Memorabilia Corner

Fan driven stuff is perhaps the hardest to price because unless it is very old, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Stuff pre 1960 will always fetch a good price because you’re shifting into antique territory and for some collectors, me included, you’ll pique my interest with anything pre-1990 if it’s fan produced or stuff like newspaper cuttings.

Deranged Ferret, the iconic Imps’ fanzine, is perhaps the one that is best to value. I have some copies of others which, if the article is well received, I’ll cover in another post, but today we’re going to feature on ‘DF’ as it was affectionately known.

There’s plenty about it elsewhere on the site, so feel free to click here for a bit of Deranged Ferret background, erroneously referred to as ‘The Deranged Ferret’ in the article.

If you have a copy of the first DF you can expect between £5 and £10 from a serious collector. Far rarer seems to be some of the remaining early issues, I’ve never come across Issue 2 before for instance. I would pay a similar price for any of the early ones I don’t have, but after that they’re fairly popular and would usually fetch £2-£3 on the internet. I saw a copy up for £20 the other day on our favourite auction site.


The real value here is in what they capture for the avid fan. A good edition of DF delivers the fan mood at the time direct to you, the players they loved, the directors they didn’t. They’re fascinating and well worth collecting if you can. My good friend and fanzine seller Mike Downs has a complete set to his name; if you do have the same then there’s good value there.

Finally, as it is shirt off time tomorrow, let’s have a look at the second most traded piece of football memorabilia after programmes, the club shirts. I’ve picked a fine one for you today, the 1993/94 season which was Keith Alexander’s first season at the club. Everton in the cup, Magic Johnson, Steve Mardenborough and in my opinion, one of the finest kits we’ve ever played in.

I love this shirt and I only managed to lay my hands on it a couple of weeks ago. I paid £45 and with it being early nineties you should expect to pay the same. £30 is perhaps the lowest price a shirt from this period fetches and anything before this can move for £50 upwards if it is in a good condition. Bet you wish you hadn’t ended up decorating in yours now, don’t you?

what I like about this is the black stripes outside the red. It’s still Lincoln, still ou colours but with a twist that must be classed as retro by now, certainly more so than the current season’s design. I thoroughly enjoyed watching that Keith side play too, they tried to knock the ball around a bit and this shirt reminds me of the Everton games.

One huge mistake the club made was names on the back though. This was the first season a club had to put a name on the back and it was the first season we didn’t play 1 to 11. It meant the club had to be ‘clever with how they did the back of the shirt.

They weren’t.

They essentially sewed a huge yellow shield on the back for the number and did a yellow patch on the back with the name on it too. It looked abhorrent. 

Luckily, the one I bought wasn’t match worn which isn’t something you’d hear me saying very often!!

Talking of match worn as long as there’s no doubt over the authenticity, a match worn shirt can add anywhere from £20 to £100 on a price tag, depending on who wore it. I once had a Mark Bailey and Aron Wilford match worn pairing but, before my collection took off, I sold both for beer money. One went for £35 and the other £40. 

I’d actually forgotten all about selling those until I wrote this article. I’m now in a bad mood for the rest of the evening.


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  1. My earliest copy of Deranged Ferret is no. 4. I think I only began buying it when ‘The Banker’ finished (could be wrong – they may have overlapped!).

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