Finally get those Family Photos in a Frame!

Do you have some old photos of you and your family members hiding in a shoebox under your bed? Or maybe your folks have them stashed away in some moving boxes or albums in the attic. Wherever they may be kept, memories of your family are precious, so why not pull them out and showcase them in your home?

Better yet, why not let our framing experts at Broadway Galleries help you showcase your family photos on a wall with a vignette, or place them in your home where they can be seen, remembered and treasured, never forgotten.

Check out this great family photo set:

Four panels completed by Broadway Galleries

In everybody’s home there should be a place to honor your family. Whether you have photos from the past or present, it is a nice idea to dust off your photo albums and bring your photos into our gallery. We are more than happy to discuss the options available, such as restoring antique photos, creating customized frames, or designing a painting of family portraits. We also have experience in enlarging memorable photos – who doesn’t want to see Grandma’s face as big as it was in real life? 

Photo of Grandma before restoration

After Broadway Galleries restored Grandma's photo!

We’ll even come into your home to help figure out if they would look best hung in a family room, the kids’ play room, or above a frequently used staircase.

Family Memorial Wall done by Broadway Galleries

Finding the appropriate location in your home to showcase your photos is important, and is often-overlooked.  Our team has vast knowledge of all different types of framing that can help accentuate all different styles of photography, whether informal or elaborate. The best way to remember fond memories of family and friends is to keep them around you, and we are here to help you do it the right way!

Check out some of the neat family photos we have done below.

Framed restored photo! How sweet.

Baby photo and favorite baby sweater make a great gift!

Looking at 3rd generation and further!

Looking at 3rd generation and further!

This grouing of photos looks great that Broadway Galleries completed for a customer!

This grouing of photos looks great that Broadway Galleries completed for a customer!

Have a great afternoon!

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Increase Your Office Productivity with Art!

First impressions mean a lot, don’t they?  When you walk into an office as an employee or client I know you judge the company based upon what it looks like… don’t you?

Check out this installation Broadway Galleries did for AOL!

Check out this installation Broadway Galleries did for AOL!

Another piece for AOL by Broadway Galleries

Another piece for AOL by Broadway Galleries

Picture this with me: you walk into work one morning and the lights are dim, the walls are that stark hospital white and there is only a metal stool to sit on.  Not too inviting is it?  Now imagine you walk into the office and the walls are a light shade of yellow, there is attractive and inviting art on the walls and the sun is shining in the windows.  Ok – so things can’t always be this perfect but you can easily make a difference in your office environment with a few small changes.

Broadway Galleries completing an Installation at the Embassy Suites in Tysons Corner, VA

We were recently commissioned, by referral, to provide an art consulting service for a corporate office in Reston, VA.  We were hired to give advice on art to be displayed in several rooms including conference rooms, executive offices, reception areas, lunch rooms, and more.  We worked with the company for a while to understand the exact feeling they wanted in each room, their budget and also the color scheme.  It is very important to us that we create exactly what you’re looking for.  At the end of the day we can find any artwork to fit a need – we want it to fit you need. 

Mirror grids designed, fabricated, and installed by Broadway Galleries

Once the artwork was purchased and hung in this office it changed the whole atmosphere of the office to be refreshing and uplifting.  The employees were curious to see the new artwork and I believe they were happy to know the company cared enough to properly represent them and create a welcoming work environment.

Look at this eye-opener Broadway Galleries did for a local law firm.

Look at this eye-opener Broadway Galleries did for a local law firm.

What about a relaxing beach theme in your office?  Imagine an office filled with images of people walking on the boardwalk, eating ice cream, and enjoying themselves.  Personally, when I see this type of art it reminds me of my days growing up close to the New Jersey shore, and the family vacations we would go on.  What is wrong with that?  Nothing!  You are allowed to enjoy yourself and your environment at work – it doesn’t have to be so bland.

What was the last faster food restaurant you went in to? Chipotle, McDonald’s?  Have you noticed the art on their walls?  They have pictures of McDonald’s in black and white when it first opened. 

A California Mcdonalds in the 1940s

They have creative wood and metal sculptures adorning their walls.

Check out the neat art in a Denver Chipotle!

These pieces of art were picked out by professional art consultants and create an environment that people want to be in.  Shouldn’t your office feel this way?  More importantly your company’s brand must be properly represented anywhere it touches a client. 

Call, email or come in to visit us today.  We would like to talk with you about different way to enhance your office environment and brand representation through art on any budget.

