When Madonna sang about, ‘Living in a material world…’ way back in 1984, she obviously didn’t have Autograph Art in mind.
But, as far as the Manchester-based sports memorabilia company are concerned, the ‘Queen of Pop’ was ahead of her time and inadvertently on song, with their new and exciting ‘material’ concept.
Widely acknowledged as being among the country’s elite suppliers and specialist framers of items from the worlds of sport, movies and music, Autograph Art are inviting an audience of thousands to ‘SWATCHIT’!
The idea is to make memorabilia more accessible, affordable and collectible, with a wide selection of high quality swatches featuring fabric cut from items – signed, worn or handled – by famous iconic figures.
From a City fan’s perspective there’s a already a great selection from which to choose including; Vincent Kompany, David Silva, the Holy Trinity of Bell Lee and Summerbee, Kevin De Bruyne, Pablo Zabaleta and Raheem Sterling, with many more on the way.
Swatches are creatively presented, using bespoke mounting and framing techniques, accompanied by an image of the ‘star’ in question, along with a descriptor of the origins of the prized piece of cloth.
Over the past 25 years Autograph Art have built up a stellar reputation as the ‘best of the best’ – only dealing in items that are 100% authentic, with easily traceable provenance.
The same principles and levels of integrity that Autograph Art attach to selling a signed Sergio Aguero shirt or a boot bearing Bernardo’s signature, are applied in exactly the same fashion with the SWATCHIT range.
Founder of Autograph Art, Dave Knebel, said: “Our reputation is everything to us and, because we guard it so jealously, we believe it gives our customers complete peace of mind when they buy an item.
“We’ve put endless hours into researching, sourcing and bringing the SWATCHIT brand to life. We have an extensive range in stock for the launch, covering a vast array of different footballers and their clubs – obviously City and United – but lots of others.
“We’ve also placed a heavy emphasis on big box office boxers, including Floyd Mayweather Jr, Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Manny Pacquiao – and that’s just for starters.”
The selection of swatches will be forever evolving, with more players and teams, different boxers, a wider range of sports, as well as diversifying into music, movies and other entertainment genres.
Autograph Art’s network of first hand ‘connections’ include the reigning Premier League Champions, Manchester City, Manchester United (well they have to make a living don’t they), the boxing stable of former World Light Welterweight Champion, Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton, a myriad of Premier League footballers and their agents, Team GB British Cycling and a host of blue chip organisations…and that’s just in Manchester (and Trafford Borough) alone.
Add in the likes of Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, cycling superstar, Sir Bradley Wiggins and football legend Pele, and you begin to see the broader picture.
“Genuine signed memorabilia – because of its very nature – isn’t cheap to buy. It’s not always affordable to everybody, whereas the SWATCHIT brand – at a fraction of the cost – is pretty much within anybody’s budget,” added Dave, the driving force behind SWATCHIT.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re a City fan, a United fan, a fight fan or whatever – SWATCHIT – is designed to bring fans closer to their idols. We can now bring attractive, affordable and authentic items to anybody who values top end, high quality memorabilia.
“Individual swatches are available from just £30-a-piece and can easily build up into impressive collections over a period of time. The objective is to make memorabilia an inclusive pursuit for all.”
For more details on the SWATCHIT range, news on any special offers and updates on some of the finest sports and entertainment memorabilia take a look at https://swatchit.co.uk/ follow @autographartno1 on Twitte
Located just a 5-10 minute drive from the Etihad Stadium, you could drop into the shop at 137-139, Manchester Road, Droylsden, Manchester M43 6EG or call on 0161 371 8080.
And lest we forget, Madonna’s third album was called ‘True Blue’, so maybe she did know a thing or two about Manchester’s football heroes?
By David Walker
www.readbutneverred.com @ReadButNeverRed @djwskyblu