What’s In A Shirt

So the big news is that the previous owner of the world’s most sought after football shirt in history is about seven million times richer than he was a day ago.

The price paid for Nottingham born Steve Hodge’s most prized possession, that of Diego Armando Maradona’s famous number ten navy blue Argentina away shirt, worn on that sunny day in Mexico in 1986, when he not only ran half the length of the pitch to score the goal of the century, but also famously knocked England out of the World Cup with a hand of God goal that has Peter Shilton still to this day fuming with rage and disgust… ‘If only Shilts got there quickest to beat fellow teammate Hodgey to the shirt swap on the full time whistle.’

After locking the shirt in a vault for many years, before lending it to the Football Association to display at Manchester’s football museum, Hodge this year decided to finally cave in and sell Maradona’s shirt at auction. Sotheby’s rubbed hands together with a guesstimate of £4-6m… The shirt in the end fetching over £7.1m.

A record for a sporting shirt of any kind, whilst it’s not clear who the new owner is, Gedling born former Nottingham Forest midfielder Hodge, who these days works as a co-commentator for BBC Radio Nottingham, is no longer that man, but instead he has seven million reasons to be happy about that!

Footballers back then, particularly of Hodge’s Ilk, whilst paid comfortably for playing at the highest level during the 80’s and 90’s, would not have amassed near those figures that they do today, so this is a good news story, one that safeguards Hodge’s family, children, grandchildren, and gives him a bloody good retirement too, and anyone who knows the former Leeds, Spurs and Aston Villa star, will certainly not begrudge him that.

On thinking of running up to the loft or under the bed and inspecting what we can find of our local stars in memorabilia to auction for similar whopping returns, we at Nottingham Sport have compiled for a bit of fun, our own valuation service of collectable items that we think might be worth a quid or two.

Have any of the below? Let us know? If you want a valuation on any sporting item, please get in touch and we’ll put you through to those in the know.

Brian Clough Green Jersey

We don’t know for sure if there’s any still kicking around, but if there are, a green jersey once owned by the great Brian Clough would probably be in the top one green jerseys of all to buy.

We anticipate a signed genuine Clough garment could fetch up to £8,000 whilst an un-signed green jumper could easily fetch up to £2,000. Not quite Diego Maradona’s standards, but if Nigel ever leaves Mansfield, he at least could dig out some old stuff from the family chest and earn a few bob.

Stuart Pearce No3 Shirt

A poll named Stuart Pearce the greatest Nottingham Forest player of all time so what better player to pick than the old squash buckling club captain himself? Whilst an England shirt, in particular of the 1990 World Cup or 1996 Euros, could be worth a cool £5,000 plus. We expect a match-worn Forest shirt, signed by the man himself to fetch over £1,000 or even un-signed it could be worth a similar fee, upwards of £500.

Tommy Lawton No9 Shirt

When England International Tommy Lawton left Chelsea to join third division Notts County for a British record transfer fee, it became as big news back then in 1947 as it would be today. The greatest striker of his time leaving top tier football for a better deal at Meadow Lane whilst working part-time for the Evening Post.

Today a number nine Tommy Lawton Notts shirt could fetch as much as £20,000 and probably even higher. Most likely however they’ll be nothing as valuable of Lawton’s left in circulation. One wonders if they hadn’t knocked down the old offices at the Post on Forman Street in the late 1990’s, would there be something there tracing back to the former footballing writer? Even a pair of old boots would hold most value of £XXXX’s.

Sandy Pate No2 Shirt

So famous in Mansfield he has his own bar. Underneath the One Call Stadium Main Stand, the Supporters Bar at the home of the Stags is called after the former Scottish right back who made over 400 appearances during the 1960’s and 70’s as Mansfield reached briefly the Second tier of English football at their height.

These days a genuine Sandy Pate shirt could be worth as much as £1,000-2,000 to Stags fans and the one from a 3-0 FA Cup win over West Ham United in 1969, perhaps as much as £3,000-4,000 or more?

