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The Ashes – Signed Cricket Bats

Posted on August 5, 2013 by Selby There have been 0 comments

Match used cricket bats are always popular with the collector, none more so than Signed Cricket Bats emanating from the Ashes Series.

Bats which have survived the notorious Bodyline series 1932,33 are considered extremely desirable, especially if you are lucky enough to find one signed by both teams items from the Invincibles tour of England in 1948.

At Cricket Collectables we advise putting your efforts into specific areas and time periods in our case we tend to concentrate on pre 1948, this can be expensive and there are many 1950 – up to the current Ashes bats well worth collecting.

One should not ignore the benefits of collecting County Team bats as there are many available, say Middlesex, Lancashire, Somerset and Worcester, County bats are often signed by up to four counties and nearly always when match used by both teams, however Ashes signed cricket bats are at the top of the list

Cricketers have a varied approach to signings some are more prolific when it comes to Autographs and if approached at Cricket grounds from Trent Bridge to the Queens Park Oval, Trinidad  are happy to oblige fans, take for example Don Bradman  the greatest cricketer of all who would seem almost anxious to provide his autograph whereas on the other hand Sidney Barnes has rarely put pen to paper most of his autographs are hand stamped.

It is reasonable to assume that when a cricketer has "passed on to new grounds" that his legacy for the enthusiast is his hand written autograph, it is the normal rule of supply and demand there can only be so many signings before the rarity factor plays it’s part.

The keen collector time and funds permitting can follow auctions  and sales around the world make notes and compile lists of autographs with a rarity value.   Often rare autographs and team sheetscontain not only the signatures of players but also baggage masters, manager’s coaches, umpires and occasionally the Captain of the ship carrying the touring side.

I tend to concentrate on collecting Pre-War Ashes items, some other bats I have collected feature England v West Indies, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Scotland, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

Of particular interest is the Australian Sheffield Shield along with English County Clubs, many of the cricket legends played first class matches in the various championships and leagues which makes for an ideal hunting ground.

It is important that Cricket memorabilia is associated with outstanding events, legendary players and winning teams the reason there is so much demand for Ashes test match collectables.

I am always interested in autographs and cricket memorabilia associated with the1932/33 Bodyline series. I have noted below players to look for when collecting these unique bats.

Captain was Douglas Jardine, Vice-Captain Bob Wyatt, the MCC side was managed by Plum Warner (Middlesex, England) and Richard Palairet (Secretary of Surrey CC)

Signatures need to be looking for, 1932/33, include the following:

Douglas Jardine, Surrey

Bob Wyatt, Warks

Gubby Allen, Middx

Les Ames, Kent (keeper)

Bill Bowes, Yorks

Freddie Brown, Surrey

George Duckworth, Lancs

Walter Hammond ,Glos

Harold Larwood, Notts (opening bowler)

Maurice Leyland, Yorks

Tommy Mitchell, Derbys

Pataudi, Worcs

Eddie Paynter, Lancs

Herbert Sutcliffe, Yorks

Maurice Tate, Sussex

Hedley Verity, Yorks

Bill Voce, Notts (opening fast bowler)

All collectables associated with the 1932/33 Australia v England series will always be at premium and sought after by enthusiasts

I have listed below some of the Ashes signed cricket bats we have obtained which are of significance: (pre 1900 is just not available unfortunately)

1911/12, look for autographs to include: Jack Hobbs and Sydney Barnes

1920/21, Warwick Armstrong

1926,      Jack Hobbs, Herbert Sutcliffe and Herbie Collins

1928/29,  Don Bradman maiden Test

1934,       Don Bradman and Ponsford

1938,       Len Hutton

1948,       5th test at the oval, the Invincibles

Cricket bats from the modern era are far more readily available; it is almost a policy for Test Cricketer to carry out signings where a large number of bats are autographed at a single rather expensive signing.  Often bats are signed for charity auctions and worthwhile causes.

Good luck with your collecting, a most enjoyable fulfilling hobby.

Let me know how you get on?

Tony Selby




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