MMA Collectibles in 2011 – Strong Collector Ideas

January 6, 2011 by  
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As the Mixed Martial Arts world prepares to shift into high gear in 2011, MMA  should provide a great opportunity for collectors. A major shift toward fight gear and genuine MMA items is at the top of the trends heading into the new year, as collectors look to event posters, programs, gloves and mats to headline their collections.

Top fight gear and gloves for 2011

While the past year saw a number of prominent changes in fighter rankings, the top MMA fighters remain at the top of their games. As a result, collectors are looking to genuine gloves from fighters including Forrest Griffin and Matt Hughes. The top collectables including actual gloves from championship fighters which can rapidly rise in value as a fighter approaches the top of the rankings.
One major trend in MMA gear comes from global fighters, with the rise of Latin American fighters such as heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. The rising international MMA market provides a great opportunity for collectors to reach potential buyers and sellers on a global scale.

Event posters and mat collectables

MMA collector cards are increasingly focusing on actual event memorabilia, and many savvy collectors are looking toward complete in-event items such as signed programs, mat pieces and weight-in trunks.  Always make sure you’re careful to invest in authentic items which have certification from the UFC. Official event mat pieces have a solid place in collector’s minds, and can provide an affordable way to get your collection into the ring.

Top card collectors can also find great vintage and classic modern signed posters and programs from events ranging from UFC championship events to Pride and international competitions. History is playing an increasingly important role in shaping modern MMA, and dedicated collectors are looking to early WEC and IFL fight memorabilia from rising UFC fighters.

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