Auction Action – May 2012

The season may be over and the players off sunning themselves in Ayia Napa or wherever, but Ebay never sleeps. There is no respite for shirt collectors.

They must remain vigilant all year round in their polyester-craving quest, lest they be reminded of the bitterest of auction axioms…”if you snooze, you lose”.

May matched April for City kit intrigue, especially for matchworn items, many of which went for thouroughly reasonable amounts.

The biggest buzz was generated by a 1987/88 Admiral/Mansfield Beers home shirt with 8 on the back, suggesting it was used by Frankie Bunn who frequently wore that number. The partially flaked off sponsor and iron mark add rather than detract from this shirt’s charm, and it went for £160 after 20 bids.

The same seller had another trick up their sleeve, a 1979/80 long sleeved Europa home shirt with 9 on the back. This only went for £77 after 12 bids, the low end price possibly explained by the numerous holes in the shirt. Still, a great piece.

Whoever got this player worn 1989/90 warm up top for £32.50 got an absolute bargain. It’s a bit faded and the Matchwinner logo on the back is degraded, but that just lets you know it was worn throughout the whole season.

From more recent times, this matchworn Manucho shirt from our first Premier League season was listed twice in May with a £75 asking price. The seller eventually accepted a bid of £45. Whatever your thoughts on Manucho’s ability, £45 for a matchworn Premier League shirt is an utter steal.

Are Danny Webb’s matchworn shorts really worth £21? Someone thinks so, though they were incorrectly listed. They were described as 2002/03 home shorts, but the black crest shield suggests they were from 2003/04 when we used black shields sewn on with amber thread rather than amber shields (used the year before) to distinguish them from the black away shorts which also used amber shields. Webb only made a handful of appearances in 2003/04 before departing to Cambridge.

Ray Parlours matchworn shorts from 2006/07 seem more worthy of a similar price of £21.50. Oddly, Jason Price’s worn shorts from the 2004/05 promotion campaign went for a mere pound, as did some alternate amber shorts that were match prepared for but ultimately unused by Nathan Doyle at Luton. We snaffled those.

Onto replicas, the seller of this 1992/93 Matchwinner/Bonus away shirt with ‘Windass 10’ on the back (that we featured in last month’s Auction Action) twice had to relist after winning bidders failed to pay up. When finally sold, it went for £60, some £40 less than was bid the first time round.

Last month we also mentioned an XL limited edition ‘Needlers’ shirt whch fetched £51 for its seller. In May the very same shirt was auctioned again, this time with ’10 Windass’ applied to the back and it went for £100.

The reseller didn’t mention the hole though. Naughty. It’s worth noting that squad names didn’t appear on Football League shirts until 1999, though often fans had sports shops add them anyway.

Even damaged 1992/93 tiger stripe home shirts are considered valuable to some, this shirt with the B & O of BONUS missing went for £47 after 12 bids. One of the Pelada leopard spot 1994/95 follow up shirts went for £35, while a 1995-97 Super League/IBC maroon away shirt went for £40 after a 17 bid battle.

You don’t see many Great Escape season away shirts up for grabs, this slightly beaten up one attracted 7 bids and sold for £35. A home shirt from the same year, 1998/99, garnered 15 bids and went for £40.

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink’s retirement from the game coincided with the listing of an XXL 2009/10 home shirt with his name and number on the back. It featured the full sized Premier League letters intially used for the Dutchman’s game shirts before smaller letters were ordered by the club. After 8 bids, it raised £24.50.

That’s all for this month. Happy bidding!


Auction Action – April 2012

Whether the April fools were those who paid hefty sums for shirts or those who missed out on them is very much a matter of perspective, but the bidding for City kits was frenzied last month.

A matchworn shirt went for the most money, as you’d expect. This long sleeved, number 5 maroon away shirt from 1995-97 drew 17 bids and a final price of £227.

If this seventies home shirt said to be worn by Chris Chilton is genuine, it’s an absolute snip at £150 given that the seller got him to sign it. What catches our eye about it is the stitched on number 9 being white. Amazing.

The Club relisted Josh Kings shirt from the Leeds and Ipswich games, it features the Help the Hospices patch used by all Football League teams in March and fetched £113.88.

