Sunderland football memorabilia valuation session at the Stadium of Light

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FANCY having your sporting memorabilia valued for free? Then the Stadium of Light is the place for you next month.

Expert Graham Budd will be available in the stadium’s James Herriot Suite between 10am and 4pm on Tuesday, March 3, to give free valuations on sport items.

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

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

“Great Britain has a wonderful sporting heritage,” he said.

“We are in the midst of the football season, and the Six Nations is in full swing, and we look forward to the Rugby World Cup later on in the year.

“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 artefacts such as programmes, tickets, autographs, books, decorative and commemorative works of art, pictures, posters and prints.”

In recent years, Graham has sold several pieces with a Sunderland connection, including a Manchester United v Sunderland programme from 1929, which sold for £2,800, and a 1937 FA Cup final programme for Preston v Sunderland sold for £100.

Two interesting football tops have been offered too. A green Chelsea goalkeeper’s “poppy match” top worn by Petr Cech, in the match against Sunderland on November 14, 2010, sold for £180 in May 2014.

Also, a signed Sunderland shirt worn by Jonathan Stead and swapped by West Bromwich Albion kitman Dave Matthews with his opposition counterpart, sold for £90 in May 2013.