World Cup Memorabilia Auction Including One Gold (England, 1966) & One Bronze
Nothing quite drums up impassioned cheering and nationalistic pride like the World Cup. Soccer enthusiasts are still reeling from the epic matches played at the Brazil 2014 World Cup, and we here at Nate D. Sanders have scored an incredible World Cup memorabilia auction.
World Cup Memorabilia Auction
In our current auction ending Thursday, July 31th at 5p.m., we have two exceptional World Cup medals from different epochs in the tournament’s history.
A World Cup Bronze Medal From 1934
The 1934 FIFA World Cup was the second FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men’s national association football teams. It took place in Italy from 27 May to 10 June 1934.
Italy became the second World Cup champions, beating Czechoslovakia 2–1 in the final.
The solid bronze medal designed by D. Manetti features a trio of footballers mid-game in rather high relief. The reverse features a relief of the planet Earth with lines of latitude and longitude. World map is positioned at top center, surrounded by text, ”Campionato Mondiale Di Calcio / FIFA / FIGC / Italia / Maggio-Giugno 1934 XII”. The name of the recipient is engraved, ”K.J.J. Lotsy” for Dutch football administrator Karel Lotsy. Measures 2” in diameter. Weighs 2.5 ounces. Some tarnishing, Near fine condition.
And the second:
A Gold Medal For The 1966 World Cup — Issued to England Trainer Harold Shepherdson
As the eighth staging of the World Cup, the 1966 tournament was held in England from 11 to 30 July. England beat West Germany 4–2 in the final, winning the World Cup. With this victory, England won their first FIFA World Cup title and became the third World Cup host to win the tournament after Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1934.
Gold medal from the 1966 FIFA World Cup was awarded posthumously to England trainer Harold Shepherdson, who served as trainer for 171 England International matches over the course of a thirty-year career.
Check out Shepherdson on the field and in action below:
The medal features the FIFA logo to obverse and ”World Championship / Jules Rimet Cup / England 1966” to reverse. Stamped HF 0.750. Originally, winner’s medals were only bestowed upon the 11 starters, but medals for the rest of the squad such as this one were issued later.
Only the 11 winning players were originally awarded medals but in 2009 FIFA bowed to a long-running campaign and made 14 additional medals available for each winning World Cup team from 1930 to 1970.
Harold’s widow Peggy and daughter Linda were presented with the medal in June 2009 and met then Prime Minister Gordon Brown before attending an England game along with members of the ’66 squad.
Accompanied by a signed England vs. Andorra World Cup Qualifier Football Match Program from 6 October 2009 at Wembley. Signed by P. Bonnetti, G. Byrne, J. Connelly, J. Greaves, R. Hunt, G. Hurst, N. Hunter, J. Armfield, I. Callaghan and G. Eastham. Near fine overall.