Is 2012 the right time to get back on the Tiger collectible bandwagon? Autograph prices have been down since his marital issues surfaced a couple of years ago and the same goes for his rookie cards (2001 Upper Deck) since he hasn't been winning. They made a slight move recently, but for many collectors, especially those within the game of golf, 2012 may be one of the best opportunities to buy Tiger Woods memorabilia, for two main reasons.
The most important reason is that Woods is back competing and is fully healthy once again.Woods struggled for much of 2011 due to a severe leg injury along with the recurring saga involving his past infidelities.Many analysts within the sport were even skeptical that he could come back competing in top form.It is because of this off-year that his prices have dipped somewhat, providing a great opportunity for collectors.
However, Tiger has shown since the end of 2011 that he is now fully healthy and has put everything in the past.Starting with the Australian Open near the end of last year, Woods has been continuously improving his golf game, and won the 2011 Chevron Challenge in late November.In his first event of 2012, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, Tiger nearly won the event, finishing in third place.The fact that he is back competing at a high level and is fully healthy should be a good sign for collectors who want to take advantage of the lower prices being offered before they go back up.
The 18 Major Mark
The number 18 holds a special significance within the realm of professional golf, as it is Jack Nicklaus’ major record.It is considered by many as the greatest accomplishment in golf, and anyone who can top it will most likely be considered as one of, if not the, greatest golfers of all time.Tiger currently has 14 majors, and needs only 5 more to break his record. What is great about the game of golf as opposed to other sports is that golfers can play competitively well into their 40’s and 50’s, and at 36 Woods still has well over a decade to try to beat Nicklaus’ record.If and when he does break the record, one should expect prices to jump, providing another reason why it is a good time for collectors to start buying Tiger Woods memorabilia once again. Click here check autograph prices on eBay now and here to see his best rookie cards up for bid.