December 2020 wasn’t quite the matchday packed month that we were anticipating, as Covid-19 related postponements chomped a 14 day hole in the usually congested festive fixture list. Things weren’t quite as quiet for Hull City shirt availability though, and here are the best bits!
The month got off to a really quick start with some matchworn shirts being listed! First up was this 2017/18 home shirt worn by Sebastian Larsson. This shirt has a World Wildlife Fund appliqué on the chest, and if you know your kit stuff then you’ll know these were used for the game against Sunderland. The finishing price was £170 which is probably about right for a shirt worn in a one-off game, in my opinion.
Next up was this 2019/20 Herbie Kane home shirt, with Heads Up sleeve appliqué, used for the fixture at Reading in February. Herbie Kane wasn’t part of the matchday squad for this game, which may explain the finishing price of £110.83. However, it may still have been worn during the 2019/20 season as some shirts we’ve seen at HCK HQ had the original sleeve patch removed to make way for a Heads Up patch.
If you’re a keen checker of eBay listings, you will have seen this 2009/10 home shirt worn by Dean Marney at some point. It has been listed online for quite some time and finally sold in December 2020. A very reasonable £45 was paid for the shirt after an offer was made. The low price on this item relates to the amount of these in circulation.
Sticking with the same season and seller. This Seyi Olofinjana shirt also sold this month for £65. It was listed as worn in a mid-season friendly against Galway, including a note from a Galway player. Different!
We have seen a few poppy shirts from years gone by surface online recently, some matchworn and some just match issued. This one was “not” worn by Chuba Akpom, according to the listing. To our knowledge, only one of each was auctioned off in 2015/16 and Chuba made a second-half appearance in the fixture against Middlesbrough. Anyway, £148 was enough to add this into someone’s collection.
Finding a matchworn 2007/08 home shirt available to purchase is a difficult task, so when they pop up, they usually command a big price tag. Case and point here with this Stuart Elliott shirt as it fetched £311 for the seller.
Onto the replicas! We’ve seen shirts from the early 90s finishing at £100+ consistently for while now, so it will be no surprise that we have two more to show you. One buyer paid £120 for a 1992/93 away shirt. This is the about right price for this shirt, even though it is carrying some slight age-related wear and tear.
The next shirt also sold for £120, this 1990-92 home shirt which looks in good nick. Both shirts are Large, which makes a huge difference in their valuation – it’s always something to consider when comparing valuations.
A pair of 2000/01 shirts were also available. This home shirt sold for £79.99 and the away shirt £116.99. It’s worth bearing in mind both had best offer options so they could have sold for less than the prices listed.
In the bargain of the month, this 1992/93 home shirt sold for £69.99, which is less than a third of what they usually sell for. This one has had a #7 applied to the back. It does look new though, so it maybe isn’t an original number from release.
A player’s name and number added to a replica shirt can sometimes increase or decrease the value, depending on the reputation of the individual player, naturally. A pair of shirts printed with the name of Polish Superstar Kamil Grosicki was listed, the first a 2016/17 home shirt with added Premier League sleeve patches that sold for £54 and a third shirt from the same season sold for £24.
This 2015/16 home shirt printed with Maguire #12 and Sky Bet Championship sleeve patches sold for £60.
And that’s 2020 done, as well as this edition of Auction Action, we’ll be back in February to showcase January 2021‘s stand out auction buys.