Fifa World Cup sparks interest in soccer memorabilia

Fans perform before the match.
Fans perform before the match.
Image: REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

With the 2018 Fifa World Cup under way in Russia‚ fans in South Africa are trawling online auction sites in search of football memorabilia.

And to get values for money‚ your purchase should also be able to stand the test of time‚ a specialist advises.

Since the start of the World Cup that has been a 10% hike in soccer memorabilia and related items offered on their site‚ particularly from previous World Cups‚ said Gumtree’s head of public relations‚ Estelle Nagel‚ on Friday.

Football kits‚ flags‚ framed jerseys and boots are popular. “We’ve also just had someone list a hand-signed 2010 Fifa World Cup Zakumi display‚ signed by K-Naan‚” she said‚ referring to the Somali-Canadian artist whose song "Wavin' Flag" became a popular anthem at the South African tournament.

E-commerce website BidorBuy is offering a replica of the Fifa World Cup for R550‚ including shipping.

“The price is not bad considering you don’t even have to strut onto a football pitch to get it‚” joked Bidorbuy’s sports category manager Scott Donaldson.

If you have deeper pockets‚ the site is selling a number 7 Real Madrid jersey signed by Cristiano Ronaldo for R10‚500.

A Liverpool jersey signed by the 2005 Champions League winning squad is going for R17‚100. For the same price‚ you could also bid for a Manchester United jersey signed by the squad that won the league in 2012/2013.

Football memorabilia can also be found on eBay‚ which has a range of shirts‚ badges and tickets.

They are priced in British pounds and you would have to pay extra for shipping. Currently an autographed shirt signed by Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is going for £46.99‚ or R844.90.

Get Memorabilia director Damien van der Laan said good quality memorabilia is an investment for the future.

His advice to super fans is: the lower the supply of a particular item‚ the higher the demand.

“The longer you hold onto the piece‚ it becomes less available in the market‚ which means you could eventually ask a higher premium for your piece.”

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