With the World Cup around the corner, football fever will soon sweep the nation, so what better way to celebrate than treating yourself to a front row experience of your favourite team?
It may sound simple, but it’s a well-known fact that football isn’t cheap, and you could be missing out on some serious cash if you have a piece of football history at home.
To keep the collection up-to-date, why not fund your football obsession by selling your old football memorabilia? Listing your pre-loved items on sites like Gumtree could mean more money in your hand to spend on the things that matter.
Just so you get an idea, we’ve listed prices from last season’s cheapest season tickets in the premier league.
Cheapest premier League season ticket 2017-18
Arsenal – £891
Bournemouth – £550
Brighton – £495
Burnley – £329
Chelsea – £750
Crystal Palace – £420
Everton – £420
Huddersfield – £100
Leicester – £365
Liverpool – £685
Man City – £299
Man Utd – £532
Newcastle – £473
Southampton – £541
Stoke – £294
Swansea – £419
Tottenham – £645
Watford – £403
West Brom – £380
West Ham – £289
Some of these prices are actually not that bad, but there are still substantial costs involved in following your club, especially when you factor transport and the mandatory half-time pie into the equation. Just for some perspective, Arsenal’s most expensive season ticket costs a whopping £1768.50!
Highest selling pieces of Football memorabilia
So, we admit it’s unlikely you’ll have a World Cup medal lying around, but even so, being in the know about the items that really, really sell can’t be a bad thing. And if you actually do have a World Cup medal in your attic, you know what to do… Here are 5 pieces of sports memorabilia that sold for tons!
- Geoff Hurst’s 1966 World Cup winning jersey. Somebody made a very handsome (insane) profit on this. In 2000, the shirt sold at auction for £91,750. Not bad. But, it gets better. The same shirt was auctioned again in 2012. This time it sold for…£2.3 million. How about that for a tidy profit.
- Sheffield Football Club’s football rule book. This is arguably the oldest known football rules book in existence. It was sold at Sotheby’s in 2011 for £881,250. Got any old pamphlets or match programmes lying around your home? It’s probably worth checking if they’re worth something.
- The oldest surviving FA cup. Dating back to 1896, this piece of silverware was sold off at Christies for a whopping £478,400 in 2005.
- World Cup trophy replica. Originally called the Jules Rimet trophy, FIFA put this up for auction in 1997. There were rumours the trophy was in fact real, which were later falsified. It still sold for £254,500.
- Alan Ball’s World Cup medal. Alan Ball was 21 years old when he received his World Cup medal, which made him the youngest player to receive a World Cup medal at the time. He sold it 34 years later for £164,800 at Christies. Who knows how much your old medals are worth? Probably not quite that much, but there’s only one way to find out!
Where to sell
It’s unlikely you’ll be heading to Sotheby’s or Christies, in fact you can make it a lot easier for yourself. Sites like Gumtree cater specifically to people selling things not usually available in other places. All your football antiques will be exposed to a huge marketplace of collectors and people interested in getting a piece of history for themselves. Plus, if it’s something clunky or difficult to deliver, you can ask the buyer to pick it up from you direct.
A spokesperson from Gumtree said: “If you’re looking to find a new home for your pre-loved football memorabilia, fanatics will be pleased to know that on Gumtree there is a place for everything.
“We’re dedicated to making money go further and finding opportunity at every point in life – whether it’s getting the most out of pre-loved objects for new experiences or helping to fund new memories, we’re here to help you make the most of your hard-earned cash.”
Season ticket here we come
According to Gumtree, the average Brit has over £2,500 worth of unused pre-loved items in their home, so if you can manage to sell anywhere near that amount, you’ll easily have enough money to purchase a season ticket for your favourite club! It might seem a lot of effort at first, but it will also give you a chance to sort through your old sports clutter and relive the glory days. Maybe there’s something valuable there which you’ve forgotten about. Go sell it and support your club.