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The best places to sell football shirts

Do you have a stack of football shirts in a drawer somewhere that you’re not sure what to do with? Well, it’s possible that they might be worth quite a bit of money. Let’s take a look at some of the best sites to sell on your old football shirts and how much they could potentially be worth.

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The best places to sell football shirts

I probably shouldn’t admit this in public, but I’m an Everton fan (hence the Everton de Viña del Mar shirt above). And as a kid, one of the things I enjoyed most every year was receiving a new kit. No matter what it looked like, I wanted it. Even the salmon pink striped top from 1992.

But the fact is, football shirts aren’t cheap and I’m loathed to throw them away. They also bring back fond memories. Which is quite odd, as it’s not like Everton has performed particularly well in them since the 80s.

So rather than throwing them out, I prefer to sell them on to a good home, where somebody else can enjoy them.

How much are old football shirts worth?

This is a pretty broad question and not an easy one to answer. The value of a football shirt is generally impacted by supply and demand. The rarer a shirt is and the more people that want it, the more you can sell it for. And a shirt becomes more desirable when the club that wears it has a particularly successful season or breaks some kind of record.

For example, this Manchester United replica shirt sold for £549.99 in November 2021. It’s a rare, long-sleeve shirt worn the season after they won the Champions League and has two stars over the badge.

Valuable replica shirt

Another valuable football shirt sold for £565. This Liverpool replica away shirt from 1986 harked back to one of their most successful periods.

Liverpool valuable replica shirt

And a club doesn’t even need to have gone through a good spell for their shirts to be valuable. This Manchester City replica shirt was the 3rd choice kit from 1993/1994, a season where they finished 16th. Yet, the shirt sold for £292.

Valuable Man City shirt

And the good news is, these shirts don’t have to be in perfect condition. Fans know they would have been worn and washed many times, so most have slight snags and bobbling. Of course, the better condition a shirt is in, the more you can make.

Finding your shirt’s value

If you think it’s time to sell your old football shirt, one of the best places to look is eBay. Type in the team name and the year the kit was made. On the left-hand side of the search, scroll down until you find the menu titled ‘Show only‘ and choose ‘Sold items‘. You should now be able to see how much that exact shirt has sold for in the past.

You can also take a look at some of the popular shirt-selling sites like Football Shirt Collective and Classic Football Shirts. But remember, as they’re a business, they will charge slightly more than you would expect an individual to sell a shirt for.

The best places to sell old football shirts

If you’re happy with the price you’ve found (or decided to sell anyway), there are plenty of options available to you. Here are some of your best sites to consider:

eBay

If you want to reach the biggest market, then eBay wins hands down. Not only will you appeal to UK buyers, but could also attract potential customers from all across the globe. And collectors from 5,000 miles away are often willing to pay far more than those based in the UK.

The downside is that you will have to pay almost 13% in fees when the shirt sells, plus extra if you sell internationally.



Facebook

With eBay fees being a little on the pricey side, there are a couple of eBay alternatives that provide a far cheaper option. And one of these is Facebook Marketplace.

It’s free to use and has the potential to reach thousands of potential buyers. Although this isn’t anywhere near the number of members that eBay may have, whatever money you receive is yours to keep.

The one major downside compared to eBay is the resolution system. If something should go wrong, there’s no third party to help you out. Any issues will need to be directly resolved between you and the buyer.


Gumtree

This is an online classified ads site. Like Facebook Marketplace, it’s free to use. Again, it has a limited potential customer base, but it may be worth listing your old football shirt on here along with other sites mentioned on this post if you’re looking to avoid fees.



Shpock

This is another online marketplace and has over 11 million items listed for sale. Like the other free options, it won’t reach quite as many buyers as eBay, but it does mean you don’t have to fork out any fees. Buyers can pay a small charge that gives them protection when they make a purchase.



Various football forums

An ideal place to look for potential buyers is on a forum for your chosen team’s shirt. Nearly every club has a forum dedicated to it, with some of the bigger clubs having several. Some of these forums have buying and selling pages and if you’re going to find someone with a great interest in one of your old shirts, this will be a good place for it.

Football shirt selling sites

If you’re looking to buy a classic football shirt, then there are quite a few shops to choose from. However, plenty of these stores may also buy your old shirts too.

You will have to fill out a quick form about what you want to sell, including some contact details and the condition of your shirt. The company will then give you a call to discuss a potential price.

Now, this is probably an easier way to sell your shirt than compared to doing it privately or via an auction. The downside is, the company you sell to will be looking to make a decent profit. That means you won’t earn quite so much as if you would by selling it to an individual.


Wherever you choose to sell your old shirt, I’m sure that even just £5 extra from it is far better than it just taking up room at the bottom of your wardrobe.

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Louis Sinclair

Thursday 10th of November 2022

I have a signed Everton shirt if but can’t find another one that has sold. How do I get a price of how much to sell for.

Money Saver Pete

Friday 11th of November 2022

Hi Louis. I would say that's priceless! But it's difficult to find the exact value of a shirt. If it was me, I would figure out the minimum I would be willing to sell it for and then put it on eBay at a much higher price. Over the next few weeks, I would see if there was any interest. If there was nothing, I would gradually drop the price. Good luck.

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