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What are the most collectable balls?
The World Cup balls, no doubt about it. The complete World Cup ball series includes the most and most varied balls. The entire collection shows the evolution of the sport through the balls and looks amazing when the balls are displayed together.
What is the difference between the original and the replica World Cup balls?
The replica balls were made in recent years, their materials are modern but still leather but they do not have an old smell. However, if their surface is antique, they look almost exactly the same as the old balls. But the biggest difference is that the reproductioned balls are much cheaper and you don’t have to wait years to find and get them. The Pre-Adidas balls (1930-1966) can also be purchased on this website, while the replica Adidas balls 1970 onwards are sold by several webshops as Adidas produces and puts them onto the market before the World Cups.
What are the most difficult balls to collect?
The hardest balls to get hold of are the original Pre-Adidas World Cup balls, especially the ones that were used in real matches. Only a few museums and very few collectors have such pieces, prices can exceed tens of thousands of dollars. Among the Adidas models, the 1970 Telstar is the most difficult to obtain, the market price of this is at least 5,000 dollars, even if such a ball was not used in any World Cup matches. By the way, these balls have been owned by collectors for a long time, now it is very difficult to get a piece cheaply, or you need a lot of luck.
How is it possible to build a complete World Cup balls collection?
It’s best to start collecting the reproductioned balls first, as you can build up a complete World Cup ball collection very quickly. Such a collection can be built for under $5,000. And if that’s not enough, you can change the balls in the collection over time you find an original, old ball. However, you should be prepared for the fact that building the entire original collection of the World Cup balls will cost a lot of time and money. The price of an original Pre-Adidas ball in many cases exceeds $5,000, and until the 1986 Adidas Azteca it is difficult to get original Adidas balls for less than $3,000.
Are the signed balls more valueable?
A lot of people think that signed balls are more valuable. This is partially true, but only if someone buys the ball for whom signatures mean something. On the other hand, if the owner of the signature does not represent an emotional surplus for the buyer, the market price will always be lower. Collectors are basically looking for balls that don’t have signatures on them and buyers are willing to pay more for such balls.
What does the made in France mean on some of the Adidas World Cup balls?
On the original Adidas World Cup balls, the inscription “made in France” is located below the Adidas logo. The World Cups were played with such balls from 1970 to 1994. There are also balls with the inscription “made in Spain” under the Adidas logo, these balls are also original and old, but they were not used in the World Cups. Because of this, market prices are also lower. It is true that Adidas has produced replica World Cup balls in recent years, where the words “made in France” have been repeated under the adidas logo, but regardless, these replica balls were not produced in France, but in Pakistan. It is not the label “made in France” that determines whether a ball is original or not, but how old the ball is, and it is easy to tell if you observe the wrinkles on the ball or the quality of the leather or smell the ball.