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  • Ray Ewry Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 22, 2012 by Selby

     



    Ray Ewry Olympic Memorabilia

    “The Human Frog” 8 Times Olympic Gold Medallist, arguably the most successful Olympian ever – the Master of Standing Jumps.

    Ray Ewry (1873 – 1937) born in Indiana USA. Ray was a Track and Field Athlete who won 10 Gold Medals, 8 at the Olympic Games and 2 at the Intercalated Games in 1906 in Athens. Ray Ewry Olympic Memorabilia is sought after on both sides of the Atlantic and is regarded as a prized asset in any portfolio.

    Michael Phelps having achieved 9 Olympic Medals in individual events still holds the overall record.

    Ray, who contracted Polio as a child fought the illness with continual leg strengthening, jumping exercises, which enabled him to walk again, it may well be this regime of exercise that helped him become a Champion Standing Jumper. Ray attended the prestigious Purdue University Lafayette, Indiana in 1890, he studied Mechanical Engineering whilst Captain of the Track team, becoming a member of the Sigma Nu Fratern society. It is significant to note that renowned USA sprinterWilma Rudolph Triple Gold Medallist at Rome in the 1960 Summer Games also overcame this debilitating ailment

    In 1890 Ray 6’3” by now, led the school to a long awaited track title; competing in the State Championship later that year he achieved wins in the Standing Broad Jump and the Standing and Running High Jumps. On graduation from Purdue Ray relocated to New York City where he put his ME degree to good use carrying out various Civil Eng. Works.

    In 1899 Ray joined the New York Athletic Club, where he was selected for the 1900 Paris Olympics, following incredible performances in the standing high jump, standing long jump and standing triple jump the awestruck French spectators christened him the “human frog”. Ray won all 3 standing jumps at the Games. He walked away the winner of 3 Gold Medals.

    Incidentally Swimming events took place in the River Seine sometimes against the tide; Cricket was a listed event along with Croquet, Tug of War and Live Pigeon shooting.

    Ray Ewry Olympic Memorabilia is rare and therefore sought after by collectors,  04,06,08 Olympic Games would be welcome additions as would London 1908, only occasionally are authentic items offered for sale at the popular Auction Houses Knights, Bonham’s, Leski  for example.

    Items that would be of interest include: Committee Reports, Tickets, Badges, Participation Medals/pins, Booklets, Rules and Regulations, Plaques, Pocket Watches, Autographs, Real Photo Postcards (printed pre 1924) and much more…….

    The 1904 St Louis Olympic Games saw Ray repeat his Paris performance and take a further 3 Gold Medal plus a World Record in the standing long jump.

    1906 he competed in the 10th Anniversary Athens Olympics winning 2 Gold Medals.

    In 1908 at the Olympiad London Ray won a further 2 Gold Medals.

    Following his 1908 triumphs Ray returned to New York and in his unassuming way put his ME capabilities to good use on a number of Civil Engineering projects.

    Ray was honoured by the following institutions:

    Elected to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1973.

    Elected to the US Olympic Hall of Fame 1983.

    His Olympic Achievements are listed below:

    3 Gold 1900 Paris Olympic Games:  Standing High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump.

    3 Gold 1904 St Louis Olympic Games: Standing High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump.

    2 Gold 1908 London Olympic Games: Standing High Jump, Long Jump.

    Intercalated Games

    2 Gold 1906 Athens, Standing High Jump, Long Jump.

    I recently wrote an article called “Rare Autographs Real or Fake” I would strongly recommend prospective on line purchasers read this, as it may help you avoid the many pitfalls encountered when purchasing Memorabilia.

    Collecting Olympic Memorabilia in all classes can be a great hobby or small business; I wish you luck with your collecting.

    Let me know how you get on?

    Tony Selby

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  • Alexei Nemov Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 16, 2012 by Selby

     


    Alexei Nemov Olympic Memorabilia

    12 Times Olympic Medallist, Russian Athlete Nemov is One of the Greatest Gymnasts of our time.

    He is renowned for his charismatic appeal and his highly competitive spirit.

