Resort to host sports memorabilia expert

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Ever wondered the value of the golf club you have had for years, or the football shirt given to you in your childhood?

Sporting Memorabilia expert Graham Budd will be visiting Blackpool Park Golf Club, North Park Drive, on Wednesday, March 4.

And he will be available between 10am and 4pm to give to give free valuations on items relating to any sport, whether it be golf, tennis, football, rugby, horseracing or the 

No appointment necessary and valuations will be conducted on a first-come first-served basis.

Over the past few years, Graham Budd has sold several pieces with a Blackpool connection – particularly relating to football.

These include various items relating to Sir Stanley Matthews including his 1953 FA Cup Final winner’s medal, which sold in November for £220,000, and a signed photograph of Sir Stanley Matthews holding his elusive FA Cup Winner’s medal in 1953.

Signed in black marker pen and inscribed “Best Wishes”, it fetched £150.

Also in a November 2014 auction, a Manchester United versus Blackpool programme dated January 13, 1917 sold for £1,900 and a scarce Blackpool ‘A’ v Manchester United ‘A’ programme from May 2, 1956 realised £500 in 2012.

The Fylde coast is also well-known for its championship golf courses, including Royal Lytham, and a Tiger Woods signed 1996 Open Championship Royal Lytham No.18 pin flag sold for £300 in 2012.

At the 1996 Open Tiger Woods was the only amateur to make the cut and won the silver medal. He turned professional six weeks later.

Graham Budd Auctions Ltd is a specialist Sporting Memorabilia Auctioneer, who works in Association with Sotheby’s.

He said: “These Valuation Days are always fascinating as you never know what might be brought along.

The market encompasses a wide variety of items including material relating directly to famous sporting celebrities such as medals, trophies, and honours as well as kit and clothing worn during their careers – the list is endless.”

There continues to be a thriving interest in artifacts such as programmes, tickets, autographs, books, decorative & commemorative works of art, pictures, posters, prints and many other interesting items of memorabilia.”