Early 80’s replicas continue to go for over £150, this Arrow Air sponsored number 9 Admiral home shirt raised £195 after 9 bids, and a white Admiral away shirt (that was used throughout Admiral’s 6 year stint as kit supplier) went for £170 after 13 bids.

Tiger stripe 1992/1993 home shirts also remain big draws. Despite the faded club crest this shirt attracted 22 bids and sold for £124. The same seller may have gotten more than £51 for a limited edition though never used in games ‘Needler’s shirt’ had it not had a small hole in it.

The most intriguing of the shirts sold in April was a Super League 1995-97 home shirt that appears to have been a prototype, though the seller believes it was worn in a pre-season friendly.

The club crest  used on this jersey was the type used on the follow up kits from 1997/98, for 1995-97 though a large sewn on shield shaped patch containing the crest within a smaller shield.

On the back of this shirt a number 5 has a drop shadow, whereas the shirts used by the club throughout the two seasons they were worn had a simpler number font. Club used or not, this is a fascinating item, and we were surprised it went for a mere £31.50 after garnering 14 bids. Perhaps we should have had a punt on this one.

As we enter May, there are already some interesting shirts for sale on Ebay and elsewhere, happy hunting Kit Nerds!

Auction Action – March 2012

March was a manic period for the Tigers, squeezing 9 games into it’s 31 days. it was also an interesting month for fans seeking old City shirts.

There were some relative bargains to be had where match worn/issued shirts were concerned, a signed Henrik Pedersen worn 2007-08 home shirt fetched £80, whereas a 2000/2001 Theo Whitmore home shirt  went for just £62.

Tiger striped 1992/93 shirts continue to command triple figure bids, this one went for just under £176, prompting someone to ask £220 as a buy it now price for one in size large.  It seems a bit cheeky to set such a high price when the seller says the B of the BONUS sponsor has a split in it, which may explain why no one has stumped up for it after a full 31 days listed. The same seller is asking £300 for a 1982-84 home shirt in large. Cuh.

Admiral reproduced that design in a much shinier fabric for seasons 1984/85 and 1985/86, and a youths (35-37″) version went for £102 after receiving 19 bids. Another one, also in a youths size but with the measurements not listed garnered 17 bids but went for just £29.66. Some cautionary tales for people listing old shirts then, let bidders decide what a shirt is worth, and state the exact size if you want people to bid big.

A centenary home shirt signed by 28 players spanning several generations, including Andy Davidson, John McSeveney, Ken Wagstaff, Chris Chilton, Billy Whitehurst, Richard Jobson and Kevin Francis fetched just £51, less than the £55 asking price for a 2009/10 replica home shirt signed by Jimmy Bullard. Not that anyone has paid that amount so far, though one person has made an offer, Paul Duffen perhaps.

Some 90s away shirts were snapped up, a 1993/94 Pelada/Pepis jade shirt in large sold for £69, while an XXL Super League/University of Hull white shirt from 1997/98 went for £72. Our favourite item auctioned in March was a late 70s Europa home shirt in a youths 30/32″ size. The seller correctly stated that replicas were a rarity back then, a surprise then that it fetched just £37.


Auction Action – February 2012

February was a busy month for City shirt auctions, the highlight being several of the poppy adorned matchworn shirts from the West Ham game in November that the Club relisted citing ‘timewasters’ as the reason.

The relisted shirts went for: Liam Rosenior £226 (28 bids), Paul McKenna £205 (33 bids), Adriano Basso £122 (32 bids), Robbie Brady £201 (12 bids) and Dele Adebola £155 (11 bids).

Several other purportedly matchworn shirts went under the E-hammer last month: At the start of February the #10 long sleeved 1995/96 home shirt that we featured in January’s Auction Action went for £50 after attracting 7 bids. A 2001/02 home shirt said to be worn and signed by Ian Goodison went for £49 (15 bids). If authentic, the new owners of those shirts have gotten bargains, you could have had both for the cost of a squad signed but off the peg home shirt from this season which went for £107.

Other replicas that fetched a song are the 1992/93 tiger stripe shirt that fetched £175 (20 bids), a considerably rarer small/medium 1982/83 home shirt went for £88 after 13 bids and the never used in a match Pelada/Needlers limited edition shirt brought in £66 (9 bids).

