Items of football memorabilia are collectibles associated with the game of association football, also known as soccer.
Types of football collectible
Although thought to have been played in some form since mediaeval times, standardised rules first emerged in the mid 19th century, in England. The game has now “gone global”, and is the world’s most played sport.
Its popularity has ensured that the market is full of items that could be deemed “collectible”, although only the rarest and most significant pieces command top sums.
Types of collectibles can include:
State of the market
The market for football collectibles is strongest in Britain, as shown by the preponderance of items associated with England’s 1966 World Cup victory in the most expensive items of football memorabilia ever sold at auction.
Some experts suggest that football collectibles associated with European countries such as Spain and Italy, where the passion for the game is huge but collectors are currently scarce, could be the next growth markets.
The medal awarded to George Best following Manchester United’s 4-1 victory over Benfica in 1968 was sold at a Bonhams auction in 2010 for £156,000.
The FA Challenge Cup, presented to Lord Kinnaird in 1911 to celebrate his 21st anniversary as president of the Football Association was sold by Christie’s in May 2005 for £278,400, making it the world’s most expensive piece of football memorabilia.
Alan Ball sold his 1966 World Cup medal through Christie’s in 2005 to raise money to support his family. The medal sold for £164,800.
In March 2002, Christie’s auctioned the Pele wore during the 1970 World Cup final. It was acquired by Roberto Rosato who swapped shirts with Pele. Expected to achieve between £30,000 and £50,000, the shirt sold for £157,750.
The England shirt worn by Hurst during the 1966 World Cup final was sold at a Christie’s auction for £91,750 in 2000. The shirt was sold on to property investor Andrew Leslau for an unknown amount in 2008.
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