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  • Collecting Bert Oldfield Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on October 23, 2012 by Selby

    Bert Oldfield (1894 – 1976) the legendary Australian Cricketer is popular with the growing numbers of Cricket Memorabilia enthusiasts.

    Bert Oldfield born in Sydney New Wales kept wicket 1920 - 1937 for the Australia Test Team, he was a legendary wicket keeper notorious for spectacular stumping’s , in addition he was a reliable lower order right hand bat scoring 1427 test runs averaging 22.6, he scored six first class centuries.

    Having made his mark  playing in the Sheffield Shield he made his Test debut in the 1st test at the 1920/21 series against England

    He took part in Test tours to England in 1921, 1926, 1930, and 1934 – to South Africa in 1921-22 and 1935-36, New Zealand 1927-28 missing only one test since the 1924 Ashes series and this was due to the injury he sustained at Adelaide during the Bodyline series 3rd Test 1933.

    Tour brochures and dinner menus are available for the above overseas tours mentioned above and especially when signed by one or more players they are sought after items.

    From time to time odd cricket collectables associated with his illustrious career become available, they are quickly snapped up. Items which I have include a completed signed scorecard for the at England v Australia Test Match Sydney on 17th December 1920, where he made his test debut and was responsible for the wickets of Russell and Woolley in the 2nd innings stumping England captain Douglas in the 1st, nothing too special but it did consolidate his long standing position in the side.

    I was fortunate to purchase cricket autograph signed by Bert Oldfield which was obtained during the infamous 3rd test match at Adelaide where Oldfield having scored 52 in the 1st innings was injured when he ducked into a rising ball off Harold Larwood and retired hurt, Oldfield later said that the ball was a “fair “delivery , Les Ames (1905 - 1990) stood in for Oldfield in the 2nd innings, it is Cricket Memorabilia like this which is notable, not only the signature of a top international player but the item is obtained at a memorable (in this case for all the wrong reasons) event.

    The Bodyline series is an excellent source of Cricket Memorabilia, I wrote an interesting article on the series last year. England went on win the 1932/33 Ashes by four games to one amongst much controversy which is still debated in cricketing circles today.

    Oldfield played 54 Test matches for Australia; he scored 1,427 runs averaging  22.65, taking 78 catches and 52 stumping’s. His first class total of 52 stumping’s remains a Test career world record. In first-class cricket he played 245 matches, scoring 6,135 runs at an average of 23.77, and taking 399 catches plus 263 stumping’s.

    In later years Oldfield published his memoirs, Behind the wicket in 1938 and in 1954 Rattle of the stumps, I am currently very interested in locating signed editions which are in good condition.

    In 1922 he opened his sports shop WA Oldfield in Sydney which judging by the sizable estate he left on his death in 1976, was successful.

    Cricket Memorabilia from the 1920 – 1948 era is always popular specifically associated with the Ashes Test Series,

    Bert Oldfield was nominated Wisden cricketer of the year 1927

    He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1970.

    Tony Selby

     

     


     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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  • Cognac - highly recommended a visit to his vineyard

    Posted on October 3, 2012 by Selby

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  • Rare autographs real or fake

    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.

    PADA, the UACC and AFTAL publish websites from where you can check a listed dealer’s credibility.

    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

    http://cricketcollectables.net>

    tony@cricketcollectables.net

     

     

     


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  • England v South Africa - Lords day 5

    Posted on August 20, 2012 by Selby

    Strauss and Cook  both out lbw  on day 4 at Lords  all down to Vernon Philander's inswing bowling skills, now Bell gone as well, surely they can't leave it up to Bairstow again, it would be great if he put in another 1st innings performance, great for the critics, as I write on day 5, England need 301 and Ladbrokes have England at 40/1 which actually looks not a such a bad bet,  SA are 1/7 on.

     


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  • Jonny Bairstow England v South Africa

    Posted on August 18, 2012 by Selby

    Welcome batting display by Jonny Bairstow at Lords, certainly demonstrates that "no one man is above the England team" having dealt with a ferocious attack by Steyn and Morkel thanks to plenty of nets facing hostile deliveries, culminating in last weeks 139 for the Lions. He has put England in with a chance of maintaining their no 1 postiton, just hope he can put up a similar performance today. As I write this he is on 84 all set for his maiden century!!


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  • 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

     


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  • 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.


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  • 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!!


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  • 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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