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  • India England

    Posted on July 22, 2011 by Selby



    Good start by India, better if they  tightened up the fielding

    worthy example set by Trott after only 49 overs, weather due to improve 2nd day!!!


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  • New Zealand captain

    Posted on June 23, 2011 by Selby



    This is a sports memorabilia blog

    Ross Taylor could be the answer for New Zealand as successor to McCullum, as New Zealand captain. He deserved to have his position made permanent.
    Ross the competitive 27 year old middle order batsman is preferred choice of the 3 man New Zealand selection committee.
    Ross has performed well since taking over as stand in  cricket captain having recently beaten both Australia and Pakistan; he has adapted a strong mind-set and is not considering draws in the future but going all out to win.

    Australia and Pakistan have always maintained a high presence in sports memorabilia field.

    sports collectable series of blogs


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  • Sri Lanka cricket - ladies going back to work

    Posted on June 19, 2011 by Selby



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    It seems Sri Lanka womens cricket squad can’t find a sponsor for their ladies team and some ladies are already signing up for military enlistment, however it is understood they are not expected to take part full scale military operations. (thank god)
    Since achieving test status most players are happily occupied juggling work between playing for the national team.
    Sponsors seem few and far between let’s just hope they keep their focus on the wicket.
    They seem to be doing fine at the Rose Bowl.

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  • Rare autographs real or fake

    Posted on June 12, 2011 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 the autograph.

    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

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  • sports memorabilia for sale

    Posted on June 1, 2011 by Selby



    sports memorabilia

    This is a cricket memorabilia blog

    Among a lot of interesting sports memorabilia items for auction in Chester today I am particularly interested in the following two:
    Warsop of Marylebone cricket bat which is hand signed by the Invincibles 1948,although not signed by the home side, this was Bradman’s fourth and final tour England, this tour was so popular that it was almost impossible to get into the ground at most venues, Australia won the five tests and that’s what makes this hand signed bat so interesting.
    It has a low estimate and if as described  I think it could make a lot more, still a nice bit of cricketing history.
    The second item is a Lancashire CC silver tray presented to John Thomas Tyldesley by Lancashire CC in 1910,as he was regarded as the finest proff batsman in county cricket around 1900 (3041 runs) in 1901, it comes together with an engraved cricket ball. so have to see how the bidding trends pan out.

    Also 1940 hardback Wisden almanack, very sought after war year, condition all important

    Dunlop golf Caddy advertising figurine with 5 golf clubs in bag should make a great addition to any golf memorabilia collection.

    Having said that the sale is packed with interesting hand signed sports memorabilia covering a range of activities.

