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  • Cricket Collectables occasionally have Movie Star autographs

    Posted on January 11, 2014 by Selby

    It's rarer than a Faberge egg (there's 61 of those).

    It's rarer than a Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder LWB (50 were made).

    And incredibly, it's even rarer than Shakespeare's signature (just six of those exist).

    The brand new stock item I'm going to show you today is… rare.

    But SO WHAT you say? Cold days in July are pretty rare, and last time I checked, nobody wanted one of those.

    Not so fast. Let me explain.

    Sex on the brain

    This item is from one of the most famous literary names of the 20th century.

    People all over the world know his work.

    This Englishman created one of the most loved film heroes of all time. A hero who is instantly recognisable today.

    And, as an upcoming BBC series will demonstrate, this man was every bit as intriguing, exciting and rakish as his creation.

    "No one I have ever known had sex so much on the brain," said a former girlfriend.

    But what does this mean for you?

    When you have this incredible heritage asset in your possession, you have an item to pass down the generations. An item your friends envy. An item that gives you tremendous pride to own. An item that places you in a very, very select group of high-end collectors.

    You can say to yourself: 'This man is a literary legend, it's almost impossible to obtain these pieces - yet I own one.'

    What am I talking about?


    Ian Fleming signed photo

    Your chance to own one of just five Ian Fleming signed photos

    A fully authenticated Ian Fleming signed photo. One of just five in existence.

    Fleming, the creator of James Bond.

    James Bond: 25 films and counting - every new release sparks global pandemonium. The theme tune, the girls, the one-liners, the absurd killing devices.

    It's Ian Fleming we have to thank.

    Fleming was his own inspiration for James Bond. Fleming established a secret commando unit in WWII, he enjoyed affairs with a string of women in high society, he had unending self-confidence.

    Where will you display it?

    The signed photo is an absolute beauty, and provides a terrific sense of Fleming's debonair character.

    Fleming's signature is crisp too. A real treat.

    And at 4.5 inches high, it makes a superb display piece.

    Its provenance is rock solid.

    It comes from the collection of a housekeeper for Britain's WWII counter propaganda team, where Fleming spent some time during the war.

    It's not in perfect condition. But at more than 50 years old, it's not going to be. Yet the slight rips and scuffs do nothing to hamper the overall impact of the piece.

    A growing market

    Yet there's one question you want to know. And that's how much, right?

    Consider this.

    → A Fleming-signed first edition of You Only Live Twice made $70,000 in 2011.

    → Fleming's original manuscript for Diamonds Are Forever auctioned at Sotheby's in 2012 for £97,250 ($158,000).

    → A gun used by Sean Connery in publicity photos for four Bond films sold for £277,250 ($437,501) in 2010.

    Collectors are clearly willing to fight hard for the leading Fleming and Bond pieces.

    So you might think one of just five Fleming signed photos is going to cost you, say, £30,000, £35,000, £40,000?


    Just £19,950 (approx. $32,900).

    £19,950 ($32,900) gets you an incredibly rare signature from one of literature's most famous names. Remember, Ian Fleming signed photos are rarer than Shakespeare's signature.

    And I want to make it even easier for you to own this piece: pay in 12 monthly instalments of £1,662.50 ($2,742) if you prefer. Learn more here

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  • Aussies cruise to eight-wicket win and take four-nil series lead good odds now for a whitewash

    Posted on December 29, 2013 by Selby


    Full scorecard here

    Australia’s fourth thumping win from as many Tests this summer has left England a broken, dispirited remnant of the team that arrived here two months ago with a swagger in their step and the Ashes in their keeping.

    What was supposed to be a challenging fourth-innings run chase on an MCG pitch that had proved tough to score at any sort of clip through the course of the match was achieved in a canter amid bright sunshine midway through a day dominated by Australia’s batting in general, and Chris Rogers’ in particular.

