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

Broadway@broadwaygalleries.net

 

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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