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Jack Hobbs Cricket Memorabilia

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


Cricket Memorabilia is in high demand - Jack Hobbs scored  61.760 first class runs – Centuries 199 –That’s why he was named The Master.

Jack Hobbs (1882 – 1963) was a prolific run maker, a right hand bat and medium pace bowler; he was regarded as the complete all round Cricketer.

Hobbs hails from Cambridge UK, he followed his father in his love of Cricket, in 1901 he began playing in local competition matches as an amateur for Cambridgeshire. He was offered a trial with Surrey in 1903 where he began to make his mark playing with the Colts and Club and Ground sides, his batting and bowling merited a mention in the following years Cricketers Almanac.

Hobbs made his debut for Surrey in 1905 and in First Class matches that season he scored 1317 (25.82) runs including a couple of centuries.

During  1907 a second innings score of  150 not out at the Oval,  in a County  Championship match against Warwickshire, meant the MCC could ignore him no longer and he was selected for the forthcoming MCC v Australia tour making his Test debut on New Year’s  day at Melbourne averaging 43.14 in Tests and 41.71 in first class matches. These early averages were the benchmark for the future.

Jack Hobbs cricket memorabilia is not especially rare as he was always popular and attentive to fans, however no collection is complete without a least some mementos, most prolific are autographs and signed photographs, signed bats are in demand whether signed individually or as part of the County/Test team, an authentic match used bat is hard to find but well worth the effort.

Tour Memorabilia, at sea photographs, completed scorecards, team and action sepia press photographs, hand written letters and match programmes are all available in degrees of scarcity.

The above covers the beginnings of Jack Hobbs cricket career and I have listed below brief statistics which demonstrate what he went on to achieve.






61 834

Runs scored

5,410 61,760

Batting average

56.94 50.70


15/28 199/273

Top score

211 316*

Balls bowled

376 5,217


1 108

Bowling average

165.00 25.03

5 wickets in innings

 – 3

10 wickets in match

 – 0

Best bowling

1/19 7/56


17/– 342/–

Source: CricketArchive, 18 June 2010


Jack Hobbs was elected Cricketer of the year in both 1909 and 1925.

He was knighted for services to Cricket in 1953 the same year the honour was awarded to “Shrimp” Levson Gower.(Surrey, England).

Jack Hobbs Cricket Memorabilia which is of particular interest to me is associated with memorable events; I have listed a selection of these below:

Note: Combination autographed collectables of Jack Hobbs and fellow opener Herbert Sutcliffe are always in demand. The pair opening the batting making 15 century  partnerships in Test matches.

Scarborough festival 1931

England v Australia at Melbourne 1908

England v Australia 2nd test at Melbourne 1911

England v Australia 4th test at Melbourne 1912 (Rhodes scored 1 run more at 179)

England v Australia 1920

England v Australia 2nd test at Melbourne1924

Somerset v Surrey 1925

Surrey Middlesex 1926

Tour of Australia 1928/29

Players v Gentlemen at Lords 1932

Surrey v West Indians at the Oval 1933

There are many other excellent examples this is a cross section to seek and review

Good luck with your collecting

Let me know how you get on?

Tony Selby

Cricket Memorabilia

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