Football memorabilia event

Derby County Football Club are staging a football memorabilia event on Sunday, August 7.

The football memorabilia market is still very active and whilst some prices have stabilised, others for unique and rare items are still rocketing, and seen as a good alternative investment (only this week the oldest football rule book was sold for over £880,000).

Although it is being staged at Derby County, it is not aimed specifically at Rams fans, but football fans in general and any sport at all for valuations.

The club have engaged with Charles Hanson (TV personality, auctioneer and Rams fan) to provide valuations of sporting memorabilia which people can bring along.

He will also take items for auction in one of his future sales.

The Toyota Suite will be filled with memorabilia dealers covering all aspects of the trade - badges, tickets, programmes, shirts, press photos, trade cards and stickers, and people will be able to buy items at reasonable prices to complete are start their own collections.

These dealers will be travelling from all over Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire to attend.

Andy McConnachie, who has the largest collection of trade, cigarette cards and stickers, will be in attendance offering advice and showing his collection.

Andy Ellis, the official club archivist and memorabilia consultant at Derby County Football Club will be displaying old photos from the Rams Heritage Collection, pennants from Derby’s european opponents, other unique items from Derby’s history and signing copies of the latest Derby County book - 30 Memorable Matches of the 90’s.

The Watney Cup will be out on display for people to take photos of, and for the first time for several decades, the Bass Charity Vase trophy will be displayed on the day.

Stadium tours of the West Stand (tunnel, changing rooms, Directors Box area) will be run on a first come, first served basis.

The event is free to all to gain entry, from 10:30am.