Results from The Gerald Mortimer Collection sale at Hansons Auctioneers

Results from The Gerald Mortimer Collection sale at Hansons Auctioneers

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):

Lot Description Sold price Estimate
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

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