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We stock an extensive range of Wimbledon tennis memorabilia, many of our examples are hand signed by the player and include rare autographs

  • Wimbledon Tennis Memorabilia

    Posted on January 4, 2012 by Selby


    Wimbledon Tennis Memorabilia
    Wimbledon is the prestigious home of Tennis, forever synominous with strawberry teas, champagne and heroic Tennis Champions. Collecting Wimbledon Tennis Memorabilia sourced from events at the Annual Championships can be a rewarding and interesting hobby.
    Wimbledon championships are regarded as the World premier Tennis tournament, one of the four Grand Slam events; it is played on grass courts during the last 2 weeks of June and the first week in August each year. The venue is the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon London UK, it is a private club founded in 1868.
    Ironically the rules of the game were originally administered by the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) Rules that have changed little, other than small details, mainly affecting the parameters of the playing area, nets, posts and markings.
    The first Tennis Championship Men’s Singles took place in 1877; it was won by an old Harrovian racquets player Spencer Gore (played cricket for Surrey) who became the first Wimbledon Tennis Champion.
    The Wimbledon Tennis Champion with the most titles is Martina Navratilova the legendary ladies player who holds the record 9 singles titles whilst William Renshaw and Pete Sampras hold 7 singles titles each.
    Collectors of Wimbledon Tennis Memorabilia often decide to concentrate on specific areas of the game some may collect in the Post War or Pre War areas concentrating on Singles, Doubles, Men or Lady winners and other individual competitors or maybe just accumulate a collection of Men singles winners, if this was applied to Pre War years it would certainly make for interesting collecting and the makings of a valuable portfolio.
    Of particular interest to me as a collector are the years 1934 to 1937, a memorable period for British Tennis, when a total of 11 titles were recorded, including three singles in succession by tennis icon Fred Perry and two by Dorothy Round.
    During the same period Great Britain successfully defended the Davis Cup three times in Challenge Rounds which were staged on the Centre Court. The years prior to World War 11; belonged to the United States. Donald Budge who won all three events in 1937 and 1938, Helen Wills Moody won the Ladies' Singles for the eighth time and Alice Marble brought the game further recognition and popularity with her powerful accurate serve and enduring volleys.
    Wimbledon Tennis Memorabilia associated with events prior to 1939 is always sought after, as are Match Programmes, Autographs, Match worn attire, Rackets, Balls, original Sepia Press Photographs, Paintings, Signed Presentations and all Major / Memorable event paraphernalia.
    Pre-war players who’s Tennis Memorabilia from time to time becomes available would include Gerald Patterson, Fred Perry, Don Budge, Jack Crawford, Lew Hoad, Ashley Cooper, Bill Tilden, and Ellsworth Vines. Collectables associated with names of this calibre are always in demand.
    Post war favourites include Jack Kramer, Pancho Segura, Pancho Gonzales, Dick Savitt, Ken Rosewall, Rod Laver, John Newcombe, llie Nastase, Stan Smith, Tony Roche.
    In latter days Tennis Memorabilia is far more prevalent and therefore easily available this is mainly due to official signings taking place around tournament schedules.
    I would personally have a number of examples of framed authentic collectables from classic Wimbledon Contests featuring players such as Ashe, Connors, Borg, Agassi, Sampras, Becker, Federer and Nadal, Mc Enroe, Roddick and Henman.
    Increasing numbers of purchasers are delighted to have framed pictures, featuring memorable events which depict modern day tennis heroes, taking pride of place in homes and offices.
    A number of Auction houses up and down the country hold sales of Sports memorabilia such as Knights Sporting, Christies and Bonham’s, get an online copy of the sale brochure and check the terms and conditions, auctions usually charge around 17.5% -22% commission so you need to factor this plus any other additional costs, such as VAT on certain items offered from abroad, into the price. The advantage of visiting auctions is that you can closely examine the items at viewings prior to purchase, giving you time to research, price and document the articles of interest.
    Purchasing online is a different matter, you need to be extremely careful regarding authenticity, much of the memorabilia sold online is described in a way which may mislead and often “autographs” turn out to be copies. I recently wrote an article “Rare Autographs Real or Fake”, this article demonstrates the pitfalls that can occur when making online purchases and offers good advice to the would be purchaser.
    Wimbledon Tennis Memorabilia is an essential part of any collection and I wish you well whilst pursuing this fascinating hobby.
    Let me know how you get on!!
    Tony Selby
    Tennis Memorabilia

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  • Rafael Nadal Tennis Memorabilia

    Posted on December 22, 2011 by Selby

    Rafael Nadal Tennis Memorabilia

    Deservedly known as the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal the left handed Spanish Tennis champion has won ten Grand slams and an Olympic Gold Medal among a host of other prestigious tournaments.

