So David Beckham has called time on his illustrious football career.
Over the past 21 years, he has won 10 league titles across four countries and elevated himself to A-list status to become the world’s most wealthy and recognised footballer.
And with that fame and fortune comes an army of fans and followers all wanting their own little piece of Beckham action.
Beckham memorabilia has always been popular but in his retirement, will we see a surge in the value people place on it? OK, it’s not likely to have the same impact as the untimely death of a famous person but never-the-less, the fact that no more games will be played by him, means those signed programmes, footballs and played-in shirts will never again be created. The laws of supply and demand alone will surely push prices up.
Like many famous pieces of sporting memorabilia, the value is only likely to go up in the future so if you are thinking about getting your own piece of Beckham memorabilia, maybe you should act now before it goes sky high in value. And, of course, if you are thinking about it in investment terms, then surely now is a shrewd time to buy.
So here’s a few ideas if you are shopping around for David Beckham memorabilia:
Back in 2008, David Beckham’s childhood home in Leytonstone attracted offers in the region of £1m. Not bad for a property that at the time would normally sell for £250,000 if it weren’t for the famous connection.
David Beckham signed London 2012 Olympic Torch went up for auction in 2012 and sold at £13,050. This was the Torch carried by David Beckham on 18 May 2012 as the Olympic Flame arrived in the United Kingdom, and used to light the first Olympic cauldron of the London 2012 Torch Relay.
Letters written by David Beckham when he first joined Manchester United in 1991 were sold for £1,058 at auction in 2006. Written to a friend called Lee, Beckham’s letters told his friend:
“I’ve been playing in the A-team instead of the B-team, which is brilliant” and “I’ve been doing really well with my football as well as with girls, because we are United players they all want to go with us”.
This, long before the dizzy heights of Posh Spice.
Of course, you can just go to ebay to get the more usual collection of Beckham sporting memorabilia. But whether you do grab a bargain or splash out on a more expensive piece, don’t forget to check your home insurance to make sure it’s covered under your policy.