If you’re after a signed photo of Lionel Messi or Neymar’s Barcelona home shirt – framed and signed – there’s a chance they will have one. They can take it old school too – authenticated shirts and other sporting goods (with prices on application) for the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Paul Gascoigne, Denis Bergkamp, even George Best. As for authentification, the Bootroom Collection says that it only sources its items from the most trusted of memorabilia dealers – and the world has some real heavy-hitters, such is the demand for this stuff. But such is the demand that the world is also flooded with knock-offs, so the business also goes a step further.
“We guarantee the authenticity of our signed pieces by connecting each item of memorabilia to a unique QR code that is visible on the product, and when scanned by smartphone cameras, it directs the user to Instagram video footage of the ‘moment of signing’ involving the renowned football player,” explains McKelvie. “We also work closely with our merchandising partners All Stars and Icons, who in their own right are international industry leaders in the memorabilia sector with unparalleled access to teams and players for exclusive signings.”