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Some Call This Passion.
Others Call This An Obsession.

I hail from the tropical climes of Singapore, a football crazy country that can only count South East Asian champions as a major success.  Welcome to my humble collection of match quality (i.e. FIFA Approved) footballs that I have accumulated since March 2009.  Initially, as with many laymen who follow football throughout the world, I could not understand why some balls can cost more than USD 100 as a ball is just a ball, as long as you are a good player, the material and hence the cost of a ball should not matter.

Or so I thought.

Before March 2009, I had fewer than 10 cheap balls in my collection and these were purchased randomly, at less than USD 25, as and when I thought they were nice, discounted or from an overseas country for the memories.  Once bought, these balls would just disappear conveniently into a corner or a storage box, only to surface now and then.

Then came 2009, with my career seemingly in a cruise mode, my interest in collecting Star Wars toys tapering off, and Man City going nowhere close to a European spot, I had a chance encounter with an Adidas Fevernova 2002 World Cup Match Ball in Queensway Shopping Center that was selling at half price.  Even after 7 years, half price really meant SGD 90 (about USD 55) and I still could not understand why it was so.

Nonetheless, I was feeling a bit more loaded and decided to purchase something that seem to be of value (a World Cup ball!) at a 50% discounted price.  Feeling contented to have bought a memorabilia at such a cheap price and deferring the purchase of a Adidas Teamgeist 2006 World Cup Match Ball (SGD 99), I started to trawl in eBay, Google and the web in general for more information about the beauty of a FIFA Approved match ball and was mesmerized on what I had missed out from the World, European, South American and Asian arena.

Thus began my never-ending journey of collecting match quality balls, a journey that has cost me quite a fortune but given me much satisfaction through knowing I have something that would appreciate in value and make me new friends all over the world.  If you got a story with any such balls, do not hesitate to drop me an email.

Welcome to A Few Good Balls, a visual treasure trove for those with the same passion or obsession.

71 Comments

  1. Ryan Elliott
    January 17, 2012

    Definitely share the same passion, and proud to help stock your collection!

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  2. wilson.chia
    January 30, 2012

    Thanks a lot mate…I hope to get the English League and Cup match balls out asap. Now that would be a spectacle! 🙂

    Reply
  3. brian heaney
    February 24, 2012

    hi, i was at 1999 champs lge final utd v bayern and i caught one of the match balls which was accidently kicked into the crowd in the nu camp.i have never had it valued.how much do you think it is worth?its a nike nk 800 geo.patent no-0652794.regards brian

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    • Wilson
      February 27, 2012

      I have sent you a reply to your email, please let me know. Thanks.

      Reply
  4. chris
    May 4, 2012

    hello,
    sorry for my bad english… 🙂
    you are also collect puma matchballs???
    i have one real “kick off” ball puma of the polish ekstraklasa… with a certificate.
    you are interesting…???
    regards
    chris

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    • Wilson
      May 7, 2012

      Hi I do collect Puma balls and have a few that I have not yet displayed here. What is a kick off ball?

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      • Jonatan
        March 11, 2015

        A kick off ball, is the ball that was the first ball to be used in the game. (Ball used for kick-off)

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  5. michael simms
    May 17, 2012

    hi just to say keep collecting its a great hobby as i collect balls and shirts(match used)i have the matchball from the last f a cup final at old wembley number 6 of 100. it was used on match day as balls 1-10 are the only balls taken to wembley,i also have the yellow snow umbro ball from bolton wanderers kit man has only had light trainin.finalg use if you were interested at all. f a cup final ball is not for sale it was valued at bonhems auction at 500 gbp starting bid thanks mick.

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    • Wilson
      May 17, 2012

      Thanks for looking and yes I will want to collect footballs for years to come. Which yellow snow ball is that? I may have the ball actually.

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    • Rob
      April 26, 2015

      Hi Michael,

      Do you have an email address? Would like to enquire about something.

