Sporting Memorabilia & Equipment

This sector of the art and antiques market often generates big headlines in the general media – not least when an auction record for 1966 World Cup is set for example. But the market is extremely wide and varied. Here there really is something for everyone at every price level, whether a buyer focuses on football programmes, historic golf clubs or fishing tackle.


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Could be a lucky 13: all white rugby shirt won by an All Black for the first time is up for sale

01 March 2024

A shirt from the first time the famed All Blacks played in all white is going up for auction next week.

Spalding Baseball World Tour promotional poster

Barnstorming performance for recently discovered 1888 Spalding Baseball World Tour poster

29 February 2024

Discovered by a small auction house in Ohio, a baseball poster described as ‘the finest known’ has sold at auction for a record $200,000/£158,000 ($240,000 including premium).

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Football trade card portraying first black professional player Arthur Wharton takes astonishing £26,800

17 January 2024

A trade card sold for a remarkable £26,800 hammer price was not only one of the earliest-known examples but also had the considerable appeal of featuring the first black professional football player.

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Scarce Manchester United programme for Wolves game called off after Munich disaster sells at auction

16 January 2024

One of the world’s rarest football programmes is for a game abandoned due to tragedy: the Munich air crash of 1958.

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Panini also a World Cup winner in 1970 – plus Newton Heath trade card

15 January 2024

The 1970 World Cup was the breakthrough year for Panini.

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Making a match – football shirts worn in action sought by collectors

15 January 2024

The growth in the market for vintage football tops connected to popular players continues apace

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Single owner collection of football pictures pitch up in the saleroom

15 January 2024

The magic of the cup helped to sell a sizeable scene showing a Corinthians v Manchester City game offered as part of an extensive selection of works on a football theme which featured at Bonhams (28% buyer’s premium).

A 1931 FA Cup winner's medal

FA Cup medal takes £5000 at Harper Field

11 January 2024

An FA Cup winner's medal awarded to a club's assistant secretary may not sound that much of a big deal.

Bowler sculpture

Howzat for a marble sculpture thought to be one of the first depictions of a cricketer

02 January 2024

A white marble sculpture of a young man holding what appears to be a cricket ball flew away from its estimate to bring $30,000 (£23,700) at Andrew Jones (25% buyer’s premium).

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BBC’s Fake or Fortune? expands into memorabilia

01 November 2023

The BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' is known for discovering artworks – from paintings to sculpture. But for its next series it is expanding into memorabilia.

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Peter Orr silver trophy races away to 10 times low estimate

23 October 2023

This colonial-era Indian silver horse racing trophy is marked for Peter Orr and Sons of Madras.

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Fist editions: boxing books at auction

25 September 2023

Large group of pugilist-related works was collected over more than 50 years by London couple

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Baseball makes its debut in an early US publication

18 September 2023

The Book of Sports by Robin Carver is considered the first American publication to describe the sport of baseball.

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Pick of the week: Signing the first England captain

11 September 2023

A timed online sale of sporting memorabilia that closed on August 27 at Graham Budd was topped by a photocard of Cuthbert J Ottaway (1850-78).

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Cricket rarities catch attention

11 September 2023

Sporting specialist saleroom highlights include wicket-keeping gloves, bat and even a soup tureen

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‘Earliest international rugby cap’ at auction

28 August 2023

This faded red-brown velvet cap worn by Alfred St George Hamersley (1848-1929) is believed to be the earliest rugby international cap to come to auction.

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Beefy memorabilia reminds England of Ashes triumph

21 August 2023

England cricketer Sir Ian Botham sold a group of memorabilia from his international and club career at auction on July 15.

Ian Botham’s World Cup shirt

Ian Botham’s World Cup shirt stars in our pick of six auction highlights

21 July 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes memorabilia from the collection of Sir Ian Botham sold at Knight's Auctioneers.

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The oarsman who outraged Henley and a rower later mountaineer

10 July 2023

A group of Victorian rowing memorabilia generated plenty of bidding at Claydon Auctioneers (19.5% buyer’s premium) in Buckinghamshire on June 25-26.

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Print includes a Wimbledon tennis pioneer

10 July 2023

A Tennis Match at Manchester is a very rare print marking one of the first British tennis tournaments.

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