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  • Fangio Motor Racing Memorabilia

    Posted on December 30, 2011 by Selby

     



    Fangio Motor Racing Memorabilia
    Five times F1 World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio (1911 - 1995) is remembered alongside Stirling Moss as an iconic driver from a past era who thrilled enthusiasts in those early days of F1 racing. Juan Manuel Fangio motor racing memorabilia is a great find for any collector.
    Ironically on his retirement Fangio played an active part in promoting sports collectables by accumulating his own portfolio of memorabilia which is now on display in Argentina.
    Fangio began his motor racing career in 1934 in his home country Argentina. He became Argentine National Champion in the seasons 1940 -41. The progression of World War 2 put on hold his hopes to compete in Europe.
    His first official F1 appearance was at the 1950 French Grand Prix (a round of the new FIA Formula 1 World Championship) whilst driving an Alfa Romeo 158, in those days the event was contested in the champagne growing area at the Reims Gueux one of the most famous road circuits of the 1930s, he was placed second. He won the race in 1951 (Alfa) and again in 1954 following a mid-season change from Maserati to Mercedes. He more or less dominated motor racing at that time winning the F1 drivers’ championship the following three seasons, 1955, 56, 57.
    Fangio won 102 of his 186 international races including 24 world championship races out of 51 starts. He was world champion five times.
    A few statistics:
    Racing Seasons 9
    Races 51
    Won 24
    Pole position 29
    Fastest lap 23
    F1 points 245
    F1 title 5 times with 4 different teams.
    Fangio won his last driving title in 1957, at the age of 46 when competing in the German Grand Prix (Maserati) his performance that day at the Nurburgring is often referred to as his greatest race.
    On retirement from motor racing Fangio opened the Mercedes Benz main dealership distributing and retailing cars, in 1974 he was appointed President of Mercedes Benz Argentina. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990.
    A good place to view some outstanding motor sport collectables is the “Museo Juan Manuel Fangio” in Buenos Aries; the museum dedicated to its namesake, houses a unique collection of cars, trophies, photographs and other collectables including many items collected by and pertaining to their National hero “the maestro”.
    He wrote a book published in 1990, in conjunction with Roberto Carozzo called “ Fangio: My racing life”, a remarkable account of his life and achievements it is a must read for any enthusiast.
    Motor racing memorabilia associated with early races especially Reims Gueux, (closed since 1972), is very collectable I was fortunate to be able purchase an early paddock pass and several autographs from the 1953/54, events, at auction. Items to look out for include race attire, helmets, caps, rare autographs, hand signed photos, event tickets, programmes, sepia press photographs signed framed presentations, paddock passes and car parts.
    • When collecting any sports memorabilia it is always advisable to concentrate on a nominated category, pre-war or post war, motor racing collectables from the modern era although desirable will not receive the same attention shown to earlier examples.
    It is important to consider the condition of memorabilia, although one must be realistic and bear in mind age and usage when valuing race worn attire and car parts.
    Sought after Motor racing memorabilia deriving from the golden era of Fangio, would include drivers such as Giuseppe Farina, Enzo Ferrari, Alberto Ascari, Mike Hawthorn, William Grover Williams, Hermann Lang, Richard Seaman, Henry Seagrove, Stirling Moss, Malcolm Campbell(yes he was a Grand Prix driver), there are plenty of memorable drivers, it is all about personal choice and opportunity to purchase right item at the right price.

    Motorsports memorabilia sales

    When participating in online auctions it is important to research the vendor and always ask for formal authentication, UACC or AFTAL .I cannot emphasis enough the buyer beware syndrome, nowhere more so than popular internet sites

    I have recently written an informative article called Rare autographs real or fake, I strongly advise you to read this before making any purchases.
    Good luck with your collecting
    Tony Selby
    Motor racing memorabilia


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  • Mark Spitz Olympics Memorabilia

    Posted on December 29, 2011 by Selby

     



