The market for sporting memorabilia is one of the most diverse
areas of the antiques market. This is not just because the range of
sports covered - from boxing to bowls - but also due to the vast
spread of objects - from fishing tackle to football trophies.
Almost every pastime you can think of is represented in the
memorabilia market and numerous sectors of the antiques industry
have their own sporting sub-sector: silver, ceramics, paintings,
works of art and books, to name but a few.
The items that command the most attention are those that relate
to either the early history of a particular sport, or an iconic
player, special match or competition.
From the ATG Archive
01 October 2006
In conjunction with the Nottingham-based sporting memorabilia specialists Trevor Vennett-Smith, Dreweatt Neate sold the Keith Crump Collection of Cricket Memorabilia at Donnington Priory on September 26.
06 April 2009
Edinburgh-based dealers Georgian Antiques have pulled off one of their more remarkable sales – 7000 hickory-shafted golf clubs to a Chinese businessman who found them when surfing the internet.
08 March 2010
THE 1953 FA Cup Final will forever be known as the Matthews Final.It was while playing for Blackpool against Bolton Wanderers that the legendary winger Sir Stanley Matthews (1915-2000) gave his career-defining performance and won the only major honour of a long career.
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30 January 2014
Hiscox have launched what they say is a unique insurance policy allowing collectors to value their own items and sign up online for cover in minutes.
15 November 2013
One of lots drawing a decent competition at the Adam’s sale at Slane Castle last month was a pair of chalk portraits by Robert Healy (c.1743-71).
06 January 2014
Bonhams are to hold golf memorabilia sales in Scotland starting in June.
12 November 2013
It is not often that auctioneer Graham Budd finds his name splashed over the front pages of Estonian newspapers but when a particular group of cycling memorabilia came up at his November 4-5 sale it is exactly what happened.
18 November 2013
Bloomsbury Auctions enjoyed stellar success with their single-owner sale of caricatures, costume and sporting prints, including this image of the king’s mistress.
21 October 2013
Bill Mastro, once the biggest name in the US sports memorabilia business, has admitted to a federal judge that he doctored the world’s most valuable baseball card to make it appear in mint condition.