Classic Manchester United shirt charity shop find sells for incredible amount

Manchester United shirts from the 1990s were probably some of the best-selling shirts in English football at the time as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side entered an unprecedented period of dominance.

The newly-created Premier League was to have United as the team to beat and as a result demand for shirts rocketed for the Manchester side.

However, one of the United shirts of the era is more in demand than others and a charity has secured a staggering sum after a donation to its stores this year.

Barnados charity was donated a Manchester United third shirt worn between 1992 and 1994 and an online bidding war on eBay led to a price of £375 for the shirt. The figure made it the highest-priced Manchester United shirt on the auction platform from the 1990s in the last few months.

The shirt is popular because of the classic green and gold halved design, a kit first worn by Manchester United back when the club was newly founded and named Newton Heath Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. The club soon ditched the name in 1902 and the kit was last worn in 1897.

The third shirt sold on eBay was the first time the design has been worn by the club in nearly 100 years and the fact it was used in Manchester United’s first ever Premier League title season could be a factor in why the price was so high in the auction.

The shirt is also popular because of the classic design featuring a laced collar, iconic sponsor Sharp and the because it represents United fan’s disgruntlement with owners the Glazer family. Fans upset with the level of debt the Glazers have placed on the club, the huge dividends they take out as owners and the lack of investment in infrastructure such as Old Trafford has led to years of protests against the owners and many protestors use the green and gold colours as a sign of their displeasure.

However, fans who want to get their hands on the kit can pick one up for just £125 in a current eBay listing.

What if you have other Manchester United kits tucked away? They could be worth some money. We took a look at shirt seller CultKits to see which United kits fetch the best prices online.

Manchester United grey third kit 1995

The infamous kit was worn away to Southampton in a match United lost and ditched the kit at half time because players complained they couldn’t see each other. It was never worn again by Manchester United.

It is probably one of the most famous United kits of the era because of the controversy over the design and as such it has acquired a cult following. A kit with tags in good condition could fetch as much as £300, according to Cult Kits, which has one such version on sale here.

Manchester United 1988/90 home shirt

It may not have been the most lucrative period in terms of trophies but if you have a home shirt from 1988/90 it can fetch up to £300, according to Cult Kits.

It’s easy to understand why; the shirt has a lovely clean design with thin white ‘bib’ stripes, a classic Trefoil Adidas badge, Sharp sponsorship and a traditional United badge. Given it came before the Premier League era and the reinvention of English football it also did not sell in huge numbers future launches did, meaning it has some scarcity value. You can buy one here.

Manchester United 1994/96 third shirt

Third shirts traditionally sold a little less than home shirts and as such are a bit rarer. A United third shirt with the blue and white striped design is one that is in high demand still and it can sell for up to £175, according to Cult Kits.

The shirt is a classic and evokes memories of the likes of Ryan Giggs, Steve Bruce and Paul Ince as Sir Alex’s United team began to collect trophies at an alarming rate. You can buy one here.

Stephen Hurrell
Stephen Hurrell
Stephen is the founder and editor of The Hobby Online and The Hobby by Subbuteo.Online print magazine. He is a giant nerd and specialises in Subbuteo, retro football kits and consumer stories. A journalist and editor of 15 years, he has written about football for some of the UK's biggest publications.

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