    Rogers became the sixth member of Australia’s top seven to post a century in this series, a feat managed by only one English batsman thus far – that being rookie all-rounder Ben Stokes who posted his in a lost cause en route to the surrender of the urn two weeks ago in Perth.

    Quick single: Rogers' post-match interview

    As it turned out, history presented a far greater obstacle to Australia’s aspiration for a five-nil whitewash than England’s lacklustre bowling, muddled tactics and inept fielding.

    After Rogers (116) and Shane Watson (85no) put together a match-defining second-wicket partnership of 136 from just 168 balls, Australia reached their target of 231 with eight wickets and four-and-a-half sessions in hand.

    The most remarkable element of a day that was effectively over after a lamentable opening hour from England was that Australia was able to score the fastest rate of the match – more than four runs per over – at a time when conditions and the game situation should have dictated it was tough.

    Watson, who played an assured hand in contrast to the belligerent century he blasted in Perth, secured the win when he flicked Monty Panesar to the square leg boundary an hour and a bit after lunch, by which stage the Melbourne Cricket Club had thrown open the gates to the public.

    Quick single: Watson highlights

    It was the highest successful fourth-innings chase at the historic ground since England managed 237 for the loss of just three wickets to win the 1962 Ashes Test.

    On that day, opener David Sheppard – who was to become an ordained minister and eventually Bishop of Liverpool – provided the Chris Rogers template by scoring 113.

    How England could have used some sort of divine providence today, as their hellish tour plumbed depths that will surely lead to a major revision of their playing stocks before their next Test engagement at home against Sri Lanka next June.

    Or even for the next Test on their calendar, against their current tormentors in Sydney starting next Friday.

    At the close of the third day’s play, both camps spoke about the need to show "intent" when the game was to be decided the following morning.

    If England intended to show intent, it didn’t take long for it to be translated into nothing more tangible than a hollow ‘best intention’

    And, shortly after that, a laughable ambition.

    There was clearly no intent when, with 10 wickets needed and two batsmen re-starting their innings against a ball just eight overs old, captain Alastair Cook opened with just a pair of slips and a gully fielder set so deep the Australians were assured a single when they dabbed behind point.

    The fact that Rogers and his partner David Warner were prepared to make good their threat of intent meant if the newish ball was to find the edge there was every chance their full-blooded strokes would carry to the sparsely populated slips cordon.

    Or to the wicketkeeper, as was the case in the fourth over of the morning when Rogers (on 19) was surprised by a ball from Stuart Broad that bounced higher than he expected and his reflexive prod yielded a discernible edge that flew shoulder-high to the left of new gloveman Jonny Bairstow.

    The very man who had revealed at the previous evening’s media conference that England was intent on showing intent.

    Sadly, that resolve did not extend to making every effort – or indeed any effort – to snaffle even the most difficult chance and Bairstow remained statue-like and watched the catch fly past him, leaving Cook to make a belated and ultimately futile attempt to arrest its journey.

    The captain could blame only himself two overs later when Warner presented him with an even more straightforward gift when he was on 22.

    There exists an enduring truism in cricket that if you want to gauge a player’s confidence and alertness levels, you only need observe them in the field.

    Using that prognosis, Cook should immediately book himself into one of those new-age wellness retreats for a mental detox and a course in spiritual rebirth.

    Watching his reaction as the regulation chance hit high on his hands even though he scarcely had to move from his preparatory crouch position and then spilled to the turf was to see a man at the lowest ebb of his professional life.

    He snatched at the ball as it lay mocking near his feet, jammed down his England cap as if trying to disappear beneath it and exhaled a curse as he battled to find somewhere to fix his gaze that wasn’t the bewildered bowler Ben Stokes.

    Or the giant video screens that played the moment over and over, to the delight of large sections of the crowd which had already grown to more than 38,000.

    Cook’s very public deflation then spread like a pandemic through his demoralised teammates.

