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.