Garfield Sobers Bat

Perhaps Nottinghamshire’s most famous and best-known cricketing icon? West Indian legend Sir Garfield Sobers famously hit six sixes in an over for Notts at Glamorgan and ‘if’ his match worn bat was around today, that could easily reach as much as £5,000.

Other signed items of Sobers could also reach over £1,000 with signed bats from other internationally known players, like Richard Hadlee or Stuart Broad worth upwards of £500. Signed Nottinghamshire team bats depending on era could also fetch £500 plus.

Torvill & Dean Ice Skates

The most famous dancing duo in the country and our very own Olympic Gold medallists from 1984. From their items of clothes during the perfect scoring bolero we would be talking huge worth between £10,000-20,000 plus in the right hands.

Other items including signed skates or photos would be much lower, but as typical with these famous couples, you can’t have one without the other, together their value is higher, up to £100 for either individuals or £200 for both, after all you can’t buy a pepper pot without having the matching salt one of course.

Signed Nottingham Panthers Hockey Stick

Whilst ice-hockey in this country isn’t huge for the collector’s market, sentimental value is often what leads the way when it comes to hiking auction prices and one’s love, for a sport, a team, or a player, can often drive a price up beyond its items worth.

Whilst signed jerseys or sticks from players could reach over £100-200 to the right person, most will be kept in wardrobes and garages, to enjoy in one’s personal collection, without breaking the bank when it comes to sale value.

Signed Carl Froch Glove

The Cobra is not only one of the best boxers ever to come out of Nottingham, but is one of the best boxers to come out of the UK, and is globally recognised as a three-time champion of the world at super middleweight.

That said, boxing gloves are ten a penny with boxers often signing them for auctions and despite the fame and glory of being one of the best ever in the sport, a signed Froch glove today could be purchased for as little as £200.

The value is however in ‘match-worn’ and should Froch’s gloves or shorts from any major title fight, come to sale, then they could certainly reach anything upwards of £1,000. Items from Froch v Groves at Wembley Stadium perhaps as high as £2,000-3,000 or more.

Steve Hodge No18 Shirt

So if Maradona’s shirt from the same game is worth over £7,100,000 and if the man himself, considered as the greatest footballer of all time, swapped (and kept) the shirt of Steve Hodge, then wouldn’t that be worth something too?

Well yes, of course, whilst not being near the worth of the star prize itself, Hodge’s own kudos has gone up so much that his very shirt would all of a sudden become one of the most valuable England shirts of all time. Picture it’s journey, from the back of our own to the kitbag of Maradona, across the world to Buenos Aries, Naples and beyond, now in reality, if this shirt was ever found, it could be worth small fortunes, realistically, the shirt has probably long gone, eroded, neglected, left in deepest Argentina, but what a story if it were still around? Whilst not reaching anything near the million dollar mark, we anticipate £10-20,000 plus, maybe even as much as £70,000 for an item belonging to a former student of Stanhope, and Gedling school. Not bad, but then we still think Hodge was right to swap!

In items worth, values of memorabilia often go up over time. Football programmes for example from pre-world war II, are seen as very rare, so much more valuable than they are post war. (Prices can fetch upwards of £100 for regular league match programmes post 1940, pre-1950 they can be anything from a couple quid to much higher the further they date back).

Nottingham Forest programmes for example can vary, the 59 Cup Final and the European Cup Finals can be anything from £20-30, the older they are however the more valuable, in principle, matchday sheets from the 1930’s will often fetch above £50.

If you have a sporting item you believe is collectable, and you would like it valued, please get in touch with us at info@nottinghamsport.com and we’ll give you an estimated price.

Values are based on the assumptions of what realistically, we would pay for them, and can increase or decrease in value depending on quality and authenticity. Please only use this article as a guide and if you want a serious valuation, please get in touch and we’ll put you in contact with a recommended buyer.

*Main image @btrfootball Steve Hodge playing against Maradona in 1986.

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