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Posted on January 15, 2012 by Selby There have been 0 comments


India Cricket Memorabilia – C K Nayudu , Polly Umrigar, Kumar Duleepsinhji,  Lala Amarnath, Vinoo Mankad, Sunny Gavaskar, Bishan Singh, Bishan Bedi, Kapil Dev, Gundappa Viswanath  -  Great Cricketers who feature in my Cricket Collection.

 History

India Test Cricket can be traced back to 1804. India played its first recorded Cricket match at Calcutta, the scorecard and detail appeared in the Calcutta Gazette on 26/1/1804.

Some Cricket historians regard 1864 as the start of first class Cricket in India when a match is recorded as Madras v Calcutta.

At this time  Europeans dominated Cricket and allowed  Indians little access to the mainstream game, however in 1885 the prestigious Bombay Gymkhana was established  ( British only Club), two years later the European members agreed to play the Parses.  This event led to other invitations and by 1912 the Bombay quadrangular Tournament which included Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus had become an Annual fixture.

Cricket and Memorabilia

There is no official Museum for India Cricket Memorabilia and collectables from these early days are extremely rare, I would be interested to hear any that are part of a collection.

The first International India v England was played at Lords in 1932 in front of a large crowd of eager spectators, both teams were presented to King George V in front of the pavilion; CK Nayudu Captained the India side his opposite number was Douglas Jardine, both Captains were born in India although Jardine’s parents were Scottish.

King George will have been pleased to see England win a spirited match by 158 runs.

This historic event created the worldwide interest shown by millions of supporters of Indian Cricket today: India was now accepted into international Cricket becoming the sixth Cricket team to gain Test status.

This particular Series is of note to collectors of India Cricket Memorabilia as it was their first overseas Test Match, the following match played in India in 1933 would not have the same significance.

It is always a good idea to categorise Sports Memorabilia by Pre-war, Post-war and Modern era. I have listed below a number of India Test Matches that would appeal to me as a collector:

Pre – war

India only played 4 Tests (32, 33, 34, and 36) all against England, without winning a series though they did get a draw at Eden Gardens Kolkata in Jan 1934, other than 1932, none of any particular significance.

Post – war 1945 - 1984

India V England, Chennai, 1952 1st test win great performance by Vinoo Mankad

India v NZ Chennai 1956, 413 runs in 472 minutes, Openers Vinoo Mankad (231) – Pankaj Roy (173)

India v England, Chennai 1962, first series win against England

India v England Oval 1971 first win in 22 tests in England previous 1932

India v Australia Mumbai 1979

Cricket world cup 1983 – India v West Indies at Lords ( Kapil Dev dismisses Richards, best catch)

India v England Mumbai 1984 won by 8 wickets

Modern (‘80s,90s)

Since 1985 Many Indian players are highly collectable however ones which are currently of interest to me include

Mohammed Azharuddin, Dilip Vengsarkar, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar,  Kapil Dev,  Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly .

A particular match of interest to me is India v Australia 2001, Kolkata, (Laxman 2nd innings)

There is some excellent  India Cricket Memorabilia available from this Series; I have examples of signed presentations from the 1st and 3rd test and a number of signed programmes, autographs and tour material.

Cricket auctions are held on fairly frequently at established auction houses, Knights Sports, Bonhams, Christies and Mullock’s,all good examples, items of interest dating back to late 1800s, are  for sale and  include, hand written  letters, tour brochures and voyage photos, hand signed autographs, sepia press photographs, ceramics, ephemera, Cricket pictures, paintings, postcards, autographed  rare books, scorecards (the value is in completed, printed official scorecards) signed Cricket bats and Cricket Match worn attire.

Pre-war items are more collectable than modern day ones, one reason being the rarity factor. In the Modern era Sports Personalities  tend to carry out signings on a grander scale, whereas in the old days a collectables would be obtained at a match now a celebrity may sign many items of Cricket Memorabilia  at one session making some sporting personalities more prolific than others. The rarity factor is always of prime importance when assessing the value of memorabilia, this applies mainly to modern day Presentations and signed photographs which is not the case when considering rarer Team signed bats, official signed scorecards etc. Often available at auction are signed Dinner Menus and tour material this is still very collectable as only a very limited amount is available.

I would advise readers to peruse an article I have written called “Rare autographs real of fake” this article will give readers a good insight into establishing the authenticity of India Cricket Memorabilia, especially when purchased online, a sales arena in which the greatest care must be taken to avoid losses and disappointment.

Good luck collecting.

Let me know how you get on???

Tony Selby

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