A Piece of Football History
(Posted on 13/09/17)
Football memorabilia attracts collectors from all over the world, be it the small time autograph hunter, the selfie seeker or the humble historian. The game has some amazing pieces of history told by old shirts, boots and medals which speak more clearly than any person ever could.
But sometimes when a certain item or player comes up to auction the world turns its head and at the drop of the hammer big money passes hands, no more so when the name George Best is mentioned.
On this day in 2006, one of Best’s shirts was sold at auction for a staggering £24,000, a match worn Manchester United shirt used when he played in United’s 8-2 hammering of Northampton Town in the FA Cup Fifth Round. It was the Northern Irish stars’ first game back after a lengthy lay-off, but that didn’t stop him having one of his greatest games scoring six goals.
A troubled superstar, Best passed away a year earlier in 2005 following decades of trouble with alcoholism but his legacy lives on through a million memories. He played for eleven years at Old Trafford before finally departing in 1974, where he’d go on to play for a further sixteen clubs lasting no more than a seasons bar two years playing indoor football in the USA for San Jose Earthquakes in 1980.
The aforementioned United shirt isn’t the only piece of Best memorabilia that’s gone for big money in recent years. In 2010 his daughter Barbara McNarry put up a number of items for auction in order to prevent Best’s estate from bankruptcy.
In the auction Best’s European Cup winning medal from the 1968 Final where he scored two goals in a 4-1 victory over Benfica fethed a staggering £156,000 by an anonymous buyer. Meanwhile a Faberge Egg – one of just 68 made – which was a special edition from the cup final was sold for £25,200.
At the same lot, Pele’s shirt worn during his final appearance for Brazil went for £8,640, a real piece of history and a significant shirt in the Brazilians career, bringing down the curtain on one of the best, if not the best, international careers.
No matter if it’s match-worn shirts or autographs, football fans over the last decade have become addicted to some of these amazing pieces of football history, and we love them to.
Prices have risen no matter what the item, even things such as football programmes have been selling for up to £1,000, with pre-war copies being particularly sought after by budding collectors.
We love these gems and are proud to be able to bring you some of the best pieces of football history right here on vintagefootballshrits.com, check out our match worn and match issue shirts at great prices by clicking here.
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