Getting to grips with the fabric of Manchester City, Floyd Mayweather Jr & Lewis Hamilton

When Madonna sang about, ‘Living in a material world…’ way back in 1984, she obviously didn’t have Autograph Art in mind.

But, as far as the Manchester-based sports memorabilia company are concerned, the ‘Queen of Pop’ was ahead of her time and inadvertently on song, with their new and exciting ‘material’ concept.

True Blue Madonna – The Queen of Pop.

Widely acknowledged as being among the country’s elite suppliers and specialist framers of items from the worlds of sport, movies and music, Autograph Art are inviting an audience of thousands to ‘SWATCHIT’!

The idea is to make memorabilia more accessible, affordable and collectible, with a wide selection of high quality swatches featuring fabric cut from items – signed, worn or handled – by famous iconic figures.

SWATCHIT – The exciting new memorabilia concept from Autograph Art.

From a City fan’s perspective there’s a already a great selection from which to choose including; Vincent Kompany, David Silva, the Holy Trinity of Bell Lee and Summerbee, Kevin De Bruyne, Pablo Zabaleta and Raheem Sterling, with many more on the way.

Swatches are creatively presented, using bespoke mounting and framing techniques, accompanied by an image of the ‘star’ in question, along with a descriptor of the origins of the prized piece of cloth.

Here’s to you Vincent Kompany swatch.

Over the past 25 years Autograph Art have built up a stellar reputation as the ‘best of the best’ – only dealing in items that are 100% authentic, with easily traceable provenance.

The same principles and levels of integrity that Autograph Art attach to selling a signed Sergio Aguero shirt or a boot bearing Bernardo’s signature, are applied in exactly the same fashion with the SWATCHIT range.

Sterling on the rise – Fabric from a Raheem shirt in Autograph Art’s SwatchIt range.

Founder of Autograph Art, Dave Knebel, said: “Our reputation is everything to us and, because we guard it so jealously, we believe it gives our customers complete peace of mind when they buy an item.

“We’ve put endless hours into researching, sourcing and bringing the SWATCHIT brand to life. We have an extensive range in stock for the launch, covering a vast array of different footballers and their clubs – obviously City and United – but lots of others.

Unbeatable – Floyd Mayweather Jr’s shorts swatch.

“We’ve also placed a heavy emphasis on big box office boxers, including Floyd Mayweather Jr, Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Manny Pacquiao – and that’s just for starters.”

The selection of swatches will be forever evolving, with more players and teams, different boxers, a wider range of sports, as well as diversifying into music, movies and other entertainment genres.

First over the line – Just like Lewis Hamilton, Autograph Art lead the way in their respective field.

Autograph Art’s network of first hand ‘connections’ include the reigning Premier League Champions, Manchester City, Manchester United (well they have to make a living don’t they), the boxing stable of former World Light Welterweight Champion, Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton, a myriad of Premier League footballers and their agents, Team GB British Cycling and a host of blue chip organisations…and that’s just in Manchester (and Trafford Borough) alone.

Add in the likes of Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, cycling superstar, Sir Bradley Wiggins and football legend Pele, and you begin to see the broader picture.

Golden Oldies – Lee, Bell and Summerbee with fabric from a City shirt of yesteryear.

“Genuine signed memorabilia – because of its very nature – isn’t cheap to buy. It’s not always affordable to everybody, whereas the SWATCHIT brand – at a fraction of the cost – is pretty much within anybody’s budget,” added Dave, the driving force behind SWATCHIT.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a City fan, a United fan, a fight fan or whatever – SWATCHIT – is designed to bring fans closer to their idols. We can now bring attractive, affordable and authentic items to anybody who values top end, high quality memorabilia.

The Legend that is Pablo Zabaleta in swatch style.

“Individual swatches are available from just £30-a-piece and can easily build up into impressive collections over a period of time. The objective is to make memorabilia an inclusive pursuit for all.”

Oh Kevin De Bruyne…

For more details on the SWATCHIT range, news on any special offers and updates on some of the finest sports and entertainment memorabilia take a look at follow @autographartno1 on Twitte 

Located just a 5-10 minute drive from the Etihad Stadium, you could drop into the shop at 137-139, Manchester Road, Droylsden, Manchester M43 6EG or call on 0161 371 8080.

Remember the name and keep a look out for SWATCHIT!

And lest we forget, Madonna’s third album was called ‘True Blue’, so maybe she did know a thing or two about Manchester’s football heroes?


By David Walker @ReadButNeverRed @djwskyblu


  1. August 16, 2019  5:18 pm by Susan Bookbinder Reply

    Lovely writing as always David!

    • August 16, 2019  5:26 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks Suzy B. I was just impressed how Autograph Art - who have some proper diehard City fans in the business - are seeking to make City memorabilia more accessible and affordable for the fans. There's vast array of swatches from which to choose and they don't cost the earth. A proper win-win situation. Who knows, we might see 'Madge' herself, going shopping in downtown Droylsden!

  2. August 16, 2019  5:45 pm by Doug Henshaw Reply

    Nice Dave they seem a good outfit.

    • August 16, 2019  6:03 pm by David Walker Reply

      They're excellent. There's no way I'd endorse them if they were anything but 100% the real deal. If anyone is into memorabilia, especially City memorabilia, it's like an Aladdin's Cave going into Autograph Art. Great people who really know their stuff and do a lot of work directly for Manchester City and lots of the players. Highly recommended.

  3. August 16, 2019  10:13 pm by Michael parker Reply

    Autograph Art are brilliant. Top quality memorabilia and top quality framing! Would highly recommend to anyone! Well worth a look on the website!

  4. August 17, 2019  8:22 am by Pete lynch Reply

    Top, top quality company.

    • August 17, 2019  8:33 am by David Walker Reply

      Have you had dealings with them? I'm always happy to give them a 'plug' when they come up with another great idea or a range of items that will be of genuine interest to fellow City fans. Thanks for your comment.

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