It is the last weekend of the FA Cup – which means that the football season destroyed by Covid is almost over. But every sense fans are fed up with for a season that now lasts almost a year is far from the goal. In fact, there was a boom in football-related collectibles.
The interest in old programs, jerseys and other memorabilia was initially awakened during the 100 days of closure when no football was being played. The fans went through the cold turkey and were looking for a different kind of soccer solution. And since the stadium hubs are still tightly closed, the trend shows no signs of waning.
Robert Stein from the sports shareholder Sportingold says: “It is incredible – the interest has increased. Lockdown has really awakened the love of buying historical collectibles related to football teams.
“Everything from programs to shirts – even old ticket stubs can be sold for hundreds. And this interest in memorabilia is still increasing. & # 39;
Fame: The original Jules Rimet Trophy was stolen before the 1966 World Cup began
GET WITH THE £ 4,000 PROGRAMS
Modern programs are rarely worth a lot of money – it is the rare old leaflets that attract the greatest attention of investors.
In June, the Sportingold auction house sold a Royal Arsenal football program from 1891 for £ 4,000. It was particularly collectible because the team was playing south of the river in the London suburb of Plumstead during this time – and not north in Highbury.
But it's still a bargain compared to the most expensive program sold. This was an 1882 FA Cup final between Old Etonians and Blackburn Rovers – just ten years after the first FA Cup final – which went for £ 35,250 in 2013.
Stein says: & # 39; Football programs for top teams between the wars are currently doing a lively trade. You can pay £ 3,000 for a book on Chelsea programs from the 1920s when they fetched a few hundred a few years ago.
“Survivors for clubs in the north are particularly rare – so get good money too. 1930s programs for teams such as Newcastle, Sunderland and Manchester City can be sold for £ 200 each. Due to its international appeal, Manchester United programs from this period cost up to £ 400. & # 39;
Until the 1960s, the vast majority of football fans were in the stands and only a few paid a seat and received a ticket.
Stein says: & # 39; There are games like the 1945 Stamford Bridge Chelsea friendly against Dynamo Moscow, in which 100,000 fans watched – the vast majority of them stood.
"Only 3,000 seat tickets were sold that day, and survivors can raise £ 750."
England World Cup winner jersey
This is the top that Geoff Hurst wore against West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final. Hurst scored a hat trick to ensure that England won 4-2 at Wembley. He sold the shirt for £ 91,750 in 2000.
Sheffield FC rule book
A guide that forms the basis for modern football. Concepts such as free kicks for fouls that allow players to head the ball, teams that change sides after the break, and the offside rule have been introduced.
The oldest surviving FA Cup
This trophy was made for the 1896 finale and sold in 2005. It replaced the original, which was stolen from the window of a sports shop in Birmingham in 1895 after Aston Villa won. A new FA trophy was made in 1910.
Replica of the Jules Rimet Trophy
The original World Cup was stolen from a public exhibition in England in 1966. It was found seven days later by a dog named Pickles in a newspaper on the bottom of a hedge. To prevent further theft, this replica was made to give to the winners.
SHIRTS WORK IN CLASSIC GAMES
It is the soccer jerseys worn by players in a game that are most in demand as an investment.
Stein says: “Modern tops are particularly valuable because soccer stars who wore them rarely give them away. For example, if you find a shirt from the early 2000s that Arsenal striker Thierry Henry wore in a match, you can collect at least £ 1,000 if you can prove his origin. & # 39;
But Gary Bierton of football top trader Classic Football Shirts believes that if such rarities are out of your reach, you could consider a modern football shirt made for fans of a particular year – but only if it has great historical significance .
He says: “Nostalgia is the driving force. In modern times, jerseys from the 1980s and 1990s with their imaginative designs have a special appeal at a time when the game was still innocent and not just about money. & # 39;
One of the most collectable modern jerseys is the Liverpool Football Club top, worn in the 1989/90 season, when the season's Premier League champions last won the league. The Adidas top fetched £ 350, but originally cost £ 28.
The extremely rare blue third shirt for Manchester United, worn in the 1986/87 season when Sir Alex Ferguson arrived at the club, used to be just £ 25 – now collectors pay £ 450 for the unusual top.
RULEBOOKS, MEDALS AND TROPHIES
Football can be a cruel lover, and many top teams from the past have failed to maintain their winning form – although they are still collectible.
Sheffield Football Club, founded in 1857, is considered the oldest football club in the world. It initially followed its own "Sheffield Rules" before taking over from the England Football Association in 1877.
Perhaps it should have stuck to this system – which included goal posts that were only four meters apart instead of today’s eighth day – because unlike the other city teams from Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, it now languishes in the low northern prime minister League – and even now plays its home games in Derbyshire.
But it still beats all football competitions for investment values. An 1858 Sheffield FC rule book was sold in 2011 for £ 881,250.
Aston Villa defeated his West Midlands colleague, West Bromwich Albion, 1-0 in the 1895 FA Cup final.
The trophy was displayed in a shop window for sports equipment in Birmingham – from where it was stolen and melted down into fake half-crown coins.
Villa was fined £ 25 for authorizing the theft and the replacement was sold in 2005 for a record £ 478,400.
Winner medals for modern players are rarely offered for sale – since super-rich spoiled stars can easily afford to keep their memorabilia. But players from previous eras often sold medals after their careers ended just to make ends meet.
The proudest moment in English football is undoubtedly winning the World Cup in 1966. Player Alan Ball, who scored the third goal against West Germany, sold his winning medal in 2005 for £ 164,800 to support his family.
English goalkeeper Gordon Banks sold his medal in 2001 for £ 124,700 to help his three children buy their first homes. The currently highest paid Premiership player is Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea. He earns £ 375,000 a week when he's in the gate.
It would take him about three days of wages to earn enough to buy one of the two World Cup medals.
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