Compared to Diego Maradona’s shirt from the 1986 World Cup, which sold for over £7Million in a Sotheby’s auction, all other memorabilia might seem worthless, but value is of course subjective. Some City fans would use that Argentina away shirt to wash their car, and what they value might not raise an Argentine Peso in Buenos Aires. So let’s see what stuff that we care about, namely Hull City apparel, fetched in April, as Mike Carter (@MikeyCarter90) runs us through the April Auction Action…
April started off as March finished, sluggish, but the announcement that matchwornshirt.com would auction off shirts worn against Fulham in February in aid of Tigers Trust injected some intrigue in the month of fools, showers and the day of St. George, but more on that later.
Starting with the one player issue shirt to sell on eBay in April, this is its second Auction Auction appearance in consecutive months, having sold in March for £36. I assume the idea was for it to be a quick flip, to make some profit. The goalkeeper jersey was issued to Mark Oxley for the 2010/11 season was sold on for up to £60. A small profit for the second seller here.
As we move into the replica market, the oldest shirt to feature is this 1986-88 home shirt in a size small. It sold for £99.99 following 17 bids which is probably about right for a shirt this size.
We’ve noticed that the going price for 1992/93 home shirts has dropped a bit from its peak during 2021. We have seen these sold for as high as £637 (in September 2021) but as the market has wider availability the value is starting to drop. The first iteration tiger stripe shirt we are covering here finished at £355.99, almost half of the peak 2021 value. This is something we will continue to cover at HCK HQ.
This 1995-97 away shirt had been around on eBay for a while with the price decreasing over time. It actually sold twice for £169.99 in April, being relisted presumably because of a non-paying winner first time round. It remains to be seen if this one pops up again.
Next up is this 2000/01 away shirt in a size medium. The shirt was listed at £79.99 with the best offer option available to buyers. It appears that it was an offer which secured this shirt. Anything less than the starting price is a great deal as it wasn’t over priced in the first place.
2015/16 third shirts were in demand in April. We noticed that two sold, after being listed at very similar amounts. The first ‘blueprint and scuba blue’ shirt was a size medium and sold for up to £69.99 and the other was a small and that one sold for up to £65. Both of these shirts sold using the best offer feature. It amazes me how much is paid for such a recent shirt. Hull City third shirts tend to be produced in limited numbers and have a very good track record of holding their value, even in the short term.
Printed replica shirts also seem to hold a high level of value too. Assuming that it is with a star player and not a random name like ‘Matt Damon’… Anyway, this Robert Koren replica shirt from 2012/13 sold for £49.99.
During our 2007/08 promotion season campaign, on-loan striker Fraser Campbell wrote himself into club history with his performances. Enough so that someone had their home shirt printed with Campbell 25 on the back. This shirt sold for up to £45 after the best offer option was once again exercised.
When Jimmy Bullard joined Hull City in 2009 he became our record signing. Although in the long term it didn’t workout for Bullard at City, he still captured the attention of many pockets of the fan base. Last month we covered a match-worn Bullard shirt that sold for £51 and this month we’re back to cover a replica 2009/10 home shirt that sold for £60. Each to their own I guess.
On the last day of April, week long auctions for the ‘Tigers Trust’ player shirts worn against Fulham in February would end on matchwornshirt.com to raise funds for the sports and education charity affiliated with the club. Auctions ended from the moment City kicked off at Bristol City, no fun for shirt collectors at the match!
As with the 2021/22 poppy shirt auction, local lads Keane Lewis-Potter and Jacob Greaves lead the way with the highest bids once again, with both reaching £400. It is amazing how much the squad signed shirts went for, one went for more than 17 of the worn shirts and all 7 of the issued. Incredible, and not in a good way. Below you will find a list of the end values for all the shirts which were available.
£7,854 was rasied in total Here’s a breakdown of what sold and for how much…
McLoughlin 2 £278
Coyle 2 £270
Slater 2 £269
Ingram 2 £254
Forss 2 £203
Longman 2 £182
Smallwood 2 £155
A. Jones £162
Squad Signed shirts
Squad Signed 2 £270
Squad Signed 1 £271
Squad Signed 3 (GK) £183
Squad Signed Warm Up tee shirts
Squad Signed Warm Up 2 £140
Squad Signed Warm Up 1 £140