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  • 2013 Formula 1 World Championship Latest News

    Posted on February 2, 2013 by Selby

    2013 is shaping up as an excellent season for F1 motorsport Memorabilia



    Start March 17

    Australian Grand Prix

    Mar 24 Malaysia Grand Prix
    Apr 14 Chinese Grand Prix
    Apr 21 Bahrain Grand Prix
    May 12 Spanish Grand Prix
    May 26 Monaco Grand Prix
    Jun 9 Canadian Grand Prix
    Jun 30 British Grand Prix
    Jul 7 German Grand Prix
    Jul 28 Hungarian Grand Prix
    Aug 25 Belgian Grand Prix
    Sep 8 Italian Grand Prix
    Sep 22 Singapore Grand Prix
    Oct 6 Korean Grand Prix
    Oct 13 Japanese Grand Prix
    Oct 27 Indian Grand Prix

    Motorsport Collectables










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  • Frank Mitchell (Yorks, Eng 1894- 1904) Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on February 1, 2013 by Selby

    Managed to source an excellent Frank Mitchell rare cricket autograph recently, nicely signed in ink and laid down to card.

    Frank Mitchell (Yorks, Eng 1894- 1904)  He won 6 England Rugby Caps between 1895 -1896

    National side English
    Competition Tests First-class
    Matches 5 199
    Runs scored 88 9,176
    Batting average 11.60 31.97
    100s/50s 0/0 17/39
    Top score 41 194
    Balls bowled - 1,616
    Wickets - 36
    Bowling average - 23.16
    5 wickets in innings - 1
    10 wickets in match - 0
    Best bowling - 5/57
    Catches/stumpings 2/- 149/2
    Source: CricketArchive,

    Rugby union career
    Playing career
    Position Forward
    Cambridge University R.U.F.C.
    Blackheath Rugby Club Source: CricketArchive


    Tony Selby 

    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia, Rugby memorabilia and was tagged with Rare Cricket Autograph

  • A brief history of England v New Zealand Cricket

    Posted on February 1, 2013 by Selby

    A brief history ... 1929-30 to 1958

    New Zealand v England - Part One

    Will Luke

    Text size: A | A

    1929-30 to 1958 | 1958-59 to 1978 | 1978 -


    Denis Compton on his way to a hundred on debut at The Oval in 1937 © The Cricketer

    1929-30 in New Zealand
    By the 1930s the authorities were looking to expand the game and in 1929-30 New Zealand became the fifth country to be granted Tests status. The MCC side which visited that summer was weak - the major players were resting after the 1928-29 Ashes tour and there was also a side playing Tests in the Caribbean. New Zealand's Test debut was an eight-wicket loss at Lancaster Park, Maurice Allom taking a hat-trick on debut as the hosts were bowled out for 112 and 131. They had the better of the second Test at Wellington, gaining a first-innings lead of 112 before rain washed the game out. At Eden park KS Duleepsinhji hit 117 but that was overshadowed by Geoffrey Legge's first and only hundred, a near-faultless 196, which effectively ended New Zealand's chances of levelling the series in the final game.
    New Zealand 0 England 1 Drawn 2


    1931 in England
    New Zealand had toured England in 1927, playing 38 matches (26 of which were first-class), winning 13 and drawing 20. Four years on and the experience they gained from the previous was evident, even though they lost the three-Test series 1-0. England finished on top in a draw at Lord's, but not before they had slumped to 190 for 7, Les Ames and Gubby Allen adding 246 in a brilliant eighth-wicket stand. England asserted their authority in the second Test at The Oval with New Zealand handicapped by the unavailability of Stewie Dempster. Allen tore through the visitors with 5 for 14 from 13 overs to dismiss New Zealand for 193 and then Ian Peebles spun England to a series-leading innings-and-26-run win. Atrotious weather in the third and last match at Old Trafford prevented play until the final afternoon.
    England 1 New Zealand 0 Drawn 2


    1932-33 in New Zealand
    The addition of new Zealand to the tour itinerary was not overly popular with the players or the Australian board, although Wisden described it as "a valuable missionary move". Wally Hammond was far from charitable in amassing a biblical 563 runs in the two Tests. In the first he battered 227 in England's 560 for 7 declared. The home side responded with 223 before a violent dust storm ended proceedings. Poor weather also ruined the second Test but Hammond made 336, overtakeing Don Bradman's record test score of 334. His 200 came in 400 minutes, with the third hundred taking him a mere 47 more. Heavy rain finally came to New Zealand's rescue and the series was drawn.
    New Zealand 0 England 0 Drawn 2


