Exciting weekend with F1 practice today(Vettel looking very strong Friday) and "Hitman" tonight at the Manchester Arena.
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Posted on November 24, 2012 by SelbyIndia v England MumbaiEngland must get into bat early on day 2 then make a lot of runs to be in with any chance of resurrecting their hopes in the 2nd test, when India were on 119/5 they should have been gone for less than 200 runs.The dry wicket has favoured India and England must make a big push today.As I write this Graeme Swann has taken 3 of the remaining 4 wickets with Panesar completing a 5 wicket mark up
Exciting weekend with F1 practice today(Vettel looking very strong Friday) and "Hitman" tonight at the Manchester Arena.
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Posted on November 22, 2012 by SelbyRicky Hatton Boxing Memorabilia has always been in demand, which may well build momentum if Hatton's comeback bout with former World Welterweight Champion Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko is successful.Mancunian Ricky “Hitman”Hatton returns to the ring after a three and a half year retirement, at the sold out Manchester Arena venue on Saturday night.History is littered with boxers who retire, come back and expect to be back to their prime, it rarely happens, having said that the last time Hatton fought he was knocked out by Pacquiao at the MGM Grand 2009, in the second round.Senchenko was stopped by Paulie Malignaggi earlier this year in his defence of his WBA title, his first loss in 33 fights, Senchenko will be fighting outside Ukraine for the first time and can expect no mercy from the 20.000 sell out home crowd.The man who beat him, eight times World Champion Manny Pacquiao believes Hatton should concentrate on enjoying retirement conversely boxing fans must be hoping that against all logic Hatton is soon on his way to another World title.With a Hatton win Boxing Collectables, Gloves, signed photos, presentations, match worn attire will all be at a premium.The bookies certainly think Hatton will win Ladbrokes offer 2/7 and a generous 11/4 Senchenko to win.
Posted on September 7, 2012 by Selby
This is a preview of a draft about hand signed sports memorabilia which I am writing in order to assist autograph collectors in deciding whether the signature is genuine or fake.
Feel free to comment on any improvements I can make???
AUTOGRAPHS REAL OR FAKE
The origins of the autograph
An autograph may be defined as “any manuscript handwritten by its author; a handwritten signature especially the signature of a famous or admired person.
The origins of hand signed autographs can be traced back to sixth century ancient Greece however none survive from this period, in fact The earliest autograph, signature of a famous person is probably the Spanish national hero and military leader El Cid dated 1096 three years before his death.
.Autographs of most of the great Renaissance figures, including Leonardo da Vinci,Michelangelo, and Ariosto. Still exist however autograph material was to become more prevalent during the 18th century with examples such as George Washington president of the USA or the composer Mozart’s manuscripts.
A signed letter is more desirable than an autograph as usually the letter contains aspects of the person’s life and work which is why they are so collectable.
Autograph collation today
The hobby of collecting autographs is known as philography
A Philographist or autograph hunter may well focus in one specialised area say sports memorabilia and only collect signatures and associated paraphernalia from say, sports events, personalities, writers, political figures, art, film, music, world leaders, space travel or conflict etc.
Autograph collation is an ever popular and rewarding occupation for the professional and amateur alike, the objective being to aspire to obtaining complete sets from each area of their subject in the case of say cricket collectables the 1948 Ashes series, the ink autographs of both England and Australians teams on one official programme, bat or scorecard used at the event would be more desirable than a mismatch.
Is it a genuine autograph?
There are numerous forged autographs for sale all over the world not least on the internet and it is a case of buyer beware.
Rare autograph collectors often request from the vendor certificates of authenticity, it stands to reason that if the seller of a forged item is offering a COA that the certificate is also worthless. It is not a good idea to rely on either guarantees or certificates.
If a purchaser decides to accept a certificate of authenticity they should ensure that it contains full contact details, dates, venues, and verifiable reputable organisations of which the vendor is responsible to, these details should be followed up with the named organisation.
Ascertaining the validity of a carefully crafted fake autograph is a complex matter which is almost impossible for the amateur and the results cannot always be definitive even when a professional opinion is requested.
One basic method used by unscrupulous vendors is the reprint. This is a photocopy of an actual autographed photo, usually printed from a home computer on to photographic copying paper, this should be declared as a reprint or as preprinted, it is not an authentic autograph and is pretty worthless, unless an existing photo has been autographed later onto the outside surface.