    Mark Spitz Olympics Memorabilia
    Olympics swimming memorabilia featuring Relay, Backstroke, freestyle and Marathon are all high on the agenda of the avid collector. Mark Spitz is renowned as arguably the greatest Olympics swimmer in history and collectables from his outstanding achievements are always in demand.
    A brief history
    Swimming competitions have been recorded in England as far back as the beginning of the 19th century when events were overseen by the National Swimming Society. Six swimming pools with diving boards are recorded as in use in London in 1937, the increasing popularity of swimming events led to the formation of the Amateur Swimming Association in 1880.
    In 1894 IOC (international Olympic committee) was formed with the brief to organise the first Olympic games of the modern era, the ancient Panathenaic Stadium in Athens was selected as the venue and the games took place at the stadium in 1896, Cycling, Gymnastics, Tennis, Shooting, Athletics, Weight lifting, Wresting, Track and Field events along with four Swimming Contests were programmed among the events. (100m freestyle,1200m, 500m and a special 100m event for seafarers).
    Olympics Swimming Memorabilia originating from these early events is very rare and attracts a lot of attention most of the still existing examples are on display at the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum and Aquatic Complex (ISHOF) in Fort Lauderdale.
    Mark Spitz(b 1950)
    The legendary retired American swimmer Mark Spitz was brought up in Modesto California, it was whilst living with his family in Sacramento that he began to compete at his local swimming club soon began training at the Arden Hills Swimming Club under the watchful eye of Sherm Chavoor (who later coached Debbie Meyer – Reyes and Mike Burton) . By the age of 10 Mark held seventeen national age records in every stroke and at every distance and one world record.
    At 14 his family moved to Santa Clara and he began training with George F Haines at Santa Clara swimming club, over a four year period he held the National High School Swimming record in all classes.
    At 15 Mark took part in the 1965 Maccabiah Games in the Yad Eliyahu stadium in Tel Aviv where he was nominated the outstanding athlete winning four gold medals in his first international event, it was the beginning of a long list of triumphs, between 1965 and 1972, Spitz won nine Olympic gold medals.
    Mark is forever remembered for his outstanding performance in the Munich Olympics in 1972 where he won seven gold medals each of the medals achieved whilst setting a World record. An event marred by political unrest and tragedy in the Munich Olympic Village.
    Mark went on after his retirement to have a successful career in both business and as a highly regarded motivational speaker. He sets an excellent example for young up and coming athletes.
    He has written an excellent biography “The extraordinary life of an Olympic Champion “which gives a unique insight into his many achievements.
    My cousin Michael Read represented GB as an Olympic Swimmer in Rome in 1960, he went on to pursue his interest in Channel swimming and became “King of the Channel” completing 31 channel crossings 1979 – 2000. Michael held numerous World records and Honours for his many Cross Channel achievements.
    Michael was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1978 and has been made an honorary citizen of both Nikiti in Greece and Dervio in Italy. In February 2009 he was awarded the International Swimming Hall of Fame David’s /Wheeler Memorial Award which recognises contributors to the administration of open water swimming worldwide.
    Mark SPITZ: For the record
    At the 1972 Munich Olympics Mark Spitz set four individual World records: 100-Meter (51.22), 200-Meter Freestyle (1:52.78), 100-Meter (54.27), and 200-Meter Butterfly (2:00.70). He also participated in three relay event World records: 4 x 100 Freestyle (3:26.42), 4 x 200 Freestyle (7:35.78), and 4 x 100 Medley (3:48.16). He swam the third leg of the 200 Freestyle and 100 Medley, and the last leg of the 100 Freestyle.
    Olympics swimming Memorabilia
    Collectables which I currently own include: Adrian Moorehouse, Duncan Goodhew, Johnny Weismuller Sharron Davies and Mark Spitz
    Collectables which are sought after include signed and framed presentations, signed photo presentations, autographed programmes, event tickets, signed swimming apparel, swimming caps, Medals, trophies, first day covers, autographs, early sepia press photographs, signed sports periodicals and any authenticated associations with a legendary swimmer or memorable event.
    Authentic Swimming Memorabilia of interest to me at present includes:
    Mathew Biondi 1988 Seoul
    Michael Phelps Sidney 2000, Athens 2004
    Shane Gould Munich 1972
    Kristin Otto Seoul 1988
    Ferenc Csik Berlin 1936
    Michael Wenden Mexico 1968
    Mark Spitz Munich 1972