Have a productive day,

Broadway Galleries

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What are Evaluations and Appraisals?

You might think that art evaluations and art appraisals are one in the same. Alas, you are mistaken – there is a big difference. Let’s learn!

An art evaluation is subjective, while an art appraisal is objective. What this means is that, for an evaluation somebody conducts research to determine the significance, worth, or condition of a piece of art.

Broadway Galleries Appraisal Day - 2011

Broadway Galleries Appraisal Day – 2011

You can evaluate a variety of art such as ceramic, crystal, silver, paintings, jewelry, and even furniture. Currently, we have a velvet painting of a Playboy centerfold. Supposedly, there are only 50-100 pieces of the series created by an artist during the 1970s of several Playboy models at the time. We are currently undergoing an evaluation of this piece to see if it is worth appraising. Get it yet?  Let me tell you more…

When we complete an evaluation the most important things we look for are:

  • Where should this art be hung or positioned?
  • Does it need to be restored?
  • How is the framing quality?
  • How is the lighting on the art?
More Appraisals on Appraisal Day at Broadway Galleries

More Appraisals on Appraisal Day at Broadway Galleries

On the flip side appraising artwork is objective because there is a fixed and finite decision made on an item for legal purposes and insurance reasons. An experienced appraiser will supply the owner with a professional estimate of the value of the piece of property. In many cases, this estimate is necessary before the artwork, jewelry, or home can be insured.

We provide both evaluations and appraisals for individuals and companies alike. In the United States, the Appraisal Foundation’s Appraiser Qualifications Board has certain qualifications that must be met in order for someone to give their appraisal.  

Check out Broadway Galleries Guest Appraiser for the day!

Check out Broadway Galleries Guest Appraiser for the day!

At Broadway Galleries, Barry Broadway is well-trained to complete the evaluations and works with a preferred professional for you to get any thing appraised. Currently, Barry was asked to evaluate a local D.C. law firm’s corporate art collection. Barry suggested going in to evaluate the art first and then if the art is in good condition and is a popular-enough piece then the collection should be appraised. The reason for this is that the cost of appraising a collection worth $10,000 or more can be quite an investment.

You should get your collection evaluated and/or appraised because it is important to know their value.  You might have a hidden treasure!  If you have several pieces of art or property that is given to you or belongs to a family member and it is appraised with a high monetary value, then it should be insured. This is important to do before handing down a piece of high-end art, because you can be taxed on the art.  We recommend appraisals because they are a legal document and would stand up in court for purchases, sales, and refinancing. They can also be included in property evaluation reports for estate, divorce, foreclosure, insurance, tax appeal, and more.

Deciphering how much this art work is worth!

Deciphering how much this art work is worth!

 

Broadway Galleries Guest Appraiser Gives Customers Feedback
Broadway Galleries Guest Appraiser Gives Customers Feedback

 If you have anything you think may have value, or you are unsure about a family heirloom please contact us. We would be happy to help you determine its value and discuss the options available.

Happy Searching,

Broadway Galleries

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Is 50% Off Really 50% Off?

An interesting topic recently came up with a friend of mine. She had just come back from a trip to Europe with several beautiful pieces of artwork. We were at her house discussing where to hang them and both realized she should get her artwork framed. Not only would a frame protect her art, but would also showcase the beauty of the pictures.

The next step was to figure out where to get them framed. I, of course, recommended Broadway Galleries. But she told me flat-out that she thought a gallery would be too expensive, and instead was thinking about trying a larger chain such as Michael’s. Best yet, she had just received a 50% off coupon from them. She figured it had to be a steal of a deal.

Let’s chat about this for a minute, because this is a common perspective.

Remember to read the fine print of coupons!

Remember to read the fine print of coupons!

There are some chain framing stores that usually offer very large discounts or coupons … but how is the quality of the frame or the sales person recommending the frame and matting? How fast is their turnaround process? Will they have a variety of options or help you choose what is best for your budget and style preference? There are so many things to take into account!  Once you have something framed you typically intend to keep it that way for years.

To help my friend out, I did a bit of research on a few of these big companies with great discounts. I found their prices to be quite comparable to Broadway Galleries.  At Broadway Galleries we want to provide quality products, great customer service, and build customer loyalty. And at Broadway Galleries you can guarantee that your sales person and framer are experienced.

Look at all the options at Broadway Galleries

Chain stores are great for buying arts and crafts and odds and ends, and they did entice my friend with the 50% off coupon they advertised. But what does 50% off mean? 50% off the frame? 50% off the labor? Or 50% off the total cost?

