(ANSA) – ROME, MAY 12 – Ayrton Senna, Roberto Baggio, Eusebio and Diego Maradona are the champions of the first Italian auction entirely dedicated to stickers, organized on the internet by Aste Bolaffi. The three main top-lots of the auction are: Ayrton Senna’s 1984 ‘rookie’ (lot 194), sold for 2,400 euros (including rights); the legendary Baggio-Monelli in the unobtainable uncut ‘variety’ (lot 95) and the rare ‘Yellow Nameplate’ by Eusebio at Benfica from 1963/64 (lot 17), sold for 1,875 euros each. “It was a very positive first experience for Aste Bolaffi – commented the CEO, Filippo Bolaffi -; he confirmed that the most coveted stickers are those relating to sports icons in the most significant moments of their respective careers. For example, they were sold to you realize significant all the stickers of the debut year (Rookie year) of Dino Zoff, Paolo Rossi, Roberto Baggio, Francesco Totti and Alessandro Del Piero. We were surprised by the competition for some apparently very niche lots (such as the Carlo Vidali editions) , protagonists of heated challenges among collectors; some have tripled the starting price, demonstrating the attentive interest aroused by the auction. Today’s debut will be followed by a new appointment in about six months; we will treasure what we have learned, with the goal of intercepting an ever wider audience “.
Other top lots include the almost unobtainable figure of Maradona with the 1979 Argentinos Juniors shirt (lot 72) and that of Pelè with the Brazil shirt for the Imperia Calcio 1963/64 album (lot 44), which were awarded for 1,250 euros each, in addition to the famous Pierluigi Pizzaballa from the 1963/64 collection (lot 56), sold for 750 euros, and an extremely rare set of Carlo Vidali stickers from the second series of 1961 (lot 215), which have risen up to 1,375 euros from a base of only 150. (ANSA).
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