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August 2023: Sports Fans Collect!

Sports Fans Collect

You can always spot a sports fan in the crowd, whether at the stadium or on the street. They’ll be the ones sporting head-to-toe branded attire that publicly broadcasts their affinity for a sport, team, or player.

According to Research and Markets, the Licensed Sports Merchandise market in the U.S., from apparel to footwear and everything in between, was estimated at $5.5 billion in 2022. That’s a lot of T-shirts, Styrofoam fingers, athletic gear, bobbleheads, banners, baseball caps, and sneakers!

Not surprisingly, sports fans are also collectors of sports memorabilia in what has grown into a multi-billion-dollar market of its own. According to Market Decipher’s recently published report, “Size, Statistics, Growth Trend Analysis and Forecast Report, 2022-2032”, over 60 million collectors are involved in the purchase/trading of sports memorabilia in what was estimated as a $26 billion market in 2021 and is projected to experience a compound annual growth rate of 21.8% for a $227.2 billion market by 2023!

Learn more about the sports collectibles market and who’s selling for how much in this month’s issue:

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