Beware of Framing from Sports Sellers and Framers not Familiar with Museum Quality Framing

Badly faded signatures of sports figures from low grade acrylic


Many times people show me documents and photographs that have badly faded images and virtually invisible autographs.  What was once a valuable signed photograph or document becomes a nearly worthless piece of memorabilia.  This doesn’t have to happen.  After all, why would someone frame an important treasure to proudly display on his or her wall, only to see that the colors of the photo have faded and the important autograph is all but gone?

But, that’s what many of us do when we a) buy sports memorabilia from a source trusting they have used the proper techniques and materials, or b) Assume our local or big box store really knows what is entailed in framing sensitive objects.  There is really no point in paying good money to someone to frame your item if they aren’t completely familiar with protecting such important pieces of history.  Its like paying a car wash to wash your expensive car only to see that they haven’t scratched the paint and damaged the trim.

As a collector and dealer of historical artifacts and manuscripts, I realize as time goes by, many of these pieces will be lost to natural disasters and irresponsible people.  Improper framing should not be one of them.  Once it is framed, the artifact or signed item should provide many years of enjoyment without the worry of any deterioration occurring from the framing.

Notice how the signatures are nearly invisible from poor glazing.


Know your source for sports memorabilia and the quality of framing that was performed on the item(s).  Or, if you are getting your artifact(s) framed, make sure the framer is completely confident in the proper ways and materials to protect the item(s) for future enjoyment.  The framer should explain his or her methods and materials used on your personal items without hesitation and without groaning.  After all, you are paying good money to have something completed to your satisfaction.

If you do detect something your framed is showing any signs of worsening, try to remove the item from the frame. Better yet, if it was fairly recent, and you know where you bought the item or had it framed, take  it directly to the store and explain the problem to them.  They should address it immediately and should take it apart,with you present…unless they knowing did something wrong.

This may come off strong, but being a victim of poor framing many years ago (before I entered the industry), I am aware first hand of the short cuts people take to save time and money.  A good framer will never be defensive or come up with excuses.

They will proudly perform the task ensuring your complete happiness and satisfaction and knowing they helped to preserve that piece of history.



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