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  • Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on August 11, 2012 by Selby

    Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia

    What a tremendous performance by Michael Phelps!!

    Reclaiming the lead with his trademark butterfly stroke, Phelps won the 18th gold of an unparalleled career when he helped the U.S. win the 4x100-M, medley relay last Saturday night

    Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time. Twenty-two medals. Eighteen of those gold. He can now retire with twice as many golds as any other Olympian

    During  London Olympics 2012  we have noticed more and more requests for information about Olympic Memorabilia.

    One of the most popular events is Swimming, Relay, Freestyle, Backstroke, and Marathon  are all great viewing and many people now require a more permanent memory of the Games, an item of Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia,

    Of great interest is the prolific Gold Medallist Michael Phelps. By Olympic standards he is the most successful all round contestant ever, Swimming Memorabilia recognising his remarkable achievements are always sought after by Collectors and Fans alike.

     

    A little history

    Competition Swimming can be traced in England as having taken place in the early 1800s under the auspices of the National Swimming Council.

    1894 saw the formation of the International Olympic Committee, a decision was made to include four swimming events 100m freestyle,1200m, 500m and a special 100m event for seafarers.

    Olympic Swimming Memorabilia from these early days is very rare and therefore highly collectable I do not personally have any Collectables relating to this era. I would be delighted to hear from anyone who has items in their collection. Most of the original Memorabilia from these early events are housed at the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum and Aquatic complex in Fort Lauderdale.

    Michael Phelps

    Michael Phelps was born in Maryland  USA  in 1985 he is the winner of 16 Olympic Medals -  6 Gold and 2 Bronze at Athens 2004 and 8 Gold whilst dominating the Beijing Olympicsin 2008. He is the winner of the most Gold Medals achieved in a single year overtaking legendary Mark Spitz’s collection of 7 won at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. He has been named swimmer of the year 6 times and American swimmer of the year 8 times.

    Competing in the 2008 Olympics at the Water Cube he won his Gold in the 100m /200m Butterfly: 4x100/4x200 freestyle relay: 4x100 Medley Relay. He achieved Silver in the 200m Freestyle.

    Two years later in the Pan Pacific Championship: Gold in the 100mbutterfly, 200m butterfly, 4x100/ 4x200 freestyle relay and the 4x100 medley relay.

    Bob Bowman the Olympic Champions Coach renowned for his strong opinions is an accomplished concert pianist with a degree in phycology, his analytical approach to coaching/mentoring assisted Michael in his unprecedented Olympic record of 8 Gold in a single year.

    Bob legendary for his coaching abilities is regarded by many as the most successful coach ever. What a combination???

    USA Swimming have appointed Bob as official coach for the 2012 Olympics in London which is sure to lead to more Gold more Records and more Memorabilia.

    With the 2012 London Olympics starting in just 5 months, Bowman looks set to continue his success with Michael Phelps and other up and coming athletes.

    Swimming is something of a family event; Michael’s siblings are also Champion Swimmers.  His sister Hilary represented the University of Richmond whilst Whitney took part in the in the 1996 Olympic Swimming Trials.

    Michael actively supports charities having set up his own Michael Phelps Foundation in 2008.

     

    Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia would include the following Events

     Sydney Games 2000

     2001 World Aquatics Championship

    2001 World Championship in Fukuoka

    2003 World Championships Barcelona

    2004 Athens Olympics

    2004 World Championship Indianapolis

    2005 World Championships Montreal

    2007 World Championship Melbourne 

    2008 US Olympic Swimming Trials Omaha

    2008 Beijing Olympics National Aquatic Centre

    2012 London Olympics 

     

    Collectables which are sought after include:

    Presentations and Montage (very popular for Olympic Events)

    Event ticket and programmes and passes (must be official issue not reprint)

    Swimwear caps and armbands (for the serious collector)

    Signed Sports Illustrated (watch out for copy)

    Signed first day issues (signature must be onto the issue not photographed)

    Signed USA Swimming Caps (for the serious collector)