    Jack Cowie catches Jim Smith to complete his 6 for 67 at Old Trafford in 1937 © The Cricketer

    1937 in England
    A wet summer did New Zealand no favours, and they had their backs against the wall for much of it. At Lord's they had a valiant rearguard from Merv Wallace who, timing the ball beautifully, added 56 to his first-innings 52, and Jack Kerr which helped save the match. At Old Trafford, England were 75 for 7 but dropped catches allowed them to recover to 265, and then New Zealand fell apart to the spin of Tom Goddard. The third Test at The Oval was drawn.
    England 1 New Zealand 0 Drawn 2


    1946-47 in New Zealand
    Murky conditions hung over Christchurch for most of the Test which benefited New Zealand, and Jack Cowie, far more than England. Walter Hadlee's first and only hundred (116) led New Zealand to 345 in their first innings and Cowie took 6 for 83 in England's reply. They declared on 265 for 7 but the rain set in on Sunday and, despite adding an extra day to the end of the Test in a bid to achieve a result, the weather had the last say.
    New Zealand 0 England 0

    1949 in England
    Hadlee's New Zealand side boasted a strong batting line-up, centring on Martin Donnelly, and that, allied to Hadlee's safety-first policy, meant that all four Tests were drawn; it signalled the realisation that three-day Tests made a definite result all but impossible. New Zealand declined to chase an unlikely 299 in 150 minutes at Leeds, while they had the better of stalemate at Lord's where Donnelly's 216 took the plaudits. He added two fifties at Old Trafford as New Zealand had to dig deep after conceding a 147-run lead, and another batsman-friendly track at The Oval - it was Len Hutton's turn to score a double hundred - ended the series.
    England 0 New Zealand 0 Drawn 4



    Bert Sutcliffe reaches his hundred at Nottingham in 1949© The Cricketer

    1950-51 in New Zealand
    The first Test was, in Wisden's words, "dreary". A lifeless pitch made scoring incredibly difficult, so both teams plodded and the bowlers wilted. The second Test, a low-scoring thriller, finally brought some entertainment to the series. Five wickets for Doug Wright helped dismiss New Zealand for 125 but England struggled 69 for 4 in reply. Only thanks to Hutton (57) and Brown (47), the captain, did England gain a first-innings lead of 102. It was too much for New Zealand who, in spite of a dogged 60 from Scott, were skittled for 189.
    New Zealand 0 England 1 Drawn 1


    1954-55 in New Zealand
    Fresh from an Ashes-winning series, England were on a high and New Zealand found out first hand how hard to handle Brian Statham and Frank Tyson were. They shared 12 wickets as England won the first Test by eight wickets and then 11 at Auckland in an innings victory. Bob Appleyard weighed in with match figures of 7 for 45 as New Zealand were bowled out for 26, - a record which still stands today.
    New Zealand 0 England 2

    1958 in England
    Enthusiastic and popular they might have been, but the 1958 New Zealanders are considered to be one of the weakest sides of all time. They won enough of the tour matches to ensure they had some reasons to smile, but in the Tests they were thrashed - they were overwhelmed at Edgbaston, Lord's, Headingley and Old Trafford, and only rain saved them at The Oval. Uncertainty in batting was always the big trouble. Their totals in the first four Tests tell the tale: 94 and 137 at Edgbaston; 47 and 74 at Lord's; 67 and 129 at Headingley; 267 and 85 at Old Trafford.
    England 4 New Zealand 0 Drawn 1

    Will Luke is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • New Zealand v England Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on January 31, 2013 by Selby

    New Zealand v England Cricket Memorabilia

    The forthcoming series in NZ should be excellent for cricket collectables.

    First off, two T20 warm ups at Whangarei which will see fast bowler Stuart Broad return to the side on Monday  having recovered from the heel injury he incurred in the recent India series

    The Nott’s all-rounder lost his Test place to Steve Finn after under par performances in the first two tests at Ahmedabad and Mumbai  where he took no wickets, as it happens Finn took four useful wickets in the 3rd test.

    Cricket Collectables from the series in India which we have available includes signed cricket bats, autographed tour itineraries, signed dinner menus, scorecards and a small selection of match worn kit

    The itinerary for the series is listed below:


    4/2              T20 warm up at Whangarei

    6/2                “   “    “    “     “    “

    9/2               T20 Int Auckland

    12/2             T20 Int Hamilton

    15/2             T20 Int Wellington

    17/2             ODI Hamilton

    20/2             ODI Napier

    23/2             ODI Auckland

    6-10 March Ist Test Dunedin

    14-18  “         2nd Test Wellington

    22-26  “         3rd Test Auckland


    The series has the potential for an exciting 2 months; Broad on form could make the difference

    He needs to return to form having averaged 39.72 with the ball and 14.00 with the bat in his last complete Test Series England v South Africa in the summer.

