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Rare Cricket Autographs

Posted on November 9, 2012 by Selby There have been 0 comments

 

Collecting sports autographs is a rewarding pastime for the enthusiast or for the serious collector.

It is notable that ideally the Autograph should be associated with the cricketer’s most memorable events, i.e.  highest test score, most wickets, best averages, landmarks,  career highs and famous matches, therefore a signed original photograph, completed scorecard, bat, dinner menu or tour itinerary are very collectable.

Rare cricket autographs are always in demand and I devote this article to three recent purchases of mine.

Edmund Peate ( 1885 – 1900), Yorks, Eng., Ted Peate was regarded by WG Grace as one of England’s best bowlers, he played in 9 test matches taking 31 wickets and 205 first class matches, 1017 wickets between 1879 – 1890. His test debut was England v Australia in 1881

All items of cricket memorabilia associated with Peate are sought after by collectors however I have listed below a couple performances that I have collectables associated with.

1883 Yorks v Surrey 8 wickets for 5 runs (signed & dated postcard)

1882 England v Australia at the Oval 8/71 (tourist signed itinerary)

He averaged 22.5 in test cricket, 13.4 in first class matches

With these enviable bowling averages it is easy to understand the demand for his rare autograph

James Lillywhite Jnr

James Lillywhite Sussex, England (1862 -1885) a member of the cricketing/ publishing family, was an all-rounder, left arm spin bowler, low order batsman (county) and effective in the field. He captained the England team in the Test series in Australia and New Zealand during 1876/77

Lillywhite made his first class debut for Sussex in 1862 playing for his county until 1885; in 1868 he was part of the North America touring side in 1868 led by Ned Willsher (Kent, Eng)

Lillywhite led the first recognised Test tour in 1886/77 (his second tour of Australia),  He Captained the mainly professional England side in the 2nd test at Melbourne in April 1877 playing a combined Australian X1, England lost the match by 45 runs with Charles Bannerman (Aus) scoring the first ever test century, (165 not out in the 1st innings).

Lillywhite made up for this setback later the same month with a 4 wicket win also played at the Melbourne ground. In the two match series he was more successful with the bat than the ball taking 8 wickets and making 16 runs.  It is interesting to note that 4 ball overs were played.

Semi-retired during the period 1883 – 1901, he was an acknowledged cricket umpire officiating at 6 Test matches.

James Lillywhite autographs and cricket memorabilia are always in demand.

Dennis Compton (1918 – 1997) Middlesex, England,  a right hand batsman and slow left arm spinner he made 123 first class centuries took  621 wickets and as a fielder dismissed 416 batsmen.

1947 Dennis Compton autographs and signed photo/postcards are popular with collectors as during the early post war years he scored 3816 first class runs at an average of 91 to include 18 memorable centuries. This was an important time in cricket following World War 11, during which most international matches were put on hold.

Pre War cricket produced some excellent memorabilia, matches of interest include:

1937 England v New Zealand at the Oval, his test debut

1938 England v Australia at Nottingham

1939 England v West Indies at Lords

Dennis Compton played both cricket and football at international level in 1950 he was a member of the Arsenal team which won the FA cup he played in 60 matches scoring 16 goals.

Rare cricket autographs are especially attractive when sourced from pre 1948 Ashes Test matches.

 

Tony Selby

 

 


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