An exclusive partnership with memorabilia leader World Football Collection brings the Beautiful Game to Collectable starting in 2022.
The Collectable sports cards and memorabilia platform has agreed to an exclusive partnership with World Football Collection, the parties announced Tuesday.
Starting in 2022 in the run up to the World Cup in Qatar, the pact will feature numerous opportunities for collectors to invest in fractional shares of rare and game-worn memorabilia from soccer’s biggest stars of past and present, from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to Pele and Diego Maradona. As Collectable’s first partnership with an international entity, this development opens up access to new fanbases in the far corners of the world.
“This historic partnership will bring some of the finest soccer memorabilia assets to our leading fractional ownership platform,” Collectable CEO Ezra Levine said in an official release. “With the explosion in both the soccer and game-worn markets, and the hobby’s growing international footprint, the partnership continues our mission to source and curate the most iconic, investment-grade sports assets to fans, collectors, and investors of all income brackets.”
World Football Collection’s memorabilia assets include upwards of 300,000 items, from match-used jerseys, cleats, and balls to championship trophies dating back to the earliest days of soccer in the 19th century. The total value of WFC’s collection is estimated at $60 million.
“WFC is at the beginning of a massive development project, with teaming up with a fractional ownership provider as a key first step. Among all operators, Collectable won our hearts for their approach to the market, clarity towards their community and the passion they put into choosing and illustrating every piece of memorabilia. This is so important to preserve the soccer heritage that is expressed by our incredible collection” said Umberto Paolucci Pierandrei, the originator and CEO of World Football Collection.
Added WFC chief operating officer Matteo Pella:
“We are witnessing incredible global growth in sports collectibles. We firmly believe current soccer memorabilia valuations are massively discounted compared to other sports, with soccers explosive growth in America and upcoming catalysts in the 2022 and 2026 World Cup — the latter of which will be in the USA. The partnership with Collectable is a win-win-win. The collection has unique, unmatched items. Collectable has the knowledge, platform, and effective strategy. Most importantly, fans and collectors can all now participate in the upside and continued growth of the soccer market.”
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar won’t begin until next November, but the excitement starts early for memorabilia enthusiasts across the Beautiful Game.