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  • Great win for Ireland at Millenium park

    Posted on February 2, 2013 by Selby

    A fantastic first half by Ireland and an exciting second half comeback by Wales saw Ireland's RBS Six Nations campaign off with a 30 -22 win against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

    We have a good selection of Wales Rugby Memorabilia and have complimented this today with a number of Irish Rugby Collectables.

    See the full match details:

    Tony Selby 



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  • Frank Mitchell (Yorks, Eng 1894- 1904) Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on February 1, 2013 by Selby

    Managed to source an excellent Frank Mitchell rare cricket autograph recently, nicely signed in ink and laid down to card.

    Frank Mitchell (Yorks, Eng 1894- 1904)  He won 6 England Rugby Caps between 1895 -1896

    National side English
    Competition Tests First-class
    Matches 5 199
    Runs scored 88 9,176
    Batting average 11.60 31.97
    100s/50s 0/0 17/39
    Top score 41 194
    Balls bowled - 1,616
    Wickets - 36
    Bowling average - 23.16
    5 wickets in innings - 1
    10 wickets in match - 0
    Best bowling - 5/57
    Catches/stumpings 2/- 149/2
    Source: CricketArchive,

    Rugby union career
    Playing career
    Position Forward
    Cambridge University R.U.F.C.
    Blackheath Rugby Club Source: CricketArchive


    Tony Selby 

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  • Signed Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on November 17, 2012 by Selby

    I have recently acquired three interesting Cricket autographs

    Walter Hammond 1903 -1965 (Glos, England) played in eighty five Test Matches, he is regarded as one of the top five batsmen ever, cricket collectables associated with this legend of the golden era are scarce and always in demand.

    Tour itineraries from Ashes Test Matches, hand signed letters, mono press photographs, signed cigarette cards are among the cricket memorabilia which come up for sale from time to time

    Matches which are particularly collectable include

    South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 24-27, 1927

    Gloucestershire v Glamorgan 1930

    Bodyline tour 1932/33

    England v New Zealand 1st and 2nd Test, 1933*

    England v Australia 1936/37

    England v Australia 1946/47 when he captained the England team

    Hammond originated from Kent though surprisingly chose Gloucestershire as his County side, his cricketing career spanned thirty one years between 1920 -1951 during which he made 50.000 runs and 167 centuries. He took 732 wickets at (30.5)

    The following stats are supplied by cricinfo

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    Gregor Mc Gregor (1869 – 1918) (Middlesex, England 1890 – 1907)

    Test Cricketer and Scotland Rugby player, an interesting autograph that I don’t often come across, when it is available it is occasionally inserted into the preface of rugby union books, a good starting place is the book “Rugby football” (1896) as Mc Gregor contributed a chapter to the book it is very collectable

    MacGregor  born in Scotland was educated at Uppingham and Cambridge

    He kept wicket leading his County club Middlesex between 1898 – 1907, He played 8 Test matches t would be good find a  autograph from his Rugby days, Cambridge v Oxford 1889/90 and his Scotland international Rugby 1891 -96

    I have a signed cricket postcard from England v Australia at the Oval 1890 and a completed scorecard from Old Trafford taken in 1893 at the third test

    Bert Oldfield (1894 – 1976) Sydney, NSW, Aus

    A wicket keeper of note Oldfield made his first class debut in 1919 playing his first test in 1920 against England at Sydney stumping the Engalnd captain “Boxer” Johnny Douglas in the 1st innings.

    Oldfield represented Australia on 54 occasions scoring 1427 runs (22.6) he stumped a record 52 batsmen during his test career whilst taking 79 catches

    He was named Wisden cricketer of the year in1927

    I was fortunate to obtain a signed photograph from the 2nd test at Melbourne in the infamous 1932/33 Bodyline series, this was the preceding test to the unfortunate incident in the 3rd at Adelaide where Oldfield was rendered unconscious addressing a delivery from Harold Larwood, thankfully he was fit play in the 5th test.

