Let The Games Begin — World Cup Memorabilia Time at Nate D. Sanders
Nothing quite drums up impassioned cheering and nationalistic pride like the World Cup. And with soccer enthusiasts looking to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, we here at Nate D. Sanders have scored incredible World Cup memorabilia in our auctions.
World Cup Memorabilia
We seem to be on a FIFA roll —
In 2013, we proudly auctioned one of the most coveted items in World Cup history — the 1930 Inaugural World Cup trophy, commemorating the first-ever soccer tournament. Uruguay defeated Argentina 4-2 in front of a crowd of 93,000 people, and became the first nation to win the World Cup.
The trophy was gifted to Uruguayan President Dr. Juan Campisteguy as a gift from FIFA.
This early piece of World Cup memorabilia sold for an amazing $30,768.
We then had up for auction this 1970 World Cup Trophy — One of Just 12 Made For FIFA Staff. In the final match of the tournament, Brazil beat Italy 4–1, and their star player, Pele, scored his famous goal that game. This World Cup memorabilia sold for $27,971.
The 1970 World Cup marked the first time it was played outside of Europe or South America as Mexico hosted the tournament that year.
The trophy up for auction was bestowed upon an Executive Chef for the FIFA-contracted Sheraton Group in 1970, and obtained directly from the family. It’s one of just 12 presented to FIFA support staff in 1970.
The FIFA-issued trophy has the same look as designer Abel Lafleur’s original double-sided 1930 model, which featured a gold-plated sterling silver figure of the Nike, the winged Grecian victory goddess, holding a decagonal cup overhead.
FIFA trophy’s Nike figure is rendered here in lightweight plaster or resin painted in luminous gold, and the octagonal base is composed of textured faux-lapis lazuli.
The trophy has five plaques engraved with the winners of the trophy from 1930-1970 including:
(1) “Uruguay / Campeon / 1930 / Italia / Campione / 1934”; (2) “Italia / Campione / 1938 / Uruguay / Campeon / 1950”; (3) “Deutschland / Weltmeister / 1954 / Brasil / Campeao / 1958”; (4) “Brasil / Campeao / 1962 / England / Champions / 1966” and (5) “Brasil / Campeao / 1970”.
Brazil, of course winning the match in one of the country’s most remembered games in the Cup’s history.