    His many successes and likeable character have made Alexei Nemov Olympic Memorabilia popular with Collectors who wish to add his triumphs to their portfolio.

    At 14 he joined the Soviet Junior squad and began training at the National Training Centre at Round Lake.

    At 16 he made his first international appearance in the April 1993 World Championships at the National Exhibition Centre Birmingham, he finished a creditable fifth in the floor exercises.

    He won his first Major all-round title in 1994 at the Goodwill Games at the Kirov Stadium in St Petersburg, beating Aleksei Voropaev the World Champion Silver Medallist by 1.25 points, on this occasion he was awarded more Medals at the Championship than any other athlete 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.

    .  He racked up 6 Medals at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta including Gold in the Team and Vault, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze.

    Over the next few years Nemov was plagued with recurring shoulder injuries and he did not appear to be able to consolidate his outstanding success of 1996, although he did earn Gold at the Lausanne World Championships and 2 more at Tianjin, he also won Gold in the 1998 European Championships at St Petersburg.

    The best was to come at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where again he showed his earlier amazingly versatile talents and to the spectators delight won 6 Medals, Gold in the all-round and High bar, Silver floor, Bronze in the Team, Horse and Parallel bars, what a tremendous come back.

    The following is a Tally of Alexei Nemov Olympic Medals:

    2000 Sydney Gold  (2) Silver (1) Bronze (3)

    1996 Atlanta Gold (2) Silver (1) Bronze (3)

    Alexei Nemov Olympic Memorabilia is sought after especially when it features his most memorable events, Collectables that particularly appeal to me are listed below:

    1993 and early events as a junior

    1994 Goodwill Games Kirov Stadium

    1994 European Championships Prague

    1996 Olympic Games Atlanta

    2000 Olympic Games Sydney

    2004 Olympic Games Athens

    Olympic Memorabilia which I tend to collect is usually Pre or soon after WW2, often this is not possible as modern competitors are becoming very popular, the modern tendency is towards Presentations, Montages, autographed photos, cards, posters, vests, caps, worn sportswear etc. I would include the following Collectable items:

    Programmes, participation medals, ribbons and bars, press tickets, badges, stamp strips, badges and commemorative items, committee reports.

    Collecting Olympic Memorabilia can be great fun and a rewarding hobby or small business.

    Good luck with your collecting

    Let me know how you get on???

    Tony Selby

    Athletics Memorabilia


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  • Nikolai Andrianov Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 15, 2012 by Selby


    Nikolai Andrianov Olympic Memorabilia

    Nikolai Andrianov, 15 Olympic Medals, Russian Gymnast Champion, winner of 7 Gold, 5 Silver, 3 Bronze Medals, He is one of the most decorated Gymnasts of all time.

    Nikolai Andrianov Olympic Memorabilia does feature from time to time at various Auction Houses, I currently have a fine Presentation from the 1980 Moscow Olympics his last games, along with hand signed photographs, autographs and 1st day signed covers.

    To name but a few categories, popular collectables would include: original Sports cards, official signed caps, original pins, medals, trophies original programmes, event tickets, press passes, press photos, posters, rare proof coin sets and stamps, signed sports periodicals/media and apparel.

    Nikolai Andrianov (1952 – 2011) was born in Vladimir USSR he began training at 11 years of age at the Burevestnik Sports Society, under the auspices of Soviet Nikolai Tolkachyon, his first success came when he was selected for the Soviet National Team at the European Championships in 1971, where as a last minute competitor he took the event by storm winning 6 medals.

    Nikolai Andrianov made history as the male record holder of the most career medals in sport; he won a total of 15 Medals between 1972 – 1980. Added to this envious tally are the 12 Medals he holds for winning individual events. He is the only male gymnast to hold 3 medals achieved in the vault and to win 3 medals in the floor exercise.At the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich he achieved Gold in the Floor exercises, Silver in the Men’s Team all round competition and Bronze in the Vault.

