The I.S.A. Collection

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I.S.A. Adds Seattle Sounders Record Open Cup Artifacts

The Record Setting Final of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup between the Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders will be chronicled at the International Soccer Archives. The Seattle Sounders, who won their second consecutive Cup title, drew 31,311 fans and broke the previous mark set in 1929.
The Sounders also became the first professional club to win back-to-back Open Cups since the 1930 - 1931 Fall River Marksmen of the American Soccer League. Seattle Sounders sent a match ticket (above) and the game jersey of Captain Kasey Keller (below).

Keller, who is no stranger to Cup Finals, played in two Finals with Leicester City in 1997 and 1999 and was in the squad of Tottenham Hostspurs in 2002.
Among the ephemera are the original line-up sheets and media packets. These items will go into the collection next to the 1930 U.S. Open Cup medal exhibited in the I.S.A. Collection.
Seattle Sounders finished only their second season in Major League Soccer.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Iconic American Soccer Artifact Sells At Auction - 1930 World Cup Ball

 The November Sporting Memorabilia held by Convery Auctions included an important artifact from the history of the World Cup. It also happens to be a part of the United States' soccer legacy.

In the USA's 3:0 victory against Paraguay on July 17th, 1930 - American Bert Patenaude scored the very first hat trick in World Cup play. The ball used in that match was auctioned off in Scotland for a mere 600.00 British Pound sterling ($975.82).
Among the other highlights from Convery Auction was the blue Manchester United jersey worn by Nobby Stiles in their 1968 European Cup Final win against Benfica. It hammered down for 26,000.00 pounds ($37,011.71).
The biggest price realized for an item was 188,200.00 pounds ($267,644.62) for Nobby Stiles' 1966 World Cup winner medal. He became the 8th player of the starting 11 that has put his medal up for sale. Only Bobby Charlton, Jack Charlton and Martin Peters have kept theirs.
Since 1998, the escalating price of these medals has increased. The first attempt by George Cohen failed to meet the asking price but later sold for 80,000 pounds when purchased by his former club, Fulham United.

Here is the chronological list of sales:

George Cohen - 80,000.00 (to Fulham United F.C.)
Ray Wilson - 80,000.00
Gordon Banks - 124,750.00
Bobby Moore - 150,000.00  (to West Ham Utd.)
Geoff Hurst - 150,000.00 (to West Ham Utd.)
Alan Ball - 164,800.00
Nobby Stiles - 188,200.00 (to Manchester Utd.)

Roger Hunt donated his medal to his former club's museum at Liverpool F.C. in 2003.