This real football artefact was recently sold at auction, and the winner could own few things as iconic as an issued Brazil shirt of this vintage.

With a deep-V neck and a sizeable collar, the green on the design contrasts beautifully with the yellow on the design, which also features a sublime national team crest.

This 1950 shirt, issued to now late Welsh striker Trevor Ford, recently sold at auction for £1900.

With the features one would expect for an item of its age, the long-sleeved example in many ways resembles the timeless Wales rugby jersey, but this impression is removed by the presence of the dragon crest complete with game detail.

Recently selling for £4000 at auction, this is Dieter Hoeneß’s Mexico ’86 shirt.

An adidas design, as most (West) Germany shirts are, the item was only expected to reach between £500 and £700 but its significance - as a genuine World Cup shirt issued to a player who appeared in the Final - meant it far surpassed that.

Umbro have quite the pedigree in football kit design - they have been around for very close to a century - and way back in 1969, the year of these catalogue pages, they were a dominating force.

Even something as simple as their “Blue ‘C’ Nylon” sock range excites - they did, after all, have a “l-o-n-g wear guarantee” - but the “Denis Law umbroset for boys” is another level.

This is a Netherlands shirt issued to Dutch footballing legend Johnny Rep for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina and recently sold at auction for £3400.

The classically styled adidas design is from one of the Oranje’s black-trimmed eras and is most associated with the run to the World Cup Final in South America, where Rep and co eventually came up short against the hosts.

This Bryan Robson shirt from Manchester United’s run to the quarter-finals of the 1984-85 Uefa Cup recently sold at auction for £8500.

The Away design, which is slightly different to the domestic version in missing the two adidas logos from the sleeves and instead having one on the chest, carries the embroidered crest centrally and also has competition detailing on the breast.

This Manchester United shirt from the middle of the 1984-86 era recently sold at auction for a whopping 13 times its estimate - £9000 rather than the predicted £600-800.

As is often the case, the sale proved the premium there is on Manchester United memorabilia, likely owing to the club’s enormous supporter base, and this example - match-prepared for the 1985 FA Cup Final at Wembley, which the Reds won - is a case in point.

This 1963 England shirt with FA 100th anniversary embroidered crest patch - “CENTENARY YEAR 1863-1963” - recently sold at auction for £2600.

Originally prepared for the now late Jimmy Armfield, who went on to win the World Cup with England in 1966, the reverse carries a classic number 2 in traditional red on the understated white base.

When we take a look at catalogue pages generally, they tend to be from around 20, 30, or, at a push, 40 years ago. If we really stretch it, we might cover some from the late 1970s…

Here, The Glove Bag has brought to our attention some adidas catalogue pages from a full 50 years ago! a half century ago! And, incredibly, they stand the test of time better than some things from the 1990s do!

Recently selling by auction, this Bobby Moore shirt from Fulham’s 1975 FA Cup Final defeat to Moore’s beloved West Ham United is a true piece of history.

Carrying the former England captain’s iconic number 6 in black on the rear, the Umbro relic also features beautiful match embroidery and a sizeable contrast collar in keeping with the time.

Classic Football Shirts