    I have recently written a popular article "Rare autographs real or fake"I would strongly advise any readers intending to purchase sports memorabilia on line to take a look at it.
    Written by Tony Selby
    Olympic Swimming Memorabilia


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  • F1 Memorabilia - Monaco Grand Prix

    Posted on December 27, 2011 by Selby


    F1 memorabilia – Monaco Grand Prix: Is always in demand, sought after by enthusiasts and collectors.
    The Monaco Grand Prix held at the end of May is one of the top sporting spectacles of the year, a social highlight featuring a combination of racing cars, yachts, celebrities and glamour, the venue the one and only Monte Carlo. The race is played out on the narrow twisting public roads of the Principality, encompassing of course the famous tunnel which leads to the fastest part of circuit and runs directly underneath the prestigious Fairmont Hotel. These changing features make it perhaps the most demanding track of the F1 racing season testing the skill and ability of participants to the utmost. It is due to these factors that F1 memorabilia associated with the Monaco Grand Prix is so highly regarded.
    The ACM (Automobile Club of Monaco) came to be in 1925. The Commissioner General, Anthony Noghés the Principalities Minster of Finance decided Monaco needed a race circuit, he achieved this with the support of Prince Pierre of Monaco who at the time held the appointment Honorary President of the Automobile Club of Monaco and with the support of Louis Chiron, a renowned motor racing champion from the locality. Plans were submitted to enable racing through the streets of the principality and a circuit was quickly mapped out that required very little construction work.

    The inaugural race was held in 1929 and was won by William Grover Williams who in a green Bugatti 35b raced a 100 laps to victory( 318k) at an average speed of 80k per hour that’s (48 mph) which puts things into perspective.
    The race was never won twice by the same driver prior to Juan Manuel Fangio in 1950 (Alfa) winning again in 1957 driving a Maserati. It is achievement s of this type which can add so much to the value of collectables especially when they are displayed with “provenance” from the event where the material was obtained.
    Motor racing memorabilia from those early days is rare and my personal collection includes examples from Guy Moll 1934 Alfa, Manfred von Brauchitsch 1937 Mercedes, Vittorio Marzotto 1952 Ferrari. Drivers of more recent times are still very collectable and ones in my portfolio include Jack Brabham 1959 Cooper, Graham Hill 1963 -65 BRM, Ronnie Peterson 1974 Lotus Ford, Jochen Rindt 1970 Lotus Ford.
    Rare paddock passes, programmes, hand signed autographs, race worn attire, sepia press photos, pictures and car parts from the pre-war era are classic finds. In the modern era many enthusiasts love to have signed, framed memorabilia displayed in offices and homes, showing heroic drivers in action at Monaco, legends such as Stirling Moss 3 times winner: Maserati/lotus climax, Ayton Senna in 1987 celebrating his first of six wins at Monaco driving a Lotus Honda, or the legendary Michael Schumacher (7 times world champion) who made his mark in 1994 -5 with the Benetton Ford, Michael totalled an enviable five wins, the other three in the Ferrari.
    Collecting F1 motor racing memorabilia can be an enjoyable and worthwhile hobby or small business and certainly examples from events such as Monaco will always attract attention from admirers and collectors alike.
    The comments I make above regarding individual drivers and F1 memorabilia are purely based on my own collection, every winner at Monaco is legendary and I look forward to completing my collection one day by including them all, think of Mika Hakkinen a double world champion or Stirling Moss, Maserati / Lotus Climax, 3 times winner at Monaco, the list goes on.
    A couple of interesting statistics:
    The original circuit (1929-1972) turns 14 - distance 1.954 m - fastest lap 1.22.2 - Jackie Stewart - Tyrell Ford 1971
    Latest circuit (2003 onwards) turns 18 - distance 2.075 m – fastest lap 1.1443 - Michael Schumacher Ferrari in 2004.
    Not to be forgotten moments:
    Whilst leading the 1955 Grand Prix Alberto Ascari got it all wrong coming out of the tunnel at the Chicane du Port, his Lancia crashed through the barriers into the harbour and Alberto had to swim to safety. The race was won by outsider Maurice Trintignant, in a Ferrari 625 it was to be his first F1 race victory, he proved a point by repeating his victory in 1958.
    Sadly double world champion Alberto Ascari; was killed four days later testing a Ferrari sports car at Monza.
    I hope you enjoy you quest in seeking out rare or interesting F1 Memorabilia; I feel that the Monaco Grand Prix is an excellent place to start your collection.
    Tony Selby
    Motorsports memorabilia


