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    What to Look for When Getting Your Jersey Framed

    What to Look for When Getting Your Jersey Framed

    So you want to frame that special jersey you may have gotten from a friend, family member, or significant other. Or maybe it’s a jersey signed by one of your favorite sports idols. You certainly want your framed jersey to look good and hold up well over time, but you may not know the best way to go about getting it done. Should you use a craft store that does picture framing, or maybe buy a do-it-yourself framing kit to save money?

    You may have seen tutorial videos online or read articles that told you it’s an easy DIY project. That may be true if it’s just a photo you want to frame, but framing a sports jersey is quite different. You should also be wary of using traditional art framers and art supply stores, as most do not have the experience needed to properly mount a sports jersey.

    So what should you look for when checking out companies who advertise that they do sports memorabilia framing? The things you should look at when evaluating who to use to frame your valued jersey are the frame itself, the materials used, how the jersey is laid out and folded, and how it is mounted. 

    THE FRAME

    There are two basic types of frames used for framing sports jerseys: a flat box frame or a shadow box frame. Either of the two will work fine, but the shadow box frame allows for more customization and is often used when other items, such as pictures, plaques, and three-dimensional items, are incorporated into the frame.

     

    THE MATERIALS

    Make sure all the materials used are of high quality, especially the wood, the moldings, and the mattings. The backings should be acid-free archival quality material. The glass can be regular glass or the more lightweight plexiglass, both with UV-protective coatings. And there should be a variety of material and colors for the mattings.

    LAYOUT AND FOLDING

    The jersey can be folded and laid out a few different ways as long as the player’s name and number are visible, as well as any sleeve patch logos that may be on it. The folds are normally ironed to make sure the jersey stays in place.

    MOUNTING

    Ideally, the jersey should be fitted around a foam core which will preserve its shape and prevent the material from coming in contact with any items (pins, staples or tape) used to secure the jersey to a mat board or foam backing board.

    When using Dynasty Sports and Custom Framing to frame your prized jersey, it will not only look awesome, it will last a lifetime. While we are fans of DIY projects, we are expert at creating custom displays that you will love for years to come. Even if you found the right size framing kit, our experts will take your jersey display to the next level. We have perfected our quality and process and do it all for unbeatable prices.

    Choose either a black or cherry wood frame, and we will recommend a matting material and color that best matches the jersey or the wall it will call home. We can also use a matting that is color coordinated to make all the colors pop even more. This whole process is entirely customizable, and our experts will walk you through every step and make sure the final product is exactly what you were expecting. The Dynasty team will make sure your framed jersey is exactly what you had in mind. Here’s how we can make your piece even more one-of-a-kind:  

    • A huge variety of color options for the background matting
    • High-quality wooden frames and glass panels
    • Choose high-quality images of your favorite player to put in the frame
    • Add the team name or logo to complete the display
    • Choose your own style and layout

    We ship Nationwide and can get your custom framed jersey back to you in no time. If you live in the Philadelphia area you can also visit one of our convenient locations at either Oxford Valley Mall or Willow Grove Mall, and we’ll help you get started. Or, call us with your questions at (215) 750-3482 and we’ll help you get your project underway.

     

    Celebrities with Large Sports Memorabilia Collections

    Celebrities with Large Sports Memorabilia Collections

    Sports are something that everyone can bond with - it brings entire cities together and can help us feel better when things are tough in the world. This is why we collect sports memorabilia, because it's a great reminder of wonderful memories and exciting games. Did you know that many celebrities are big collectors of sports memorabilia too? In fact, some of your favorite celebs actually have giant sports memorabilia collections. Here are 10 celebrities with some of the biggest sports memorabilia collections. 

    Bryan Cranston
    Bryan Cranston may be well known for his work on Breaking Bad, but what many people don't know about him is that he collects baseball cards. In particular, he is a huge LA Dodgers fan but has collected cards and other baseball memorabilia from a variety of teams. He started collecting baseball cards as a kid and has maintained a passion for the sport ever since. He's even celebrated his birthday at Dodger Stadium, which has particular sentimental value to him as an LA native. 

    Billy Crystal
    Billy Crystal has been a baseball fan for his entire life and has amassed quite the collection of sports memorabilia. In fact, he loves baseball so much that he directed and produced an HBO show about the New York Yankees' incredible 1961 championship season. After the production of the film, 61*, he donated many significant sports memorabilia items and items from the movie to the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

    Charlie Sheen
    Charlie Sheen has an affinity for Babe Ruth, the legendary baseball player, and he used some of the wealth he has accumulated from his work on television to purchase some authentic Babe Ruth pieces. In particular, he had invested money in Babe Ruth's championship ring, although he later sold it at auction for well over $2 million. 

