Items from the Gerald Mortimer Collection sold for a combined price of over £25,000 at Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall on Friday 31 August 2018. A Derby County directors’ minutes book from 1888, the year the Football League was formed, was bought by the club for £4000 (estimate £1000-£2000). It is now on display at Pride Park along with a 1934 supper card commemorating the club’s jubilee, also bought by Derby County, selling for £400. The card is signed by 8 players including Steve Bloomer and had an estimate of £100-£150. Rams TV covered the auction and the video can be viewed here.
A letter signed by Derby County players, dated 25 October 1973, which requested the reinstatement of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor as managers sold for £4,000. A 5 page letter in reply from former club chairman Sam Longson also sold for £4,000. Transcripts of the letters can viewed here. Both items had an estimate of £600-£800.
Below is a list of prices realised at the auction for selected lots with Derby County interest (not including the 24% buyer’s premium):
|98||Whites v. Blues, Practice Match programme, 13th August 1949, single sheet, marking to left side, team changes.||£200||£30-£40|
|117||A scarce Derby County v. British Olympic XI, complimentary 4 page friendly programme, 14th December 1970, team changes. £100-£120||£425||£100-£120|
|118||A Spartak Trnava v. Derby County 7th March 1973 programme, together with a Slovan Bratislava v. Derby County match programme, match ticket and itinerary, European Champions Cup 1st Round 1st Leg. (4) £70-£100||£290||£70-£100|
|119||F.K. Velez v. Derby County U.E.F.A. Cup Competition 3rd Round 2nd Leg match programme, together with a match poster, itinerary, match ticket and press pass. (5)||£800||£150-£250|
|121||A Finn Harps v. Derby County, UEFA Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg, 29th September 1976, Press Pass, together with Derby County Itinerary and two photographs from the match. £100-£150||£440||£100-£150|
|122||AEK Athens v. Derby County UEFA Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg match programme and Itinerary, dated 20th October 1976||£1800||£300-£400|
|127||Derby County v. Sunderland, Pre-Season team sheet, team changes pencilled in, 20th August 1982.||£120||£40-£50|
|172||Club Brugge Tournament: 5-7 August 1977 programme involving QPR, Derby County, AEK Athens and Club Brugge, with team sheets for Club Brugge v. Derby County 05/08/1977, AEK Athens v. QPR, Third Place game between Club Brugge and AEK Athens and final: Derby County v QPR||£220||£40-£60|