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  • Rafael Nadal Tennis Memorabilia

    Posted on December 22, 2011 by Selby




    Rafael Nadal Tennis Memorabilia

    Deservedly known as the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal the left handed Spanish Tennis champion has won ten Grand slams and an Olympic Gold Medal among a host of other prestigious tournaments.

    Although Nadal made his name playing on clay courts he demonstrated flexibility in winning Wimbledon in both 2008 and 2010 on grass.

    Rafael was born in Mallorca Spain in 1986 he had always had a keen interest in both football and tennis, he choose tennis and turned professional at the age of 15 by the age of 19 after success at Wimbledon and competing in the junior Davis Cup he won the French Open for the first of four times. Rafael is coached by his uncle Toni Nadal and fitness trainer is Rafael Maymo.

    Rafael Nadal Tennis Memorabilia is a welcome addition to any tennis enthusiasts’ collection.

    I have an extensive portfolio of tennis collectables including a special edition presentation which displays a stunning colour photograph of the great Rafael Nadal in action at the French Open in 2008. In the same year Nadal had an enviable 32 match winning run.

    Tennis memorabilia has been on display since 1977 at the Wimbledon Museum, in the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. The museum contains a display of memorabilia dating back to 1555 and includes a range of trophies, medals cups, plates, and prizes dating back three hundred years, ephemera is of particular interest to me and a section is included showing early Wimbledon tennis advertisements, match tickets and programmes, invitations for tea and tennis, dinner menus, early Wimbledon motor car parking passes and numerous other items all adding to the official history of the game. There are sections showing match worn attire from early times to modern days which is of great interest to collectors, even Rafael Nadel pirate trousers are on display. There is also an interactive exhibit where you can feel the weight difference between male and female clothing in 1884.

    Guided tours are available around the Wimbledon grounds taking in the centre number one court, press interview rooms and players dining facilities. You are able to gain access to many areas normally restricted to members of the public. Visitors can examine all aspects of this ever popular game with interactive touch screens and audio guides available in a range of languages

    The Wimbledon shop is available for purchase of everything from Christmas cards to towelling, clothing, sports bags, rackets souvenirs and many other tennis related accessories, or you can visit the shop online.

    A place where dealers would often buy tennis memorabilia is the Auction house possibly Knights sporting auctions, Christies or Mullocks but you need to aware that commission charges exist of between 17-21%.

    I have noticed an increase in the number of “signed” tennis balls on sale over the internet and I would advise any prospective purchasers to be aware of the huge number of forgeries in circulation. The important thing when buying tennis or any other memorabilia is to ascertain provenance and not to make a purchase unless you are sure of the items authenticity. I recently wrote an article named Autographs real of fake this gives a good insight into purchasing genuine memorabilia.

    Tony Selby

    Tennis Memorabilia

     

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  • Tennis Memorabilia Mo Connolly

    Posted on December 21, 2011 by Selby




     