    Listed below are some career stats:


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     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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  • JPR Williams Rugby Memorabilia

    Posted on January 3, 2012 by Selby


    JPR Williams the former Rugby fullback is noted for his legendary performances when playing for Wales his home country and the British Lions. His achievements both on and off the field have led to an increasing demand in Rugby Memorabilia associated with his many successes.
    JPR (1949) was Capped for Wales in 1969, during his career for Wales he was Capped a total of 55 times, he received a further 8 Caps playing for the British Lions.
    JPR is often described as a model sportsman, everything required of the competitive full back, combining talent, pace, fearless tackling and an uncompromising attacking ability. JPR is rated by many astute fans as the best full back ever.
    Growing up near to Bridgend in South Wales JPR was educated locally prior to attending Millfield Public School in Somerset. He showed a keen interest in both Rugby and Tennis and in fact in 1966 when competing for a British junior singles title at Wimbledon he beat the legendary Tennis star and Sports Club owner David Lloyd 6-4, 6-4 he went on to win the World Junior Title in Canada the following year.
    JPR had always made his medical studies his first priority rather than professional sports so at the start of the Open era in1968, which saw a number of tournaments allowing professional players to compete with amateurs, he decided to concentrate more on Rugby, which fitted in with his medical plans.
    A few Test stats 1969 – 1981:
    International debut 2/3/69 Wales Scotland at Murrayfield won 17-3
    Final appearance 7/2/81 Wales Scotland at Murrayfield lost 15-6
    In 1981 completed 12 careers wins over England without loss.
    Wales captain 5 times (1978 – 79) Champion and Triple Crown seasons
    A few Test Stats
    Capped: 55
    Points: 36
    Tries: 6
    Penalties: 3
    Conversions: 2
    Drop goal: 0
    JPR was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 1997.
    JPR Williams Rugby Memorabilia for Collectors: Specific categories of items of interest to me pertaining to this article and the era of JPR would include the following peer players: Gareth Edwards, Barry John, Bob Hiller Andy Irvine, John Taylor, Phil Bennett, Hadyn Tanner, Mervyn Davies, Shane Williams, Scott Gibbs, John Dawes, the list goes on, all the players from that golden era are collectable if the opportunity arises and costs equate.
    Matches of particular interest to me include: Wales defeat France 9-5 in Paris Grand Slam 1971, British Lions tour of NZ, 1971 all four Tests interesting (preference for fourth test), The final Wales v Scotland(18-19) 1971 at Murrayfield, Wales v England(30-9) at Cardiff in the 1969 Five Nations to win Triple Crown and Championship.
    Items of memorabilia to consider include: signed presentations, match worn attire, blazers, badges, programmes, tour agendas, signed photographs, autographs, painting and pictures.
    Purchasing signed collectables online has many pitfalls, I have recently written an article called “rare autographs real or fake” which will give the reader an insight into what to watch out for and make their online or auction experience less expensive and more enjoyable.
    Tony Selby
    Rugby Memorabilia

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  • Jonah Lomu Rugby Memorabilia

    Posted on January 2, 2012 by Selby

    Jonah Lomu Rugby Memorabilia
    Jonah Lomu ignited Rugby taking the World Cup in Cape Town South Africa by storm in 1995. He destroyed the England backline cover with a combination of astonishing pace and attacking style, to score four magnificent tries. He was named Player of the Match in the Semi which secured the All Blacks their place the Cup Final against the Wallabies.
    Although Lomu scored a total of 7 tries in 5 games the Hosts South Africa were victorious in the Final winning 15 – 12 in extra time.
    At the presentation in the Ellis stadium Johannesburg the President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, sporting a Springbok shirt, awarded the Web Ellis Cup to Francois Pienaar the South African captain
    Lomu (b 1975) hails from Auckland New Zealand; he made his Test debut playing on the wing, as the All Blacks youngest player in 1994 against France at Lancaster Park, Christchurch. New Zealand lost the match 22–8, it was not the most auspicious start but one which indicated what was to follow.
    Lomu deservedly takes his place as one of the most famous players in the sport, I well remember when he arrived on the rugby scene many fans thought or feared that the game had changed for ever. At times with his blistering speed and almost total disregard for defenders he was unstoppable. His final tally for the 63 matches he played for the All Blacks was an enviable 37 tries.

    Jonah Lomu Rugby Memorabilia is always in demand from both enthusiasts and collectors, peaking at times of the World Cup series and during Internationals, it seems that when World Rugby is heavily televised and in the news it increases the interest of the collectors.