Our favourite sale of February was of a 1996/97 alternate goalkeeper shirt which received only one bid and so went for the list price of £50. We’d forgotten all about that faintly nauseatingly coloured and mindbending design, which although reproduced as a replica was never used in a game as far as we can recall. Scott Thompson preferred the orange keeper top and Steve Wilson became synonymous with a white jersey that was paired with the shorts and socks of the away kit to create a rare on keepers all white look that made Willo look a bit, err, cherubic between the sticks.

Auction Action – January 2012

Sex sells they say, but not always for much. ‘Chambermaid Julia’, an eBay seller, paired what appeared to be an unsponsored 1995-97 City away shirt with suspenders while modelling the size small shirt for a recent auction.

Though the seller’s marketing style drew attention on the #hcafc Twitter hashtag, the shirt garnered only two bids, selling for a mere £5.50.

Is this a reflection on Julia’s charms or on the lack of City fans that can get into a small shirt? We may never know, but a large Liverpool shirt went for just £11.50, despite a whole lot of leg being on show in the item photo .

Attracting far more offers was a Pelada training jacket (size 46/48 tellingly) from 1994/95.

Fans of foreign words may know that Pelada is a Portuguese term that roughly translates as ‘naked’ and is used in Brazil to describe kickabouts, ‘stripped down’ games of football if you will.

Pelada is also a Melton Mowbray based teamwear manufacturer who back in the mid-90s made kits for West Brom, Reading, Mansfield and City. They were tasked with making a non-copyright violating facsimile of Matchwinner’s tiger stripe 1992/93 kit but succeeded only in producing the vilest City home shirt EVER! They did produce a moderately handsome jade, white and black away kit though. Oddly, all the training gear featured green trim (this appears to be a Pelada thing, referencing Brazil throughout their range), and this City training jacket had three green stripes split by two white stripes on its zip up collar.

The jacket was bid on seven times by three seperate bidders and sold for £46.00.

Mid-month, someone paid £49.99 for a 2008/09 ‘Windass 9’ home shirt featuring a Remembrance Day poppy appliqué on the front.

We can’t help but wonder if whoever bought this shirt thinks they now own something matchworn or player issued, even though the seller, ‘legendsandicons’, didn’t list the shirt that way.

City only started using poppy appliqués in 2009/10, the season after this shirt was worn, furthermore this shirt doesn’t have the Premier League sleeve transfers.

A shirt that might well have been worn by Deano is this long sleeved ‘Super League’ 1995-97 home shirt that has the correct competition badges on the sleeves and number 10 on the back in the appropriate typeface for a player worn shirt. The auction is still live if you fancy bidding, but as always remember the first rule of bidding, caveat emptor!

Auction Action – December 2011

The big news in the world of auctioned Tigers tat this month is the sale of match worn shirts from the November 5th home game against West Ham. The shirts feature red poppy appliqués as the game was the nearest fixture to Remembrance Sunday. All of the shirts worn that day are available to buy (substitutes and all), with the proceeds from the auction going to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal – a most noble cause.

At the time of writing, Robert Koren’s shirt was valued highest by frantically bidding Tiger Nationals, whereas substitute James Harper’s shirt was going for £NotMuch, which will probably get him some stick on the training ground. All of the listings are on the Tiger Leisure eBay store page.

Among other shirts catching the eye of City fans on Ebay is a “Mid 60s soccer replica” (shown below). At first glance, it appears to be a pretty good attempt at recreating the shirt City wore during the 1964/65 season.

60s styleHowever closer examination reveals one critical error. Though the pitiful, emaciated tiger head crest was used on many different shirts between 1947 and 1975, it did not appear on the 1964/65 jerseys (as seen below). That year’s shirts had two black hoops (not bands, as they were on the back too) and would surely have been considered classics had they been worn with black shorts.

Instead, amber shorts were used and the dearth of contrast across the full kit made it look washed out, it was derisively termed ‘the banana kit’ and lasted but one year. The idea of rehabilitating the mid-Sixties kit’s reputation with a modern replica shirt is a laudable one, but the execution could be better.

We note that several 1992/93 season Matchwinner/Bonus tiger stripe shirts have fetched in excess of £150 for their sellers in recent weeks, though a slightly less than perfect condition shirt (size large) went for a ‘mere’ £87 (plus postage) on Wednesday. In contrast a 1982-83 Admiral home shirt went for just short of £105 last week.

How much would you be willing to part with for an old/match worn shirt, and what is your holy grail?