Norman Hunter to auction football memorabilia collection

Football legend Norman Hunter (nicknamed "Bites yer legs" for his reputation as a hard tackler) is to auction the impressive collection of football memorabilia he compiled during his 20 year career with Leeds United.

The ex-England defender, now aged 69, told the Sun newspaper: "I'm 70 next birthday and I can't see the point in having them sitting in the loft.

Norman Hunter to auction football memorabilia collection
Hunter's FA Cup final shirt and tracksuit are to auction among medals, programmes and England caps

"I want them to be bought by people who can get some pleasure out of them. I'll still have the memories."

The auction is to include several of Hunter's medals, including a 1969-70 FA Cup finalists' medal, a 1971-72 FA Cup winners' medal, and a 1973-74 first division championship winners' medal. Although presale estimates are yet to be released, Leeds-based auctioneer Gary Don has asserted that the medals alone could be worth as much as £10,000 ($16,038) each.

Other lots of note include several tracksuits, Engand caps and match programmes.

The date of the much anticipated sale has not yet been finalised, although it is believed that it will take place in March.  

Investing in sports memorabilia offers collectors several opportunities, with items of football memorabilia historically performing well at auction. In November 2012, a 1968 European Cup winners' medal, which was awarded to Manchester United's Bill Foulkes, brought £40,000 ($64,000) - a 33.3% increase on its £30,000 high estimate.

We currently have an item of serious sporting significance in stock: a menu from the 1966 World Cup final banquet, which features autographs of all 22 members of the England team, including Geoff Hurst, Bobby Charlton and captain, Bobby Moore.

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