Rare World Cup Soccer Medal Discovered in British Market
With the prevalence of the internet, rare items are more easily identified and the days of finding treasure troves of valuables in an overlooked attic are a lot less common. Even less likely would be discovering something valuable at a form of garage sale where sellers meet up in their cars and sell goods out of the their trunk. This is exactly what happened at a car boot sale in the United Kingdom where an early piece of World Cup memorabilia was uncovered.
Recently, an anonymous vendor came across a medal commemorating an early version of the World Cup. It was in a box of soccer programs he had purchased. The soccer event was held in Italy in 1909 and saw the English team, West Auckland, beat Switzerland's FC Winterhur. Although the first official FIFA World Cup would not be held until 1930 in Uruguay, this is considered the first World Cup.
The inaugural Thomas Lipton Trophy matched clubs from different countries in a tournament that awarded the medal, which is one of only three in existence. It is believed that West Auckland had the medals struck themselves after the win. The rare item should receive a lot of interest among soccer collectors.
The medal will be auctioned on September 13th in Newcastle, England.