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  • How to collect motor racing memorabilia

    Posted on July 31, 2011 by Selby



    Hand signed motor racing memorabilia

    Collecting hand signed motor racing memorabilia can be a great hobby or small business for the motor racing enthusiast as you are able to combine following your  heroes with building a motor racing memorabilia collection.

    A  paddock  pass  with access to the pits is the most effective way of making contact with the motor  racing fraternity otherwise the members car park  is always a good bet especially after the meeting  is concluded, before racing starts teams are too preoccupied to be approached.

    I have always found drivers to be most considerate and obliging when it comes to signing autographs and meeting enthusiasts, the cost of attending events can well be compensated for by the increasing value of your collection.

    Formula 1 is the obvious choice and it is the second most watched sport in the world followed by soccer.

    Early records show automobile racing as having originated in France at the end of the nineteenth century where drivers would compete from one town to the next ( 1894 Paris to Rouen is the first recorded race) these races were known as endurance tests and became increasingly popular, it was a natural progression that was to become  Grand Prix.

    The Automobile club of France organised the first official Grand Prix at Le Mans in 1906

    Motor manufacturers were soon eager to become involved and sought to sponsor drivers by contributing large sums of money to aid the design of competitive cars, even the Nazis became involved and encouraged Mercedes and Auto Union to further the glory of the Reich.

    By the time the Monaco Grand Prix was first run in 1933 motor racing had become established a big business sport, with motor manufacturers and sponsors reflecting in the glory of race.

    Categories and specialised areas

    As with collecting any sports memorabilia it is always prudent to specialise in a nominated category, categories are defined as pre-war and post war, motor sport collectables from the modern era although desirable will not usually merit the value of earlier examples.

    Once would be collectors have established which era they will concentrate on they need to consider where to specialise, examples would include race attire, helmets, caps,  rare autographs, hand signed photos, event programmes and framed  presentations

    It is always important to consider the condition of sports memorabilia, although one must be realistic and bear in mind age and usage.

    Motor racing memorabilia which I have personally collated, to name but a few I would be personally interested in, would include the following popular drivers James Hunt, Nikki Lauda, Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Emmerson Fitipaldi, Enzo Ferrari, William Grover Williams Hermann Lang, Richard Seaman, Henry Seagrove, Stirling Moss, Malcolm Campbell (yes he was a Grand Prix driver), the list goes on, it is all about personal choice and opportunity.

     

     Motor memorabilia sales and auctions

    Sports memorabilia auctions are always a favourite of mine as they usually include lots of cricket, rugby and football collectables which are also of interest to me, motor racing is usually also included

    A good start would be Knights sporting auctions or Bonham’s auctions Chester.

    It is important to do your research make sure you order an auction brochure prior to the event and compare items for sale against prices previously realised.

    Attend the sale for viewing, check the provenance and condition of the items you have researched and list them, remember not to get carried away when bidding as the bid price can be way above the guide price quoted in the brochure. Write down a maximum you will bid up to and stick to it, not forgetting you will also be paying up to 25% in commission and incidental fees.

    Check out the terms and conditions

    Online bidding

    When bidding online for hand signed motor racing memorabilia the costs are higher and in my opinion you really need to attend the viewing and sale.

    If you have to bid on eBay it is important to research the vendor and always ask for formal authentication, UACC or AFTAL.

    I cannot emphasis enough the buyer beware syndrome which appertains to popular internet sites

    I have recently written an article which you can find on my website called Rare autographs real of fake, I strongly advise you to read this.

    Good luck with your collecting and let me know how you get on.

    Tony Selby


    This post was posted in Motor racing memorabilia

  • Golf memorabilia post and pre-war

    Posted on July 25, 2011 by Selby




    Hand signed golf memorabilia post and pre- war

    Collecting hand signed golf memorabilia can be a great hobby or small business for the golf enthusiast as you are able to combine following your golfing heroes with building a golf memorabilia collection.

    Due to the nature of golf I have always found players to be most considerate and obliging when it comes to signing autographs and meeting enthusiasts, the cost of attending events and tournaments can well be compensated for by the increasing value of your collection.

    The Open is the obvious choice followed by internationals, amateur championships and senior events.