    A SPORTS MEMORBILIA ARTICLE


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  • The Bloody Ashes

    Posted on May 19, 2011 by Selby




    THE BLOODY ASHES

    The season of 1932-33 (significant as a vintage year for cricket memorabilia), saw one of the most significant events in cricketing history, an event which would strain the Anglo Australian relationship to the very limit.
    It all began with a conversation in the Piccadilly hotel London between England Captain Douglas Jardine (Notts), a player who was obsessive in his will to win, Captain Arthur Carr, (Notts), and two skilful fast bowlers Harold Larwood, (Notts) and Bill Voce, (Notts).
    Top of the agenda that day was the subject of fast leg theory, a highly controversial bowling technique which involved bowling a short fast pitched ball on the leg stump with a circle of usually at least five fielders set close in on the leg side. The reasoning behind this was that the batsman could usually only play the ball to the leg side often causing leg side deflections off the upper edge of the bat, ready to be caught by the quadrant of fielders behind square leg.
    The reason behind the meeting was the style in which Australia had toured England in 1930, Don Bradman’s batting had run riot with the English attack, and an average of 140 runs saw Australia win the test series 2-1
    Studies from cine film and player opinion had been made of Bradman’s batting and it was noted that he seemed to be uncomfortable addressing deliveries which pitched short, bounced high and rose towards him in line with leg stump, a style of bowling seen by many to be both intimidating and physically threatening.
    In an attempt to curb Bradman’s skilful batting prowess Jardine decided to utilise this form of bowling attack in the forthcoming encounter, later to become known as Bodyline series.
    The fast leg-theory attack had been tried at Trent Bridge - and also at Kennington Oval the previous August. Not everybody who saw it admired it however Jardine decided it was the very thing to solve the Bradman dilemma
    The following two seasons of county cricket saw Larwood and Voce practicing their talents both in the nets and on the pitch much to the discomfort and occasionally fitness of the opposing batsman.
    England’s pace bowlers were ready now for the hard fast Australian bowling surfaces.
    With the1932/33 Australian test series underway it was not until the third test of the series at Adelaide that the wicket was considered ideal for this form of delivery and the tactics were successfully used by the England team.
    Widespread condemnation quickly followed as a number of Australian batsman left the crease either injured or having made disappointing scores, it was after a particularly unsavoury incident in which Bert Oldfield was rendered unconscious by a head strike resulting in a fractured skull, that the crowd became angry and a near riot broke out.
    Bradman for his part dealt with the bowling attack in the unorthodox manner of moving around the crease towards the leg side, away from the line of the ball, cutting the delivery into the relatively unoccupied offside mid field.
    Bradman averaged 56.57 in the series, an average which although below par for him was still an enviable performance.
    The final outcome was a 4-1 England win; the scorecard shows Larwood’s bowling averages 19.51 per wicket having taken 33 wickets.
    At the series end relationships between the teams were at an all-time low. The Australian Board of Control were soon to contact the MCC proclaiming their indignation and suggesting relationships between the two countries were in jeopardy as a result of this form of gamesmanship.
    The MCC passed a resolution in 1935 that 'any form of bowling which is obviously a direct attack by the bowler upon the batsman would be an offence against the spirit of the game'.
    It was a quarter of a century later that measures were taken restricting the number of players allowed to be placed behind square leg to two, this effectively put an end to a potential revival of bodyline tactics.
    As time went by relations between the two countries were restored and now the Ashes series is much looked forward to and enjoyed all over the world.
    On his retirement from cricket Harold Larwood emigrated to Australia where he lived in Sydney until his death at the age of 90.
    cricket memorabilia from the controversial bodyline series is highly sought after and signed scorecards, handwritten letters, advertising material, photographs etc. are always in demand.
    Tony Selby
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  • sports memorabilia update

    Posted on May 17, 2011 by Selby



    On the road this week looking at more interesting cricket memorabilia.

    Bonhams aution of sports memorabilia at Chester 1/6/11 has some interesting golf memorabilia have a look at catalogue online.

    Of particular interest are the 1948 Ashes series collectables, should be a lot of overseas interest.

    The Bournemouthe belle rain train dining car menu 1946, includes Bedser,Compton,Hutton, Washbrook, Yardley,Edrich, Evans etc on  their way to Southampton to embark on RMS Stirling to Freemantle also of course the captain Hammon, features. will be watching that one!!

    A Bournemouth Belle train Pullman dining car wine list dated 31st August 1946, hand signed to the front by 19 of the M.C.C. touring team on their way to Southampton to embark on the R.M.S. Stirling Castle to Fremantle, Australia including Hammond (Captain), Yardley (vice-captain), Bedser, Compton, Edrich, Evans, Hutton, Ikin, Voce, Washbrook, Wright, Gibb, Fishlock, Langridge, Smith, Pollard and the manager Major Howard and Ferguson (scorer/baggage master).
    A large selection of hand signed collectables on display.

     


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  • Collecting Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on May 9, 2011 by Selby



     