    , (Michael Phelps USA swimmer surpassed Andrianov’s 15 medals with an amazing tally of 16 in 2008).

    The 1976 Olympics in Montreal saw Andrianov again in top form he achieved Gold in the Individual All Round, Floor Exercise, Vault and rings, 2 Silver and a Bronze. He was nominated Soviet Sportsman of the year.

    Back on home territory for the 1980 Olympics he clocked up Gold in the Team All Round and Vault, Silver in the Individual All Around, Floor Exercises and a Bronze on the Horizontal Bar.

    His Olympic Medal awards are listed below:

    Munich    1972        1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

    Montreal 1976        4 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze

    Moscow  1980        2 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (Andrianov took the Olympic oath on behalf of the participants of the Moscow 1980 Games)

    Andrianov married a fellow Russian athlete in 1973, his wife Lyubov is the holder of 2 Team Gold medals won at the Olympic Games Mexico city 1968 and Munich in 1972, also winning Gold in 1970 World Championships in Ljubljana.

    Andrianov holds the record as the single Male Gymnast to hold 3 Medals (Vault) and 3 Medals (Floor Exercise)

    During the course of his career 1969 -1980 he competed at numerous events, Olympic Memorabilia is available from most occasions, Olympics, European Championships, USSR Championships and World Cups. Specifically from my point of view the Munich, Montreal and Moscow Olympics are most collectable but there is some excellent Memorabilia from the World Championships and European events.

    If items became available his wife Lyubov Memorabilia is worth considering it would sit well in any portfolio alongside Andrianov Collectables.

    Retiring after the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games Andrianov was appointed Coach to the Soviet National Junior team he became President of the Russian Gymnastics Federation eventually relocating to coach in Japan.

    Andrianov sadly died at the age of 58 in 2011 in his hometown Vladimir. He will be remembered for his charity involvement and work with youngsters both in the Soviet Union and Japan.

    His legacy will be seen to continue with the many successes of those that he coached.

    Tony Selby

    Olympic Memorabilia

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  • Larisa Latynina Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 14, 2012 by Selby

     



    Larisa Latynina Olympic Memorabilia

    Latynina Russian record breaking Gymnast, 9 times Gold Medal winner, is probably the world’s most successful Athlete certainly she is the most decorated Olympian ever.

    .Latynina born in Kherson Ukraine U.S.S.R. in 1934 is the only female to win 9 Olympic gold medals. Her overall tally is 18 medals which beats all other sports competitors. She holds 14 individual medals which is another first.

    Latynina Olympic Memorabilia is popular with Collectors as there are so many memorable events associated with her career, her legendary achievements make her sought after by fans and Collectors alike.

    Latynina’s first became interested in ballet but as her routine was intermingled with Gymnastics her talents soon became obvious and she was encouraged devote her attentions towards Gymnastic routines. It was whilst at Lenin Polytechnic that she began training at the BVSS, making her international debut in the Rome World Championships in 1954; off to a fine start she won Gold in the team competition.

    Latynina began training at 12 and became a champion at 22 interestingly the 10 years of intense training is still around the same time put in by modern athletes, the difference being that now they start training earlier and achieve their ambition often in their teens.

    The 1953 National Schools Gymnastics Championship was her first landmark, she took 14th place then came the 1956 Summer Olympic Games in Melbourne, as part of the Soviet Women’s Gymnastic team, Latynina won 6 medals, 4 Gold a silver and a Bronze plus 1 Gold for team competition.

    It is to her credit to say that Latynina dominated female Gymnastics between 1956 -1964.

    Interestingly the 1956 Summer Olympics were held at the height of the cold war so I would imagine that America and the USSR would both have had a keen political interest of one upmanship regarding training facilities and results.  I don’t personally involve myself in the politics of these events but can certainly see how they could play out.

    Latyninas evident talent was by now attracting a lot of Media attention and she was becoming something of a National Heroine in the Soviet Union, this was consolidated by her continued success in the 1957 European Championships where she won every event that she competed in, the following year she repeated her success with the exception of the Vault. Having missed the 1959 Events she rebounded in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome winning 6 more Medals, 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze. She shared the accolades on that occasion with Muhammad Ali who is another favourite with Memorabilia Collectors.