    Tony Selby


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  • India v England ODI Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on January 15, 2013 by Selby

    India v England ODI Cricket Memorabilia

    India is back on winning form at the 2nd ODI  Nehru Stadium Kochi

    The hosts won the toss, elected to bat making a score of 285 runs then promptly dismissed the tourists for 158 in 36 overs levelling the series.

    Captain Singh Dhoni scored an impressive 72 off 66 balls to the delight of a 70.000 home crowd before a much needed catch taken by Joe Root off Jade Dernbach whilst no 7 bat Ravindra Jadeja impressed with 67 runs off 37 balls finishing the match off in style with 14 runs off the last 3 deliveries. Steven Finn and Jade Dernbach ended on 2 wickets apiece

    With Kevin Pietersen (42 off 58) Inc. seven 4s and Eoin Morgan out for a duck, the pair were both dismissed in the space of three deliveries, a major turning point in the game, Patel 30 not out hit the only six compared with 7 hit by the Indian side.

    Kumars 3/29, Jadeja 2/12 and Ashwin 3/39 look as though they are coming into form at the right time and will need to be watched at Ranchi.

    Maybe the Indians have been knocked recently having lost India v Pakistan and the all-important Test series to England, but this will put them back in the game.

    Cricket Memorabilia from the series is relatively prolific, signed cricket bats, presentations and cricket autographs, a decent performance by England for the rest of the series can only enhance these collectables.

    All to play for at the 3rd ODI, JSCA Stadium Ranchi on Saturday Jan 19th.

    Tony Selby

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  • Cricket Memorabilia – India v England

    Posted on January 12, 2013 by Selby

    One day internationals are never disappointing when it comes to sourcing cricket collectables, there generally seems a more relaxed atmosphere surprisingly, players engage with fans and when celebrations are complete many official signings take place.

    It was a close run match yesterday England 325 – 4, India 316 – 9, the Tourists winning by nine runs.

    ODI cricket memorabilia especially signed cricket bats, cricket autographs, signed timesheets and tour material have always proved popular and the five ODI’s culminating in the last match on Sunday Jan 27th at the HPCA Stadium, Dharmasala all look promising.  A good series win for England and some outstanding performances would be even better for collectors.

    ODI s are a little unpredictable for example Dhoni  hit 4 sixes off 8 encouraged by 28000 of his home fans , it is this kind of thing that really makes One day Internationals.

    With a number of England players not present for the opening ODI at the Saurashtra Stadium Rajkot India made a brave attempt in reply to England’s 325, it wasn’t quite good enough this time.

    The 2nd ODI starts on Tues Jan 15 at the Nehru Stadium Kochi an excellent opportunity for more cricket memorabilia.

    Tony Selby

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  • India v England ICC cricket memorabilia

    Posted on January 11, 2013 by Selby

    It looks as though England may retain top ICC one day rankings after a good start in the first ODI against India.

    With India evens and England 8/11 on the bookies are taking no chances and need to be more generous with their odds, as I write this betting has been suspended? However India are looking in with a chance  at 138/3 with the openers Rahane and Gambhir putting on 97 runs averaging around one run per ball.

    This series will provide lots of opportunities for some good cricket memorabilia

    England Captain Alastair Cook and Iain Bell put on an impressive opening stand of 158 before Bells wicket was taken by Ajinkya Rahane, ending his 85 run innings.

    Irishman Eoin Morgan scored 41 off 38 balls before departing due to a tremendous catch by bowler Ashok Dinda, Pieterson scored 44 before being caught off Dinda, tailenders Patel and Kieswetter added another useful 44 runs.

    It will be interesting to note the rule changes for the pace bowlers two bouncers allowed per over plus the field restricted to four players outside the fielding circle instead of five in the outfield.

    Tony Selby


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  • India v England ODI series

    Posted on January 7, 2013 by Selby

    India v England ODI series

    The Indian National Selection Committee has left  Virender Sehwag out of the  ODI matches  in favour of Cheteshwar Pujara, the five match series is due to start from January 11 at Rajkot.

    Cricket Memorabilia will be at a premium for this series and we hope to attend a number of signings at Mohali on Wed 23/1/13.

    Surprisingly Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma held onto their places and have been nominated for the first three ODIs at Rajkot, Kochi and Ranchi.

    Virender has previously performed well in limited over matches clocking up 8273 runs including 15 centuries from 251 appearances.