    Collecting  cricket memorabilia

    Cricket memorabilia is one of the fastest growing areas in the sports collectables field.
    1864 saw the first publication of the “Bible of cricket” the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack and this is certainly an area worth concentrating on. The founder John Wisden (1826-1854) created the longest running sports annual in history. The Wisden has been produced in both hard back form and soft cover, the hardback version being the collectors preference was first printed in 1896. The most sought after category is the first issue covering 1864-1875. As a collector one would need to take the long term view and ideally given the time, perseverance and resources would aim to eventually assemble a full set of these informative volumes. A number of individual books become available on a regular basis, recent editions which have interested me are the hardback versions 1901, 10,11,12, I am currently purchasing a 1945 hardback (one of 1500),and am interested in 1942 one of only 900 copies.
    I recently purchased W.G. Grace “Cricket”(1891) signed by the author, an excellent read and much sought after, it was published in (1891) so great care needs to be taken enjoying the content of rare books.
    As with all sports memorabilia condition is important but I feel consideration in the case of Wisden must be given to age and usage. Wartime editions are always popular collectables usually owing to limited production.
    County cricket memorabilia is often high on a collectors agenda as items may be specific to one particular county narrowing down the search, incidentally County cricket teams began forming around 1660, usually encouraged by local aristocracy, dignitaries and landowners of the Shire who had begun showing an interest in village green cricket and wished to encourage the locals to enjoy the game, possibly some becoming the first cricket professionals. It was not until 1963 that the distinction between amateur and professional was finally abolished in English cricket.
    Popular county sports memorabilia may include blazer pockets, club photos, attire, dinner menus etc.
    Ashes collectables are probably the most popular pieces and it is worth noting the importance of various dates for example the 1948 series would mean more to the serious collector than the ‘38 series, bodyline series always stands out and seems to command good prices, signed scorecards are always popular especially if they are completed and scores printed as opposed to hand written.
    Autographs are very collectable with an enormous variance in value for example Edmund Peate, Yorks, England may fetch £500, James Lillywhite £600 whereas Don Bradman a much admired icon of cricket a lot less, some cricketers were prolific writers others not so.
    My advice to an aspiring collector would be to study the subject, attend auctions and take notes then over time analyze the trends, a good start may well be Knights Sporting Auctions in Norwich.
    Of course the holy grail of cricket memorabilia is the Ashes, kept at Lords, the home of cricket, St Johns Wood, London.

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  • Interesting thoughts about cricket memorabilia http://ezinearticles.com/featured/

    Posted on May 5, 2011 by Selby

     


    A sports memorabilia article

    The origins of cricket

    The summers of mid 16th century England saw the beginnings of what was to become the nation’s most fashionable sport
    The game of cricket originated in Saxon times in the woodland clearings of the weald in South-Eastern England. 1598 is the earliest reference where the game is referred to as creckett.

    Cricket gained in popularity and continued to be enjoyed throughout the 17th century played notably on Sundays after church, this being for many a time for leisure and respite from the arduous working week

    Wickets could be up to six feet wide and only a few inches high. Pitch dimensions, equipment and playing decisions were variable, the bat resembling a GAA hurling stick and four ball overs delivered underarm along the surface of the wicket. In 1760 pitching the ball became an accepted method of delivery. It was not until 1864 that overarm deliveries became the norm, this incidentally was also the year of the publication of the first Wisden Cricketers Almanac

    At this time in England betting was on the increase and before long much of its focus was on what was fast becoming the national game.

    County cricket teams began forming around 1660, usually encouraged by local aristocracy, dignitaries and landowners of the Shire who now showing an interest in village green cricket had begun to encourage the locals, possibly some becoming the first cricket professionals. It was not until 1963 that the distinction between amateur and professional was finally abolished in English cricket.

    In 1744 the laws of cricked were formally drawn up by the Stars and Garter club later to become the Marylebone Cricket Club.

    .1794 saw the first recorded inter-schools match: Charterhouse v Westminster

    1806 saw the first Gentlemen v Players match at Lord's later to become the home of MCC

    In 1877 England playing in Melbourne lost their first Test Match against Australia by 45 runs, 1880 saw the first Test played in England resulting in a 5 wicket win against Australia at the Oval, this was also the venue for their defeat to Australia in 1882.
    A member of the Sporting Times reported “the England team is in ashes” thus began the era of the Ashes. (some of the best cricket memorabilia available)
    The ashes of a bail, the ultimate sports memorabilia, contained in a small ceramic urn are still fiercely contested today.
    A label containing a six line verse is pasted on the urn. This is the fourth verse of a song-lyric published in Melbourne Punch on 1 February 1883:

    When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn; Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return; The welkin will ring loud, The great crowd will feel proud, Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn; And the rest coming home with the urn. In February 1883, just before the disputed Fourth Test, a velvet bag made by Mrs Ann Fletcher, the daughter of Joseph Hines Clarke and Marion Wright, both of Dublin, was given to Bligh to contain the urn.

    The MCC has remained the custodian of the laws of cricket whilst Lords cricket museum still contains the most celebrated collection of sports memorabilia in the world.

    From its early origins cricket is now played in over 100 countries around the world

     

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