     

    Signed Posters

    Autographed Fans of the Game Cards

    .Pins and Participation Medals

    Swimming Memorabilia which I currently own includes:

    Ian James Thorpe, Adrian Moorehouse, Duncan Goodhew, Johnny Weismuller Sharron Davies and Mark Spitz, Kristin Otto.
    There are various events which I am looking to collect they include:

    Water Polo team 1924 Paris Olympics

    Michael Phelps Sidney 2000

    Mark Phelps Athens 2004

    Shane Gould Munich 1972

    Kristin Otto Seoul 1988

    Ferenc Csik Berlin 1936

    Michael Wenden Mexico 1968

    Mark Spitz Munich 1972

    Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia is even more popular this summer congratulations on his success in the 2012 Olympic Games.

    An article I have published on my Website is well worth the read for prospective Collectors Rare autographs real or fake, purchasing Signed Material from popular Internet auction sites is fraught with ambiguity, receiving the genuine article is not always the case, avoid disappointment.

    Good luck with collecting
    Written by Tony Selby

    Olympic memorabilia.


    This post was posted in Athletics memorabilia, Olympics Memorabilia and was tagged with Olympic Memorabilia

  • Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on August 9, 2012 by Selby

    Just back from a trip to the West Country were I was fortunate to purchase  a 1926 Australian signed cricket bat( Hobbs and Sutcliffe made a 172 partenership which is commemerated on the bat), from a country estate along with some great Bodyline series stuff 32/33,selection of rpps and teamsheets, scorecards etc

     


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with cricket memorabilia

  • Funding for Olympic atheletes

    Posted on August 9, 2012 by Selby

    Sir Chris Hoy has it right in warning PM DC  of the consequences of cutting financial support to athletes, this would certainly have serious reprocussions on the 2016 games in Brazil.  We can't rely on Camelot to support our top atheletes, Sir Chris chose heated hot pants which are so important in maintaning muscle temperature as an examples. British Olympic Association  has received 250m since the start of the current campaign and it seems worth every penny when you observe the tremendous uplift it has brought to so many!!!

    tony selby


    This post was posted in Athletics memorabilia, Olympics Memorabilia and was tagged with olympic funding

  • 800 M Freestyle

    Posted on August 4, 2012 by Selby

    Commiserations to Rebecca Adlington losing her 800m freestyle, what potential Katie Ledecky has shown with her no questions win by an astonishing 4 seconds


    This post was posted in Athletics memorabilia, Olympics Memorabilia and was tagged with rebecca adlington

  • Headingley

    Posted on August 4, 2012 by Selby

    England need at least 550 runs over next couple of days followed by some strong bowling after that incredible batting performance by Petersen 182 caught behind by Prior, off Broad - umpire Davis was too quick off the mark giving 2 reversed lbw decisions.


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with headingley test match

  • Roger Bannister Olympics Memorabilia

    Posted on July 27, 2012 by Selby

    A sports memorabilia blog
    Roger Bannister Olympics Memorabilia
    Sir Roger Bannister (1929) is the person forever synonymous with the breaking of the famous 4 minute mile and that was achieved on a cinder track in adverse weather conditions.
    Athletics memorabilia is always in demand with particular interest in the Olympics, one special period of interest would be the 1952 Olympics, I am always interested in purchasing for example presentations, race attire, hand signed photos, programmes, tickets, medals and other Olympic paraphernalia along with sports memorabilia from athletic track and field events.
    Bannister has carried out a number of signings notably one for the Irish Milers club at the City West Hotel Dublin.

