This Tuesday and Wednesday in London, several hundred rare football collectibles are being sold by auction through auctioneer Graham Budd. Among the collection are rare medals, programmes, tickets and a treasure trove of football shirts, photographs and rare pieces of memorabilia.
Here are a few items that stood out for me:
- Nat Lofthouse England shirt from 1952,
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shirt signed by the 1995-96 Man United squad,
- 1916 photograph of the first ever USA national soccer team (pictured above),
- The original 1905 lease agreement between a landlord and Chelsea to acquire Stamford Bridge, and
- An oil painting with a portrait of BBC football commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme (who was best known for the “Some people are on the pitch” phrase from the 1966 World Cup final).