Snooker loopy: investors with deep pockets are cueing up for collectibles

It may not match tomorrow's Royal wedding in terms of worldwide viewing figures, but the climax of the Snooker world championship in Sheffield this weekend has certainly captured our attention thanks to Judd Trump, a local boy from Paul Fraser Collectibles' home city of Bristol, UK.

The 21-year-old Bristolian is aiming to become the youngest world champion since Stephen Hendry in 1990 although he will first have to beat Chinese star Ding Junhui in the semi-final.

Signed photos of Bristolian Judd Trump could grow in value after the weekend

And while the four remaining players eye the big prize, collectors of snooker memorabilia can also experience that winning feeling through sound investments, as past results indicate...

A Victorian mahogany billiard-cue stand made £17,250 at a Christie's sale in 1998 while Ruskin Spear's At the Snooker Table artwork realised £24,000 in 2006.

Elsewhere, a handwritten, signed apology by the legendary Alex "Hurricane" Higgins to snooker official Colin Randle achieved £2,400 in 2010.

On the subject of snooker collectibles, what better excuse than to post the video for Snooker Loopy, the 1986 hit by British act Chas & Dave...


The apology was written after Higgins punched Randle in the stomach following a defeat to Steve James in the 1990 world championship.

With both Trump and Ding Junhui looking set to be stars of the game for many years, collectors may wish to invest in signed photos or other memorabilia now, before their values grow.


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