More sophisticated forgers will target a certain era say 1880s they will use blank pages from books of the same period, then having researched and recreated the inks used at that time they will endeavor to create the replica autograph now using the correct materials, obviously if the copy writing is well researched and applied it is very difficult to detect by an autograph expert but not so by a forensic technician, the technician will be able to age the paper and ink and also to date the document even when accelerated ageing has taken place.
Collectors should be careful of rare autographs which may be found on a small piece of card when the bogus card is attached to an authentic piece of memorabilia.
Frequently secretaries will sign autograph material on behalf of the celebrity creating what is known as a proxy signature. Fortunately it is often well publicized that this is a trait of that particular subject.
A number of famous people including American presidents Andrew Johnson, Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt have in the past convincingly rubber stamped their “signatures “the result would not be considered a collectable.
SEE AUTHENTICITY CHECK LIST
View with magnifying glass X10 under direct light)
Seek out a genuine example of the signature from internet comparison sites and use this as your datum point. The main criteria are to know what the signature looks like.
Move the underside of your wrist or finger over the paper and expect to feel a slight irregularity when you touch the outline of the signature, examine the signature with a magnifying glass (+10) and search for any rising in the area of the signature. If you cannot determine the texture of the raised ink above surface of the paper it is likely to be a copy.
Examine the ink pattern, look for squeezing at the edges which would indicate stamping, this is usually fairly easy to determine. A shaded purple colour ink can also indicate stamping.
Compare the autograph with your example, turn the page at 90 degree angle and examine the autographs, then at 180 degrees, doing this will show a different perspective of the writing comparison, anomalies will stand out and be easier to spot.
Autographs which are mechanically created are identified by their smoothness and uniform ink deposit throughout the signature. A genuine pen hand signed autograph will show under magnification, a different diameter of stroke, the rate of the wet ink flow as the nib angles, scratch marks, clear areas within the stroke, and the continuous flow of the pen over the paper. A stop and start movement within a stroke would show a hesitant copying technique, you must see that the line flow is uninterrupted and the pen stays mainly on the paper if it is interrupted it will show in stroke breaks.
Comparison of pen lifts which are absent from the genuine subject are a sure fire method to determine a fake, these are typical of a forgery in which the writer pauses to check his handiwork.
Look for a lack of feathered beginning and ending strokes, a fake will tend to have blunt stops and starts.
A lack of certainty in direction may show abrupt movements creating a kinked appearance to a line which should flow smoothly
When a nib pen is used expect to see light hairline upstrokes and heavy shaded down stokes in a genuine signature, this will not be so noticeable if a ball point pen is used
Consider the time factors if for example an autograph dated around 1950 is signed with a felt pen it is a fake as felt pens did not exist at this time and the autograph should be signed in ink or pencil. The Papermate flair felt tip was not manufactured until the early ‘60s, commercial ball point pens became available in 1943 and so on. Research is the key.
Signed sports memorabilia such as a football shirt or cricket cap can be hard to assess as the ink tends to soak into the fabric giving a smudge like appearance which is difficult to validate, the only way to be sure is to be there at the signing or rely on provenance from a reputable dealer.
If the asking price for an item of sports memorabilia is way below a realistic valuation don’t bother purchasing as it’s probably a fake.
The more signatures there are on a piece, the more mistakes there are to spot. Compare an autograph sheet with half a dozen genuine signatures with one containing fakes and it easy to spot the real ones.
Consider the characteristics of period the autograph purports to belong to, examine the paper used, does the magnified make up match the type used in that era. The specification of the paper may give valuable clues as to the approximate age parameters of theautograph.
Since biblical times vellum or parchment was the type of paper in use this changed around 1850 to the use of wood, cotton or linen pulp, so if you are lucky enough to have the autograph of William Pitt (died 1806) it should be signed on vellum type of paper, Charles Dickens (died 1870) could be either or Alfred Tennyson (died 1892) most probably signed on a wood pulp type paper.
Don’t forget that paper can be matched using cut out pages from writings of a similar time.
