With fans expected to spend £20m on sports memorabilia if England reach the knockout stages of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we take a look at what’s on offer.
This year’s World Cup could trigger a flurry of football-related spending if England make it through the group stages of the tournament into the last 16, new research shows.
A report by retail discount website VoucherCodes.co.uk estimates £20 million would be spent on memorabilia, such as shirts, scarves and flags, rising to £148 million in the unlikely event that England reached the final in Brazil.
So if you’re struck with a sudden bout of World Cup fever, we take a look at three options, depending on your budget, for a sports-related spending spree.
1. Football numberplates
For the car-loving fan on a footballer’s wage, what better way to show your support in public than by purchasing a football numberplate?
The DVLA has released a list of the most expensive football number plates it has ever sold.
"WE57 HAM" topped the table, costing one Hammers fan £57,000 in October 2007, while "EN61 AND" sold for £12,000 in July 2013.
The DVLA says it currently has a range of 2014 World Cup numbers available to buy – with prices starting at around £399.
2. Framed World Cup shirt
For those on a more modest budget, football shirts signed by World Cup stars have long been a popular choice.
You can pick up a framed World Cup edition England 2013/2014 shirt signed by Wayne Rooney, for example, for £299 from company A1 Sporting memorabilia.
Meanwhile, a signed and framed jersey by legendary Brazilian footballer Pele will cost you around £499.
Terry Baker, chief executive at A1 Sporting memorabilia (pictured right with Wayne Rooney), says: "One of the most expensive items we’ve sold was a limited-edition, large framed canvas signed by Pele and Maradona.
"There were only 25 made and each cost £5,995."
But if you’re trawling the internet for sports memorabilia, Baker has the following words of caution.
"The web is full of people selling fakes or reproductions illegitimately. So, rule of thumb, if it looks too good to be true it probably is.
"Always buy from a reputable company that shows photographs on their site of the players’ signing sessions."
3. World Cup stickers
For the football fan on a tight budget, World Cup sticker books have long been a favourite collectable - and not just among children it seems.
Ben James, 26, from Cardiff, still collects the stickers produced by the famous Italian brand Panini.
"I collect for nostalgic reasons as I used to swap stickers with my brother when I was a child," he says.
Ben is set on completing the full Brazil 2014 World Cup book (pictured above left).
"I collected all of the 1994 USA World Cup stickers except for one, and that always been a major regret.
"So I made a promise to my six-year-old self that I wouldn’t let it happen again," he says.