Vintage MMA Memorabilia


MMA has become a phenomenon in recent years but the sport's history includes plenty of vintage MMA memorabilia.  Today, record numbers of people tune into UFC pay-per-views, attend live MMA fights and follow the combat sport that has become one of the fastest rising sports in the world. The UFC has become so popular in recent years that you can now purchase UFC action figures in your local Walmart. There is an ever-increasing market for MMA collectibles and a fast growing community of collectors are driving that market.

Those that have been MMA collectors for years will tell you that it hasn't always been this way. Not too long ago MMA collectibles were in short supply. Those of us who were truly intent on building an admirable MMA collection had to work long and hard to obtain our coveted MMA related merchandise.

The Early Days

Having been an MMA fan for years I can remember one of my first acquisitions in MMA collectibles. A friend of mine went to a convention in Chicago. It just so happened that he was staying in the same hotel with former UFC favorite and Kenpo practitioner Keith Hackney. Keith had just fought Emmanuel Yarborough, the 600 plus pound Sumo Wrestler, about 6 months earlier at UFC 3. My buddy was a Kenpo practitioner as well and struck up a conversation with Keith. It turned out that Keith had some promo 8x10 photos from the fight. The photo captured the moment that Hackney had knocked the big man down. Keith gave the photo a personalized autograph to me at my friend's request and my MMA collection was started.

It was actually a few years before I was able to grow my collection. Like many other MMA fans and collectors, my search for MMA collectibles was relegated to a few finds here and there, but there was no steady, easy to find cache of items for MMA fans to collect. Things picked up, slowly, over the years.

MMA faced opposition from politicians and much of the mainstream media over the next several years. During this time there were MMA collectibles to be obtained by tenacious collectors. Fight worn gloves and other apparel, along with event posters and DVDs, were the most readily found items. To strike gold and find a pair of autographed gloves by one of the popular fighters from days past has always been, and continues to be, an exciting find in the world of MMA collecting.

The Introduction of TUF

The dry spell wouldn't last forever though. The floodgates were poised to burst wide open. And burst they did in 2005. Spike debuted The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV in 2005. As part of an ongoing media blitz, the UFC put forth major efforts to bring MMA to the mainstream. Their strategies worked; more and more fans began to discover what an entertaining and exciting sport MMA is. Pay-per-view events garnered ever-increasing numbers, live events became instant sellouts and UFC fighters began to develop an increasing level of celebrity in the United States.

As a result of this increase in visibility, MMA collectible merchandise became more plentiful and easier to obtain for hard-core collectors. More exposure means more opportunity for fighters to show off their skills and personality. More of these fighters means more goods produced for the fans. Just like the NFL and Major League Baseball before them the spectrum for MMA merchandise began to boom.

New Stuff for MMA Collectors

A good indicator of any niche market is to see what the volume of items listed by eBay sellers is like. These days a search will turn up a multitude of MMA Auctions. There is a virtual smorgasbord of stuff for the MMA collector to choose from. From old fight posters and DVDs to autographed gloves, and even championship belts there is a new market that is growing larger each day.

The UFC and other MMA organizations are growing more popular by the minute. There seems to be no slowing down in the foreseeable future. As the sport grows, the amount and quality of the collectibles, including vintage MMA memorabilia available are sure to follow suit.

MMA WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING GAETHJE VS FIRMINO 12/31/2016 CHAMPION TICKET STUB
MMA WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING GAETHJE VS FIRMINO 12/31/2016 CHAMPION TICKET STUB
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K1 Grand Prix Signed Poster Mirko Cro Cop - UFC Mma Pride
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8 x MMA Magazines Martial Arts Training Bruce Lee Jun Fan Choy Li Fut
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7 x MMA Magazines Quigong Kung Fu Karate TaeKwonDo Goju-Ryu Pankration Training
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 MMA Program 1994 ValeTudo Japan Rickson Gracie  UFC MMAPRIDE
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 MMA Program 1995 ValeTudo Japan Rickson Gracie  UFC MMAPRIDE
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Japan PRIDE 34 Program 2007   UFC MMA
Japan PRIDE 34 Program 2007 UFC MMA
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BOB SAPP MMA FIGHTER 8X10 SPORTS PHOTO (S)
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Sports Illustrated 1978 KEN NORTON LARRY HOLMES Boxing MMA UFC No Label
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