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  • Hole in one at Augusta

    Posted on April 12, 2013 by Selby

    Congratulations on Welshman Jamie Donaldson becoming the 24th player to “hole in one” at the Masters, he achieved this at the par 3, sixth hole following on from American Chris Di Marco in 2004, his prize for this achievement is an engraved crystal bowl unless he put a bet which is not worth as much as you might think.

    Sporting autographs associated with events like this are always sought after and a signed 6th pin flag by Donaldson would be fine.

    Surprisingly a hole in one attracts relatively close odd, at the 16th they can be as short as 6/4 (a 170 yard par 3)

    This years Masters is shaping up well hopefully there will be the usual abundance of Golf memorabilia

    Tony 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???


    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.


    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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  • Ryder cup selections

    Posted on August 27, 2012 by Selby

    Expect to see Nicolas Colsaerts handed a wildcard place when the final selections are made later today, hopefully joined by Ian Poulter, I think that Padraig Harrington should be at Medinah as he does tend to be the more consistent player?? See what the announcement is at noon. Following the great European win, 38th Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Ladbrookes seem cautious with 5/6 USA 6/5 Europe or the draw at 10/1 think I will take the 6/5

    tony selby

    golf memorabilia


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  • Ben Hogan Golf Memorabilia

    Posted on January 9, 2012 by Selby

    Ben Hogan Golf Memorabilia – Hogan ranks with Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Bobby Jones and Gary Player as my top 5 Golfers of all time.

    Ben Hogan (1912-1997) winner of nine Major Championships achieved the enviable total of 68 professional top level wins along the way. He was arguably the greatest ball striker of all time.

    Born in Texas USA he took an early interest in Golf, at the age of eleven he was caddying at the Glen Garden Country Club alongside another memorable player Byron Nelson.

    His professional debut was in 1930 playing in the Texas Open, in 1938 he won the Hershey four ball but it was not until 1940, that he won his first professional tournament the North and South Open followed with wins in the Greensboro Open, Asheville Open and the Goodall Palm Beach Round Robin. This was to be the creditable start of memorable times in which he would go on to dominate the tour.

    Following a break during WW2, came his first Major success in the 1946 PGA Championship at the Portland Golf Club it was preceded by an impressive 30 PGA tournament wins.

    In 1948 he won 10 tournaments including the US open at the challenging George Thomas designed Riviera Country Club at Palisades California.

    Following a serious car crash in 1949 in which he and his wife were almost killed he went on to win the 1950 US Open at Merion, Ardmore PA. 1951 saw him claim both his first Masters and the US Open,  In 1953 he won his second Masters, the British Open and his fourth US open.

    In 1951 a busy golfing year, Ben Hogan took time to star in a biographical movie of his life “Follow the sun.”

    Ben Hogan Golf Memorabilia is very collectable and it is not at all prolific, it is therefore probably as well to make items associated with Hogan part of a general Golf Memorabilia portfolio. Collecting can be a great hobby especially if one is a golf enthusiast as you are able to combine following your modern day golfing heroes with building a golf memorabilia collection. Cost occurred in attending tournaments will be compensated for by the increasing value in your collection. Number one choice is the Open followed by Internationals, Amateur Championships and Senior events.

    Golf has always been a favourite category of Sports Memorabilia for me as I find that golfing heroes are usually both considerate and obliging when it comes to signings and autographing collectables, It is always important to consider condition when collecting as many items such as pin markers, flags and clothing must be expected to suffer from the wear and tear syndrome.

    Auctions are held where Golf Memorabilia along with other interesting Sports Collectables are sold. These auctions take place 3 or 4 times a year and I would recommend Knights, Christies and Bonham’s as good places to research as they have the added attraction of presale viewing which allows one to establish authenticity and condition.

    I would be very careful when making online purchases from popular websites as it seems many of the items offered turn out to be not as described or should I say the description can be very confusing i.e. is it a copy or an original.

    I have recently written an article “Rare autographs real or fake” and I would encourage readers to peruse this as it may well prevent purchasing an unwanted item.

    Golf memorabilia which I have personally collated would include the following Post war players Ben Hogan, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Eamonn Darcey, Nick Faldo, Lee Trevino, Byron Nelson, Langer and Westwood  the list goes on, it is about personal choice and opportunity.

    Collectables which personally interest me would include: Signed glove, club, ball, flag presentations, hand signed autographs, pin markers, match worn attire and associated major tournament paraphernalia.

    Good luck with your collecting.

    Do let me know how you get on!!



    A Few Stats

    Major Championships 9

    Masters 1951, 1953

    US Open 1948, 1950, 1951 and 1953

    British Open 1953

    PGA Championship 1946, 1948

    Ryder cup 1947, 1951, non-playing Captain in 1949, 1967

    He played his last official tournament in 1971

    Ben Hogan was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974


    Tony Selby

    Golf Memorabilia

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  • New Google Group - Sports Memorabilia

    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.
    Cricket Memorabilia

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  • Lee Trevino Golf Memorabilia

    Posted on September 11, 2011 by Selby

    There will always be a demand for Lee Trevino Golf Memorabilia; he is renowned as a true legend of the game.

