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.