Preserving Sports History: A Guide to Correctly Framing and Mounting Signed Jerseys

Preserving Sports History: A Guide to Correctly Framing and Mounting Signed Jerseys

Over decades of experience in the framing and mounting of signed jerseys, Dawsons Framing has gone to great lengths to hone our skills in the art of the conservation mounting and framing of these special items. Sports memorabilia, especially autographed jerseys, hold immense sentimental and monetary value for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Preserving these treasures requires more than just tossing them in a frame; it demands careful handling and attention to detail. In this guide, we’ll explore the correct methods for framing and mounting a valuable signed sports jersey, along with the potential pitfalls of improper preservation techniques.

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  1. Choose the Right Materials:

    • Frame: Opt for a high-quality frame made of acid-free materials to prevent yellowing and deterioration over time. UV-protective glass or acrylic is essential to shield the jersey from harmful sunlight, which can cause fading.
    • Matting: Acid-free matting provides a barrier between the jersey and the frame, preventing direct contact and potential damage.
    • Mounting Board: Use a sturdy mounting board to support the jersey evenly and prevent sagging or stretching.
  1. Prepare the Jersey:

    • Clean: Before framing, ensure the jersey is clean and free of any stains or debris. Use a gentle fabric cleaner if necessary, and allow it to dry completely.
    • Flatten: Lay the jersey flat to remove wrinkles and creases. Avoid using heat, as it can damage the fabric. Instead, place a heavy object on top and let it rest for a few hours.
  1. Positioning:

    • Decide whether you want to display the front or back of the jersey. Most collectors prefer the front, showcasing the player’s name and number.
    • Arrange the jersey symmetrically within the frame, ensuring it hangs naturally without any folds or bunching.
  1. Securing the Jersey:

    • Sewing: The preferred method for securing the jersey is stitching it onto the mounting board using conservation-grade thread. This ensures a secure attachment without causing any damage to the fabric.
    • Pins and Clips: Avoid using pins or clips directly on the jersey, as they can leave permanent holes or indentations.
  1. Framing:

    • Carefully place the mounted jersey into the frame, ensuring it fits snugly without any excess space.
    • Seal the back of the frame with acid-free tape to prevent dust and debris from entering.
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Preserving Sports History: A Guide to Correctly Framing and Mounting Signed Jerseys

The Consequences of Incorrect Framing:

  1. Fading: Exposure to sunlight and improper framing materials can cause the autograph and fabric colors to fade over time, significantly reducing the jersey’s value.
  2. Damage: Improper mounting techniques such as stapling or using adhesive can irreversibly damage the jersey, leaving behind unsightly marks and compromising its integrity.
  3. Mold and Mildew: Inadequate ventilation within the frame can lead to moisture buildup, creating a breeding ground for mold and mildew, which can ruin the fabric and degrade the autograph.
  4. Sagging: If not properly supported, the jersey may sag or stretch within the frame, distorting its shape and diminishing its visual appeal.

Conclusion: Preserving a valuable signed sports jersey requires more than just framing it; it demands meticulous attention to detail and the use of proper materials and techniques. By following the guidelines outlined in this article, collectors can ensure their prized memorabilia remains in pristine condition for years to come, maintaining both its sentimental and monetary value. Remember, the proper preservation of sports history is an art form in itself, worthy of the same care and respect as the athletes who wore the jerseys themselves.

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If you have a significant piece of sports memorabilia needing framing, pop in at our studio, Dawsons Framing in Ashmore on the Gold Coast. We have decades of experience in conservation framing of valuable signed sports jerseys such as Michael Jordan and Mohammed Ali. Your prized items are in excellent hands.

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