    The 1961 European Championships again saw Latynina win Gold in Floor exercise, All Around and Silver on Uneven Bars and Balance Beam, she followed up in the 1962 World Championship with 3 Golds and 2 Silver and one Bronze.  In 1964 at the Tokyo Olympic Games, she marked her final Olympic appearance in usual style with yet another amazing performance, 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze, the following year in the 1965 European Championship she walked off with 4 Silver and 1 Bronze Medal.

    Finally in the 1966 World Championship she was awarded 1 Silver Medal.

    Latyninas list of awarded Medals:

    Olympic Games Medals:           Gold 9, Silver 5, Bronze 4

    World Championship:             Gold 9, Silver 5, Bronze 4

    European Championship:       Gold 7, Silver 6, Bronze 1

    Latynina Olympic Memorabilia is very collectable from all events in which she has competed, early Collectables are always popular, the 1953 National schools Gymnastics Championship would feature in this category. Presentations signed or otherwise are more in demand when associated with memorable occasions, the 1956 / 1960 /1964 Olympics would be particularly significant.

    Typically Olympic Gymnastics Memorabilia would include signed apparel, signed presentations, photographs, autographs, event tickets, programmes, brochures and apparatus, signed periodicals and magazines, autographed fans of the game cards, Pins and participation Medals

    In 1985 Latynina was inducted into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.

    In 1989 Latynina was honoured with the Olympic Order by the IOC.

    In 1998 Latynina was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

    Following her retirement from competition in 1966 Latynina became Coach to the next generation of Soviet Gymnasts, later becoming Director of Gymnastics for the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow
    Tony Selby
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  • Nadia Comaneci Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 13, 2012 by Selby

     


    Nadia Comaneci Olympic Memorabilia

    Five Times Gold Medallist, Olympic Gymnast Sensation Nadia Comaneci is a favourite with Olympic Memorabilia Collectors.

    Her outstanding performance in the Montreal 1976 Olympics, where she won 3 Gold Medals, 1 silver and a Bronze, secured her place in the history books.  Four years later Nadia competed in the Moscow Games winning a further 2 Gold medals bringing her total to five Gold’s, three silver and one bronze. The 1976 Olympics is unique as the first Olympic Games to be held in Canada

    Nadia Comaneci Olympic Memorabilia is relatively prevalent from her International successes yet it would be nice to see more collectables made available from her early competitions from 1969 – 75.

    Nadia was born in Romania in 1961, she showed early promise as a gymnast becoming the youngest person to win the Romanian National Junior Championship as a nine year old in 1970, the following year she won the Junior national all-around title in her first International Competition at Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. At 11 years of age she won all around Gold in the Junior Friendship Tournament at the Druzhba Palace of Sports, Ukraine.

    By the time Nadia entered the European Championships in 1975 at Skien Norway she was already regarded as a formidable opponent as shown in her astonishing results listed below:

    All round          Gold

    Uneven bars     Gold

    Balance beam   Gold

    Vault                  Gold

    Floor                 Silver

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    Not surprisingly she was named as the UPI female athlete of year in 1975/76.

    1976 - It was the Summer Olympics in Montreal where Nadia became the first gymnast ever to receive a perfect 10.00 score from the judges; this remarkable achievement was recorded on the uneven bars. Amazingly Nadia scored a total of seven perfect tens at the Event.

    She was welcomed home to Romania as a National Hero, her picture appearing during the course of the same week on the cover page of Sport Illustrated, Time and Newsweek magazines bringing with it the celebrity that remains today.

    Her tally on this occasion is listed below:

    All round           Gold

    Uneven bars     Gold

    Balance beam Gold

    Team                Silver

    Floor                 Bronze

    Nadia Comaneci competed in the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games bringing her total up to 5 Gold Medals, 3 Silver Medals, 1 Bronze Medal.