    Heads dropped, hands arms were folded tightly across chests, small committees formed across the field and hosted whispered conversations that, even if they were benign, took on a conspiratorial appearance.

    The captain turned to his part-time spinner Joe Root ahead of the man purpose-chosen to fill that role, seemingly because he had the notional ability to turn the ball away from Australia’s pair of left-handed openers.

    But he persisted with Root even after Warner was dismissed for 25, feathering an attempted upper-cut so that Bairstow was left with no choice but to catch lest it thud into his breadbasket.

    Indeed, it was less than half an hour before the lunch break before Panesar was thrown the ball when the idea that he might somehow slow his team’s gallop towards a fourth straight defeat was clearly nonsense even allowing for a batting collapse of England-esque proportions.

    match report

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  • Great to see Pietersen score some runs even though he was dropped twice

    Posted on December 26, 2013 by Selby

    Kevin Pietersen produced a fighting knock on Boxing Day as England laboured to 226-6 after being put into bat by Australia in the fourth Ashes Test in front of a world record crowd of 91,092 at the MCG.

    A becalmed Pietersen made the most of being dropped twice to reach the close on 67 not out, his highest score of the series to date, after seeing several of his team-mates fail to kick on after making solid starts.

    Ian Bell was one of those to get out when well set; the Warwickshire batsman helped add 67 for the fourth wicket before becoming the second of two victims for the excellent Ryan Harris.

    Alastair Cook (27), Michael Carberry (38) and Joe Root (24) also gave it away when well set, meaning Australia's decision to stick their opponents in was just about vindicated.

    Home captain Michael Clarke had rather reluctantly decided to put his bowlers to work in the morning, a choice he admitted at the toss wasn't easy to make having batted first in convincing wins in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

    England - without the now retired Graeme Swann and the axed Matt Prior as they sought to win back some pride now the Ashes are out of their grasp - were perhaps grateful the option of what to do was taken out of their hands.

    Skipper Cook (27) helped put on 48 for the first wicket before falling in rather disappointing fashion, prodding indeterminately at a wide delivery from Peter Siddle to provide his opposite number with a simple catch at second slip.

    Opening partner Carberry could have gone too in the first session, Steve Smith unable to cling on to a tough chance diving to his right at third slip. He was also extremely fortunate to survive an lbw appeal when he padded up to a delivery from the excellent Ryan Harris.

    However the left-handed batsman did not learn his lesson, shouldering arms to Shane Watson in the afternoon and seeing his off stump pegged back. Once again he had fallen when seemingly well set.

    Root found life a lot tougher in his 88-ball knock; he suffered a nasty blow to the shoulder early on and played-and-missed at a number of deliveries, suggesting it was only a matter of time until he was caught behind the wicket.

    Sure enough, the Yorkshireman pushed forward outside off stump to edge Harris through to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, leaving the score then at 106-3.

    Pietersen enjoyed his first reprieve not long after when on six, substitute Nathan Coulter-Nile catching a pull shot at long leg only to then step back over the boundary rope. George Bailey also put him down when he had 41 to his name, though his opportunity was a much tougher one at mid-wicket.

    Bell was not so fortunate when he nibbled outside off stump to Harris, providing a simple catch to Haddin just as the second new ball was looming large and the scoring rate was almost at a standstill.

    Ben Stokes (14) and Jonny Bairstow (10) both perished before stumps, the latter cleaned up on his return to Test cricket having been named as one of two changes to the XI that lost at the WACA, the other being the recall of Monty Panesar to win his 50th Test cap.

    Tim Bresnan, who finished up one not out, kept Pietersen company through to the close, meaning England survived the late onslaught but once again found themselves reeling on the ropes.

    for more info see skysports

    Tony Selby

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  • Monty Panesar Cricket Memorabilia looking good if he spins well at the MCG!!

