It’s the rare memorabilia pick-up that could ease the pain of a shock finals exit for one West Coast fan – but it’ll come at a cost.
The Eagles’ 1992 ‘#1’ WA number plates are up for auction this week, giving the chance for one dedicated fan to own a piece of Australian footy history.
It marks the first time the significant collector’s item has been available since its initial release to follow the club’s inaugural premiership triumph.
West Coast’s grand final win over Geelong in 1992 marked not only the Eagles’ first flag, but the first time the AFL/VFL premiership cup had departed its Victorian home.
The ‘#1’ plates feature the club’s initial logo and the words ‘West Coast Eagles AFL Premiers 1992’, with photos showing them to be in good condition despite being almost three decades old.
A spokesperson for auctioneer Pickles said the plates had only had one owner, who was now looking to sell.
The auction will be held online from 9am Thursday, with bidding to begin at just $1. It will conclude at midday next Tuesday, October 13.
It could mark a good yet expensive opportunity for Brett Heady, the Eagles favourite who donned the #1 jumper in the breakthrough 1992 decider.
Heady was the game’s leading disposal-getter after racking up 28 in the 28-point victory.
West Coast’s current #1, Liam Ryan, could also be looking to cap a superb breakout season that resulted in an All-Australian berth for the first time.
For more information on the auction, head to the item page here.