    Nadia official retirement ceremony in 1984 took place in Bucharest among the many dignitaries present was the Chairman of the International Olympic committee; Nadia went on to become a popular coach to the Romanian National Team, eventually leaving for the USA where she was granted citizenship in 2001.

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    Nadia remains closely involved with sport through her work with the Media; she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1996 in Oklahoma USA, and has twice been the recipient of the International Olympic Committee most prestigious award the Olympic Order, in 1984 and 2004. She is the youngest and only person to receive this honour twice.

    In 2000 Nadia was nominated as an Athlete of the Century by the Laureus World Sport Academy, an enviable award administered by some of the greatest legends from sport. Laureus have great fundraising programmes and interactive projects that the public can join in, it is well worth following them on Facebook, to keep updated.

     

    Track and Field Athletic Memorabilia is always sought after especially if associated with an legendary sportsman/woman, the unique value of the individual item will appreciate dependant on the event or memorable occasion from which it originated, i.e. a Signed Presentation depicting Nadia Comaneci Olympic Memorabilia from the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal  may be more attractive to some collectors than the 1978 World Championships when Nadia despite winning the Beam title did not achieve the same level of success. Similarly the European All Title in 1977 is marked by the team controversially walking out in the finals; some collectors would pick up on this unique occurrence. Another example would be December, 1979; World Championships, Ft. Worth, when Nadia was recovering from illness and unable to demonstrate her usual prowess. What a recovery she made with her fantastic achievement in Moscow the following year.

    Memorabilia other than the pre 1975 which I mentioned earlier that I am particularly interested in includes the following:

    1975 Skien Norway European Championships

    1976 Montreal Olympic Games

    1977 Prague European Championships

    1978 Strasbourg World Championships

    1979 Fort Worth World Championships

    1979 Copenhagen European Championships

    1980 Moscow Olympics

    1981 Bucharest Summer Universiade

    Popular Olympic Memorabilia includes Autographs, Signed Presentations, Caps, Medals, Trophies, Photographs, Signed sports Periodicals and Media, Event tickets and Olympic programmes.

    Good luck with your collecting

    Let me know how you get on???

    Tony Selby

    Olympic Memorabilia


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  • Jessica Ennis Memorabilia

    Posted on February 11, 2012 by Selby

     



    Jessica Ennis Memorabilia

    Jessica Ennis Gold Medalist and Double World Champion is one of our best prospects of Gold at London 2012 Olympics, Jessica has won Gold Medals in Berlin 2009 and Doha 2010 she is also the holder of a European Championship Gold Medal, Jessica followed this with a World Heptathlon Silver Medal in 2011.

    Jessica Ennis Olympic Memorabilia is already increasing in demand in anticipation, as she is sure to make a big impression later this year in London.

    Jessica 26 last month specialising in British Track and Field Multi - Events was born in Sheffield UK in 1986 she holds the World and European Heptathlon Championship along with the World Indoor Pentathlon Championship.

    Jessica attended Sheffield University where she graduated with a degree in Phycology. She is a member of the city of Sheffield Athletic Club.

    She made her international debut in the 2003 World Youth Championship, winning Gold just two years later at the European Junior Championship in Lithuania

    Jessica has been coached by Toni Minichiello since she was eleven years old and it is interesting to note that each subsequent year she has consistently increased her points tally in the Heptathlon.

    There is a special challenge for Jessica at the 2012 London Olympics and she must strive to reclaim her World no 1 position from her Russian rival Tatyana Chernova on August 3rd & 4th at Stratford. The Games are sure to be a memorable in all classes leading inevitably to a heightened interest in Jessica Ennis Olympic Memorabilia.

    Olympic Collectables that I am interested in include the following events:

    I have listed these events purely as a reference for collectors attending Auctions and purchasing on the internet, the fact is that all Jessica Ennis Memorabilia is highly collectable and obviously more emphasis must be put on events where prestigious Medals have been achieved or exceptional performances have taken place – which is just about always!!! Any exceptional events I have left out please accept my apologies.