    Roger was born in England and attended Harrow the public school situated in North West London prior to Oxford University. I mention his attendance at school and college as both institutions have always held, encouraged and supported amateur athletic events. (In 1953 the Surrey school Athletic Association introduced the mile race to its programme of events).
    Although a tremendous achievement at the time and in the circumstances, the mile is nowadays occasionally run in less than 4 minutes by top track athletes. Training in the late 1940s early 1950s was considered light compared to modern day standards, and then there are all sorts of other considerations such as kit, diet, motivational aspects etc.
    Bannister’s running career began whilst at Oxford in 1946 it was there after noticeable improvements in his running times that he began to train seriously, he set his sights on the 1952 Olympic games to be held in Helsinki, Bannister now training at an international level, his times improving, his confidence heightened, although finishing in fourth place set a British record in the 1500m.
    Following his 1952 Olympics efforts, Bannister considered giving up running however fortunately instead he set himself a new goal: To beat the four minute mile. To achieve this he drew up a concerted training programme which would require all of his perseverance and concentration, fitting this in with his medical studies at St Mary’s Hospital medical school took a lot of time management and dedication.
    His first attempt at the four minute mile was at Oxford in 1953 when he was paced by the now famous track athlete Chris Chataway, who was later to establish his own career. This was the race where Bannister realised that the four minute mile was just possibly within his reach.
    Bannister was not the only athlete at this time who was attempting to break the four minute mile, American Wes Santee and Australian John Landy were both competing around the 4.02 mark, Bannister who closely followed Landy’s efforts became concerned that the athlete would succeed with each attempt and realised that he had to make his record breaking attempt soon.
    On May 6th 1954 at Oxford competing for the British Amateur Athletic Associating in front of a few thousand spectators Roger Bannister made history, in the company of Chris Brasher and Chris Chataway he broke the 4 minute barrier achieving a time of 3.59.4, at the age of 25 Bannister had made history.
    Bannister was knighted in in 1975 for his service to Sport England.
    Sports memorabilia from the 1954 event is sought after and there is only a limited amount available, I am fortunate to have several hand signed photographs of Bannister at the event along with other Olympic collectables

    Best of luck with your collecting, let me know how you get on??

    Tony Selby
    Sports memorabilia

     


    This post was posted in Athletics memorabilia, Olympics Memorabilia and was tagged with Roger Bannister Olympics Memorabilia

  • Cricket at the Oval - 1st test hammering!!!

    Posted on July 24, 2012 by Selby

    England v South Africa - what lessons have been learned since the hammering SA dished out at Jo'berg in Jan 2010 the tourist losing by an innings and 74 runs, despite a good showing by Collingwood, Morne Morkel did the damage, England seemed a bit to complacent perhaps understandably. Now with the No 1 & 2 Test cricket sides meeting again this summer the tourists already have the advantage with an innings and 12 runs win at the Oval, lets hope we can turn it round on the 2/8 at Headingley - looking forward to 3rd Test at Lords on the Saturday!!


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with Test cricket - England v South Africa

  • Pre Olympics

    Posted on July 24, 2012 by Selby

    “Wiggo le Froggy” great win and big boost at start of Olympics
    congrats to Mark Cavendish, the world’s greatest sprinter, winning the final stage on the Champs-Elysées for the fourth year in a row!!


    This post was posted in Athletics memorabilia, Olympics Memorabilia and was tagged with olympic games cycling

  • Signed Cricket Bats

    Posted on May 12, 2012 by Selby

     


     

    England v Australia 1932/33 Bodyline series, Cricket Memorabilia.

    Signed Cricket Bats which have survived the infamous Australia v England Bodyline Series 1932/33 are highly sought after as Cricket Collectables, match used bats which are signed by both teams are especially in demand as they are considered rare.

    When collecting signed cricket bats it can be useful to specialise in specific areas say Test Cricket, First Class Matches, Ashes series. Pre-war and post war etc. I try to concentrate on pre-war,  assembling a pre-war collection can be expensive and time consuming yet at the same time a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.

    It is fact that some cricketers were always more prolific when it came to Autographs and if approached at Cricket grounds from Lords to the Kensington Oval Barbados would happily oblige fans, an example would be Don Bradman arguably the greatest cricketer of all who would readily provide his autograph whereas Sid Barnes has rarely put pen to willow and when he did it was often stamped

    It stands to reason that when a cricketer is no longer with us his legacy to the enthusiast is his autograph, there can only be so many examples before the rarity aspect play its part.