Hmm is this really 50% off?

Hmm is this really 50% off?

Some coupons have specific limits to your purchase listed in fine print.  It also is apparent that some chain framing stores raise their prices when a promotional coupon goes out, which means the end result is that many people pay the same amount they would during a non-coupon sales period. Smart marketing!

Something else that breeds uncertainty is the question of where the frame is actually made. It could be anywhere.  At Broadway Galleries, all of our frames are made in our shop in the United States.

Overall framing can be a large investment but it also can be very affordable.  It simply depends on what type of materials you want.  Hopefully you will frame it once and have that frame last for generations.  At Broadway Galleries, just tell us what your budget is and we will make sure to find you the perfect beautiful frame.  This is what we do for a living, and we’re good at it.

Assembling the frame...

Assembling the frame…

The finished masterpiece!

The finished masterpiece!

Just remember – 50% off isn’t always 50% off!
Call or email us to get a free quote today: 703-354-2905. You will be surprised how we stack up against the competition!

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Olympic Fever – Framing Style!

Did you go to the Olympics and find something wonderful?

 If not, did you get to watch any of the events and root on your country? If you did and you have an item or memory that is special to you, why not frame it?

 Did you buy a flag in London? Did you snap any special photographs or come across any great pictures of the Olympic ceremonies? How about a special shirt or some commemorative Olympic memorabilia?

The 2012 Olympic Experience in London!

The 2012 Olympic Experience in London!

Whatever your treasure may be let us help you keep it attractive forever.

London 2012 Olympic Union Badge

London 2012 Olympic Union Badge

Remember your visit with a t-shirt or bring one home for a friend!

Remember your visit with a t-shirt or bring one home for a friend!

 The Olympics is a great example of a special memory, and framing those pictures, jerseys, hats, balls and other tokens is a great way to honor those memories.

 Perhaps you made some new memories this summer on a tropical vacation, family reunion or a best friend’s wedding. Maybe you found some beautiful seashells or held onto some tickets stubs to a baseball game.

Framed Gretzky Jersey by Broadway Galleries

Framed Gretzky Jersey by Broadway Galleries

Take a look at the prep work involved in framing a sports jacket!

Take a look at the prep work involved in framing a sports jacket!

No matter what kind of memory you may want to save, Broadway Galleries wants to help you preserve them. Within our framing store we offer quality supplies and help you design the perfect way to preserve those special times in your life. We enjoy being able to help our customers design vignettes for their photos and can even help you pick just the right place in your home that will allow you to hold on to these fun memories in a unique and personal way.

Bowling Shirt Shadow Box by Broadway Galleries

Framed Gretzky Jersey by Broadway Galleries

Johnson Jersey framed compliments of Broadway Galleries

Johnson Jersey framed compliments of Broadway Galleries

When you have a great memory, you don’t want to keep those photos or special keepsakes packed away in a box… you should showcase them!  Great jerseys, balls, hats and photos are meant to make you relive a memory or make you have a strong feeling. That feeling could be warm, cold, give you goose bumps, or reminisce about a special moment in time.

Let us help you frame your sports memorabilia and treasures to make them last forever!

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Giclée – What is it?

Giclée, doesn’t that sound nice?

Pronounced zhee-KLAY, it is a neologism used in 1991 and made popular by printmaker Jack Duganne while he was working at Nash Editions and wanted a name for the new type of fine art digital prints made on ink jet printers. The IRIS printer is a large-format, high-resolution industrial press proofing inject printer which had been adapted for fine-art printing.  Duganne was specifically looking for a word that would not have the negative connotations of “ink jet” or “computer generated”. It is based on the French word gicleur, which means “nozzle”. Fancy!

These printers are large and get the job done!

Printing giclee in the workshop!

Printing giclee in the workshop!

Look at this Ferrari - Giclee gives it a nice finish!

Look at this Ferrari – Giclee gives it a nice finish!

Beside its original association with IRIS prints, in recent years, the word giclée has come to be associated with prints that use fade-resistant, archival inks (pigment-based, as well as newer solvent-based inks), and archival substrates primarily produced on Epson, HP and other large-format printers.

These printers use the CMYK color process but may have multiple cartridges for variations of each color which increases the apparent resolution and color gamut  and allows smoother gradient transitions. A wide variety of materials are available, including various textures and finishes such as matte photo paper, watercolor paper, cotton canvas, or artist textured vinyl.

