Kiwi puts huge sporting memorabilia collection up for auction

Hoping to cash in on the interest whipped up by the Rugby World Cup, a sports enthusiast is selling what he thinks is New Zealand's largest private collection of sports memorabilia.

After almost a quarter of a century of collecting, every item is now going under the hammer.

Even Adrian Hocking admits to being "overwhelmed" at just how much stuff he's accrued over the past 20 years.

"The reality is, I don't have a garage big enough to house all this stuff," Hocking told Newshub. "No-one does."

His collection will go up for auction in Christchurch on November 9 and he has no idea what it's worth.

"Arguably, it's the biggest private sporting collection that's ever gone on sale in New Zealand."

Among the key items is a 1987 ball signed by the All Blacks World Cup-winning squad.

Then there is a nearly 100-year-old roll of film of the All Blacks versus the Springboks, and even Tana Umaga's old socks.

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