      Rob

      Reply
  6. michael simms
    May 19, 2012

    hi it has the road to new wembley written on it and is called the hi vis ball used from november to march then returned back to white ball cheers

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    • Wilson
      May 21, 2012

      I believe that it is the Umbro X FA Cup Hi Vis ball which I already have.

      Reply
  7. Reg
    July 15, 2012

    I been there so many balls before, but after I got marry need to down size to collect mini balls only. : )

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    • Wilson
      July 16, 2012

      Yup I can really understand, in fact am looking for some warehousing solutions for them. 🙂

      Reply
  8. james
    September 12, 2012

    you have a facebook? I am a collector too but yours is beyond mine

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  9. stephen osbaldeston
    October 6, 2012

    i allso got into balls in 09 now i have most champions league ballsgot both nike balls and all star ball but for some snow balls do you have any for sale thanks steve

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    • Wilson
      October 7, 2012

      No spare ones at the moment but there are some really good deals on eBay. Do you have old English cup balls for sale?

      Reply
  10. Jeremy
    October 23, 2012

    Hi yo… I am from Singapore too and recently have this great interesting in collecting soccerballs… Currently I am using those low cones i purchased from Sportslink to display my balls. Where did you get those display stand?

    And do you display all your 200+ balls at home??

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    • Wilson
      November 26, 2012

      Hi sorry for the late reply as I was away on business trip and spent a lot of personal time on other stuff when I came home. I actually got my display stand from a collector but I just use it to take pictures. As for how I display at home, I just use Ikea Samla boxes and for stand I just the low containers from SKF.

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  11. Amar
    November 11, 2012

    Hi Wilson

    Very impressed with your collection so far! I’m also working on my own collection please feel free to check out my website wclegends.com and if you need anything from the UK I’m happy to help!

    Amar

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    • Wilson
      January 13, 2013

      Hi Amar, sorry for the late reply…nice website you have there and it seems you have all your balls signed?

      Reply
  12. Hendrik Schubert
    February 2, 2013

    Hello Wilson,

    I own a Terrestra Silverstream with the old-type Fifa-Approved logo (like it is seen on the Questra Europa or Tricolore).
    I have not seen an image of a ball like mine in the internet yet.
    Could it be some kind of “hybrid-type”, maybe from the year 1999 or early year 2000? I know that the Matchballs at Euro 2000 had the “new” Fifa-Approved logo imprint.
    Do you have any infos about my ball?

    Thank you very much,
    Hendrik

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    • Wilson
      February 5, 2013

      Hi Hendrik, unfortunately I do not have much information about your ball but I know that some Terrestra Silverstream had the old logo. It could be those earlier versions of the ball they produced at the time FIFA was updating the logos. Sale of match balls usually occur about 2 months before the tournament and the production 6 months before that. You could see from the batch number on the ball. For example B34001 06/12 in a recent ball meant it was made in June 2012. Hope this helps.

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  13. Guna
    April 16, 2013

    Hi Wilson,

    Can you tell me if the Adidas Tricolore was ever made in Vietnam also?

    Regards,
    Guna

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    • Wilson
      April 18, 2013

      I have never seen in made in Vietnam before…unfortunately.

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      • Guna
        April 19, 2013

        Ok no worries. Just purchased one that was made in Vietnam. Made the same year as the ones Made in Morroco. Been told it’s genuine.

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  14. Vlad
    May 21, 2013

    Hi there,

    Anybody interested in an UEFA Europa League Final 2012 held in Bucharest, signed by Miodrag Belodedici ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miodrag_Belodedici ), the first player to win the Champions League Cup with two different clubs, by playing in both finals.

    Kind Regards,

    V.

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  15. jake
    August 27, 2013

    i have a umbro neo match ball from the community shield of 2010 any ideas how much it would be worth and a premie league ball from the season 2010/11 any ideas of value its worth ?

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    • Wilson
      September 1, 2013

      The Umbro Neo Pro is the one with red stripes and Chelsea vs Man Utd? It should be at least 120 pounds (limited edition numbered ball) while the Premier League ball is at most 50 pounds as there are many floating around.