    With some effort the Cricket Enthusiast can follow auctions and sales around the world make notes and compile lists of signatories with a rarity value.   Often sought after individual Cricket Bat autographs are found as part of a team signing, these cricket bats especially when signed by both sides, possibly with Umpires and Manager s included can be great buys, I personally try to concentrate on Pre-War Ashes Matches, England v West Indies, India, South Africa and New Zealand plus some of the County Championship Clubs, where many of the legendary test player’s have emanated from, in my collection I have examples of Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, MCC, Sussex, Surrey, Worcester, Lancashire and Yorkshire autographed match used bats

    It is important that Autographed Cricket bats are related to memorable events, legendary players and successful teams this is why there is so much demand for Ashes test match memorabilia.

    I am currently interested in autographs and Cricket Memorabilia associated with the 1932/33 Bodyline series.

    Signed Cricket Bats which have recently come available from private collections or sales include rare examples from the England v Australia series 1932/33.(note Bradman was missing in the 1st Test at Sydney due to illness) Below is a detailed list of matches played during the series compiled by cricinfo

     

    Fri Oct 21 - Mon Oct 24 Western Australia v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
    Thu Oct 27 - Sat Oct 29 Australian XI v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
    Fri Nov 4 - Tue Nov 8 South Australia v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Adelaide Oval
    Fri Nov 11 - Mon Nov 14 Victoria v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Fri Nov 18 - Tue Nov 22 Australian XI v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Fri Nov 25 - Tue Nov 29 New South Wales v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Fri Dec 2 - Wed Dec 7 1st Test - Australia v England
    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Fri Dec 16 - Mon Dec 19 Tasmania v Marylebone Cricket Club
    North Tasmania Cricket Association Ground, Launceston
    Fri Dec 23 - Mon Dec 26 Tasmania v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Tasmania Cricket Association Ground, Hobart
    Fri Dec 30 - Tue Jan 3 2nd Test - Australia v England
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Fri Jan 13 - Thu Jan 19 3rd Test - Australia v England
    Adelaide Oval
    Thu Jan 26 - Sat Jan 28 New South Wales v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Wed Feb 1 - Thu Feb 2 Queensland Country v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Showground, Toowoomba
    Sat Feb 4 - Tue Feb 7 Queensland v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
    Fri Feb 10 - Thu Feb 16 4th Test - Australia v England
    Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
    Sat Feb 18 - Tue Feb 21 Northern New South Wales v Marylebone Cricket Club
    No 1 Sports Ground, Newcastle
    Thu Feb 23 - Tue Feb 28 5th Test - Australia v England
    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Fri Mar 3 - Tue Mar 7 Victoria v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Fri Mar 10 - Tue Mar 14 South Australia v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Adelaide Oval  Compiled by cricinfo

    Any cricket memorabilia associated with this series will always be in demand by collectors and fans alike.

    Modern day signed Cricket bats are far more readily available, it has become popular for Test Cricketer to carry out signings where a large number of bats may be autographed in one session many used for charitable purposes, these bats can make great additions to a portfolio and in time will increase in rarity value however for the moment I am sticking with seeking out the pre-war and early to mid-fifties examples.

    Good luck with your collecting

    Let me know how you get on??

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia

     

     

     


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  • Jim Laker Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 29, 2012 by Selby

     



    Cricket Memorabilia – Autographed Team sheets, Signed Scorecards, Real Press Photos, Tour Brochures, Autographed Bats, Cricket Collectables.

    Jim Laker Cricket Memorabilia is often sold as reprinted material; genuine original items are relatively scarce and are becoming sought after by collectors of Cricketana.

    Jim Laker (1922 – 1988) was a master of spin bowling who played in 46 Test Matches in the late 1940s and 1950s taking 193 Test wickets at 21.24. During his First Class career he played for Surrey CCC taking 1944 wickets at an average of 18.41.