The Movie post for "It's A Wonderful Life" from 1946 in giclcee

The Movie post for “It’s A Wonderful Life” from 1946 in giclee

Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated.

Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and films inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various mediums, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client.

Check out "The King" Elvis Presley on giclee  paper!

Check out “The King” Elvis Presley on giclee paper!

The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.

GicleeArt in a Gallery

Giclee Art in a Gallery

Numerous examples of giclee prints can be found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Chelsea Galleries. Recent auctions of giclee prints have fetched $10,800 for Annie Leibovitz, $9,600 for Chuck Close, and $22,800 for Wolfgang Tillman’s (April 23/24 2004, Photographs, New York, Phillips de Pury & Company.) It is never to late to start creating giclees or get in on the action and make a purchase!

Check out some of these artists’ famous works!

Chuck Close's "Lucas".

Chuck Close’s “Lucas”.

One more!

"Oranges and Grapes"  By Wolfgnag Tillman

“Oranges and Grapes” By Wolfgang Tillman

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Why you should care about Conservation Glass

What is Conservation Glass?

We’ve all heard about the dangers of ultraviolet light rays – particularly to our skin, but exposure to UV light causes organic material to break down in artwork. This is visible in the form of fading colors and embrittlement and yellowing of the materials that bear the artwork. These effects, once started, are growing and irreversible.

 The best way to preserve your art is to protect it from exposure to UV light from the outset. For starters, don’t hang your art in direct sunlight or light it with fluorescent light. You can also ask your framer to use Conservation Quality Glass.

Your "go-to" framer may have taken a class on conservation glass!

Your “go-to” framer may have taken a class on conservation glass!

Conservation Series® Glass effectively blocks 97% of the dangerous UV light – protecting your artwork without affecting the visible light spectrum so your colors show true as nicely in a year as they do the first day you frame them. 

Your "go-to" framer may have taken a class on conservation glass!

Your “go-to” framer may have taken a class on conservation glass!

UV filtering glass, or if you prefer UV filtering acrylic, can be used on most things that are framed. Only conservation grade mat board comes in contact with the limited and open edition artwork. Another preservation method is to have artwork properly mounted on acid-free backing and allow for many years of enjoyment. Poster and photograph mounting may vary but it is recommended to use UV glass.

If you go to your local framing shop they would be happy to assist you with your questions and concerns and easily assist you with custom framing ideas on your beautiful new artwork!

Conservation Glass before any art has been added

Conservation Glass before any art has been added

What Is Conservation Framing?

Put simply, Conservation Framing employs the use of materials that have been proven to protect and maintain art in as close to its original condition as possible. Specifying Conservation Framing is an important form of insurance for your valuable artwork, keeping it as lovely as it is today for your pleasure for years to come.

As consumers, we bring our valuables in to be framed for a number of different reasons. Sometimes we frame an item to create an attractive decoration for our home. On the other hand, sometimes we frame the very things we value most – whether that be commercial or sentimental value – in order to protect them from damage.

Family photos should be preserved and protected

Family photos should be preserved and protected

Conservation Quality framing can be provided by several well-known brands such as Conservation Quality Artboard, such as Tru Vue® UltiMat® and UltiBlack®.

Framers in action to protect and preserve!

Framers in action to protect and preserve!

Conservation Quality Art board is free of all acids, lignins and other impurities found in ordinary “pulp” board. The result is an inert or pH neutral board which will cause no damage to the artwork it encases as time goes by. Also, asking to adhere to proper conservation techniques for mounting the artwork (sometimes called “hinging”) and sealing your artwork is important. The cost premium for Conservation Framing is marginal – and certainly well worth it.

All museums use Conservation Glass and Framing

All museums use Conservation Glass and Framing

What are you really buying when you use the services of a custom framer?

Talent — yes, and the knowledge and ability to select the proper framing materials for your particular project. This means helping you choose the right colors, the right frame style, and most importantly, the right materials to protect your art, photo or memorabilia. There’s the matboard, the frame, the backing board and the mounting materials to consider. And of course, the glass. And glass is glass, right? Wrong. All glass is not created equal. So, in order to preserve, protect and get the most out of your artwork, you have some choices to make. And with a little knowledge, those choices will be very easy.

 

George Washington seems happy this art piece was protected!

George Washington seems happy this art piece was protected!

 The most important thing to remember when framing your artwork is to consult with your custom framer. The more he or she knows about your project the better they are able to use materials that will ensure your enjoyment for years to come.

