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GordonBennettssister



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 2:44 pm 
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https://www.mstauctioneers.co.uk/catalogue/dcb5b180832071e1f51c9adb57c9ef64/e4b6793ad336f83efb7e0cd36cad0205/timed-online-auction-of-a-large-quantity-of-football-progra/

This is in Honiton, Devon, and is housed in a former hanger where there was sufficient room to store the programmes during the winter and spread them out for sorting and cataloguing.

Viewing is on August 24th and 26th and ends on August 26th. Please take a look and share so that these programmes, that were all collected since 2012 when Gordon retired as Head of Youth Developent at Plymouth Argyle, can stay in circulation. Gordon would love nothing more than for his colleagues to get a good bargain and enjoy the programmes as much as he did. Thank you.

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morgan1927



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:25 pm 
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does anyone know how the auction went please I haven't seen anything about it
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GordonBennettssister



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:16 pm 
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morgan1927 wrote:
does anyone know how the auction went please I haven't seen anything about it


This is a link to the completed auction. I am delighted that all of Gordon’s programmes remain in circulation.

https://www.mstauctioneers.co.uk/catalogue/dcb5b180832071e1f51c9adb57c9ef64/e4b6793ad336f83efb7e0cd36cad0205/timed-online-auction-of-a-large-quantity-of-football-progra/
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:16 pm 
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And raised, unfortunately, a paltry sum when considering the effort that Gordon put into our hobby. Such a shame that somebody was so poorly advised.
It really does raise the issue of ensuring that we leave appropriate notes to indicate what to do with our lifetime's efforts if something unexpected happens.
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GordonBennettssister



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:39 pm 
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whosbrianwilson wrote:
And raised, unfortunately, a paltry sum when considering the effort that Gordon put into our hobby. Such a shame that somebody was so poorly advised.
It really does raise the issue of ensuring that we leave appropriate notes to indicate what to do with our lifetime's efforts if something unexpected happens.


I agree with you that collectors should plan for their estate.

I do not, however, agree that I, his sister and next of kin, was poorly advised. Gordon died unexpectedly during a pandemic. I live in Western Canada and due to Covid was unable to come to England. I was extremely fortunate to find a kind, caring, respectful, hardworking and very efficient company to remove Gordon’s belongings from his home and storage in Plymouth. I was extremely fortunate to find an auction house in Devon that could safely store a vast amount of paper products during winter at a time when Covid restrictions were in force, for an undetermined time. The auction house also had the space to lay out and sort the collection. I think they did a fantastic job in the circumstances. There may be other auction houses that could have done this but it would have incurred transportation expenses, etc. from Devon. I personally was very thankful to be able to keep Gordon’s collection in circulation. Gordon only started collecting when he retired from Plymouth Argyle in 2012. It was a hobby that he put his heart and soul into as he did with everything he persued in his life from train spotting as a kid, to sponsored walks to raise funds for Bristol Rovers Youth team, etc. His legacy remains in the many players and managers who he scouted as youth players.

I know that Gordon would be more concerned about his fellow collectors enjoying the programmes as much as he did and keeping them in circulation, rather than the money raised in the auction. He was always generous and fair in his prices and loved nothing more than to find a programme someone was looking for. Gordon was a very kind caring gentleman and lived his life giving to others. You are missed by so many, Gordon, especially me. RIP Big Bruv!!! We will Keep Smiling in your memory.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:37 pm 
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It wasn't a question of being poorly advised and to say so is wrong without any grasp of the logistics involved.

First of all, Gordon's death must have been a shock to the family.
Gordon's sister was thousands of miles away
There were 80 large pallets with anywhere between a 1000 and 1500 per pallet and some probably more. (That's not including the specialist boxes)
The amount of storage space needed to house that amount of stock is huge, and in most cases would have been very costly.
Transportation costs anywhere in the country would have been very prohibitive.

The auctioneers MST came in for a bit of stick on here when it was originally announced, by a lot of people who clearly misunderstood the situation.
Poor this, poor that, poor description, not offering delivery service blah, blah, blah. That was very unfair in my opinion.

By their own admission, they weren't sporting auctioneers

I found the auctioneers to be incredibly helpful, friendly and very welcoming when I went down. So much, I went twice.

They spoke very highly of Gordon and his sister.

With regards to the programmes I collected, a lot will go my lads collections, (FA Cup, One Per club, One Per Day), Some will go to a couple of mates and many will be donated to Sheffield FC, to help with club funds when things get back to normal.

He was a genuinely nice bloke who will be missed.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 11:10 am 
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I echo Sharrows thoughts, although I can't believe you went twice, I've only just recovered from the first visit Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:03 pm 
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I was trying to stress the importance of leaving sufficient notes/instructions regarding values and methods of disposal to ensure that correct decisions are made.
In Gordon's case, it may well have been that there was no alternative, but the decisions were left to someone who, with the greatest respect, would have no idea of the best route.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2021 9:46 am 
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I think Sharrow is quite correct in all that he says as this particular scenario is out of the norm, but also Whosbrianwilson has also made a very sensible and valid point too.

I would imagine all collectors have they prized possessions be it from a monetary scenario or sentimental one and it is "good housekeeping" to ensure if and when the time comes if you want certain others to benefit from your efforts over the years then it is sensible to leave some wishes of what how and where to dispose.

Gordon was a very nice man, i tried to buy a few bits n bobs from him whenever he ventured North-he will be sorely missed among the collecting fraternity for sure.

This particular case is quite unusual with the only next of kin living abroad and the enormity of the items involved.
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