    Alan Thicke
    Alan Thicke was known as a very popular Canadian actor, and he passed away just a few years ago. What many people didn't know about him was that he was a huge hockey fan - he even died while playing hockey. He had a very large hockey memorabilia collection, and the NHL even sent their condolences when he died. Another interesting fact - Wayne Gretzky looked after Thicke's house and son when he was traded to Los Angeles. 

    Evan Mathis
    Although he may be an NFL player, Evan Mathis has collected a huge range of baseball cards. He loves the process of buying, selling, and trading cards - he recently sold a Mickey Mantle card for $2.88 million and plans to use that money to buy even more exciting sports memorabilia. He also attends sports collecting conferences and is very involved in the entire sports trading community. His dream is to purchase a Topps Mickey Mantle 1952 PSA 10, an extremely rare card worth roughly $10 million. 

    Pele
    Pele is one of the world's biggest soccer legends, so it's no surprise that he has amassed quite the collection of sports memorabilia throughout the course of his life. His collection contained not only his own medals and jerseys, but also quite a few other soccer memorabilia pieces. Although he auctioned off many of the items a few years ago, at one time his collection was worth over $4 million. 

    Penny Marshall
    The recently deceased movie director had amassed a noteworthy collection of sports memorabilia over the years. Penny Marshall was a native New Yorker and a big Yankees fan. She even attended the National Sports Collectors' Convention each year to collect a very wide range of sports items. She had everything from historic baseball items to modern jerseys and dedicated a large section of her home to her sports collection. 

    Dmitri Young
    This baseball player has long been a collector of cards himself, and he recently auctioned off a huge collection of rookie cards that he had spent years amassing. He specifically looked for cards that were ranked PSA 8 or higher, which is why his collection is so highly valued. Although many of Dmitri Young’s cards were very dear to his heart, he decided to auction them off to benefit a new foundation he recently started to help kids in his hometown in California play baseball. The foundation will be using the proceeds to offer instruction and equipment to underprivileged children. 

    Keith Olbermann
    The former MSNBC anchorman is a big baseball card collector and has shelled out some serious cash for rare cards over the years. For example, he spent roughly $3,000 in 2013 for a rare Bryce Harper card. Keith Olbermann is unique in that he likes to collect rare modern cards as well as vintage ones. In fact, in 2016 and 2017, he opened the first packs of Topps baseball cards for that year. 

    Robin Williams
    The beloved late actor had a huge collection of art and memorabilia of all kinds, many of which were sports pieces. His collection recently went to auction, and many of his pieces sold for thousands of dollars. One of the most unique items that Robin Williams had was an autographed pair of Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves, which Williams received when he was given the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award in 2006. Williams also had a variety of other unique sports items, such as a Cavaliers jersey signed by Lebron James and an autographed baseball from Yogi Berra

    These are just a few of the celebrities that are big sports fans and collect sports memorabilia. Many celebrities like to use the money they have earned from their success to purchase items that are sentimental to them, such as jerseys, cards, tickets, even trophies from their favorite sports teams. A celebrity's sports collection is a great reflection of their hobbies and passions and shows that many people never give up on their favorite childhood dreams.

    Dynasty Sports is your sports memorabilia headquarters for quality authentic sports memorabilia. Our merchandise includes Sports Memorabilia and Collections from every league, Exclusive Dynasty Player Apparel, and Player Signings with some of today’s brightest stars. We offer a large selection of all Philadelphia sports teams memorabilia. Including, the Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia 76ers, and Philadelphia Phillies.

    Dynasty Sports is also skilled at building perfect custom frames for your most cherished possessions. We pride ourselves on having the highest quality custom framing anywhere with very competitive pricing. Visit us at either of our two convenient locations, Oxford Valley Mall and Willow Grove Mall.

    Is the NFL Still America’s Most Popular Sport?

    Is the NFL Still America’s Most Popular Sport?

    Is the NFL Still America’s Most Popular Sport?

    The National Football League has made headlines several times over the last two years, but not, unfortunately, for its game highlights. Numerous controversies have left many fans both disillusioned with the league (as well as the sport of football itself), and there was initial concern that this new criticism would spark a massive drop in viewership. Although professional football has long been heralded as the most popular spectator sport in America, there was question over whether this would still be the case… until now.

