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Buddy Posted on 17/08/2019 07:33
Collection of old programmes - what would YOU do?
 
From the age of about 10 to about 40, I (or my dad) bought a programme when I went to a match. Thirty years worth of programmes, some years more than others - let's say 600 at a very rough estimate.

Like anything vaguely historical, they (can) provide access to memories that nothing else would trigger. It's fun to (very) occasionally spot something you wouldn't have noticed at the time. I just came across one from Birmingham away in 2013 with a picture of a young loanee called Jesse Lingard on the front.

But I don't buy them any more. And they take up a decent chunk of space, effectively just pointlessly being stored and sometimes moved from one place to another. Logically and rationally, I can't really see a reason for keeping them. I heard somebody say once that we are all curators of our own personal museum, that nobody else is interested in, and somebody else will quickly dismantle when we're not here.

So, what would you do if it was you? Keep them to be possibly looked at once a decade? Recycle them because nobody cares? Digitise the front and back first?
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Edis_Pilf Posted on 17/08/2019 07:38

Collection of old programmes - what would YOU do?
If it were me I'd keep them for the memories.

But if there is genuinely no sentiment for you there are plenty of people on here who would be grateful for them.
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rob_fmttm Posted on 17/08/2019 08:16

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There is a third option which I discussed with Teesside Archives a couple of months ago - as there is no longer a shop with a long stretch of old programmes your collection could be a starting point for an archive of Boro programmes at Teesside Archives.
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PRTEESSIDE Posted on 17/08/2019 08:43

Collection of old programmes - what would YOU do?
I still find it incredible that the club do not as far as I am aware even retain a set of its programmes which I think says a lot.
Norman Hardy at the training ground had maybe 20 or 30 years of home programmes in his office but when he was made redundant and had to empty his office he was told to put them in the skip.
What a waste of the history of recent years of the club.
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PRIORYMAN Posted on 17/08/2019 09:14

Collection of old programmes - what would YOU do?
I have a significant interest in football memorabilia and programmes play a large part of that.

For me the football programme is part of the very fabric of the sport and it often provides a good representation of a clubs history.

In your case Buddy I would go through your collection programme by programme and pick out say the 50 that mean the most to you and keep them. That could be for various reasons - a memorable game, people you were with, events that happened that day etc.

As for the rest, Rob has made a good call.

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Anton_Berg Posted on 17/08/2019 09:55

Collection of old programmes - what would YOU do?
This is something I've had to deal with as I inherited my dad's memoribilia to add to my own.
Buddy seems to have accepted that it has to go. People have too much stuff and not enough space nowadays, or rather, space is too expensive. Check with a self-storage firm how much that cubic metre would cost to hire, then check what things cost on ebay, and you will find it's mostly not worth the time spent listing it.
Photograph as much as you can, keep a few things.
Do your best to re-home it and look at that as a hobby in itelf. I have been to museums, record fairs, beer mat fairs, coin dealers, stamp fairs (a guy said it was just 'confetti').
Erimus helped me out by taking a few items btw!
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erimus74 Posted on 17/08/2019 09:59

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Erimus helped me out by taking a few items btw!

And appreciated Anton[^]
My friend is in to collecting programmes from the period stated & has a few gaps to fill in various seasons
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Buddy Posted on 17/08/2019 10:37

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I don't think I've accepted anything yet, it's more that I'm wondering about the point of keeping them. Probably 50/50 at the minute.
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redwurzel Posted on 17/08/2019 13:37

Collection of old programmes - what would YOU do?
Keep key games in one box?

Pre 1960 programmes dealers will buy.

I did recently bid 80 for a 1966 World Cup (and some international games from late 1940s and early 1950s) programme at an auction. They went for 120 plus 20% commission. But normally I don't buy like stamps they are losing their value in a digital age.
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Buddy Posted on 18/08/2019 12:19

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My very rough estimate of 600 has now crystallised to an accurate count of 588, which I'm pretty pleased with. [smi]
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erimus74 Posted on 18/08/2019 12:24

Collection of old programmes - what would YOU do?
Do you have any AP match tickets, teamsheets or match reports included in your collection
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Buddy Posted on 18/08/2019 12:27

Collection of old programmes - what would YOU do?
I've probably got match tickets somewhere, but they'll be buried deep in a box and I'm probably more likely to keep them as they don't have the same space and weight issues.
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erimus74 Posted on 18/08/2019 12:29

Collection of old programmes - what would YOU do?
I've probably got match tickets somewhere, but they'll be buried deep in a box and I'm probably more likely to keep them as they don't have the same space and weight issues

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Buy yourself a photo album & stick your tickets in the album, thats what I do with my tickets & press phots
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Buddy Posted on 12/09/2020 11:40

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Hoof - getting nearer to disposal time I think. I'll probably photograph all of them - Rob, is the Archives thing still a thought? Anyone got any other ideas?
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boroskel65 Posted on 12/09/2020 16:28

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It starts with a milkman delivering milk to a suburban house. The door opens and a seductive woman steps out and lures the milkman in; the milkman looks around, then enters the house. The woman takes the milkman upstairs, smiling at him and beckoning him with her finger. The milkman cautiously follows her as she unlocks her bedroom door. She opens the door and ushers the milkman inside. As the milkman enters the room, she shuts the door and locks it. The milkman looks around the room and sees several milkmen, some of whom are very old, including one who is a skeleton.
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