MMA Collectibles: What’s Available for Today’s Collectors?


There is a lot to be happy about if you are an MMA collector these days. The sports world is constantly abuzz with news on Mixed Martial Arts. The UFC is more popular now than ever before. The Ultimate Fighter reality show has reached mainstream audiences and more people than ever are familiar with MMA. As a result of this upswing in popularity there is now a wide variety of highly sought after collectible merchandise for MMA collectors.

The prices for coveted MMA collectibles range from just a few bucks to pretty darn expensive. If you are new to the world of MMA collecting you may be wondering what is available to you as a collector. The ever-growing variety of collectible items related to MMA include everything from Topps UFC cards to championship belts from past champions, and everything in between.

While it is difficult for many MMA collector to drop thousands of dollars on a championship belt or a large sum on some autographed gear, there are options out there for the buyer who is looking for a deal without breaking the bank.

MMA Auctions

A quick look at the eBay auctions we've brought to you here on MMA Collecting will show you a baseline of what is popular in MMA collectibles. MMA auctions abound on the online auction mega-store. There has been a huge flood of MMA action figures over the past few months. Particularly popular right now are the Round 5 Ultimate Collector series of action figures. These figures feature slightly exaggerated, but very cool, versions of lots of UFC greats. Action figures are a long time staple of many collectible niches. Round 5 has been instrumental in introducing a line of UFC fighter figures that will collectors are sure to enjoy. These figures can be found in retail stores and on the Internet. The average auction price for these figures seems to be from $9.99 to $20.00. Some of the harder to find figures are fetching slightly higher prices though.

Some of the coolest new items to come down the pike of MMA collectibles recently have been the Topps trading cards. These are very similar to the Baseball and Football cards that we all grew up with. These collectible cards feature MMA superstars' photographs on the front with stats and facts on the back.  Perhaps in years to come some of these early MMA cards will skyrocket in price similar to the first Baseball Cards. Topps is famous for producing high-quality collector cards. The Topps UFC cards are now a part of a proud heritage of collectible history.

Autographs

As always personalized items signed by MMA fighters are of particular interest in the world of MMA collectibles. To obtain a pair of gloves used in a championship fight, signed by the champ are especially sought after by serious collectors. While the chance to get these types of collectibles are fewer and further between than getting an MMA action figure or the Topps UFC cards, there are still ways for collectors to get autographed items for their MMA collections.

I have attended many local, amateur MMA events. While it is always cool to see up and coming fighters, these types of events can also be a great thing for many MMA collectors to add to their collections. Many times the promoters of local MMA bouts will bring in a well-known UFC fighter to sign autographs and meet the fans. This tactic helps the promoter to fill seats and gives collectors a chance to meet some of their favorite fighters and to get items autographed.

One word to the wise concerning the acquisition of autographed MMA collectibles; be prepared to have the merchandise personalized to you. I once heard Matt Hughes and Rich Franklin discussing how they had signed a pair of fight gloves for a contest winner. The person who won the gloves was telling Rich and Matt how much he admired them and how thrilled he was to get the autographed gloves. The next day Rich said he got on eBay and there were the gloves selling for hundreds of dollars. Rich said that he didn't mind the guy trying to make a buck, but didn't like how the guy had gone on and on about being such a big fan and appreciating the gloves. Rich said that from that point forward, when signing autographed memorabilia, he always asked the person what their name was and made the autograph out to them. He said that made it harder for them to turn around and sell it on eBay. Matt Hughes echoed Rich's comments and told me that he always did the same thing. I have heard from many other fighters that follow this practice as well. So be prepared when procuring autographed items from fighters at local events to have the autograph personalized. This shouldn't bother most serious collectors though.

The Future Looks Promising for MMA Collectible

If the current state of MMA collecting is any indicator of the future, then some serious growth is on the horizon. Today we have a a lot more options than in years past. From MMA Action Figures, to Topps UFC Fighter Cards to the ever sought after autographed MMA Gear, there is a lot of great stuff out there for seasoned veterans of MMA collecting and new collectors alike.

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