    Although Nadal made his name playing on clay courts he demonstrated flexibility in winning Wimbledon in both 2008 and 2010 on grass.

    Rafael was born in Mallorca Spain in 1986 he had always had a keen interest in both football and tennis, he choose tennis and turned professional at the age of 15 by the age of 19 after success at Wimbledon and competing in the junior Davis Cup he won the French Open for the first of four times. Rafael is coached by his uncle Toni Nadal and fitness trainer is Rafael Maymo.

    Rafael Nadal Tennis Memorabilia is a welcome addition to any tennis enthusiasts’ collection.

    I have an extensive portfolio of tennis collectables including a special edition presentation which displays a stunning colour photograph of the great Rafael Nadal in action at the French Open in 2008. In the same year Nadal had an enviable 32 match winning run.

    Tennis memorabilia has been on display since 1977 at the Wimbledon Museum, in the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. The museum contains a display of memorabilia dating back to 1555 and includes a range of trophies, medals cups, plates, and prizes dating back three hundred years, ephemera is of particular interest to me and a section is included showing early Wimbledon tennis advertisements, match tickets and programmes, invitations for tea and tennis, dinner menus, early Wimbledon motor car parking passes and numerous other items all adding to the official history of the game. There are sections showing match worn attire from early times to modern days which is of great interest to collectors, even Rafael Nadel pirate trousers are on display. There is also an interactive exhibit where you can feel the weight difference between male and female clothing in 1884.

    Guided tours are available around the Wimbledon grounds taking in the centre number one court, press interview rooms and players dining facilities. You are able to gain access to many areas normally restricted to members of the public. Visitors can examine all aspects of this ever popular game with interactive touch screens and audio guides available in a range of languages

    The Wimbledon shop is available for purchase of everything from Christmas cards to towelling, clothing, sports bags, rackets souvenirs and many other tennis related accessories, or you can visit the shop online.

    A place where dealers would often buy tennis memorabilia is the Auction house possibly Knights sporting auctions, Christies or Mullocks but you need to aware that commission charges exist of between 17-21%.

    I have noticed an increase in the number of “signed” tennis balls on sale over the internet and I would advise any prospective purchasers to be aware of the huge number of forgeries in circulation. The important thing when buying tennis or any other memorabilia is to ascertain provenance and not to make a purchase unless you are sure of the items authenticity. I recently wrote an article named Autographs real of fake this gives a good insight into purchasing genuine memorabilia.

    Tony Selby

    Tennis Memorabilia





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  • Tennis Memorabilia Mo Connolly

