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Sports Memorabilia  Appraisal Services in Seattle

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McAllister/Fossum Appraisal Services has been a leading independent appraisal firm of sports memorabilia in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest for more than 10 years. We operate independently of any auction house or dealer and specialize in confidential and objective appraisal services and advice. The first step of any appraisal is to identify the intended use, and we provide a variety of appraisal types, including estate tax and estate distribution, non-cash charitable contribution (donation), insurance, insurance claim or damage/loss, equitable distribution, bankruptcy, and advice on the acquisition or sale of sports memorabilia.

Mickey Mantle & Roger Maris Autographed Game Used AL Baseball New York Yankees _Best Wishes_ Vintage Signature Circa 1960-1962

Determining Fair Market Value for Sports Memorabilia

The appraisal process begins with a discussion with our clients to determine the intended use and scope of the objects to be appraised. The valuation approach is then determined, and an onsite inspection is arranged to examine, measure, and photograph each item. Next, an estimated fee is given based on the hours of work anticipated to complete the assignment and the type of appraisal needed. The value of each object is researched based on comparable sales using selected online databases and gallery and auction listings, as well as academic resources, exhibitions, provenance, and catalogue raisonne research.

Independent Third-Party Appraisals

Unlike auctioneers or resale dealers, we are a disinterested third party and appraisal professionals that have no desire to purchase or profit from your items. Our service is focused on providing a third-party, independent valuation, and our fees are the same regardless of the value of your items. The market for sports memorabilia primarily runs through dealers who buy and sell memorabilia daily. In most cases buying and selling through dealers and auctioneers is recommended and is the best option, however appraisers as independent third parties can advise you on whether an offer or an asking price is fair. Appraisers can also conduct a variety of appraisal services that dealers are not qualified to do, including estate tax and estate distribution, non-cash charitable contribution (donation), insurance, insurance claim or damage/loss, equitable distribution and bankruptcy.

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, PSA 8.5

Accredited Reports

We write our sports memorabilia appraisal reports according to the rules and guidelines of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP) set by the Appraisal Foundation, which is based in Washington D.C. Erin Fossum is an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and follows the report writing guidelines and ethics that are imperative to writing quality appraisal reports. Our appraisal reports are accepted and respected by federal and state government agencies and courts of law. We have conducted hundreds of estate tax appraisals that have been submitted to the IRS and have never had a report questioned. We have completed hundreds of equitable distribution appraisals that have been used and accepted in legal venues. Sports memorabilia experts, attorneys and insurance companies consistently advise their clients to make sure when hiring an appraiser that they are a member in good standing of an organization such as the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), the Appraisers Association of America (AAA), or the American Society of Appraisers (ASA).

Erin G. Fossum, MA

Erin G. Fossum, MA

Accredited Appraiser

Erin specializes in appraising fine art, antiques & residential contents. She offers appraisals for a variety of purposes, including insurance, estates, donations and divorce.

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