      Reply
  16. stuart
    November 7, 2013

    i have a mitre revolve colchester united 2008-2009 my grandan took me to a match and it was kicked over the stand and i collected it after the match and it the fifa code is 219,Q0E it also has 1st team and Gk written on both sides i know i shouldnt but i play with it on concrete so it has a bit of ware and tear on it but this is the best mitre ball ive had.

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    • Wilson
      November 23, 2013

      Yes the Mitre Revolve is a good ball indeed! 🙂

      Reply
  17. Nenad Perisic
    January 22, 2014

    Hi,

    i am an collektor to. Could you halp my to find the AFA Balls?

    By

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    • Wilson Chia
      January 27, 2014

      Hi Nenand, I think the best way is to bet in touch with an Argentinian collector or look for them in ebay. I can only get you the AFA Tafugo.

      Reply
  18. Bon Lai
    January 24, 2014

    Hi,

    My name is Bon from Hong Kong.
    We would like to invite you to share your football during World Cup period in shopping mall.

    Please contact me if you are interested on it.

    Many thanks.

    Bon
    Senior Mkt Executive

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    • Wilson Chia
      January 27, 2014

      Hi Bon, sorry I won’t be interested but if you like to rent them out for a fee then maybe.

      Reply
      • Bon Lai
        February 5, 2014

        Hi Wilson,

        Nice to hear your reply. We are an event agency in HK working for local malls and properties. Sure we hope to have your kind participation and we are willing to pay for the exhibits rental as well as the cost/expenses inviting you coming to HK as special guest for our world cup event in April/ May.

        For details, we will send to your email for your further preview and consideration. Pls reconfirm if this email is correct –

        Hope you will consider and thank you so much!

        All the best,
        Bon / Pilot

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  19. Andrew
    January 26, 2014

    Hi, if anyone is interested I have a few balls for sale, I ended up buying so many at one point it got out of hand so I’ve decide to keep my burnley ones ( still over 20 all incases dating back to mid 80s)

    For sale I have
    Mitre revolve 2010 league two play off final signed by match officials
    2 Leicester city revolve footballs from there promotion season to the championship where they broke many records with the ball
    1 wolves revolve football from there promotion season to the prem
    1 burnley TENSILE from 2011 season
    2 Sheffield united TENSILES from 2011 season
    1 signed burnley delta v12 from 2012 season
    1 Carlton delta v12 from 2012 season

    That’s all I can think of so far but there is more if anyone has any requests for there collection!

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    • Wilson Chia
      January 27, 2014

      I may be interested in the Wolves Revolve. Do you have pictures of this ball? Please send to wilson.chia@afewgoodballs.com.

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      • Andrew
        January 30, 2014

        Emailed you the other day, you should have some pics if you check your inbox

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    • Rob
      April 24, 2014

      Hi Andrew,

      Would you have any Mitre Ultimax 1998-2001 you are willing to sell?

      I tried dropping you an email but never got any response.

      Thanks,

      Reply
  20. Andy
    February 1, 2014

    Emailed again mate, should be one in your inbox

    Reply
  21. Greg Fonne
    February 2, 2014

    Hi everyone – i have a spare Nike Gold Tracer 10k Limited Edition up for grabs (only 100 ever produced as most of you will know). I bought 4 from Niketown London when they came out. Thinking of putting my last one up for sale on ebay soon. Get in touch if interested. Cheers!

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  22. Simon Heaps
    March 3, 2014

    Hi
    I have the full collection of Adidas World Cup Footballs from 1970 to the current 2014 ball. Is this collection of interest to you ?
    Regards
    Simon Heaps

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    • Wilson Chia
      March 4, 2014

      Hi Simon, are these balls the original ones, for example the 1970 ball is actually 44 years old?

      Reply
  23. jef
    March 16, 2014

    hi
    which is the mitre ball that has all the league teams printed all over it ? and any ideas on value

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    • Wilson Chia
      March 30, 2014

      Hi Mitre Revolve, Tensile and Delta 12 have the league teams printed on the balls and should be worth about 40 pounds each.