    Mo Connolly Tennis Memorabilia
    Mo Connolly (1934 – 1969) dominated women’s Tennis in a legendary rise to fame in the early 1950s.
    Mo Connolly Tennis Memorabilia is available and in demand, I am fortunate to have several good examples, a Signed framed presentation showing Mo winning Wimbledon in 1954, Tennis Autographs and other” Little Mo” Collectables.
    Mo Connolly was born in San Diego and began playing tennis when she was 10, originally left handed she soon changed to right and developed tremendous power accuracy complimented by a ferocious backhand
    Mo Connolly became a National celebrity at 16 whilst competing in the US National Singles Championship in 1951; Mo defeated Shirley Fry and became the youngest player to win this prestigious tournament, repeating her win in 1952-53.
    In fact Mo Connolly won all 9 Grand Slam tourneys she competed in from the 1951 US Nationals to the 1954 Wimbledon, completing the Grand Slam, all 4 titles in the same golden year 1953.
    Mo won the singles title at Wimbledon in 1952, 53, 54 on the grass courts at the All England Tennis Club. She was a Wightman Cup team member from 1951 -54.
    It is ironic that Mo had taken on new coach Australian Davis Cup captain Harry Hopman at the beginning of the 1953 season, Harry’s tremendous experience and enthusiasm and experience obviously made his selection a wise choice. Mo became regarded as one of the best ball strikers the game has ever seen.
    In 1953 a documentary was made recording her outstanding achievements :Unforgettable: the Little Mo Connolly Story was directed and written by Jennifer Spell and many of the players featured such as Billy Jean King, Ted Schroeder, Anne Haydon - Jones played their own parts in the story which was filmed in Dallas Texas with a budget of just $ 100.000. This is a great documentary and testament to Mo: Well worth watching.
    A favourite with the press and public Mo became affectionately known as” little Mo”
    In 1953 “Little Mo” won the Grand Slam of tennis. She was the first woman to ever capture this elusive crown by winning the Australian Championships, the French Championships, Wimbledon, and the United States Championships.
    Following a horse riding accident in July 1954, "Little Mo" sadly received leg injuries which ended her tennis career. She continued to be a major influence in the world of tennis as both a radio and television commentator.
    She married Norman Brinker and they made their home in Dallas.
    In 1968 Little Mo with her friend Nancy Jeffett co-founded the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation in Cedar Springs Dallas; The Foundation assists boys and girls throughout the world organising and sponsoring tennis and junior tennis programmes and activities
    It has said in sport that a sportsman or woman can flash across their specific arena like a comet in the sky, never could this be more applicable than in the short yet meteoric Tennis career of “Little Mo”
    Tony Selby
    Tennis Memorabilia

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  • Wightman Cup Tennis Memorabilia

    Posted on December 17, 2011 by Selby

     



    Wightman Cup Tennis Memorabilia is always in demand and takes pride of place in many Tennis enthusiasts’ collections.

    The Wightman Cup is remembered as a very competitive Tennis event which was played between teams from the USA and Great Britain. The competition specifically for female team players  has been contested since its inauguration 1923 through to 1989 when following a statement from the British Lawn Tennis Association it was suspended, the competition is the ladies answer to the Davis Cup and originated when Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman donated a sterling vase to the  United States Lawn Tennis Association to be played for as the prize between the two countries, Matches were played alternately during even numbered years in the UK and odd numbered years in the US, the matches of particular to collectors of Tennis Memorabilia would be the ones played at Wimbledon 1924 – 1972, Forest Hills Queens  New York  1923 – 1947. The competition was eventually suspended in 1990 primarily due the evident USA domination of the tournament. The previous year the US won its eleventh consecutive tournament in Williamsburg six of eleven series were won 7-0. The total figures are USA 51 wins to GB 10.

    The Tournament which comprised of five singles and two doubles matches was held over three days.

    A new system was suggested for a restart of the series in 1991 this would have involved introducing European players to the tournament who would join Britain in their quest against USA; however this never came to be.

    A match of significant interest to collectors of Wightman Cup tennis Memorabilia is the final of the 1960 tournament when Britain’s Shirley Brasher with partner Christine Truman defeated the American pair Janet Hopps and Dorothy Knode, I am lucky to be in possession of the official hand signed match programme

    Wimbledon Champion Virginia Wade (GB) played 21 times between 1965 – 1985 whilst the ever popular player Chris Evert holds the record for the USA playing 13 times, so many of these were classic contests and collectables from these memorable times will always sought after. In 1978 Britain won 4-3 against USA the hot favourites to win; obviously collectables from this event would make a great memento.

    A revival of Wightman Cup Series now seems improbable making tennis memorabilia associated with the series even more collectable.

    Tony Selby

    Cricketcollectables.net


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