    Of his many Cricket achievements one which particularly stands out is the occasion at Old Trafford in 1956 when Jim took 19 Australian wickets in one Test Match. Having been run out for 3 runs in the 1st innings he set about the Australian batsman leaving only Ray Lindwall at the crease (Jim Burke was bowled by Tony Lock, Leics, Surrey).

    In the 2nd innings Australian skipper Ian Johnson was the only man left standing at the wicket. Not surprisingly England won the match by an innings and 173 runs.

    JC Laker was born in Shipley West Yorkshire; in his early cricketing days he showed a preference for pace bowling rather than the slow off spin which would make him a household name.

    Showing a keen interest in Cricket Jim attended Herbert Sutcliffe’s indoor Cricket nets at Headingley He soon became a member of the Saltaire Cricket Club playing in the Bradford League, at his stage Jim was better known for his batting than his wicket taking.

    Stationed in the Middle East at the beginning of WW2, with the Royal Army Ordinance Corps Jim found himself in the company of other notable Cricketers and was soon playing matches between representative service sides with the encouragement of Norman Yardley. Returning from his overseas duties he was billeted in Catford London where he joined the local Cricket Club, it is interesting that from his days at the indoor nets at Headingley the natural progression for one showing Jim’s Cricket talents would have been a trial for Yorkshire CCC however having made an impression at Catford that enviable opportunity was afforded to Surrey CCC who signed him as a professional in 1946. His debut for Surrey was at the Oval where he was selected to play the Combined Services in July 1946 in the company of names such as Voce, Bedser, Shirreff and Watts, Jim scored 3 runs and took 3 wickets in the 1st innings, followed by 3 wickets and a catch in the 2nd innings, it was a good start.

    Any Cricket Memorabilia from these early days is always very collectable I personally have not come across any prior to his First Class debut.

     

    I have listed below some of the more memorable events in his career from which Cricket Collectables are sought after:

    The first match I have listed is his test debut in Barbados.

    1948 West Indies v England at Kensington Oval Bridgetown, 1st innings 7/103. Match drawn. The skipper was Ken Cranston standing in for Gubby Allen who was injured whilst sailing to the island.

    1948 England v Australia at Nottingham 1st innings (Barnes,Morris,Miller,Johnson) 4/138) couldn’t stop Bradman making 138, Hassett 137, Australia won by 8 wickets.

    1951 England v South Africa, Kennington Oval.

    1956 England v Australia at Old Trafford, 9/37 and 10/53 in the 2nd innings – Harvey, Mackay Maddocks, Johnson all went for ducks, plus 4 more players including Miller in the 2nd innings.

    Laker ended the Australian first innings with 7 wickets for 8 runs in 22 balls.

    Any joint signatures from County Championship matches with his team mate Tony Lock are rare but great finds if you come across them. If they are authentic buy them. The two spin bowlers made a formidable partnership which helped win the County Championship on seven consecutive occasions.

     

    Full name

    James Charles Laker

    Born

    9 February 1922
    BradfordYorkshireEngland

    Died

    23 April 1986 (aged 64)
    PutneyLondonEngland

    Batting style

    Right-handed

    Bowling style

    Right arm off break

    International information

    National side

    England

    Test debut (cap 328)

    21 January 1948 v West Indies

    Last Test

    18 February 1959 v Australia

    Domestic team information

    Years

    Team

    1962–1964 Essex
    1946–1959 Surrey
    1951–1952 Auckland

    Career statistics

    Competition

    Test

    First-class

    Matches

    46 450

    Runs scored

    676 7,304

    Batting average

    14.08 16.60

    100s/50s

    0/2 2/18

    Top score

    63 113

    Balls bowled

    12,027 101,370

    Wickets

    193 1,944

    Bowling average

    21.24 18.41

    5 wickets in innings

    9 127

    10 wickets in match

    3 32

    Best bowling

    10/53 10/53

    Catches/stumpings

    12/– 270/–

    Source: CricketArchive, 7 January 2009

     

    Good luck with your collecting

    Do let me know how you get on??

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia


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