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Posted on January 11, 2012 by Selby There have been 0 comments

South Africa Cricket Memorabilia – Cricket Greats, Graeme Pollock, Barry Richards, Mike Procter and Jacques Kallis have always been in demand by Cricket Memorabilia enthusiasts. Signed Presentations are probably among the most popular items. I am fortunate to have collected framed Presentations associated with all four cricketers.
The first Cricket match to be played in South Africa is on record to have taken place in Cape town in 1808 this may well have been by precipitated by the British presence there during the Napoleonic wars.
The formation of the Port Elizabeth Cricket Club (St Georges Park) in 1843 brought organisation to a game which until then had been enjoyed in all sorts of different formats, few of them following the English traditional game. Official scorecards from 1843 shown in the Grahamstown Journal that year, verify that the game was now starting to follow a similar pattern to that played in England. The actual Scorecards would be excellent complete and printed, if they could be located, so far I have not been able to get hold of an original.
South Africa’s first Test Match was played at the ground in 1889 during which England the Touring Side defeated SA by eight wickets and 202 runs. England captain Charles Aubrey Smith (1863 – 1949) Sussex, scored 3 runs in this his only Test appearance. However his right arm, quick though somewhat unorthodox bowling was the high point, which saw him taking 5 – 19 in the 1st innings.
Smith began a successful acting career in 1895. He was Knighted by King George V1 in 1944 for services to the theatre. A star can be found on the Hollywood Walk of Fame bearing his name, what an achievement for an England Cricket Captain.
South Africa Cricket Memorabilia originating from the 1889 period is available and collectable, sure to increase in value.
The 1889 Cricket season is widely regarded as the official recognition of international and domestic Cricket in South Africa
A landmark in South African Cricket came in 1935 at Lords which saw victory for the Tourists in the 2nd Test. Cricket Memorabilia is relatively available from this Series and I have a number of examples in my portfolio including signed bats and autographs.
Some early cricketers to watch out for would be: Xenophon Constantine Balaskas (Bally), Jacques Henry Kallis, Aubrey Faulkner and Ernie Vogler to name but a few.
South Africa Cricket Memorabilia is becoming as increasingly popular second choice investment behind the rather expensive collectables associated with Ashes Series. Ashes memorabilia around the beginning of the twentieth century is available and expensive; SA material is a great alternative
Completed printed Scorecards from early matches through to WW2 are always in demand and available as are match tickets, hand written letters, autographs, touring brochures, pictures and sepia press photographs. Cricket bats are great mementoes, signed bats are more readily available post war and again at the moment highest prices are still commanded by the Ashes Series especially 1938/48.
Today there seems to be a tendency for popular sportsmen to carry out “signings” making modern day Cricket Memorabilia more prolific, a number of fine framed Presentations are available including Kevin Pieterson, Daryll Cullinan, Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Jonty Rhodes, Lance Klusener, Allen Donald and many more.
A few GB examples include the following:
Andrew Strauss, Andrew Flintoff, Michael Vaughan, Ian Botham, Geoff Boycott, Mike Atherton.
Sir Donald Currie was to be the Sponsor who brought South African Cricket the recognition it so richly deserved. Sir Donald hailed from Glasgow, he had started his own shipping company in 1862, it was soon trading the Cape Town route where he presented the Currie Cup to the best SA team to play the tourists, from then on the Currie Cup became the prize of the National Championship.
A separate Currie cup was awarded under similar rules for South African Rugby.
Many years later with the foundations in place saw the formation of the United Cricket Board of South Africa
The South African policy of Apartheid led to SA suspension from the International Cricket Competition (ICC) ironically this happened when they were playing their best Cricket. It was not until 1991 that SA was welcomed back into International Cricket. In the years between a number of Rebel Tours took place and these are key areas of collectable Cricket Memorabilia. Rebel tours create certain popularity but again pale in comparison to say the prices realised for the Bodyline Series: England v Australia 1932/33.
An interesting match from which I have collected autographs (Van der Bijl, Rowan, Mitchell and Dalton) is known as “the longest Test Match, it was played at Kingsmead Durban in March 1939 against England, the match lasted nine days and ended drawn by agreement when the England side already delayed had to return to home.
A unique item of South Africa Cricket Memorabilia is featured on my website and part of a family collection it commemorates the occasion when Ken Cranston took four wickets in one over in the fourth Test at Headingly 1947.
Good luck with your collecting
Let me know how you get on !!!
Tony Selby
Cricket Memorabilia

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