Special hanging features help maintain the artwork as well.

Special hanging features help maintain the artwork as well.

Have any of you used Conservation Glass yet?

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Who is your team? Learn about framing for Sports Aficionados!

Who is your team? Learn about framing for Sports Aficionados!  

Who is your team? Most folks have at least one team or one type of sport that they thoroughly enjoy, whether that means playing it or sitting back in the bleachers and watching the game. My personal favorites are: watching football (live or on TV), watching baseball live and oh one more, I also enjoy watching ice hockey live.

Look at the personal sports bar below decorated by Broadway Galleries.

These framed jerseys look professional and classic!

These framed jerseys look professional and classic!

More sports memorabilia!

More sports memorabilia!

This place is starting to look like a fun place!

This place is starting to look like a fun place!

A wall of Sports Ilustrated looks fun.

A wall of Sports Illustrated looks fun.

After following a team for several years you are bound to collect some sports memorabilia! Storing and displaying your collectible photographs and jerseys is as important to their preservation as it is to the attractiveness of their display.  Collectible photographs that are not properly protected can yellow or discolor, collect dust, scratch and even mold. 

Magazines framed can reference a certain point in time.

Magazines framed can reference a certain point in time.

Damage to your collectibles can hugely affect its value, and severe damage could cause your item to become worthless.  You’ve invested money and time in building your collection, so don’t you think it’s worthwhile to ensure that it’s properly protected?   

So many stores advertise products for matting and framing your photos and art pieces.  Sure, this works for family photos and non-collectible artwork, but you don’t want to attempt to try to frame your valuable collectibles.  Improper framing can be worse than no framing at all.  Because photographs are made from paper, improper mounting and framing can result in stains, spotting, folding or bending. 

How about preserving peices from the NYC Marathon?

How about preserving pieces from the NYC Marathon?

Autographed photos need to be carefully and gently handled because it can be so easily damaged.  A simple rip or fingerprint can quickly decrease the value of an otherwise quality piece.  Special mounting and framing materials need to be used in order to preserve both the autograph and the image. 

Amateur or inexperienced framers might use elements such as glue, spray adhesive or tape to affix or mount the picture.  These items if used can eventually stain the paper and will make it impossible to re-matt or make changes to your framing in the future.   

Giants Super Bowel Signed Ticket!

Giants Super Bowel Signed Ticket!

As with poor mounting and matting paper issues, choosing the right frame for your collectible is also of ultimate importance.  Frames that require you to “slide the photo” in place cannot be used with autographed photos as there is a chance that the photo might be scratched, ripped or damaged while sliding it into place.

 Quality archival frames give the framer full access to both the glass and backing making it much easier and safer to place the photo.  In choosing an archival appropriate frame, one will need to choose an acrylic or glass that protects against ultra-violet rays while allowing for full viewing. 

Shot of the VT Stadium

Shot of the VT Stadium

Many of the same issues that apply to framing a photograph also apply when it comes to framing jerseys.  However, there are some unique problems and concerns to be considered in jersey framing. 

Let's go Giants, Let's go!

Let’s go Giants, Let’s go!

All things considered, it is imperative that you hire the right framer for all of your collectibles. This should be a professional who has experience working with collectibles and preservation (archival) framing.  Further, the framer should be knowledgeable of, and have worked with autographs as well as photography (or collectible jerseys where applicable). 

Capitals gear for the DC fans!

Capitals gear for the DC fans!

If you are someone who not only loves to watch sports and follow a team but have a history of playing from grade school through high school or even played college-level sports that would be a great piece to capture. If your children play any sports and share the passion you do it would be a fun idea to frame their soccer jersey or create a shadow box of ballet slippers.

Or framing the cheerleading memories?

Save the Poms Poms and preserve memories!

Save the Poms Poms and preserve memories!

Reggie Jackson Autographed Bat

Reggie Jackson Autographed Bat

Personally I was never a talented athlete in my youth, but I would think it would make for a great memory if in my family room my parents had a framed photo of when my softball team won our last game along with the gold medal I received!

Little League Winners

Little League Winners

Professional athletes may frame their role model’s famous gear or maybe your talents have been shared with your kids and you want to preserve that memory?

How about this talent karate champ?!

How about this talent karate champ?!

I think I need to build my own personal sports bar just to get the chance to hang up some Giants and Yankees gear!

1961 Yankees Infield Signed

1961 Yankees Infield Signed

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Sports memorabilia framed for the fan in your life!

