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    Monday, September 4th, 2017

    THE array of collectibles at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on September 9 includes historical documents and artefacts, sporting memorabilia including The Fergus Reid Collection of Irish Football Programmes, medals and militaria, edged weapons and firearms, a good range of gold and silver coinage, banknotes, rare books including first editions by Oliver Goldsmith, James Joyce and Flann Ó Briain, early printed maps of Ireland and America, Polar Exploration books and collectibles, antique silverware and curios.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Football 1949 Bohemian AFC v. Manchester Utd. programme. (120-180)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Early 17th century, city plans of Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick by John Speed. UPDATE: THIS MADE 560 AT HAMMER(300-500)

    1902 pattern Royal Irish Constabulary helmet. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,500 AT HAMMER (1,000-1,200)

    Travel poster, Great Southern Railways. (400-600)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000 AT HAMMER

    Florin 1943 – Ireland’s rarest issued coin, the key date for the complete collection. I(5,000-6,000)   UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,500 AT HAMMER


    Friday, December 4th, 2015
    The football signed by the Manchester United team in 1957.

    The football signed by the Manchester United team in 1957.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 6,000 AT HAMMER

    An historic  and poignant 1957 football signed by the Manchester United team and management comes up at Whyte’s sale of Sport and Entertainment memorabilia in Dublin on December 13 and 14. Among the signatories are seven of the eight players who died in the Munich air disaster in February 1958.  Their names are marked by an asterisk on the following list. It is signed by Matt Busby, *Geoff Bent, Johnny Berry, *Roger Byrne, Jackie Blanchflower, Joe Carolan, Bobby Charlton, Jack Crompton, *Duncan Edwards, Ian Greaves, *Mark Jones, Noel McFarlane, *David Pegg, Albert Scanlon, *Tommy Taylor, *Liam Whelan.  This sad memento of happier days for an ill-fated team is estimated at 6,000-8,000.

    When Shamrock Rovers won the League of Ireland in 1957 they were the first Irish club to qualify for the European Cup. They were drawn against Manchester United. Shamrock Rovers hosted Manchester United at home in Milltown for the first leg and lost 6-0. They travelled to Old Trafford for the 2nd leg on October 2, 1957. Rovers lost 3-2. After the game a member of the team was presented with a football signed by the Manchester United team and management. Busby’s Babes went on to win the second round of the Cup against Dukla Prague and progressed to meet Red Star Belgrade in the third round. It was while returning to England from the away leg against Red Star Belgrade, in February 1958, that the team’s plane crashed after a refuelling stop in Munich. The football is from a descendant of a Shamrock Rovers team member.


    Friday, September 24th, 2010

    The 1968 European Cup winners Medal awarded to George Best. (click on image to enlarge); UPDATE: IT MADE £156,000 INCLUSIVE OF BUYERS PREMIUM.

    An extensive collection of awards presented to the legendary Northern Irish football player, George Best (1946-2005) is to be sold at Bonhams, Chester on October 20 as part of the Sporting Memorabilia sale. Estimated to make up to £270,000 the collection is being offered by the executors of Best’s estate.

    The top lot is the 1968 European Cup winner’s medal awarded following Manchester United’s 4-1 victory over Benfica, Portugal, when Manchester United became the first English team to win the European Cup. The medal has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £90,000 – 120,000.
    The sale also offers a replica of this European Cup Winner’s medal, which was made for Best by the Professional Footballers’ Association when he misplaced the original medal. Modelled on Sir Bobby Charlton’s borrowed medal, it has been estimated at £8,000 – 10,000.