FIFA World Cup memorabilia and collectibles
FIFA World Cup memorabilia and collectibles comprise sports memorabilia associated with past and present football World Cups. The competition is held every four years, most recently in South Africa during June and July 2010. The next tournament will take place in Brazil in 2014.
Types of collectibles
FIFA World Cup collectibles come in many forms and prices. Items include:
- Match-worn shirts
- Used footballs and boots
- Match programmes
- Postage Stamps
- Ticket stubs
- Signed photographs
FIFA World Cup memorabilia can command huge sums at auction, especially those items associated with England’s World Cup winning team in 1966. The popularity of the game in England, the country’s comparatively wealthy inhabitants, and the fact that England has only won the competition once, explain this phenomenon.
The continental gold 1966 World Cup winners’ medal awarded to Nobby Stiles was sold for £188,200 by Convery Auctions in 2010. It was bought by Stiles’s former club Manchester United.
The Jabulani ball used in the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and Holland sold at an eBay auction in July 2010 for $74,000.
England 1966 star Alan Ball sold his 1966 World Cup winners’ medal through Christie’s in 2005 to raise money to support his family. The medal sold for £164,800.
The shirt Pele wore during the 1970 World Cup final sold at Christie’s in 2002 for £157,750, far above its £50,000 high end estimate.
In 2001 England goalkeeper Gordon Banks’s 1966 World Cup medal was sold at a Christie’s auction for £124,750. Banks stated that he sold the medal to save his children the trouble of worrying what to do with it after he died.
A replica of the Jules Rimet trophy, created so that the real trophy could be kept safe, was sold for £254,500 at a Sotheby’s auction in 1997. The real Jules Rimet trophy was given to Brazil after they won their third World Cup in 1970. It was stolen in 1983 and never recovered.
The England shirt worn by Geoff Hurst during the 1966 World Cup final sold at a Christie’s auction for £91,750 in June 2,000. The shirt was sold on to property investor Andrew Leslau for an unknown amount in 2008. Hurst scored a hat-trick in the 4-2 victory over Germany.
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