Framing a signed Football or Ruby shirt is very popular but people are often shocked at how much it can cost. I’ll aim to give you an insight into why it costs what it does. It’s worth bearing in mind that paying the money to have it done correctly, especially if it’s signed, could make it more valuable in the future for collectors.
We see it all here, signed caps, bats, medals, trousers, a pair of angel wings that Graham Norton once wore on TV! People get the strangest things framed (which is why we love doing it!).
Apparently, you can buy “readymade” frames to fit your shirts into, I’ve never used one, but knowing how fiddly it can be to get a garment straight, stretched and secured properly, it’s not something I would have taken on without experience!
The cost will vary dependent on the size of the piece and what “extras” you want done.
The bit that takes up the most time and therefore costs money is stretching, straightening and securing the piece before the framing is even thought about. As a general rule this type of framing job can take anything from 2 hours to a whole day depending on what’s being done, how heavy, or what material the garment is made out of etc.
As ever with framing, different framers do it different ways but at the very least, a good framer will use decent materials, make sure nothing that could possibly damage the item is placed onto it directly and also secure it in a way that won’t damage it. This is the very least of what you should expect to ensure the item is kept safe for a long time to come.
I’m not here to give you a lesson in how to frame a garment, but to give you an idea of what goes into it and scratch the surface of what options could be available to you.
Firstly, think about how you want it displayed. Do you just want, say, the club name & signatures to be displayed or the whole shirt, sleeves and all? The later would make the item larger, but would look better. There would be space and budget considerations here.
What colour mount card would you like? Tie in with team colours or your home decoration?
Apart from the time it takes to get the shirt looking right, part of the cost is attributed to the depth/size of frame needed to house the item. Normally, you would need a fairly deep frame. If you think about it, you’ll have quite a bit of material to fit in, not to mention the thickness of glass, the backing and mount surround. So usually the frame would be more “boxy” to allow room.
Then what about the extras? You might want some wording at the bottom e.g. Manchester v Liverpool and the date perhaps?
Or perhaps a plague screwed to the outside of the frame or how about a photo of the person who’s signed it. If it’s something you’ve won, you might want a certificate or medal put in the same frame.
Medal example plus a close up below
The options are endless, which is why a framer is not usually able to give you an exact price until the options are discussed fully and would need to see the piece to make an accurate quote.
If someone is charging less than £100 and can turn it around double quick, then you should question why this is. If you don’t care, then that’s fair enough! I would expect though, for prices to start at £150.00 basic. I’ll take my hat off to anyone who can pull it off cheaply, quickly and well executed…not saying it can’t be done, but would just make some deeper enquiries before committing.
Some more examples below … as you can see, the possibilities are endless!
Freddie Mercury T-shirt which apparently he wore
Customer really wanted to keep her child’s baby clothes
Graham Norton’s Angel Wings – which we think the customer won in an auction