    Posted on December 24, 2013 by Selby

    James Tredwell of England celebrates with Jos Buttler during the ICC Champions Trophy Semi-Final match between England and South Africa at The Kia Oval in June

    England call up Scott Borthwick & James Tredwell

    England have called Durham leg-spinner Scott Borthwick and Kent off-spinner James Tredwell into their Ashes squad following Graeme Swann's retirement.

    Borthwick, 23, could win his first Test cap on Boxing Day, though slow left-armer Monty Panesar is favourite to replace Swann for that game.

    Tredwell, 31, has one Test appearance and will not arrive in time to play.

    Two spinners are unlikely to play in Melbourne, but could feature in the fifth and final encounter in Sydney.

    England have already surrendered the Ashes after losing the first three Tests.

    Swann announced his shock retirement on Sunday after taking only seven wickets so far in the series.

    The 34-year-old former Nottinghamshire player is sixth on the list of England wicket-takers with 255 in 60 Tests.

    Tredwell  took 6-181 in his solitary Test match appearance, in Bangladesh three years ago, but has also played in 24 one-day internationals and seven Twenty20 internationals.

    He was travelling to Australia for the ODI series, starting on 12 January, and has moved his flight forward to join the Test squad.

    Borthwick & Tredwell in focus

    • Scott Borthwick
    • Age: 23
    • England and Durham
    • Tests: 0
    • ODIs: 2
    • T20s: 1
    • First-class matches: 59
    • Has 110 first-class wickets at an average of 31.29
    • James Tredwell
    • Age: 31
    • England and Kent
    • Tests: 1
    • ODIs: 24
    • T20s: 7
    • First-class matches: 140
    • Has 352 first-class wickets at an average of 35.75

    "I'm cover for that final Test in Sydney where it has been known to turn," said Tredwell. "The way I'm looking at it is potentially they may play two spinners."

    Tredwell said Swann's retirement had caught him by surprise but saw it as an opportunity to press his own claims.

    "It does open your eyes a little bit that obviously there may be some opportunities for some people along the way," he said. "Whether it's me or not, we'll wait and see. In a way, it's an exciting time."

    Borthwick,  meanwhile, has played for England just three times, twice in one-day internationals and once in Twenty20 cricket. All three appearances were in 2011.

    He is currently playing grade cricket in Australia and scored 1,000 runs last season to help Durham win the County Championship.

    In 59 first-class matches for Durham, Borthwick has taken 110 wickets at an average of 31.29, while Kent bowler Tredwell has 352 wickets from 140 outings at an average of 35.75.

    Essex spinner Panesar remains the most likely replacement for Swann for the final two matches of the series.

    The 31-year-old has played in 49 Tests for England, taking 166 wickets at 34.56 runs each, following his debut in India in 2006.

    He is confident he can raise his game, despite his own mediocre performance as second spinner in the second Test defeat in Adelaide.

    "I definitely feel ready coming into this Test," he said. "I'm really excited. The Boxing Day Test in Australia is a huge occasion and excites all of us."

    Play media

    England players back Swann - Panesar

    Panesar left the England squad temporarily at the weekend to bowl in a grade match in Sydney.

    He added: "Opportunities that come my way, I've got to grab them. I know my strengths as a bowler and try and make the most of the opportunity and be ready for it.

    "There are improvements I need to make in my game. As part of that, I've made a decision to play grade cricket after the Ashes because I want to improve."

    Former England captain Geoffrey Boycotthas backed Panesar to become England's main spin bowler, but Swann talked up Borthwick's credentials as he bowed out of the game.

    "I think Monty's going to come in and do a great job in this game coming up this week and whoever ends up taking the role full time will do a great job as well," said Swann.

    "Personally, I hope little Scotty Borthwick gets the chance before long. He's a leg-spinner, he's got a bit of X-factor and he can bat as well."