Examine ink colour, does the make up under magnification match the characteristics of the period, iron gall ink was popular from about the 12th century up until new technologies made it obsolete around 1850, this ink is bluish black, over time it fades to dull brown. It is a corrosive ink and over time can damage the paper it is used on. Since the early 1900s Indian ink (carbon) has become the popular one manufactured in a range of colours.
Micro-spectrophotometry is a non-destructive method of analysing ink using ultraviolet of infrared light, the spectrum of the ink on the document can be compared with a range of standard inks, this can authentic the ink but not the author. However it does narrow things down and makes for a more informed decision.
Think about how, when and why a rare autograph originated and in what numbers it is available, if the seller has a number of copies of a rare autograph you must ask yourself why?
Never ever enter a private auction sale; always look for transparency on the internet
Written by Selby
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Posted on October 28, 2011 by Selby
Tony Selby has recently created a New Google Group Sports memorabilia
The primary objective of this New Google Group is to promote interest in the collection and valuation of Authentic Sports Collectables especially Cricket, Football, Rugby, Boxing, Baseball, Motor Racing, Tennis, Snooker and much more.
Collecting Sports Memorabilia is a hobby/small business that is becoming ever popular and within this growing community we aim to become a forum for members where fellow collectors can exchange information, ask questions give opinions, offer to value, purchase or sell their collectables.
We hope to include information about forthcoming sales, realised prices and exchange images of interesting items from all areas of Sports Memorabilia . Our members will be encouraged to contribute articles and hopefully attend informal 6 monthly meetings at which interesting Collectables can be exhibited.
Anyone who is interested in Sports Collectables is welcome to join this New Google Group and participate from the beginning in establishing what should become an interesting and worthwhile Focal Point.
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Posted on October 6, 2011 by Selby
A sports memorabilia blog
Rocky Marciano Boxing Memorabilia
Rocky Marciano, is the only undefeated Heavyweight Champion in history he is deservedly regarded as a boxing legend arguably thought of by many as the “best”, when you read his stats below you will understand why!!
His incredible boxing statistics make awesome reading: Record: 49 Wins, 0 Loss, 43 Knockouts.
Rocky Marciano Boxing Memorabilia is in short supply and as such would be a welcome addition to a collector’s portfolio.
Highly sought after boxing collectables would include fight worn attire, autographed boxing gloves, hand signed fight programmes, mono sepia press photos and other associated match related boxing paraphernalia, I have listed items of particular interest to me at the end of this blog.
A bit about the man himself, Rocky (1923-69) of Italian American origin was born in Massachusetts where he excelled at Baseball, by the age of 15 he was making a name for himself playing centre for Brockton High school. Any Baseball memorabilia from this period would be of great interest to me.
His boxing interest became evident during his spell in the army at Swansea South Wales, whilst he was stationed in Europe for two years during World War 2.
On his return to the USA in 1945 he entered several army tournaments but it was not until St Patrick’s Day 1947 that he fought his first professional bout when he defeated Lee Epperson a fancied amateur who was also making his pro debut, in a third round knockout. It is reported that as the crowd deserved at least seven rounds the promoter paid him $35 instead of the agreed $50 (brave man) he soon became known as the Brockton Blockbuster.
Rocky went on to achieve an incredible record of 49 wins, 0 losses, 43 knockouts.
He retired from boxing at the age of 31, not wishing to follow in Joe Louis steps, a comeback which he regarded as a mistake.
After his retirement Rocky attended many promotional events and was pleased to make personal appearances, he often travelled to these venues by private aircraft.
Rocky Marciano was tragically killed in light aircraft crash in 1969.
Boxing memorabilia that I would like to include in my collection would be specifically from the six occasions when he defended his title; however any autographed RM material would be of interest especially from the fights listed below:
Oct 26 1951 v Joe Louis New York KO round 8
May 16 1955 v Don Cockell in San Francisco KO round 9
Sep 1955 v Archie Moore New York KO round 9
Sep 1952 v Joe Walcott Philadelphia
Written by Tony Selby
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Posted on August 25, 2011 by Selby
Jack Dempsey boxing memorabilia is rated amongst the most collectable today by boxing enthusiasts
Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983) born in Manassa Colorado made his name as the Manassa Mauler, having defeated Jess Willard in 1919 in a title fight, he held his world heavyweight title from 1919-1926, defending the title six times in seven years he was famous for his thrilling knockout wins usually achieved soon after the start of round one. His colourful personality made him popular with both fans and media.