    India A team v England New Delhi

    India “A” team defeated England at the New Delhi, Palam ground by 53 runs yesterday, the hosts made 224/4 leaving England on 175 after 36 overs, the tourists loss of five middle order wickets for only 30 runs did nothing to alleviate the situation.

    In Alastair Cook’s absence England Captain Ian Bell put on a good show scoring 91 runs off 89 deliveries including eight 4s and two 6s, before being caught by Motwani off Sharma, whilst fellow opener Kevin Pietersen was out for 19 off 28 balls, caught by Mukund off a short delivery from Sreesanth.

    A heavy mist disrupted the match reducing play to 39 overs.

    Signed tour intineraries and dinner menus are available from the New Delhi match however  significance will come to the fore dependent on notable performances in the forthcoming ODIs.

    Tony Selby


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  • India v Pakistan at Kolkata

    Posted on January 4, 2013 by Selby

    India v Pakistan at Kolkata

    What an impressive century by Nassir Jamshed core to the Pakistan ODI win at Kolkata, especially as this followed his 101 in Pakistan’s opening match of the series.

    Cricket memorabilia from the One day International series is always popular with collectors with demand for signed cricket bats.

    Junaid Khan bowled a good 3/39 in 9 overs containing the India batsmen and taking the all important wickets of Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli early in their innings, however it did not stop skipper and keeper  Dhoni putting on 54 runs not out, which was his 47th ODI half century.

    Pakistan scored 250 to the hosts 165 winning the 3 match series 2-0

    The tourists have previously won all 4 matches against India at Kolkata never losing an ODI

    The final ODI India v Pakistan is on Sunday January 6th at Delhi no pressure for Pakistan, should be a good match

    Tony Selby


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  • Mark Ramprakash Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on December 31, 2012 by Selby

    Mark Ramprakash Cricket Memorabilia

    Congratulations to Mark Ramprakash, Mike Denness and Robert Croft for their recognition in the New Year Honours list.

    Cricket memorabilia has over the last two years increased in popularity by 11.2% according to a recent survey by Cricket Collectables, endorsing the fact that memorabilia associated with the most significant events and players will always be in demand.

    Mark Ramprakash made 35603 runs including 114 centuries during his First class career, he was awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours list, he holds the significant accolade of being one of only 25 batsmen to have scored 100 first class centuries, joining legendary cricketers such as W.G Grace and Don Bradman.

    In 1987 Ramprakash had the opportunity of becoming a professional footballer with Watford FC however he decided to join Middlesex CCC  scoring 63 not out against Yorkshire in his first match, he went on to make his Test debut with Graeme Hick and Steve Watkin in the 1991 England v West Indies series at Headingley.

    Mark Ramprakash (cap 549) played 52 Tests for England and was named Wisden cricketer of the year in 2007

    Mark Ramprakash retired on July 4th 2012 and now starts a new career as the Middlesex batting coach.


    Mike Denness has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list.

    Mike Denness has always been a favourite with collectors and cricket memorabilia from his illustrious career, of particular note is the Australia v England match at Melbourne 1975 when in the 1st innings he scored 188 runs, a signed scorecard several autographs and a signed cricket bat are available from this match.

    Hailing originally from Lanarkshire in Scotland he became the first Scotsman to Captain England, which reminds me somewhat of what a good job Irishman Eoin Morgan  is doing for the England side.(tremendous 6 off the last ball).

    Mike Denness played County Cricket for Essex and Kent between 1959 – 1980 scoring more than 30.000 runs in 501 matches.

    As a right hand opening bat he made his Test debut (cap 444) Test debut (cap no 444) on 21st August 1969 against New Zealand he went on to play in 28 Test Matches, 19 as Captain, scoring 1667 runs.

    Mike Denness who was named as Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1975, on retirement became a match official for the International Cricket Council. He succeeded John Shepherd as President of Kent County Cricket Club in 2012


    Robert Croft has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list

    Glamorgan and England cricketer(cap no 582), Robert Croft has played in 21 Test matches and 50 ODI, his First Class playing career saw him take over 1100 wickets and make more than 12.000 runs

    He Captained his County side from 2003 – 2006.

    Of particular interest to cricket memorabilia enthusiasts would be England v South Africa at Manchester in 1998 when he put on 37 not out batting no 8 enabling a much needed draw, a signed cricket presentation is available from this match.

    Glos v Glamorgan 2010 at Cheltenham Croft achieved a hat trick taking the wickets of Banerjee, Hussain and Steve Kirby, a number of autographs and a signed cricket bat are available from this event.

    On his retirement in 2004 he continues to be major figure in Glamorgan cricket and from time to time commentates on Sky TV.

    Tony Selby


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