1953 Board up for Auction
Hungarian News Service
Sunday, 19 November 2006, 23:17
one had any need for it." That is why the editor-in-chief of an
American-based Hungarian paper, the Amerikai Magyar Népszava Szabadság,
has put up for auction a board created after the Golden Team's victory
against England. The starting price is 10 million Hungarian forints.
A Hungarian collector is placing up for auction this "one-of-a-kind" piece
of Puskás memorabilia on the Amerikai Magyar Népszava Szabadság website.
On sale is the board created after the Golden Team's 6-3 victory with
original vintage signatures from "Buddy" Puskás and the other team members,
the American-based Hungarian paper's editor-in-chief informed the
Hungarian News Service on Sunday.
relic is identical to the one which thousands visited everyday when
it was placed on display in the then 7th November Square, in the
shop window of Fényszöv [a photo shop], informed László Bartus.
The editor-in-chief related that, in Hungary, the owner offered the
treasure to the Hungarian Football Association, the National Sports
Bureau, President of the Young Democrats (FIDESZ) Party Viktor
Orbán, and Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány, but "no one had any need
It is possible to bid on the relic until 15 December at the
newspaper's electronic mail address. The starting price is 50,000
American dollars (10 million HUF).
can read on the Amerikai Magyar Népszava Szabadság website, the antique
was prepared to commemorate the Golden Team's 6-3 victory, and the man who
owns it "has been collecting Hungarian sports keepsakes obsessively ever
since he was a small boy".
The owner claimed that in Hungary, there was "no interest shown" towards
this "relic of theoretically priceless value". As a result, he is now
offering this rare item of sports history to foreign collectors,
especially Americans of Hungarian descent; however, he added, "anyone can
bid on it.".
The owner wrote in the American-based Hungarian paper that he never
intended this invaluable item to leave Hungary "if only because of the
memory of the legendary 'Uncle Buddy'; however, because of my advanced age,
I had to consider selling it." He wrote that his grandfather saved the
board in 1967, by taking it to a sibling in Frankfurt. From the sibling,
the treasure embarked on an adventurous to get back to him again.