    Each year, the Gallup poll compares a select pool of America’s sports fans preference: do they prefer to watch baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, or soccer? And each year, the winner is clear, and we’ll get to that!

    First Things First: How Is Spectator Sport Popularity Calculated?

    Gallup (a professional analytical service) has surveyed the American public annually regarding their spectator sport of choice. The survey is conducted via telephone. The survey participant is asked a brief series of questions regarding his or her sport-watching activities and preferences.  The total number of survey participants is then analyzed in comparison to the results for each sport, which generates a total percentage for each.

    Football Has Been Ranked #1 Since 1972

    Baseball may be as American as apple pie, but when it comes to America’s favorite spectator sport, football still reigns supreme. Since 1972, football (hereafter, referred to as the National Football League, or NFL) has dominated the playing field in terms of being the favorite spectator sport of Americans. Baseball was originally America’s preference in terms of spectators from 1937 until 1972.

    Many people credit the increased televising of NFL games as a major reason for the sudden surge in popularity, while others contribute the rise in interest to the impressive careers of Hall of Fame players like Joe Montana or Walter Payton. Once football eclipsed baseball in the 1972 Gallup poll, it has ranked first every year from then to the present, with no other sport coming close to eclipsing its popularity.

    The NFL Has Strongly Outranked Its Competitors

    National League Football has not just dominated America as the preferred spectator sport since 1972; it has virtually crushed its competition. While baseball originally topped football in the polls until then, football has managed to maintain at least 25% of viewer popularity each year, even surging to 43% between the years 2006-2007. While this may not seem like an impressive number at first glance, baseball was only able to attract 21% or less of those surveyed since 1972.  While professional baseball popularity has been on a steady decline since then, NFL football has managed to stay consistent in its top ranking over decades. In terms of spectator age ranges, football is the favorite sport of 30% of those between 18-34 years old, 40% of those from 35-54 years old, and 39% of those 55 years and older.

    Recent NFL Troubles Have Had Minimal Effect on Its Popularity

    Within the last few years, there have been several controversies that have resulted in criticism of the NFL. The recent focus on the devasting effects of permanent brain damage (known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE) on players has raised a firestorm of questions regarding the overall safety of the game itself.

    There have also been considerable protests regarding domestic and/or sexual assault incidents involving professional football players in recent years. In 2014, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was caught on video punching his wife & dragging her unconscious body from an elevator. In 2016, Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor was accused of raping a dancer in a strip club back room. Though charges were later dropped, the incident brought the issue of professional players and sexual assault to the forefront, generating mass protest and demands for change. There was also public protest demanding the resignation of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

    Within the past two years, the issue of players opting to take a knee during the performing of the National Anthem was also a source of indignation for many fans. When 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose to sit down during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner to protest the recent killings of African American men by police officers, many fans were outraged by what they deemed to be disrespectful and unpatriotic behavior. NFL viewership actually declined by 10% when Gallup performed an independent poll in October of this year.

    Even devout football fans have expressed frustration regarding the behavior of professional players, and the NFL’s popularity definitely took a hit as a result; but it was still not enough of a decline to relinquish football’s number one spot as America’s favorite spectator sport.

    NFL Is Still DEFINITELY America’s Favorite Spectator Sport

    Despite the ups and downs of recent issues within the NFL, football has been steadfast in preserving the top slot of most popular professional spectator sport. At 37% of all viewers surveyed, football is more popular than baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey combined. No professional sport comes close to competing in terms of drawing fan’s attention. So rest easy, football fans, your favorite sport isn’t slipping from its top spot anytime soon! Football is still America’s favorite spectator sport and is consistently ranked far above any other professional sport.

    You can support your team of choice here at Dynasty Sports with an array of team clothing and gear. Check out our extensive inventory of NFL memorabilia to keep your football spirit flowing! And don’t forget Custom Framing, available at both of our locations – Oxford Valley and Willow Grove Malls

     

    Make Dynasty Sports & Memorabilia Your One-Stop-Shop for The Sports Fans on Your List

    Make Dynasty Sports & Memorabilia Your One-Stop-Shop for The Sports Fans on Your List

    The holiday season is soon approaching, and it can be daunting to find just the right gift for the sports fans on your list. Well, have no fear, because Dynasty is your ideal place for one-stop-shopping! We carry a vast array of sports memorabilia, apparel, frames, and novelties; you’re guaranteed to find the perfect holiday gift for any sports fan.

