Allan Blackburn column: Collectables get sporting chance

Allan Blackburn, Owner of GB Antiques Centre and Lancaster Leisure Park
Allan Blackburn, Owner of GB Antiques Centre and Lancaster Leisure Park

Well what else can I write about this week except for the World Cup.

It seems to have taken over my life. And everyone else’s come to think of it.

I’ve never seen so many adverts for Brazilian music, salsa and all the TV advertising seems to have that carnival feel with the message of camaraderie and support for the England team, despite their performance!

There is a massive market for sporting collectables and we are fortunate enough at GB Antiques to always have a variety of different items in stock.

I find it really interesting that it’s not just the items that are connected to certain sports like football and cricket that are collectable, but with things from a certain personality like Fred Perry or a big event like the World Cup.

Cricket, horse racing, tennis and angling are the most commonly collected sports themes, but football and rugby are also gaining importance.

The rise in satellite TV has also led to an upsurge of interest in American sports like baseball.

Sporting memorabilia performs increasingly well at auctions.

Sotheby’s and Christies held their first sport-themed auction as late as 1995, so it’s quite new as a recognised collectable field.

However, since then such auctions have become a frequent event at houses across the country.

It’s not just the equipment itself, which is collectable. Items like cigarette cards with a sporting theme, prints of sporty cartoons, clothing, autographs or sporting 
figurines are all eagerly sought after by collectors – there is an endless supply and variety of sporting collectables.

Sporting memorabilia is popular because it appeals to collectors on three levels.

Some collectors may be academic enthusiasts who are looking for an opportunity to gather historic details; some may be sportsmen themselves and may even make use of their special purchases and some may just be looking for a decorative item to complete a room.

Whichever level you are at, you will never be short of items to add to your collection.