As there is usually an inevitable turnaround in fortune in sport, Dempsey’s arrived unexpectedly when he was defeated by Gene Tunney on September 3rd 1926 in front of a record breaking crowd, the fight became known as the battle of the long count.
Dempsey was given another crack at the title in 1927 when he failed to regain his title in controversial circumstances.
Dempsey retired from professional boxing and moved into the world of exhibition bouts, eventually in 1936 he became the owner of Jack Dempsey’s Broadway restaurant in New York, which just happened to be situated across the road from Madison Square garden.
There is always a big demand for Jack Dempsey boxing memorabilia; he will be remembered for his power, skill and agility which made him one of the greatest boxers of all time.
A rare one-off presentation is available which contains a photo of Dempsey in fighting pose and is signed in ink on an album page with a dedication and inscribed "Good Luck".
Posted on May 9, 2011 by Selby
The Greeks originally introduced an ancient form of boxing into their Olympic games around 688 BC, although the sport only began to thrive years later in Roman times. Boxers in those days, or to be more accurate pugilists did not have access to gloves, head gear and other protective equipment as todays boxers do, the hand covering worn in those days consisted of leather hand straps later to be replaced with the boxing glove.
Boxing only began to become accepted in England in the 18th century when wagering on what was known as a working man’s sport was rife throughout the land.
In the 1800th century prize fighting was prevalent there were no written rules, formal ring, weight divisions, timed round structure, or referee, this version of the sport was both a dangerous and uncontrolled activity where deaths sometimes occurred and it was not unusual for riots to break out.
As a result of a bout where he had killed his opponent in 1741 Jack Broughton introduced a more formalised structure which in1743 became known as the “Broughton's rules”. Mufflers were used for the first time these were supposed to provide some respite for the competing pugilists.
In 1788 the Prince of Wales was recorded as being present at a bout held at Smitham Bottom, Croydon, between William Futrell and gentleman John Jackson
So far I have been unable to find any authentic boxing memorabilia from this era.
London Pride ring rules were introduced in 1838 these were based on those drafted by Jack Broughton nearly a hundred years previously.
In 1865 the eighth Marquees of Queensbury John Sholto Douglas who is regarded as the patron saint of boxing drew up a new set of rules which became the sport as we know it today, some of the most significant changes included three-minute rounds, ring structure, no shoes or boots with springs and the regulated use of approved boxing gloves which must be fair sized, best quality and new.
The first world heavyweight champion under the Queensberry rules was Gentleman Jim Corbett, who defeated John L. Sullivan in New Orleans in 1892.
In 1904 boxing was included in the St Louis Olympic games this created a tremendous surge of worldwide interest in the sport.
The National Boxing association became the first authorative organisation to govern over the sport in 1927. Fighters were ranked and matches programmed between champions and the most deserving challengers.
There are currently three recognised sanctioning bodies the WBC, IBF and WBA who are the only organisations whose boxing titles are formally recognised throughout the world.
Today boxing is divided into two divisions amateur and professional the former which is found mainly in schools, the forces, universities and the Olympics. The latter which is televised worldwide and still attracts a healthy interest from the many enthusiasts eager to wager on the outcome.
Collecting Boxing memorabilia is a fast growing hobby/business with sale houses such as Bonham’s in London and Knights Sporting Auctions in Norwich holding sales on a regular basis.
Sports memorabilia collectors are always interested in posters, programmes, prints, photographs, magazines, gloves and attire, many which are signed by boxing legends are highly sought after. Examples of collectable boxers are shown below.
Jake La Motta, Joe Frazier, Joe Louis, Gene Tunney, Georges Carpentier, Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, Floyd Patterson , Muhammad Ali. George Foreman, Mike Tyson, Sir Henry Cooper , Ricky Hatton, Roberto Duran to name but a few of the iconic heroes.
I hope this brief article gives you an introduction into the pleasure of collecting and enjoying boxing collectibles.
Written by: Selby
Posted on May 5, 2011 by Selby
Hope to complete brief blog at the weekend on the fascinating subject of collecting Boxing memorabilia have spent today viewing some presale items re the late Sir Henry Cooper R.I.P
Sports memorabilia remains one of the most popular collectables sought after today.