New Releases June 2024

This month, we enter into the world of football memorabilia with A Culture of Kits: The Definitive Guide to Classic Football Shirt Collecting by John Blair and One Shilling: The Football Programme Design Revolution of 1965-85 by Matthew Caldwell and Alan Dein.

These New Releases for June 2024 from our friends at Pitch Publishing offer a fascinating glimpse into the world of football collectables.

In A Culture of Kits, John Blair, a seasoned collector with over 500 shirts, uncovers the secrets of what makes a football shirt legendary, the fervent community of collectors, and the surprising investment potential of these wearable icons. Get ready to dive into the colourful, competitive, and often nostalgic world of classic football shirts, guided by insights from global experts and dedicated enthusiasts.

Meanwhile, One Shilling transports you to the golden age of football programme design. Caldwell and Dein celebrate the unsung heroes who crafted extraordinary visual identities for matchday programmes from 1965 to 1985. Discover stunning examples of their work and learn about the visionary artist John Elvin, hailed as the greatest football programme designer ever. This book is a tribute to the creativity that defined an era and left an indelible mark on football’s cultural landscape.

Together, these books are your ticket to exploring the booming business, and rich histories, of football shirt and programme collecting.

A Culture of Kits: The Definitive Guide to Classic Football Shirt Collecting

A Culture of Kits: The Definitive Guide to Classic Football Shirt Collecting

Hardback by John Blair

Drawing from experts and global collectors, this book provides the ultimate guide to classic football-shirt collecting. What elevates a shirt’s status? Who is buying? Are shirts an investment? A Culture of Kits lifts the lid on the booming business behind the growing culture and community of classic football shirts.

John Blair is a football enthusiast who has collected shirts for 30 years and is an active member of the classic football shirt community, showcasing his 500-plus shirt collection under @classicfootballshirtusa. His debut book A Culture of Kits: The Definitive Guide to Classic Shirt Collecting followed several popular articles in Kit Magazine.

One Shilling: The Football Programme Design Revolution of 1965-85

One Shilling: The Football Programme Design Revolution of 1965-85

Hardback by Matthew Caldwell and Alan Dein

One Shilling explores how extraordinary visual identities were created for the trusty matchday programme. The book compiles stunning examples, and tells the stories of those previously unheralded artists, in particular John Elvin, considered the greatest football programme designer ever.

Matthew Caldwell set up the Instagram account @1_shilling to share the story of forgotten football programme designs with the world. He is a co-founder of Monday Nights design practice, a cross-discipline design studio specialising in brand identity across multiple sectors including sports and entertainment. Alan Dein is an oral historian, writer and radio broadcaster, and is a lifelong collector of footballing ephemera.

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