Sports memorabilia usually refers to anything that can be directly connected to a sports event or personality. Most items are generally gathered by the fans of Sports memorabilia and can either have a sentimental or monetary value to the collector.

Many items used by famous sports stars or at a famous event have been sold for lots of money at auctions such as Sotheby’s and others. The ball that Mark McGwire hit for home run number 62 in 1998, for example, was sold for over 1 million dollars. Mark’s winning moment can be seen below.

Mark McGwire after completing 62 home runs!

Mark McGwire after completing 62 home runs!

Mark McQwire hitting the 62nd homer!

Mark McGwire hitting the 62nd homer!

Adding an autograph to an item used in a particular game or by a particular star can increase or decrease the value of the item, depending on the situation. If the autograph has been personalized (i.e. “To Mark”) the autograph devalues the item on the public market. Also, collectors put little value on autographed memorabilia that is sold without a certificate of authenticity.

Mark McGwire's autographed baseball is worth a good amount of $$$!

Mark McGwire’s autographed baseball is worth a good amount of $$$!

Adding a frame to a gift or something you purchased would be a nice way to showcase the sportsman or the sports team.

For the collectors who only see their memorabilia as having a sentimental value, they might look at it as a childhood memory, or as an important moment of life shared with his or her favorite star or team. Or if your roommate such as mine is a die-hard fan this would be a great birthday surprise!

Redskins Memorabilia

Redskins Memorabilia

Creating an entire shadow box would be a nice way to commemorate a special event in sports history, gathering not only an autograph or a picture but also including a variety of newspapers clippings.

How about this sports collage?!

How about this sports collage?!

The history of collecting sports memorabilia goes back to the first decades of the 20th century, when many people would collect baseballs from baseball games and many asked Babe Ruth for autographs. As years passed and many other sports stars joined their sports, memorabilia collectors also began to broaden their horizons.

Babe Ruth Autographed Baseball

Babe Ruth Autographed Baseball

When the NBA, MLB, NHL and NFL began selling their jerseys in stores during the 1980s, game used jerseys also became a hot item among sports memorabilia collectors.

A cool fact I learned by doing some research is that Michael Jordan is  the basketball player whose memorabilia is most sought after by collectors.

Another interesting fact is that the highest price fetched for a football (soccer) match worn shirt is $224,000. The shirt belonged to the legendary Pelé, who wore it during the 1970 World Cup final in which Brazil went onto win. Check out the Pele jersey below.

Go Brazil!

Go Brazil!

Any particular teams you follow? Any special players you collect cards or memorabilia for?

Personally I love the NY Sports teams.. but that is a whole other story!

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Gift Ideas: Give Framing a Try!

Give the gift of a Memory!

It is truly incredible all the different types of things you can frame these days and the variety of all the ideas you can think up!

If there was a new addition to your family, a great gift idea would be a framed poem welcoming the new family member into this world. Or, if there is a momentous occasion and you want to have a keepsake of the event, creating a shadow box with the outfit your loved one wore would be a great idea. For instance, I know my Mom kept my christening dress, and I think it would have been a sweet idea if it was framed and hung in my room. Take a look at a few ideas below:

Save the memory of your christening or baby's first christmas!

Save the memory of your christening or baby’s first christmas!

Baby feet - how cute!

Baby feet – how cute!

Other unique gift ideas could be poems, love letters, or cards to a significant other. Was there a point in time where you had been separated from your lover and you two exchanged snail mail? Maybe a particularly sweet letter would be a great idea to commemorate by framing and hanging somewhere that you can see it everyday.

A framed romantic note

A framed romantic note

Even a special photo collage could be made more personal by the choice of frame, the matting, and  the colors. And if you decided to do any engraving or notation on the frame, that works great too! Was there a girl’s weekend away at the spa? Boys trip out camping in the mountains? Or maybe even a family reunion BBQ? Gathering a bunch of candid photo shots or posed group photos in a collage setting would be a great piece to give at the holidays or share at a family beach house.

Family collage!!

Family collage!!

You can frame pretty much anything! If there is a special keepsake you are holding onto, and it is definitely something you want for years to come, and is important to protect, framing is the way to go.

How about these neat framed items below!?

Framed memorabilla for a big fan!

Framed memorabilia for a big fan!

I recently moved into a new apartment and have a few bare walls I am looking to cover. I am quite confident that I can come up with some unique and interesting-looking wall decorations.

Framed comics - A cool idea!

Framed comics – A cool idea!

Have you framed anything special to you? If so, what?

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