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How Do I Shop for Vintage Sports Cups and Mugs?

Whether for you or as a gift for the biggest sports fan you know, there are many collectible cups and mugs available online. From football to racing, and from beer mugs to coffee cups, there are quite a few choices when it comes to your favorite beverages and sports memorabilia. While there are many vintage selections available, you'll also find options from your favorite modern players and expansion teams as well.

What Different Types of Sports Cups Are There?

Whether you're drinking a diet soda or a warm coffee, there are a few different options for you to represent your favorite team and enjoy a tasty beverage.

  • Tumblers: These cups are often made out of plastic, and are built well, meant to stand up to years of use. Look for tumblers with included cups and straws for kids or simple plastic glasses to stock your game room or in-home bar.
  • Water bottles: These portable bottles are wonderful when you're an active athlete yourself. Represent your favorite football, baseball, or other sports team while you're out on the trail or on the field.
  • Copper mugs: Look for your favorite teams etched on a sleek copper cup or mug. Great for mixed drinks or iced-tea, these work well for soft drinks too.
  • Coffee mugs: Wake up every morning with the insignia of your favorite team or player with a fresh cup of decaf or regular. Also look for portable, insulated stainless steel mugs so you can take your coffee or hot beverage outdoors or on the go.

What Sports Are Represented?

When it comes to sports memorabilia and sports cups, nearly every sport is represented. If you have a f team or player that you don't find, very often it can be customized and silk screened onto a mug or cup. When it comes to vintage sports memorabilia, finding inventory may be a little tougher, but you'll still find plenty of merchandise geared toward Hall of Famers like Emmitt Smith or Ken Griffey, Jr.

  • Football: Soon becoming perhaps the most popular sport in America, look for every AFC and NFC team's availability, from the Cleveland Browns to the Carolina Panthers.
  • Baseball: As American as apple pie, baseball is our national pastime and well-represented on many cups and mugs. Take your favorite mug to watch the Yankees and Red Sox battle it out.
  • Basketball: The NBA is as popular as ever, so look for memorabilia with Stephan Curry or LeBron James, among many other players.
  • Hockey: Fandom is always in season, with a wealth of cups featuring everyone from the Anaheim Ducks to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • Other: You'll find many other sports represented as well, from NASCAR to English Premier League Soccer.

What Are Some Features of Vintage Cups?

As you're shopping vintage cups, make sure you're getting the features you want, especially if you'll be using the cup and not using it as decoration on your sports mantle. Some features include:

  • Wide-mouth cups: Great for beer, soda, or water, the wide mouth lets you gulp a little bit extra.
  • Leak-proof cups: If you're on the go, having a leak-proof cup is especially important.
  • Dishwasher safe: It's important to know your special cup is dishwasher safe and won't be harmed by the hot water or detergent.
  • Eco-friendly: Knowing your cup is PBA-free or otherwise eco-friendly is always an important point.
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