of the greatest sources of cards and memorabilia in the world?


  • SMR Subscription – An excellent source for articles, pricing and information about dealers and auction houses throughout the hobby.

    card stand

  • The following items would be excellent gifts for collectors who like to decorate their spaces with hobby items.
  • Barrister Bookcases – Although not specifically designed for the hobby, these glass-doored bookcases are wonderful items for collectors as they can be used as a display case to show off cards and memorabilia, as a bookcase to house hobby publications, or a combination of the two.

Posted by Todd Tobias

Todd Tobias is a longtime hobbyist and PSA staff member who is constantly on the hunt for vintage lacrosse issues and autographed cards for his American Football League (1960-1969) collection.

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3 thoughts on “Holiday Gift Ideas for the Collector2 min read

  1. Hey Todd Tobias
    I already have 17 black PSA boxes full of Mike Trout and Mookie Betts, and just bought 3 more….but what I really want for Christmas is not a Red Rider B-B-Gun, but a PSA Breakers Mat!! I could use it as a tree blanket, wrap presents in it.. .Those are pretty sweet. Pretty please Santa?? I

      1. I have the #1 Mookie Betts Master set (71%) and the #5 Mike trout Master set and I would love a Breakers Mat—better for Instagram postings too! I think PSA should also consider making an acrylic holder for horizontal cards!
        Thank you

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