SPORTING PROGRAMMES

Antique sporting programmes command strong 
interest among collectors in our regular Suffolk auctions.

 

In particular, some of the rarest early football programmes can be worth thousands, which can come as a surprise to many people. 

 

Various factors can determine scarcity and, hence, value. For example, during the First and Second World Wars, a shortage of paper meant the public was encouraged to donate it for recycling. Various types of ephemera, including sporting programmes, were handed in.

 

Today, this has greatly added to the rarity of some pre-War football programmes.

 

We prefer to deal with collectable football programmes dating before 1960, as those are the ones of greater scarcity and interest to collectors. However, most football programmes are of modest value, but can easily be sold as multiple lots and collections.

 

W.H. Smith souvenir football card sold by Suffolk auctioneers Lockdales

Auction #154/ Lot 2616

W.H. Smith souvenir card for the English Cup Final Manchester Utd. V Bristol City 24th April 1909

hammer £3800

Antique football programme of Derby County Football Club sold by Suffolk auction house Lockdales

Auction #122/ Lot 2282

Derby County v Leeds United 26th December 1929

hammer £1050

Antique football programme of Woolwich Arsenal FC, sold by Lockdales auction house in Suffolk

Auction #127 / Lot 2720

Woolwich Arsenal v Leicester Fosse 6th Sept. 1913. Programme No. 1, Volume 1 – the first ever game at Highbury.

hammer £2900

An antique football programme of Burnley Football Club sold by Lockdales auctioneers in Suffolk

auction #96/Lot 2515

Huddersfield Town v Notts County 25th March 1922, FA Cup Semi Final played at Turf Moor, Burnley.

hammer £3300