      Reply
  24. Dan Liens
    April 18, 2014

    Hi Wilson.

    First off i love your collection. i also collect match balls but for my home club, Scunthorpe United.

    I need help tracking down the revolve 2009 version (they changed the colours on the ball from 2008)

    If you could help me that would be great.

    Kepp up the good work – Dan.

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    • Wilson Chia
      May 9, 2014

      Thanks Dan, if I can find spares I will let you know.

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      • Dan Liens
        May 15, 2014

        Thanks Wilson.

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  25. miguelangelo
    August 21, 2014

    Hello Wilson

    I´m a footballs lovers to from Portugal. I Have now arround 300 diferent official balls and I want more and more balls.

    Best regards
    Miguelangelo

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    • Wilson Chia
      October 11, 2014

      Hi Miguel, that is really great to hear. Sorry for the late reply. Do you have facebook?

      Regards
      Wilson

      Reply
  26. ISWANDI
    November 13, 2014

    HI There bro,

    I have already message you with regards to the BNIB Adidas FINALE 9 I have available for sale.

    Hope to hear from you soon bro…

    Thanks man

    Reply
  27. Iswandi
    November 14, 2014

    HI There Guys,

    I currently have a BNIB Adidas Finale 9 football for sale. If anyone would be interestef, do kindly drop me an email at iswandiseven@gmail.com

    I am from Singapore too…

    Thanks man

    Reply
  28. adam
    November 25, 2014

    I have just got my hands on a 2014 play off final ball. I would never sell it as it has more sentimental value than you could ever know. (A charity football match for cancer care). Its a mitre v12 with league one play off final 2014 on it. Its signed by vintage clarets which are my old Burnley heroes. It must have been a spare. Just ordered a glass display case where it will remain in my house forever

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    • Wilson Chia
      December 23, 2014

      Hi Adam, sorry for the lateness in reply. Congrats on getting such a great ball, it’s really wonderful for all Burnley fans!

      Reply
  29. A
    December 11, 2014

    Hi, does anybody have any Mitre Ultimax balls? New/used. Please drop me an email: rb989653 AT Gmail.conn (mispelt on purpose)

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    • Wilson Chia
      December 23, 2014

      I am not selling mine but I will allow your comment here to get some bandwidth! 🙂

      Reply
  30. Nik
    January 3, 2015

    Hi, I am curious to see if you are selling any footballs. I am interested in purchasing multiple footballs on here. Thanks.

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    • Wilson Chia
      January 11, 2015

      sorry mate I will not be selling those here

      Reply
  31. Ken
    July 17, 2015

    Hi i have the same ball that you posted here http://www.afewgoodballs.com/nike/nike-super-cup-2008-uefa-super-cup/ what would be a good asking price for this ball?
    I want to sell him.
    Thx

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  32. Johnson
    July 27, 2015

    Would like some opinion here:
    1) do you guys inflate the ball fully? And if yes, and ball been deflated over time , is it advisable to inflate them again to retain the shape ?
    2) what sort of design can I custom make to showcase the balls ?
    Thanks in advance

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  33. Lana
    August 5, 2015

    Hello Wilson,
    could you please contact me by e-mail?
    I am searching for a special ball and I hope you can help me to find/buy it.

    Thanks in advance!
    Best regards
    Lana

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  34. Lana
    August 17, 2015

    Hi Wilson,
    it’s the Total 90 Hi-Vis ball (yellow and blue) from 2004 or 2005.
    Do you think there is a chance to get it?

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    • Wilson Chia
      August 21, 2015

      I have replied you via email. Please have a look. Thanks.

      Reply
  35. WJ
    February 9, 2016

    Hi Wilson, I sent you an email but did not get a response. I am looking a ball and I’m just trying my luck to see if you happen to have a spare and willing to sell. Understand you do not sell/trade usually. Pls contact me via email if possible.

    Reply

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