    Collectors will usually look to historic Rugby Union matches, featuring colourful talented players and unforgettable moments, in their search for unique mementos. Players I have collected over the years include Jack Whitfield, Gareth Edwards, Lomu, Dan Carter, Martin Johnson, ZinZan Brooke, Shane Williams, Richie McCaw, Ian Hurst, Jeremy Guscott, Jason Leonard, Thomas Castaignede. Nowadays it is becoming increasingly popular to display signed presentations in homes and offices featuring famous players in action at significant events.
    It is useful to start a collection in a specified area say pre-war or post war, to follow maybe one team, country or player in order to narrow down the field, to become an expert in one area of a game which holds such a variety of interests.
    Would be collectors are advised initially to concentrate on Internationals featuring England, Wales, Scotland, British Lions, All Blacks, South Africa and the Wallabies.
    It is important to consider age and condition when collecting memorabilia however a certain amount of discretion must be allowed, popular items include International programmes, event tickets, passes, hand written letters and autographs, signed dinner menus, mono sepia photographs and ceramics, presentations, match worn attire, badges and match associated paraphernalia.
    I recently wrote an article “rare autographs real or fake” and would encourage readers to read this prior to making any purchases; the article gives insight into the pitfalls of collecting from unknown sources especially online.
    Lomu retired from International Rugby in 2002 following illness, he continued to play Club Rugby and as recently as 2009/10 season was playing for Marseille Vitrolles. It is a shame that he was only able to display his great talents during such a short International career.
    Jonah Lomu Rugby Memorabilia will not only appreciate in value but gives the collector the tangible benefits of owning collectables associated with one of Rugby’s greats. He certainly had an electrifying impact on the game and its subsequent increase in popularity as a spectator sport.

    Jonah Lomu is a commited member of "Champions for Peace" a group based in Monte Carlo made up of Athletes committed to World Peace through Sport, a very worthy cause, do check out their website the membership consists of many world class sports people.
    Good luck with your collecting let me know how you get on!!

    Tony Selby
    Rugby 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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  • Rugby world cup

    Posted on September 19, 2011 by Selby

    Impressive performance, well done Ireland 15/6 over the Wallabies, let’s see the same again with Russia and Italy in the final two pool games, hope Paul O'Connell and Gordon D'Arcy will both be fit.

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  • Rugby Memorabilia

    Posted on September 5, 2011 by Selby

    Rugby memorabilia originating from historic matches, talented colourful players and unforgettable moments is always sought after by collectors and enthusiasts, demand tends to increase at the time of a World Cup series and during Internationals; however this would equally apply to collectables from Test Cricket at Lords, Wimbledon Tennis and Masters Golf.

    Lots of people attend Rugby matches both Union and League, some lucky ones get to participate in the game. It is important to understand the divisions of Rugby Union and Rugby League

    A perception of class division between Rugby Union and Rugby League has been seen in the past with Rugby Union regarded as the middle class gentleman’s game where the players do not require or often need financial recompense and Rugby League a professional league where things are run on a more commercial basis with all expenses and wages paid to the players.

    Way back in 1895 the RFU who supported strict amateurism, in their wisdom expelled 12 Northern clubs over allegations of financial inducements; these clubs formed the independent Northern Union later to become the Rugby Football League.

    Over the years the laws of Rugby League Football gradually changed which has led to a faster flow of play which is both spectator friendly and entertaining. However for many including myself Rugby Union will always be the game of choice.

    Rugby League memorabilia is very popular in the Southern Hemisphere whereas Rugby Union collectables are the preferred choice in the majority of other rugby playing countries, however the serious collector will usually consider carefully selected Rugby Union collectables as his first choice.

    The collector should pay particular attention to Rugby memorabilia associated with the All Blacks, British Lions, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and South Africa.

    Some of the rugby memorabilia I have collected over the years has originated from the following examples:

    Barbarians victory over the All Blacks at Cardiff Arms Park in 1973.

    The Irish win at the atmospheric Thormond Park against the All Blacks, it was their only defeat during the 1978 tour.

    The 1954 British Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand when the Lions won the two Test matches against Australia then lost the Internationals against the All Blacks.

    Lots of other sought after all Blacks collectables including Sean Fitzpatrick, Byron Kelleher and Ian Hurst

    Rugby League memorabilia would include Warrington Wolves, Wigan Warriors,, Harlequins, Leeds Rhinos, St Helens, Widnes and Salford

    . With all rugby memorabilia  it is important to consider age and condition, match worn rugby attire, boots, shirts, programmes, tickets and signed rugby balls from memorable events are always sought after, as are dinner menus, blazers, mono sepia photographs pictures and ceramics.

    When purchasing signed collectibles the buyer should take great care to establish authenticity, I recently wrote an article “rare autographs real or fake” it contains useful advice on purchasing signed sports memorabilia.

    Rugby memorabilia can be a great investment and a worthwhile hobby; I think that carefully selected examples will always appreciate in value whilst having the tangible benefit of reliving the memories.

    Tony Selby



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