4 Must Have Australian Rules Memorabilia of the 1950s

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4 Must Have Australian Rules Memorabilia of the 1950s

Back in the good old days what is now called the Australian Football League (AFL) was in fact know as the Victorian Football League (VFL), and it was a fine time. The 1950s were a golden era for the sport which over the decade firmly cemented its place as the sport of the nation. During the 1950s, Australia witnessed such landmarks as matches being televised for the first time, and the building of the sports first purpose-built mega stadium taking shape.

Memorabilia has remained popular amongst fans for two reasons. Firstly, it's a great way to commemorate, celebrate and remember epic achievements won on the field of play. Secondly, rare Australian Rules memorabilia can also sometimes be worth a fair amount of money. The best memorabilia must combine both these functions in order to be called a 'must have'. Australian Rules memorabilia can be found quickly and easily on eBay.

This guide picks out four pieces of Australian Rules Memorabilia from the 1950s that are truly 'must haves' and symbolise a great decade in the history of Australian Football.

1) Melbourne

Regardless of allegiances, few fans would contest that the 1950s and early 1960s belonged to one team and one team only. Under the auspicious eye of coach Norm Smith, and with football legend Ron Barassi playing some of the best football of his life, Melbourne went on to win the league, not once, not twice, but four times within the decade.

With such a wealth of success under their belts it will come as little surprise to hear that more than a little commemorative memorabilia appeared in celebration of their achievements.  Signatures can be highly prized, none more so than a complete set of autographs from a league winning team.  Any memorabilia that can be found with a full set of league winning Melbourne players from the 1950s would be an absolute must have. This is especially true with game balls from the finals, programmes from the finals, jerseys from the finals, or simply a team photograph signed by the whole team.

2) Home is Where the Heart Is

Toward the end of the 1950's, the VFL began planning the first purpose built mega-stadium to house Australian Football matches. It was to be called VFL Park but that name became only one of many initial specifications which the final stadium, when it appeared, failed to match.

The final stadium became known as Waverly Park and its capacity had diminished from the originally planned 155,000 to 78,000, roughly half of this number. Memorabilia commemorating the planning, dithering and opening of Waverly Park commemorates a landmark event in the history of Australian Football and can make a great talking piece addition to any collector's set.

3) Beam it Out Scotty

Another huge milestone in AFL's history, also during the 1950's was when the first Aussie Rules matches were televised. The relationship started out a little patchy when teams claimed TV was to blame for a sudden drop in match attendance figures. The networks, however, reached a compromise and agreed that they would only stream replays of games outside of Melbourne.

TV listing magazines are not always associated with football memorabilia, but the magazines listing the first games of Australian Football League to be televised can add a great twist to a memorabilia collection. The key date here is April 20th 1957 when the VFL permitted Melbourne channels ABV2, HSV7 and GTV9 to broadcast the final quarter of league matches live.

4) Rookie Ted Whitten Trading Card from 1953

Published by Kornie in 1953, the draft or 'rookie' card of legendary football player Ted Whitten, perhaps best known as “Mr Football” to fans, is one of the decades’ most sought after cards. The fresh faced Whitten can be seen looking uncharacteristically innocent on the card which was produced right at the beginning of his illustrious career. Football cards are amongst some of the most passionately collected Aussie Rules memorabilia, and this brilliant must have card would be a crowning addition to any collector’s horde.

Each individual card’s value is largely dependent on the historical significance that particular player had. Ted Whitten is often seen as the most valuable of cards, and therefore, would not only be an amazing addition to a memorabilia collection, but could also be a good investment if cared for correctly and kept in good condition.

How to Buy Australian Rules Memorabilia of the 1950s on eBay

Now that you've worked out which Australian Rules Memorabilia you want, find them quickly on eBay. To start shopping, go to the Sporting Goods category. Click the AFL, Australian Rules portal.

Categories: The categories list on the left side of each page will help you narrow down your listings by item type. You'll find links for Memorabilia and Trading cards.  As you refine your search you'll be able to narrow down your choice by subcategory.

Product Finder: Use the Trading Cards finder to quickly narrow down item listings by type of Bundle Type, Autographed, Team, Era, and Condition.

If you can't find exactly what you want, try browsing eBay Stores or tell the eBay Community what you’re looking for by creating a post on Want It Now, or save a search on My eBay and eBay will email you when a matching item becomes available.

Remember also to look at eBay’s Deals page to find bargains.

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Whatever Australian Rules (VFL) memorabilia from the 1950s is of interest, the collector should be able to find it quickly and easily on eBay. Whether it is a Melbourne signed team photograph, a magazine featuring the first games of Australian football league, or a rookie Ted Whitten trading card that is provoking interest, any of these items will be an amazing addition to a memorabilia collection.

Remember that many of the sellers on eBay may be experienced in Australian Rules memorabilia. If there are any questions which may need answered, such as the condition or date of release of the item in question, do not hesitate to ask.

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