Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ football to star in World Cup auction09 November 2022 The 2022 FIFA World Cup is just around the corner, which means it’s time for England’s football fans to start reliving – once again – agonising defeats of the past.
Graham Budd Auctions, a specialist in sporting memorabilia, holds a World Cup Auction on November 16. There it is possible to get your hands (pun intended) on legendary items such as the match ball used in the Argentina v England World Cup quarter-final game.
There are also posters, tickets, signed shirts and players’ caps to vie for.
It’s been quite a year for sports memorabilia. England footballer Steve Hodge sold the shirt he got in a swap with Maradona after the Hand of God match in May and it set a new World Record for an item of sports memorabilia $9.3m. That high watermark has already been exceeded twice. First Michael Jordan’s “The Last Dance” basketball jersey reached $10.1m, while a Mickey Mantle baseball card went for $12.6.
The current World Record auction price for a sports ball is $3.0million paid for Mark McGwire's 70th home run baseball, which has stood since January 1999. How will this auction – which includes the famous – or infamous – Hand of God football measure up?
It is set to be the highlight of the auction, but for those with less buying power, there are still nostalgic and collectable wonders to be found.