Looking for New Ideas to Help Earn a Little Money More ? Being a passionate supporter of football is not essential, but it will help you if you want to adopt the collection of rare football programs as a new remunerative project.
The collection of football programs can be compared to the research and collection of antiques – you will learn as you go. To begin, the British supplier of printed instant display articles : Where The Trade Buy, wrote an insightful guide below …
Let's start with some notions about football programs
In 1888, the first football programs were published in parallel with the launch of the Football League. Unlike today, the goal of a program was to keep the results and consisted of a single sheet detailing the teams and the date of the match.
Over time, the size of football programs has grown from pocket size to A4. Some clubs preferred the smaller option and others opted for the larger format. From a single sheet of basic information, the availability of saddle-stitch book printing and the growing popularity have turned football programs into thick, glossy books stuffed with anecdotes, statistics and high resolution photos that fans liked to buy before every game.
One of the first programs to be published was Aston Villa's Villa News and Record. Shortly after, the football program took a heavier format of four to eight pages, while the covers became more eye-catching and more appealing. During and after World War II, a shortage of paper has reduced the number of programs that clubs can produce – making those that have been made very collectible today.
Today's football program stays true to its roots by providing spectators with essential information about each team's players. Although today, the program can also serve as a spokesman for the club in question, allowing leaders and players to address fans through interviews and statements club.
What is the value of rare football programs?
There are many examples of rare football programs sold to collectors for a lot of money. In 2012, an Ipswich family managed to earn about £ 46,000 by auctioning a set of football programs that she stumbled into at her house, which shows how easy it is to not realize the treasure you have at home.
Quite recently, Sotheby's New Bond Street auctioned the oldest known program of an FA Cup final – Old Etonians vs. Blackburn Rovers in 1882 – for 30 £ 1,000, while a simple 1909 leaf program The FA Cup final between Manchester United and Bristol City cost £ 23,500 in 2012.
To help you, here is a guide to the editions to watch as a collector.
What kind of football programs do collectors look for?
For fans, football programs clearly play a big part of the experience of a match day – but are they collectible and what should you look for if you want to win a really special edition ?
Wembley's first final program dating back to 1923 is an excellent example of an important collector's item. It details the match between Bolton and West Ham United and is worth around £ 1,000. Otherwise, the program of the one and only time a non-English club won the FA Cup – Cardiff City vs. Arsenal in 1927 – ended in a score of 1-0 and has a value of around £ 2,500!
The England vs West Germany program of 1966 is potentially one of the most popular sports programs. But be warned; there have been three reprints of the original, so it is difficult to find an authentic version. If you want to make sure you buy an original, check its weight and color – the reprints are lighter, while the cover of the original is of a deep royal blue. Different types of paper are also used for team pages in the original, but not in reprinted versions.
Program collectors are also looking for the edition of the game canceled following the Munich air disaster in 1958 (Manchester United vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers), which can be auctioned for around £ 10,000, or the program of the first game following the tragedy – match of 19 February 1958 between Manchester United and Sheffield on Wednesday. In this program, the club has shown respect to the people involved in the disaster by leaving the blank page of his team.
A helping hand for beginner collectors: A great quick guide
Do not forget the following three key features to make sure you benefit from an interesting offer:
Age of the program – Objects older than 50 years are the collectibles.
Availability – If there are many, it will reduce the value.
Application – Programs with an iconic footballer on the cover or detailing a famous match are the most prized and valuable.
Wear – Wrinkles, missing staples and water damage all lower the price of the program. Ask for a picture before paying.
Any program from a last FA Cup match is valuable, as is any booklet that may be the first or last edition of a player / coach's career (ie say the last match played by David Beckham for Manchester United).
Another thing to note is that some teams generally have greater monetary value than others when it comes to program collection – although your team's programs have more personal value for you. Teams such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs, West Ham and Arsenal are all highly sought after and are worth watching if you want a particularly valuable object. The Football Program Center is also a good tip if you want to become a serious collector.
Many UK fans love to collect football programs, especially when you find a rare edition or do good business.
So why not stay focused on football until the new season starts when you learn more about the hobby?