    Lee (b 1939) a professional American golfer is remembered for his incredible style of play and his showmanship on the course, his swing would often appear awkward and then at the critical moment his body would be perfectly coordinated, I well remember his amazing short game occasionally he would shout "don't move, hole!'' when he'd hit an iron at the pin, his shots were just amazing and made for fantastic viewing.

    His career began on the PGA tour in 1967, the following year he won the US open at Oak Hill.

    He continued his stunning performances from that point on, building and consolidating his reputation when in 1971 in the period of a month he won three major’s the US Open, the Canadian Open and the British Open.

    Whist playing in the Western Open in Chicago in 1975 he had the misfortune to be struck by lightning, his spine was damaged but after several operations he was back on the practise ground.

    Trevino went on win the Canadian open twice prior to winning the US PGA trophy in 1984.

    During his career Trevino won 29 times on the PGA Tour adding 6 Majors to his impressive list of wins.

    Lee Trevino golf memorabilia from any of the 6 majors which he won would make an excellent addition to any collection.

    He co-authored his autobiography, titled They Call Me Super Mex.

    In 1981he was inducted into the World Golf Hall Of Fame


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  • Golf memorabilia

    Posted on August 11, 2011 by Selby

    Don't write off Tiger Woods just yet, recent performances by  Mcilroy who won the US open and Darren Clarke  British open, ok impressive but I consider Darrens performance on a links course at Royal St George was a one off, although well deserved and I seriously don't see Rory in the same bracket as the tiger, just yet???

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  • Golf memorabilia post and pre-war

    Posted on July 25, 2011 by Selby

    Hand signed golf memorabilia post and pre- war

    Collecting hand signed golf memorabilia can be a great hobby or small business for the golf enthusiast as you are able to combine following your golfing heroes with building a golf memorabilia collection.

    Due to the nature of golf I have always found players to be most considerate and obliging when it comes to signing autographs and meeting enthusiasts, the cost of attending events and tournaments can well be compensated for by the increasing value of your collection.

    The Open is the obvious choice followed by internationals, amateur championships and senior events.

    Early records show golf as first being played in Scotland where it was banned by James 11 who regarded it as an unwelcome distraction to archery. Early Scottish golf courses were primarily links courses, soil covered sand dunes close to the beach and often crossed by a railway line hence the term golf links, particularly applied to seaside courses.

    Categories and specialised areas

    As with collecting any sports memorabilia it is always prudent to specialise in a nominated category, categories are defined as pre-war and post war, golf collectables from the late 1940s although desirable will not usually merit the value of earlier examples.

    Once would be collectors have established which era they will concentrate on they need to consider where to specialise, examples would include books, balls, clubs, rare autographs, hand signed pin flags, photos, prints, course maps and tournament programmes.

    It is always important to consider the condition of sports memorabilia, although one must be realistic and bear in mind age and usage, by the very nature of collecting clubs  balls and apparel wear is acceptable.

    Golf memorabilia which I have personally collated would include the following popular modern players Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Lee Trevino , Rory, Darren the list goes on, it is all about personal choice and opportunity.

    Pre-war players would include Henry Cotton, Alf Perry, Bobby Jones, Jim Barnes, Harry Varden,Tom Morris Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan to name but a few that I have been particularly interested in.


     Golf memorabilia sales and auctions

    Sports memorabilia auctions are always a favourite of mine as they usually include lots of cricket, rugby and football collectables which are also of interest to me.

    A good start would be Knights sporting auctions or Bonham’s auctions Chester.

    It is important to do your research make sure you order an auction brochure prior to the event and compare items for sale against prices previously realised.

    Attend the sale for viewing check the provenance and condition of the items you have researched and list them, remember not to get carried away when bidding as the bid price can be way above the guide price quoted in the brochure. Write down a maximum you will bid up to and stick to it, not forgetting you will also be paying up to 25% in commission and incidental fees.

    Check out the terms and conditions

    Online bidding

    When bidding online the costs are higher and in my opinion you really need to attend the viewing and sale.

    If you have to bid on eBay it is important to research the vendor and always ask for formal authentication, UACC or AFTAL.

    I cannot emphasis enough the buyer beware syndrome which appertains to popular internet sites

    I have recently written an article which you can find on my website called Rare autographs real of fake, I strongly advise you to read this.

    Good luck with your collecting and let me know how you get on.

    Tony Selby





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  • Open Golf at Sandwich

    Posted on July 16, 2011 by Selby

    Still watching DC

    My money was on Sergio 28/1 paddy power paid on first 7 places not an easy one

    Good luck a well deserved day and he practised through the winter at portrush it paid off.  good move.

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