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Posted on January 4, 2012 by Selby There have been 3 comment(s)


Wimbledon Tennis Memorabilia
Wimbledon is the prestigious home of Tennis, forever synominous with strawberry teas, champagne and heroic Tennis Champions. Collecting Wimbledon Tennis Memorabilia sourced from events at the Annual Championships can be a rewarding and interesting hobby.
Wimbledon championships are regarded as the World premier Tennis tournament, one of the four Grand Slam events; it is played on grass courts during the last 2 weeks of June and the first week in August each year. The venue is the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon London UK, it is a private club founded in 1868.
Ironically the rules of the game were originally administered by the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) Rules that have changed little, other than small details, mainly affecting the parameters of the playing area, nets, posts and markings.
The first Tennis Championship Men’s Singles took place in 1877; it was won by an old Harrovian racquets player Spencer Gore (played cricket for Surrey) who became the first Wimbledon Tennis Champion.
The Wimbledon Tennis Champion with the most titles is Martina Navratilova the legendary ladies player who holds the record 9 singles titles whilst William Renshaw and Pete Sampras hold 7 singles titles each.
Collectors of Wimbledon Tennis Memorabilia often decide to concentrate on specific areas of the game some may collect in the Post War or Pre War areas concentrating on Singles, Doubles, Men or Lady winners and other individual competitors or maybe just accumulate a collection of Men singles winners, if this was applied to Pre War years it would certainly make for interesting collecting and the makings of a valuable portfolio.
Of particular interest to me as a collector are the years 1934 to 1937, a memorable period for British Tennis, when a total of 11 titles were recorded, including three singles in succession by tennis icon Fred Perry and two by Dorothy Round.
During the same period Great Britain successfully defended the Davis Cup three times in Challenge Rounds which were staged on the Centre Court. The years prior to World War 11; belonged to the United States. Donald Budge who won all three events in 1937 and 1938, Helen Wills Moody won the Ladies' Singles for the eighth time and Alice Marble brought the game further recognition and popularity with her powerful accurate serve and enduring volleys.
Wimbledon Tennis Memorabilia associated with events prior to 1939 is always sought after, as are Match Programmes, Autographs, Match worn attire, Rackets, Balls, original Sepia Press Photographs, Paintings, Signed Presentations and all Major / Memorable event paraphernalia.
Pre-war players who’s Tennis Memorabilia from time to time becomes available would include Gerald Patterson, Fred Perry, Don Budge, Jack Crawford, Lew Hoad, Ashley Cooper, Bill Tilden, and Ellsworth Vines. Collectables associated with names of this calibre are always in demand.
Post war favourites include Jack Kramer, Pancho Segura, Pancho Gonzales, Dick Savitt, Ken Rosewall, Rod Laver, John Newcombe, llie Nastase, Stan Smith, Tony Roche.
In latter days Tennis Memorabilia is far more prevalent and therefore easily available this is mainly due to official signings taking place around tournament schedules.
I would personally have a number of examples of framed authentic collectables from classic Wimbledon Contests featuring players such as Ashe, Connors, Borg, Agassi, Sampras, Becker, Federer and Nadal, Mc Enroe, Roddick and Henman.
Increasing numbers of purchasers are delighted to have framed pictures, featuring memorable events which depict modern day tennis heroes, taking pride of place in homes and offices.
A number of Auction houses up and down the country hold sales of Sports memorabilia such as Knights Sporting, Christies and Bonham’s, get an online copy of the sale brochure and check the terms and conditions, auctions usually charge around 17.5% -22% commission so you need to factor this plus any other additional costs, such as VAT on certain items offered from abroad, into the price. The advantage of visiting auctions is that you can closely examine the items at viewings prior to purchase, giving you time to research, price and document the articles of interest.
Purchasing online is a different matter, you need to be extremely careful regarding authenticity, much of the memorabilia sold online is described in a way which may mislead and often “autographs” turn out to be copies. I recently wrote an article “Rare Autographs Real or Fake”, this article demonstrates the pitfalls that can occur when making online purchases and offers good advice to the would be purchaser.
Wimbledon Tennis Memorabilia is an essential part of any collection and I wish you well whilst pursuing this fascinating hobby.
Let me know how you get on!!
Tony Selby
Tennis Memorabilia

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