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West Midlands Auctioneers to sell Rare West Bromwich Albion Football Medals

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Three rare early twentieth century West Bromwich Albion interest football medals awarded to local player, Stanley (Stan) Amos, are set to go under the hammer at Cuttlestones’ Wolverhampton Auction Rooms final Specialist Collectors’ sale of 2014.

Born in Cradley Heath in 1907, Stan Amos went on to have a successful footballing career at Gillingham Town during the latter half of the 1920s. However, it is local club West Bromwich Albion to which these medals relate. ‘The Baggies’ won the Football League Championship in 1920 – something they have never achieved since – and would nearly do so again five years later, narrowly missing out to Huddersfield Town in 1925.

It is part of this ‘nearly’ season that the medals in question hail from, as spoils of their success in the West Bromwich Charity Cup – a since-defunct tournament played amongst local teams including rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa and Birmingham City. Featuring a hallmarked 9ct gold example, with the reverse inscription “1924 Winners W.B.A.F.C. S. Amos”, together with two other hallmarked silver medals, the lot also includes an original team photograph of the West Brom side during this successful period.

Saleroom Manager Richard Forrester says:

Sporting memorabilia is always a strong seller at our quarterly Specialist Collectors’ sales, and I expect buyers to be out in force on the day as these medals represent a fantastic piece of our national and – not forgetting – local, sporting history.

Having salerooms based throughout the West Midlands we are very fortunate to be surrounded by historically successful sporting institutions, and I am lucky enough to see evidence of their achievements come through the saleroom doors for valuation on a weekly basis. Given that West Brom are one of the oldest teams in the country, as well as one of the original founding members of the Football League, they are held in particular high esteem amongst collectors. And, as the medals date from the club’s successful 1920s period, I can see the lot achieving more towards the top end of its £500-800 estimate.”

The medals and photograph are set to be auctioned off at Wolverhampton Auction Rooms on Friday 21st November from 10am. Viewing will be held from 10am – 7pm Thursday 20th November, and from 9am onwards on the day of the sale. The catalogue will be available online via the website from Friday 14th November. For those unable to attend on the day of the sale, telephone, commission and live internet bidding options are available. For further information please call 01902 421985.

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