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  • England falter after good start

    Posted on December 15, 2013 by Selby

    Peter Siddle dismisses Kevin Pietersen

    Ashes 2013-14: England falter after good start


    Third Ashes Test, Perth (day two):
    Australia 385 v England 180-4
    Match scorecard

    England's grip on the Ashes slipped still further as Australia refused to relinquish control of the third Test in Perth.

    Setting out to overhaul Australia's first innings 385, they lost the key wickets of Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen in a dramatic three-over spell late in the day to close on 180-4, still 205 runs adrift.

    And with the Waca pitch showing sign of wear and Australia's attack offering a threat with both pace and spin, England face a struggle to achieve parity, let alone a position where they can push for more.

    Play media

    England still in the hunt - Carberry

    In contrast to the unhappy collapses in the first two Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide,the tourists' batsmen showed better application and discipline for much of another blisteringly hot day.

    Yet relentlessly tight bowling brought its reward as Australia chased the victory that would win them back the Ashes for the first time in seven years.

    England had prospered in the first half of the day until a significant chunk of those foundations came crashing down in the gripping exchanges that followed in an enthralling afternoon and evening.

    While much of the damage was done by Australia's probing five-man attack, there was also controversy in the pivotal moments.

    With the score on 90-1 10 minutes before tea, umpire Marais Erasmus initially gave Joe Root out caught behind off Shane Watson, and although the review requested by the batsman produced no clear evidence of an edge, third umpire Tony Hill decided that neither had he seen enough to overturn the decision, and Root was gone for four.

    Test Match Special analysis

    "This is England's opportunity to make sure they have learnt from the last two games. They just need to look to get close to this 385. If they could do that, they might just get that buzz in the dressing-room thinking they can win the game. They haven't had that in the first two Tests. They are in the game.

    "Pietersen deserves the criticism. He is a senior player and his five dismissals have not been good enough. With the level of performance we have seen from him, he is too good a player to be playing shots like he has in this series."

    The match and thus the series hung in the balance, and Cook reacted with characteristic determination even as Pietersen was forced to play with unusual defensiveness.

    The number four managed only three singles from the first 38 balls he faced - his slowest start in Test cricket - as Watson and Ryan Harris both found movement through the air and off the parched deck.

    Cook's second half-century of the series came up off 127 balls, but both batsmen were increasingly bogged down against the seamers, and when Nathan Lyon came on the tourniquet had its reward.

    Cook cut a short ball that bounced a little straight to David Warner at point to fall for 72, and when Pietersen survived an adrenalised battle with Mitchell Johnson only to slap a mistimed pull off Peter Siddle to the resting bowler at mid-on for 19, Australia celebrated as if the Ashes were won.

    It was the 10th time Siddle has dismissed Pietersen in Tests, and a sad waste of all that diligence against the higher-profile members of the attack.

    England had earlier cleaned up the remaining four Australian wickets for the addition of just 59 runs to their overnight 326, with Stuart Broad removing Johnson for 39 and James Anderson having centurion Steve Smith caught behind in the first 20 minutes.

    Play media

    The Analyst: Root's dismissal upheld

    Anderson also had Harris caught in the slips before the last-wicket pair of Nathan Lyon and Siddle added a frustrating 31.

    Cook and Michael Carberry then looked relatively serene as they compiled only England's second half-century opening partnership in 15 innings against Australia this calendar year.

    Smith missed the sharpest of chances full length to his left at third slip off Carberry but the pair continued to flourish after lunch until Carberry played on to Harris for 43, pulling away his bat too late after initially poking at a ball wide of off stump.

    It brought back memories of three years ago, when England progressed to 78-0 in their first innings here before Johnson and Harris ran through the team to leave them 187 all out.


    Cricket Memorabilia

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  • Australia to reach 161 without loss of 4th wicket- time to speculate 5/4

    Posted on December 7, 2013 by Selby

    With Australia on 132 for 3, great bet available can they reach 161 without losing the 4th wicket, with Warner on 83 and Smith on 23, looks a great chance -  I hope so 5/4 looks like easy money????

