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Guide to collecting Don Bradman Cricket Memorabilia

Posted on February 7, 2013 by Selby There have been 0 comments


Guide to collecting Don Bradman Cricket Memorabilia

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Don Bradman (1908-2001) Played for Australia, New South Wales and South Australia, the legendary cricketer was knighted in 1949 for his services to the sport.

Bradman was renowned for his contributions to cricket both on and off the field, in later life he became Chairman of the Australian Board of Control and served as a member of the National selection committee he became regarded as a cricketing statesman.

Don Bradman made his First Class debut at the Adelaide Oval NSW v South Australia in 1927 where he scored 118 runs.

Most would say Don Bradman was the greatest batsman of the 20th century, his international career spanned 20 years from 1930 to 1948 when he made his Farwell tour of England skippering the Invincibles, the team were undefeated which is a record still standing today. During his career Bradman broke all records; statistically his achievements on the field are without comparison.

During his 80 match Test career he scored 6.996 runs at an average of 99.94 to include 29 centuries and a top score of 334.

England became concerned that Bradman was dominating Test cricket so prior to the 1932/33 Australia v England series a meeting was held at the Piccadilly Hotel in London.

.A decision was made to review the Australian batting performance during the recent 1930 tour of England. The five Test series was won 2/1 by the tourists.

Bradman had scored an incredible 974 at a batting average of 140 during the series

Four Notts players, England Captain Douglas Jardine, Arthur Carr and two leading edge fast bowlers Harold Larwood and Bill Voce decided to adopt a controversial tactic known as “leg theory”; this was put into practice in the 3rd Test at Adelaide.

Bradman dealt with the hostile bowling attack with his usual dexterity, moving to the leg side of the crease he positioned himself away from the line of delivery cutting the ball through openings in the offside mid field.

England won the series 4-1 with Bradman’s batting average reduced to 56.50 however he did score a century  not out in the 2nd Test at Melbourne, with a series batting aggregate of 396 runs

Don Bradman Memorabilia

I have listed below a limited selection of matches  which should be of interest to the collector:

1930: Sheffield Shield: New South Wales v Queensland at Sydney. 452 not out, 2nd innings.

1930: England v Australia at Headingley 3rd Test. World record 334 runs.

1930: series in general in 36 matches Bradman scored 6 double and 10 single centuries a total of 2960 runs with an aggregate tour batting average of 98.6.

1932/33 Bodyline series, a must for any collector.

1947: Australia v India at Sidney, 100th First Class century, series average of 178 runs.

1948: England v Australia, the Invincibles tour, the only side to have won every match.

Cricket Memorabilia of particular interest to me include: signed cricket bats, original press photographs and RPP postcards, signed team sheets, cricket autographs and letters, tour itineraries and dinner menus.

Don Bradman was a truly iconic cricketer he died in Adelaide in 2001 aged 92.

Tony Selby


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