Is your heirloom trash or treasure?
Jim Ryan keeps his football signed by the 1967 Green Bay Packers on a shelf at home. He admits sometimes his kids have gotten a hold of it and played with it. The names are faded, but the football is the real deal.

He brought the ball in to appraiser and author Mark Moran to assess the value at a program at the Maple Grove Library.

"I was kind of prepared for anything," says Ryan.

Moran says the ball is worth $1,500 and advised Ryan to keep it dry and out of the light.

The football is one of many pieces of memorabilia and heirlooms Moran evaluates in his appraisal programs, which remind you of the television program 'Antiques Roadshow.'

"When I walk into the room, there’s a mystery there. I’m trying to help people find the answers," says Moran.

Do you have an item at home that you picked up at a rummage sale or inherited from a family member? Before you trash it, consider the following points see if the item has value.

Do your research 

"Don’t throw anything away before you do a bit of research," says Moran. Use the internet or tap into a network of collectors who might be able to give you more information on your item.

Condition counts

"It’s hard to say exactly what an item is worth until you are in its presence and able to view the item up close," says Moran.

If you suspect your item has value, keep it safe, dry, and in the dark.

Scarcity matters

If there is several of an item, they will be worth less.

Collect and keep what you love

Often the best value of a treasure is in the heart of its owner.

"Most categories of antiques and collectibles have declined in value in the last 20-30 years, which is why it’s even more important to acquire what you enjoy and what enhances your life," says Moran.

To see Moran's current schedule of appraisal shows, visit his website.

Shannon Slatton, reporting
on Twitter: @sslatton


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