World Cup collectables reach fever pitch

16 June 2010
imports_CCGB_rare1930worldcupposte_89693.gif Rare 1930 World Cup poster recently sold for £4,500
Denise Burrows reports on how World Cup fever arrived at Sotheby's when sporting memorabilia sold for exceptional amounts. ...
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World Cup fever arrived on at Sotheby’s, New Bond Street, recently when a specialist section in Graham Budd Auctions’ Sports Memorabilia sale attracted great competition from football fans.

Top score of the day went to an exceptional collection of 1966 World Cup autographs, comprising an album of First Day covers signed by all 16 competing national squads which sold for £10,000. A striking official 1930 lithographic poster designed by Guillermo Laborde for the first World Cup of 1930 in Uruguay tied with an official 1934 FIFA World Cup Tournament programme published by the Italian Football Federation, at £4,500 each.


A 1938 World Cup Final programme for Hungary v Italy at the Stade De Colombes sold for £4,000. Other programme highlights included one for England’s match against Chile at Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, in 1950, which sold for £1,400, while the programme for the 1950 final, Spain v Uruguay, played at Sao Paulo went for £550.

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Other collectors were happy to take home the medals, such as a silver FIFA 1950 runners-up medal as presented to an unidentified Brazilian player, which sold for £2,500, and a 1990 FIFA runners-up medal, awarded to Argentinian goalkeeper Nery Alberto Pumpido, which went for £2,000. A set of autographs of the England 1966 World Cup winners plus manager Alf Ramsey sold for £750, while six unused tickets for the 1950 World Cup went for £700.