    Signed Memorabilia Makes A Fantastic Holiday Gift

    One of the most memorable treasures a serious sports fan can own is the autograph of his or her favorite sports hero. Here at Dynasty, we work hard to make that dream a reality. In addition to owning an impressive array of previously signed merchandise, we have also formed exclusive partnerships with several hometown athletes, including Philadelphia Flyers stars Ivan Provorov, and Eagles rookie Sidney Jones. What better surprise than snagging a picture or jersey featuring the prized autograph from your sport fan’s favorite player?

    Custom Frames - The Perfect Display for Priceless Items

    Serious sports fans take great pride in their sports memorabilia, and displaying it properly is important for both its sentimental significance and the preservation of its value. At Dynasty, we offer a variety of frame kitsfeaturing many team logos, including teams from: the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and the NCAA.

    Our frame kits can also be customized to your item’s needs; you can specify the size, matting color, and trim to create the perfect holiday gift. We use top quality materials in order to provide you with a finished product that’s truly worthy of being displayed proudly. Our framed items make a perfect gift for any sports fan on your shopping list.

    We also frame sports jerseys, and not just for the pros, either! How about framing your child’s team baseball jersey? Or your sister’s lacrosse jersey? We can assist you in selecting just the right colors and framing to create a gorgeous gift display that will last a lifetime.

    Remember When Getting Socks as A Gift Wasn’t Cool? Well, it is now!

    With our Exclusive Dynasty Collections,we carry cool custom apparel; even our socks are cooler than the rest! Our Philadelphia Eagles Lineup Skyline athletic socks feature just that, our great Philly skyline. We also have a full inventory of Flyers hoodies, Brandon Manning “MANDOG’ T-shirts, Philadelphia 76ers shirts, and even Flyers baby bibs for your tiniest new loyal fans.

    We also carry a large inventory from other sports teams as well, and for all weather conditions, too. Dynasty offers team sweatshirts, jerseys, socks, gloves, hats, scarves and T-shirts. Our extensive clothing line can provide with countless holiday gift ideas for those on your list.

    Check Out Our Novelties Section for Fun Stocking Stuffer Ideas

    When we at Dynasty say we’ve got it all as far as sports novelty items goes, we do mean ALL! We carry everything from team bobblehead figures to blankets, and team window decals to keychains. Our collection of team banners and flags are great for displaying team loyalty, no matter what team that may be. We also carry beer mugs, plaques, signs, etc. representing just about any team your sports fan loves. If you have a sports fan on your list who is notoriously hard to shop for, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect gift item here.

    Dynasty cares about our young sports fans, too; we carry a wide variety of items for kids, including team fidget spinners, mini-helmets, and lunch boxes with team Thermos. Our novelties for kids make for perfect stocking stuffers!

    If you check out our novelty inventory, you’ll quickly see that we’ve got you covered. We cover everything from the practical to the whimsical; just check out our Eagles Championship Parade Hat as proof! Our novelties are versatile enough to find just the right present for virtually anyone on your gift-giving list this year.

    Santa Can Sport His Favorite Team Logo This Year

    We also carry several holiday-themed items: team ornaments, team Christmas stockings, even Santa hats sporting team logos. What better way to get your family members into the spirit of the season than through holiday-themed articles that share their love of their favorite team?

    Holiday Shopping with Dynasty Is Fast & Convenient

    We all know too well the toll that lots of holiday shopping can take, but Dynasty makes the task of shopping as easy as possible. With two separate storeslocated in both the Oxford Valley Mall and the Willow Grove Mall, you can conveniently shop with us while embarking on the usual mall shopping trips the holiday season seems to require.

    But if you like to avoid the craziness of the crowds during this busy shopping season, our online ordering makes it a cinch to tackle your gift shopping list from the comforts of your own home. Our website is easily accessible, and we offer a complete Customer Care section to address any of your ordering questions or needs. Dynasty even offers the option of creating your own personal shopping account in order to keep track of recent orders, maintain your primary payment method, or to keep items in your virtual shopping cart while browsing our online inventory.

    The holidays can be a stressful, busy time of year, but we at Dynasty Sports Memorabilia and Custom Framing can help by providing you with convenient, one-stop shopping and top-quality, authentic items for every sports fan on your holiday gift list this year.

    Philadelphia 76ers 2018-2019 Season Predictions

    Philadelphia 76ers 2018-2019 Season Predictions 

    The 76ers have proven that they are ready to compete with the greats, surprising fans and commentators alike with their record setting plays in the 2017-2018 season. Last year, the Sixers surprised many by ending the season as one of the top teams in the NBA. They closed out with a 16-game winning streak and made it to the Conference Semifinals. But it’s important to remember that success isn’t always a strictly upward trajectory. There are a lot of fans counting on the Sixers to outperform themselves, but is that setting reasonable expectations? Here are our predictions for this upcoming season.

