Sporting Memorabilia & Equipment

This sector of the art and antiques market often generates big headlines in the general media – not least when an auction record for 1966 World Cup is set for example. But the market is extremely wide and varied. Here there really is something for everyone at every price level, whether a buyer focuses on football programmes, historic golf clubs or fishing tackle.


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Medals recall striking talent of ‘Bomber’

14 May 2018

The footballing power of mighty George Brown led to his nickname of ‘Bomber’ decades before the title went to Gerd Müller. Brown’s glory days were with Huddersfield Town FC, a power in the land 90 years ago.

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Fishing at a perilous angle

07 May 2018

Taken in June 1905 on the River Helmsdale in Sutherland, the very northern and wildest tip of Scotland, is this image, below, of two men fishing.

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Busby contract demands the beautiful game

30 April 2018

Manchester United fans grumbling about the current style of play will be interested to learn that when Matt Busby joined as manager he was contractually obliged to play entertaining football.

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Matt Busby first Manchester United contract up at auction demands attractive football style

26 April 2018

Forget Jose Mourinho being criticised for a stultifying style of play at Manchester United – when Matt Busby started as manager of the Red Devils he was contractually obliged to play entertaining football.

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Spink specialist takes role as Lord Ashcroft’s medals curator

23 April 2018

Spink medals specialist David Erskine-Hill is leaving to take over as Lord Ashcroft’s medals curator on the retirement of Michael Naxton.

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Huddersfield Town and Manchester United football legends remembered in auction lots

17 April 2018

What do Denis Law and George ‘Bomber’ Brown have in common? The answer is Huddersfield Town, whose miraculous survival in the Premier League seems to have been confirmed after beating Watford 1-0 in the latest round of games.

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Anyone for real tennis – early 19th century rackets take £13,000 at Sworders

19 March 2018

An unexpected highlight of a recent sale at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet was this set of four early real tennis rackets. They came from a client in the North of England and had been owned by the family for many years.

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Buyers hooked by classic salmon lures

26 February 2018

Skilfully designed to catch salmon, fishing flies and lures hooked enthusiasts at Shropshire sporting specialist Mullock’s (20% buyer’s premium) fishing sale which included the work of two great names in the angling lexicon.

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Insolvency Service investigation leads to disqualification of Football Sport Auctions director

22 February 2018

Football Sport Auctions (FSA) director Andrew John Lane has been disqualified from being a company director for 10 years following the liquidation of the company in April 2016.

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Liverpool FC memorabilia from old Main Stand at Anfield ready to score at auction

08 February 2018

Liverpool FC supporters are being given the opportunity to own a piece of Reds’ history in a special memorabilia auction being held at Anfield.

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Football programmes at auction recall when Wolves were champions of the world and inspired European Cup

01 February 2018

Wolves may now be flying high at the top of the Championship after decades of underachievement but nearly 70 years ago they were soaring to European heights, as football programmes up at auction demonstrate.

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Stan Mortensen 1953 FA Cup final hat-trick football to be offered at Derbyshire auction

06 January 2018

With a full weekend of FA Cup action kicking off last night, it is a perfect time to reveal that the only football ever used to score a hat-trick in an FA Cup final at the original Wembley Stadium is coming up at auction.

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Silver tray that marked the very first ‘Ashes’ test series is to be auctioned in Melbourne

27 November 2017

Timed to coincide with the start of the 70th Ashes series, a silver presentation tray marking the very first ‘Ashes’ test series in 1882-83 will be offered at auction by Leonard Joel in Melbourne on December 7.

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Pick of the Week: Jesse was best of the West Brom

20 November 2017

One of the most comprehensive and best-preserved football memorabilia collections auctioneer Graham Budd (17.5% buyer’s premium) has ever handled netted a hammer total of £107,000 for a remarkable 47 lots including medals and caps on November 14-15.

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Manchester United match programme from game watched by 8456 on a freezing February midweek afternoon

17 November 2017

Love or hate Manchester United, it’s fair to say they do enjoy a bit of success. Although the past few seasons have been a relatively lean time, they can still boast 20 league titles, 17 FA and League Cups, three European Cups/Champions Leagues plus a Cup-Winners Cup and Europa League thrown in.

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Early international caps at auction won by footballer Fatty Wedlock

09 November 2017

Footballer Neil Ruddock’s nickname was Razor Ruddock. Brian Kilcline became Killer Kilcline. Going back a bit further, Ron Harris roved on the pitch as Chopper Harris. Going back a lot further, Billy Wedlock’s nickname was Fatty. Or the India Rubber Man.

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National Vintage Tackle Fair back at Abbey Sports Stadium

06 November 2017

Details of the annual National Vintage Tackle Fair have been announced by vintage tackle dealer John Andrews, who is also the organiser.

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Five goal England football hero Supermac sells his memorabilia collection

26 October 2017

Football trivia time: who was the last player to score five goals for England in a game – but never played for the national team at Wembley ever again?

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Trade wins clarification over California law

23 October 2017

A coalition of auction houses and book dealers has succeeded in rewording a controversial new law governing the sale of autographed collectables in California.

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Memorabilia from the sporting greats comes to Hollywood auction

17 October 2017

From FIFA to F1, Olympics to boxing, Julien’s offers some knock out lots in its November sale

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