    2011 Blue Arc Stadium, Daegu, Korea, Heptathlon all categories.

    2010 IAAF Indoor Championship, Aspire Dome, Doha Qatar.

    2009 IAAF World Athletics Championship, Berlin, Germany.

    2009 IAAF Combined Events Challenge Dezenzano Italy

    2007 IAFA Combined Events Challenge Dezenzano Italy

    2007 European Indoor Championship, Birmingham

    2007 World Championship Osaka

     

    2006 European Championship, Gothenburg

    2006 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne

    European under 23 Championships, Hungary

    2005 – 1st European Junior Championships heptathlon

    2004 World Junior Championship

    In addition any Amateur Athletics Association under 15, under 17, under 20 Events

    Jessica Ennis was made a Member of the order of the British Empire in the 2011 Honours list in acknowledgment for her services to Athletics

    Tony Selby

    Olympic Memorabilia


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  • Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 9, 2012 by Selby

     



    Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia

    As Olympics 2012 approaches 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 9 times 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 Olympics in 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

     

     

    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 will be even more popular later this summer I wish him every 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.


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  • West Indies Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on February 8, 2012 by Selby



    West Indies Cricket Memorabilia
    The Caribbean Islands are home to Crickets most illustrious team, “The Windies.” So many talented Cricketers have represented the West Indies creating an excellent opportunity for anyone wishing to build a portfolio of West Indies Cricket Memorabilia.
    Interesting Cricket Collectables which are currently sought after include, Autographs, Tour Brochures, Pictures, Dinner Menus, Cricket programmes, Scorecards, Signed Cricket Bats, Real Photo Postcards, handwritten material and more recently Presentations and Montages. Many of these authentic items are available at Auction Houses or through our own Cricket Memorabilia online shop.
    Early beginnings:
    Inter Colonial Cricket matches had been played on the islands from as far back as 1865, In that same year Barbados are reported have defeated British Guiana (Demerara) at Garrison Savannah in Bridgetown dismissing Demerara for 22 and 38 respectively. In 1884 a number of neighbouring islands in the Caribbean decided to put together a Cricket side with a view to Touring the US and Canada. Two years later a newly formed West Indies Cricket Team made its first overseas tour. The tour which started in Montreal visited Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton. Won 6, lost 5, drew 2. From there it was on to the USA where they played three matches versus Philadelphia, who were regarded as a more experienced side, having played a number of International matches, only the previous year in 1885 defeating an England eleven led by EJ Sanders by 109 runs.
    Despite an 18 run win at Longwood Cricket Club playing 12 per side, the tourists were defeated in the 7 match series which included an 8 wicket loss on Staten Island not helped by CJP Wilsons bowling: 4 for 7 off nine overs.
    Sports correspondents from the Philadelphia News reported the Tourists as outclassed.
    In 1894/5 an amateur England side led by R Slade Lucas contested 16 matches in the Caribbean. Travelling out with compliments of the Royal Mail Packet Company, sailing on the Medway the visitors rested on the 12 day voyage to Bridgetown before being made welcome by Cricket clubs on a number of neighbouring Caribbean islands. Cricket Memorabilia from this tour including photographs of the Medway signed by the Team are good examples of sought after collectables.
    The tour results:
    10 won, 4 lost, 2 drawn was the final tally for the tour however of the 8 first class matches 4 were won 3 lost.
    Over the next few years a number of International matches where played at home and on tours until finally things were put on a more formal footing with the formation of the West Indies Cricket Board in the 1920s.
    A stronger Barbados team toured England in 1923 led by HBG Austin, winning 12 matches with Barbadian George Challenor (1888 – 1947) scoring 1556 runs in First Class Matches including six centuries. A quote from George’s obituary (age 59) in Wisden “His admirable batting did much toward raising cricket in West Indies to Test match standard". Memorabilia is available from this series and should be collected. George had already toured England in 1906 and would again in 1928.
    The WICB became a full member of the International Cricket Council in 1926 and were granted Test Status in1928. West Indians already passionate about Cricket were about to move up a gear or two.
    The West Indies Cricket Emblem is an unusual welcoming design featuring a palm tree on a tropical island amended in 1999 to include a set of Cricket stumps. It typifies the easy laid back attitude of their splendid players.
    The reason I refer to these early tours is to demonstrate the amount of collectable material available if one looks for it, Cricket Memorabilia from these early Matches especially up to WW2 is very desirable.
    Of particular interest to me to add to my portfolio are the following series:
    1939 West Indies v England third test Oval – Weekes (137), Constantine 5/ 75,( Hutton 165)
    1947/48 West Indies v England – Gubby Allen, Ken Cranston, Jim Laker 7/103
    1950 West Indies v England - Ramadhin, Valentine, Rae,( Worrell 261, Walcott 168) 3/1
    1960/61 West Indies v Australia – Frank Worrell
    1961/62 West Indies v India (5/0) Gibbs, Sobers, Durani
    The best Team in the world: The team formed by Frank Worrell in the early Sixties was regarded between 1962 -67 as the side to beat.
    West Indies Cricket Memorabilia from the above era is particularly attractive as are some of Series I have listed above. My favourite would be 1950 West Indies v England.
    Since the Sixties the West Indies Cricket Team have had many successes and are regarded as the most charismatic team to watch, their competitive spirit, passion for the game, calypso music, bright colours, so much talent and crowd participation make each Test Series exciting, fantastic to watch at Lords and spectacular in the Caribbean.
    Good luck with your collecting
    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia


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  • Cricket Cap Memorabilia

    Posted on February 7, 2012 by Selby





    Collecting Cricket Memorabilia can be an intriguing pastime, hobby or small business. To be collectable an item must be associated with a famous player, event or achievement, usually Cricket Memorabilia usually consists of Autographs, Bats, Ball, Autographs, Presentations, Scorecards, Tour material, Mono Sepia photos, Real Postcards and so much more. Amongst the many collectable items there is another category Match Worn Attire this includes of course Cricket Cap Memorabilia, Caps are highly sought after especially when they are associated with a Cricketing Legend.

    In 2008 the baggy green cap worn by Don Bradman during the 1948 tour of England was sold at auction in Australia for  approx. £175.000, this startling sum of money paid for match worn attire may give some idea as to the potential value of Cricket Caps. Incidentally a second Cricket Cap issued to DB for the ’48 Tour, which was widely known as the “invincibles” tour, resides in the Bradman Collection Cricket Museum at the Adelaide Oval ( International Cricket Hall of Fame) having been donated by Kevin Truscott.

    A little history

    The term “awarded a cap” infers that a cricket player has been selected for either a School (usually public), County or International Cricket Match, The term originated in the UK in 1886 and applied to football players whose side was identified by the type or colour of headwear worn (probably due to the muddy conditions) in later years as each turnout for a County or International side was recorded the player was classed as capped, accordingly many players were capped a number of times.

    One major difference is that an international Cricket cap is awarded on the player’s debut for his country whilst a county player is only capped when he is considered on merit

    An awarded Cap has a unique number which runs consecutively dependant on the number of players who have received the accolade previously.

    A good and current example is the excellent Indian Test Player Sachin Tendulkar who became the 187th Indian Test Player to represent his Test side when he was first selected, as he has been selected in total on 188 different occasions he has been capped 188 times. Sachin is the first Test Player to score 50 centuries in International Cricket, he is currently languishing on 99 centuries, he was dismissed by Ravi Rampaul caught Darren Sammy at second slip for 94 runs during  third and the final Test match at the Wankhede Stadium.on 22/11/11.

    Other examples:

    Cap number 1 awarded to T Armitage Australia v England at Melbourne 1876/77

    Cap number 24 awarded to WG.Grace England v Australia at the Oval 1880

    Cap number 474 awarded to IT Botham England v Australia at Nottingham 1977

    The most famous cap is the baggy green cricket cap worn by the Australian side, this is instantly recognisable, many cricketers will continue to wear their original cap leading to collectables often looking well worn. The baggy green must have shown signs of wear after the 1932/33 Bodyline Series.