    The Sixers Won’t Beat Their 2017-2018 Wins

    We’re looking forward to more consistency in play rather than all wins this season. Last year’s playing momentum looked more like a bell curve than anything else, with the peak being later in the regular season, but they took a while to get going. This year, we expect to see the wins spread more evenly across the season, but not necessarily more of them. The team knows they can get to the playoffs, and although a winning streak later in the season is a more dramatic way to make their numbers pick up, the team will use their experience from last year to jump start the wins earlier this season.

    But, They Will Get to The Playoffs

    Previous playoff experience is essential to getting there again, and we’re confident that the Sixers will make the Conference finals again this year. The Sixers are now known for having a fairly green roster, especially the trio of center Joel Embiid, swingman Ben Simmons, and forward Dario Saric. 

    Brett Brown, who is currently operating as both the team’s General Manager and head coach, after former GM Bryan Colangelo resigned amidst scandal earlier this year, is using every tactic possible to get the players practicing and playing at their best. (Even if it means holding overnight practices while the team gets over jetlag.) While the team’s management is looking for a new GM, Brown is applying his key principles of playing with passion and making sure the team wins while playing at home.

    Overall, the Sixers will need to perform better not just in wins or individual players’ scoring averages, but in consistency. They faltered after facing their Boston Celtics rivals in the semifinals. In order to not make the same mistake, they will need to both maintain face and prepare themselves to work around tactics they may not be expecting instead of getting stumped.

    What About Winning the Title?

    Blind faith won’t get the team anywhere, and they know it. Philly fans are amped up to hear commentators say that the Sixers are a sure thing. But with such a tight race and not having a true pattern of dominating, the Sixers taking it further in the playoffs than they did last year will be the product of unpredictability. Despite significant developments in the last year, the team still needs to work on solidifying the players’ abilities to work more cohesively before we can say that they will win against the Celtics or the Toronto Raptors, both of which are favorites to win this year.

     

    The Sixers have a fighting chance of bringing home the gold if they are able to take their performance from late last season and apply that to this entire season. It is essential for the momentum to get going as early as possible, and not experience as many fumbles and missed opportunities.

    Ben Simmons Makes All-NBA Team

    Ben Simmonswas close last season but fell just short of making it to an All-NBA team. But that may change this year, as Simmons has made it clear that making the cut is one of his career goals. However, the dream becoming reality will only be possible if Simmons establishes himself as more of a leading scorer. The awards voters consist of sportswriters and other analysts throughout the US and Canada, so it’s essential for Simmons to show more aggression and versatility to actually make the cut and be selected for one of only a handful of open spots.

    Joel Embiid Will Increase His Point Average

    Fans and experts alike were wowed by Joel Embiid’s average last season, 22.9 points per game. Embiid definitely wasn’t slacking during the offseason, and after a needing a few test runs, is performing even better than last year. He scored 32 points against the Orlando Magic, and the Sixers led offensively by more than 30 points for the first time since 2006. The conclusion to that game was pretty dramatic, with the Sixers winning 116-115. It’s looking even more likely that Embiid will see an average of 25 points scored per game.

    Like teammate Simmons, Embiid has his eye on a legacy-confirming award this season as well. Embiid is looking to be a league MVP, meaning that he needs to be a top-two seed in the Eastern conference. Embiid discussed wanting to make MVP this year during several offseason interviews; could getting in shape for that explain his extraordinary preparedness at the start of the season? Even resting for a few games could result in him losing the points he needs to make MVP, so Embiid is very possibly looking at a very active and long season on the court.

    Markelle Fultz Is the Wild Card This Season

    Second-year guard Markelle Fultzis experiencing Philly fan impatience to the worst degree. After starting out as a player with a reputation for hesitating and losing opportunities to score, Fultz is under intense pressure to match Simmons’ talent so that he can sub in and Simmons can strengthen the team elsewhere. Fultz’s recent performance suggests improvement and more daring moves, but the pressure on each and every one of his shots (and, well, all his moves) can make or break such a young player. But Philly also loves an underdog, and Fultz said that proving himself to the fans and wanting to play well for them is what drives him. Fultz is capable of rising to the occasion, but can he maintain his plays for the season? Only time will tell.

    And don ‘t forget to check out our Memorabiliacollections for autographed pictures and collectables of these and many past 76er players.