We’re going to be looking for a solution for tracking and protecting a large number of high-value sports memorabilia assets—tagging them for inventory tracking while they’re in storage, and also with a system in place for tracking them while they are being transported to exhibits, etc. The solution would need to be sensitive to the artifacts in question, such as a Babe Ruth-signed baseball or jersey, as we wouldn’t want to compromise or affect the items by applying something that could damage or deface them in any way. Do you have any feedback, or could you point me in the right direction as I start to narrow in on a potential supplier? Ideally, I’d like to hire a company that has direct experience in this space.
There is no off-the-shelf system for tracking memorabilia, though there are companies that could assemble a solution for you. I would suggest you attend RFID Journal LIVE! 2020, which is coming up in April. There, you could talk to five or six companies about what you are trying to do. I would bring photos of some of the objects you want to track, as well as of the environment in which they need to be monitored.
Are these items in drawers in a back room or in cases for display? Are they packed closely together or loosely? Do you need to track their movement from storage to shipping or are you simply using RFID to take inventory counts? The answers to these questions will determine the solution’s design. At the event, you can talk to label companies to find the best tags that will not fall off your items, but that will also not damage them. If some of the artifacts are made of metal, that is also important to note, since special tags would be required for metal items. If you do decide to attend, I can provide a list of companies for you to meet with.
—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
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