February eh? The shortest month, obligatory romantic gestures, the end of winter in the northern hemisphere, but was there anything to love in terms of Tigers apparel availability? What warmed the hearts of polyester collectors during the 28 days? Mike Carter (@MikeyCarter90) reflects on the Auction Action…

We have two player issued shirts to discuss, both listed by the same seller. The first is a 2009/10 home shirt which was worn by Guinean madman Kamil Zayatte. Shirts from the 2009/10 season are a good entry point for new matchworn collectors as they are the most abundant and easiest to source. The commonality pushes down prices, which explains why this shirt sold for just £68.11.

The other match shirt that sold was this 2020/21 home shirt worn by Josh Emmanuel. It was worn by Josh on the way to winning the League One trophy, so it surprised me that this shirt only sold for £80 as they’ve been consistently selling for more recently. Even though February has been a quiet month for online auction sites, over saturation in January into February via Tiger Leisure may have resulted in this one finishing for a bargain price.

Moving into the replica market now, and the oldest item to sell was this Admiral home shirt from 1984-86. It finished after a 7-day auction for £121. The shirt is a size medium which is a common size for someone to wear, so I am slightly shocked that it didn’t sell for a little higher. We have seen examples of shirts listed higher and not sell though, so maybe my expectations need to be adjusted…

Moving forward to the 1990s and the Tiger Print era. This 1992/93 home shirt in size medium, sold initially for £510 at auction. It was then relisted and sold at £450 as a buy it now shortly after. I would assume this to be because the initial winner didn’t pay for the shirt. This shirt also has the Football League competition patches which weren’t commercially available during the shirt’s active lifespan.

A second 1992/93 home shirt also sold for £450. This time it was a size large in very good condition. There can’t be that many people left out there now who want one of these, but they continue to sell for big bucks.

A move to the second style of Tiger Print of 1993-95, and a size large and finished with a final selling price of £530. We have seen a few of these actually sell for more than its predecessor which I find interesting. Especially considering the attention the predecessor gets in online spaces. We’re in a similar position to the 1992/93 offering now with these cropping up month on month and selling for a consistently high price.

The 2020/21 away shirt with an abstract KCOM/MKM Stadium print sold out during our Championship winning season, even if we never won a game in it. That might explain why a size large went for £45, the RRP, after 12 bids. Amazing.

Player name and number prints can add value to a shirt, depending on the player, obviously. So, let’s take a look at a few shirts that sold. This 2007/08 away shirt with Okocha #44 printed on the back sold for £41. That’s over double what you’d see a non-printed replica sell for. He didn’t exactly light up Hull with his performances at City, however he did become a member of the “I forgot he played there” club for many outside of the City fan base.

We have an in-season shirt here and this 2020/21 third shirt printed with Huddlestone #23 sold for £50. It is a little cheaper than you’d expect to pay at Tiger Leisure when you take in to account the competition patches too. It feels like someone bought this and then changed their mind afterwards. At least with a shirt you can do that, a tattoo on the other hand

Lastly this 2011/12 ‘keeper jersey printed with Stockdale #34 sold for £36.05. It was incorrectly listed as a player issued shirt. This is likely due to the seller not realising that all adidas GK shirts sold in Tiger Leisure were ‘Formotion’ shirts. The biggest give away this wasn’t player issued though, was the lack of back of shirt sponsor, Scientific Laboratory Supplies under the squad number.