    The series mentioned above would be most collectable, JardineLarwood, Mc Cabe, Sutcliffe, Fingleton, Richardson, Paynter and many more. Bodyline Caps do become available from time to time.

    Cricket Cap Memorabilia is a great investment as some Caps awarded today could be very collectable in the future

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia


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  • Real Photo Cricket Postcards

    Posted on January 27, 2012 by Selby

     

     

    Real Photo Cricket Postcards are very collectable, they are often referred to as RPPC.

    Collecting Real Postcards is a popular hobby and is rated by some as more prevalent than stamp collecting.

    A bit of history

    In the mid-1870s photographers began to use Gelatin dry glass plates coated with a photographic emulsion, this resulted in reduced exposure times and excellent definition. Eastman streamlined the process by supplying machines which would coat the typically glass plates, cutting out a rather messy hand coating application.  The downside was that the resulting image required cropping to make it suitable for Postcards.

    The RPPC originated in 1903 when Kodak began retailing a camera which was designed to eliminate the use of glass plate negatives, the camera a Folding Pocket Kodak 3A was suited to Postcard size film. Typical Postcard size at this time 3 ½”x 5 ½” A couple of years later saw the introduction of pre-printed Postcard backs which allowed images to be created directly from the negative, these became readily available and within a couple of years large numbers of people were sending Real Photo Postcards.

    RPPC show far greater detail and are of a much higher definition than ink based technologies, images shown are unique and therefore in greater demand, this would not be the case with mass produced images.

    Cricket Postcard Memorabilia

    When collecting Cricket Postcard Memorabilia the golden rule is to concentrate on authenticity, an easy way to establish validity is to examine the card with a magnifying glass, if the photo has been printed dots will appear on the image and it is probably a digital copy. If the image is solid that’s fine it has not been printed. There are various ways to date Postcards, a useful point of reference is that the vast majority of cards up to 1900 were of the undivided back variety. From 1905 -15 it was common to see the divided back style in use. Interestingly pre 1907 it was illegal to write on the address side of a Postcard and script would be found on or next to the illustration.

    The years 1898 – 1918 are often referred to the Golden age of Postcard publishing.

    A number of RPPC are marked manufactured by or published by, some names may include Bolland, Hunt, photo work etc. these names are followed by the address of the publisher however often there will be identification markings.

    Wrench (Evelyn) RPPC are dated 1900 -1906 and are marked with an individual serial number. Wrench was very prevalent at the turn of the century so expect to find some.

    It is unfortunately not possible to date Real Photo Cricket Postcards with definitive accuracy unless one can validate any date stamp which may be present. It was common to use silver mix in the emulsion, over time this can be visible under magnification. Ageing of ink and make up of material can also be a more accurate advanced method.

    The rinse and fix process can cause silvering which in time leads to a slight yellowish discolouration of the paper. Certainly most RPPC I have examined have been a brownish sepia shade or put it this way an off-white colouring is usually present on back of the card.

    It is very much a case a buyer beware as there are many reproductions in existence, these will have been printed by a number of more recent methods.

    I have written an article “Rare Autographs Real or Fake” I would suggest reading this prior to making any online purchases, there is an interesting section on autographed photos and far more detail on ink and paper identification.

     

    RPPC of interest to me

    An antique postcard is generally recognised as one published before World War I.

    Antique Cricket Photos depicting cricket grounds and pavilions, Lords, country house grounds, Eden Gardens, Kennington Oval, Melbourne, Sydney etc.

    Team photographs Pre 1938, India, Australia, West Indies, England

    County Cricket: Worcs, Glos, Old Trafford etc

    Individual players: Pre 1938 and including 1948 Ashes Series.

    Test Matches: India, New Zealand, Pakistan pre 1934, Ashes Series pre 1938 including 1948.

    The above are RPPC currently required for my collection.

    Good luck with your collection.

    Let me know how you get on???

    Tony Selby

     Real Photo Cricket Postcards


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