July is a special month for kitgeeks… it’s when the release of new kits ramps up and we get to see what club sides will be wearing once the new season kicks off in August. Indeed our beloved Tigers created a buzz with the launch of the 2021/22 change kit in July. But what impact, if any, does a slew of kit releases have on the availability of pre-existing polyester? Mike Carter (@MikeyCarter90) has looked over the auction listings to see what you  could have won in July…

For the first time in quite a while, there was not a single completed listing for a match-worn Hull City shirt in a calendar month. Truth be told, July wasn’t a great month all around, but I do have some intriguing replica shirt sales to show you.

Early on in the month, I spotted this 1990-92 away shirt. The auction started at £120 and was listed with a best offer option attached. The seller did accept an offer on this shirt but that could have been anything above, below or even the starting price.

A 1997/98 home shirt in size XXL sold for just £65, attracting just one bid and selling for the start price. Maybe taking the risk of a lower start price would have netted the seller more, as people are more likely to keep bidding on an item with a low starting price than they are when it starts with a relatively high reserve.

Sticking with the 1990s, next we have a 1999/00 away shirt in size XL. It was listed as a buy it now with a £61.99 price tag. The best offer option was once again in play so this one may have sold for under the listing price. Looking at the images the shirt is in a really good condition and will have made a lovely pick up for someone.

We have regular evidence of modern-day third shirts selling for a reasonable price on the resale market, even after just a couple of years and this 2016/17 third shirt fits right in line. In size XL and listed as brand new, it attracted 18 bids and a final value of £40.

Two printed-up replicas featuring the names of former City defenders went for £NotMuch. A 2002-04 home replica printed up with Marc Joseph’s name and number sold for £28 and if you were a fan of Kamil Zayatte you could have had a 2010/11 away shirt that was squad signed and printed with his name and number for £26.

Lastly, someone picked up a bundle of training wear from the 2020/21 season in size medium. There were 17 individual items in total, tops, shorts jackets and more and the bundle fetched £122.80 after 4 bidders placed 20 bids. That works out at around £7.20 per item. Not bad going if it’s your size.

That, sadly, is everything of note for July. We’re hoping the offerings in August might slake our thirst for matchworns and desirable replicas, either way we’ll be back to report next month in Auction Action.