    Early records show golf as first being played in Scotland where it was banned by James 11 who regarded it as an unwelcome distraction to archery. Early Scottish golf courses were primarily links courses, soil covered sand dunes close to the beach and often crossed by a railway line hence the term golf links, particularly applied to seaside courses.

    Categories and specialised areas

    As with collecting any sports memorabilia it is always prudent to specialise in a nominated category, categories are defined as pre-war and post war, golf collectables from the late 1940s although desirable will not usually merit the value of earlier examples.

    Once would be collectors have established which era they will concentrate on they need to consider where to specialise, examples would include books, balls, clubs, rare autographs, hand signed pin flags, photos, prints, course maps and tournament programmes.

    It is always important to consider the condition of sports memorabilia, although one must be realistic and bear in mind age and usage, by the very nature of collecting clubs  balls and apparel wear is acceptable.

    Golf memorabilia which I have personally collated would include the following popular modern players Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Lee Trevino , Rory, Darren the list goes on, it is all about personal choice and opportunity.

    Pre-war players would include Henry Cotton, Alf Perry, Bobby Jones, Jim Barnes, Harry Varden,Tom Morris Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan to name but a few that I have been particularly interested in.

     

     Golf memorabilia sales and auctions

    Sports memorabilia auctions are always a favourite of mine as they usually include lots of cricket, rugby and football collectables which are also of interest to me.

    A good start would be Knights sporting auctions or Bonham’s auctions Chester.

    It is important to do your research make sure you order an auction brochure prior to the event and compare items for sale against prices previously realised.

    Attend the sale for viewing check the provenance and condition of the items you have researched and list them, remember not to get carried away when bidding as the bid price can be way above the guide price quoted in the brochure. Write down a maximum you will bid up to and stick to it, not forgetting you will also be paying up to 25% in commission and incidental fees.

    Check out the terms and conditions

    Online bidding

    When bidding online the costs are higher and in my opinion you really need to attend the viewing and sale.

    If you have to bid on eBay it is important to research the vendor and always ask for formal authentication, UACC or AFTAL.

    I cannot emphasis enough the buyer beware syndrome which appertains to popular internet sites

    I have recently written an article which you can find on my website called Rare autographs real of fake, I strongly advise you to read this.

    Good luck with your collecting and let me know how you get on.

    Tony Selby

     

     

     

     


    This post was posted in Golf memorabilia and was tagged with golf memorabilia, sports memorabilia

  • Test match fourth day

    Posted on July 25, 2011 by Selby



    Watchable teamwork from Prior  and Broad, Prior's attacking style a thorn in the side for the visitors,Leave the Warner Stand for 10 mins and you miss something, today should be riveting from my point of view, weather could be a problem???


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with cricket memorabilia, sports memorabilia

  • Michael Clarke sports memorabilia

    Posted on July 24, 2011 by Selby



    sports memorabilia

    probably good move Michael Clarke (pup) concentrating on test series and limited over rather than 20/20 which I didnt think he was as suited to.........


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with sports memorabilia

  • England cricket

    Posted on July 23, 2011 by Selby

    You can’t beat it his 18thtest century was completed in vintage Pietersen style and a joy to watch from the Warner stand it is interesting to note that he hit only 3 scoring shots to the offside, so what of the Indian field tactics, this was so well timed and just what we needed, should be another fascinating day on Sat.  All eyes on Sachin Tendulkar 100 international 100s moment of history coming up, what a moment for both him and Indian cricket, great mora booster???


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with cricket memorabilia, sports memorabilia

  • India England

    Posted on July 22, 2011 by Selby



    Good start by India, better if they  tightened up the fielding

    worthy example set by Trott after only 49 overs, weather due to improve 2nd day!!!


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with cricket memorabilia, sports memorabilia

  • Open Golf at Sandwich

    Posted on July 16, 2011 by Selby



    Still watching DC

    My money was on Sergio 28/1 paddy power paid on first 7 places not an easy one

    Good luck a well deserved day and he practised through the winter at portrush it paid off.  good move.


    This post was posted in Golf memorabilia and was tagged with golf memorabilia, sports memorabilia

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