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  • Mitchell Johnson once again ripped through England's line-up, taking seven for 40

    Posted on December 7, 2013 by Selby

    With the batsman already under serious scrutiny after a woeful performance in Brisbane, the tourists were all out for a paltry 172 on day three in response to Australia's 570 for nine declared.

    Cricket memorabilia signings are taking place throughout the series and so far Cricket Collectables have secured a number of team signed cricket bats

    Mitchell Johnson once again ripped through England's line-up, taking seven for 40, while the only England batsmen to emerge with any credit were Michael Carberry and Bell, who both contributed half-centuries.

    Bell looked in splendid touch in his 72 not out, but despite his best efforts, England will have to dig deep to avoid falling 2-0 down in the five-match series, with the hosts extending their lead to 530 after closing on 132 for three in their second innings.

    "It was thoroughly disappointing," Bell told Sky Sports 2 "A very good wicket here and we haven't given our bowlers any opportunity to get back in the game.

    "It's disappointing, the guys are hurting but I can reassure you they are training and doing everything they possibly can to put this right in the second innings."

    England's fighting spirit has been questioned in some quarters after their third collapse of the series.

    However, Bell said: "As a group over a number of years, we've shown the amount of fight we have in that dressing room.

    "We haven't put it quite right so far on this trip but there's a lot of guys in there with a lot of cricket still to go in this series that will show people that we have got the fight.

    "It starts tomorrow and the last day so we certainly have to fight hard.

    "As an England team, we haven't done anything close to what we're capable of doing and what we should do for everyone else watching."

    Bell's ability to handle Australia's bowlers, and Johnson in particular, has led to renewed calls for the Warwickshire man to move up the order to number three.

    Joe Root was given the nod after Jonathan Trott returned home, and although the 22-year-old appeared comfortable in the role, he was one of seven batsmen guilty of giving their wicket away on Saturday when he swept the first ball he faced from off-spinner Nathan Lyon to deep square-leg.

    Bell added: "We'll see, it's not my decision really.

    "I've just got to go and do what I can for the team. I'm happy to bat anywhere for the team but I thought Rooty played very, very well until that dismissal.

    "I thought he shaped up brilliantly against the new ball."

    Tony Selby

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  • England need to fight back on day 3 at the Adelaide Oval

    Posted on December 6, 2013 by Selby

    The Aussies are back in control at the Oval, which is great news for them as they, have lost the last 3 Ashes series, anyway now they find themselves holding a commanding 535 run lead.

    Cricket memorabilia is as usual highly sought after and none more so on the 2nd day of the series than collectables associated with skipper Michael Clarke, who scored 148 runs caught by Anderson off Stokes and Brad Hadden 118 caught behind off Broad.

    The tourists need to put up a good show on day 3 and make a lot of runs. I think that the first hour will be crucial and essential not to lose any more wickets, if they can get through that unscathed on the predominantly flat wicket they could go for a high score

    It is encouraging to remember Kevin Pietersen batting at no 4 has scored centuries in both his Tests at the Adelaide Oval let's hope he does it again this time

    Of particular interest to collectors during an Ashes series down under is a signed cricket bat, autographed by both teams and management we hope to procure several of these over the series

    Tony Selby


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  • England looking good for a match win and still available at 11/4 with the draw, Adelaide Oval

    Posted on November 30, 2013 by Selby

    Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar gave England something to be cheerful about in their drawn match against the Cricket Australia Chairman's XI.



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  • F1 season ends on a familiar note

    Posted on November 25, 2013 by Selby

    Red Bull has been weakened, and Ferrari and McLaren strengthened, by F1's latest personnel moves.

    That is the claim of Mercedes boss Ross Brawn, who said the dominant champions will miss the input of aerodynamics chief Peter Prodromou, who has been signed by McLaren

    Motor report

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