    Posted on December 21, 2011 by Selby


    Mo Connolly Tennis Memorabilia
    Mo Connolly (1934 – 1969) dominated women’s Tennis in a legendary rise to fame in the early 1950s.
    Mo Connolly Tennis Memorabilia is available and in demand, I am fortunate to have several good examples, a Signed framed presentation showing Mo winning Wimbledon in 1954, Tennis Autographs and other” Little Mo” Collectables.
    Mo Connolly was born in San Diego and began playing tennis when she was 10, originally left handed she soon changed to right and developed tremendous power accuracy complimented by a ferocious backhand
    Mo Connolly became a National celebrity at 16 whilst competing in the US National Singles Championship in 1951; Mo defeated Shirley Fry and became the youngest player to win this prestigious tournament, repeating her win in 1952-53.
    In fact Mo Connolly won all 9 Grand Slam tourneys she competed in from the 1951 US Nationals to the 1954 Wimbledon, completing the Grand Slam, all 4 titles in the same golden year 1953.
    Mo won the singles title at Wimbledon in 1952, 53, 54 on the grass courts at the All England Tennis Club. She was a Wightman Cup team member from 1951 -54.
    It is ironic that Mo had taken on new coach Australian Davis Cup captain Harry Hopman at the beginning of the 1953 season, Harry’s tremendous experience and enthusiasm and experience obviously made his selection a wise choice. Mo became regarded as one of the best ball strikers the game has ever seen.
    In 1953 a documentary was made recording her outstanding achievements :Unforgettable: the Little Mo Connolly Story was directed and written by Jennifer Spell and many of the players featured such as Billy Jean King, Ted Schroeder, Anne Haydon - Jones played their own parts in the story which was filmed in Dallas Texas with a budget of just $ 100.000. This is a great documentary and testament to Mo: Well worth watching.
    A favourite with the press and public Mo became affectionately known as” little Mo”
    In 1953 “Little Mo” won the Grand Slam of tennis. She was the first woman to ever capture this elusive crown by winning the Australian Championships, the French Championships, Wimbledon, and the United States Championships.
    Following a horse riding accident in July 1954, "Little Mo" sadly received leg injuries which ended her tennis career. She continued to be a major influence in the world of tennis as both a radio and television commentator.
    She married Norman Brinker and they made their home in Dallas.
    In 1968 Little Mo with her friend Nancy Jeffett co-founded the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation in Cedar Springs Dallas; The Foundation assists boys and girls throughout the world organising and sponsoring tennis and junior tennis programmes and activities
    It has said in sport that a sportsman or woman can flash across their specific arena like a comet in the sky, never could this be more applicable than in the short yet meteoric Tennis career of “Little Mo”
    Tony Selby
    Tennis Memorabilia


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  • Wightman Cup Tennis Memorabilia

    Posted on December 17, 2011 by Selby


    Wightman Cup Tennis Memorabilia is always in demand and takes pride of place in many Tennis enthusiasts’ collections.

    The Wightman Cup is remembered as a very competitive Tennis event which was played between teams from the USA and Great Britain. The competition specifically for female team players  has been contested since its inauguration 1923 through to 1989 when following a statement from the British Lawn Tennis Association it was suspended, the competition is the ladies answer to the Davis Cup and originated when Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman donated a sterling vase to the  United States Lawn Tennis Association to be played for as the prize between the two countries, Matches were played alternately during even numbered years in the UK and odd numbered years in the US, the matches of particular to collectors of Tennis Memorabilia would be the ones played at Wimbledon 1924 – 1972, Forest Hills Queens  New York  1923 – 1947. The competition was eventually suspended in 1990 primarily due the evident USA domination of the tournament. The previous year the US won its eleventh consecutive tournament in Williamsburg six of eleven series were won 7-0. The total figures are USA 51 wins to GB 10.

    The Tournament which comprised of five singles and two doubles matches was held over three days.

    A new system was suggested for a restart of the series in 1991 this would have involved introducing European players to the tournament who would join Britain in their quest against USA; however this never came to be.

    A match of significant interest to collectors of Wightman Cup tennis Memorabilia is the final of the 1960 tournament when Britain’s Shirley Brasher with partner Christine Truman defeated the American pair Janet Hopps and Dorothy Knode, I am lucky to be in possession of the official hand signed match programme

    Wimbledon Champion Virginia Wade (GB) played 21 times between 1965 – 1985 whilst the ever popular player Chris Evert holds the record for the USA playing 13 times, so many of these were classic contests and collectables from these memorable times will always sought after. In 1978 Britain won 4-3 against USA the hot favourites to win; obviously collectables from this event would make a great memento.

    A revival of Wightman Cup Series now seems improbable making tennis memorabilia associated with the series even more collectable.

    Tony Selby

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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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  • Andre Agassi Tennis memorabilia

    Posted on September 1, 2011 by Selby


    Andre Agassi  tennis memorabilia is always in demand.

    As former  world no 1, American Tennis  legend Andre Agassi has won eight Grand Slam singles tournaments and an Olympic gold medal in singles.

    He is the only player in the open era to have won all four Grand Slam tournaments to have won the ATP tour world championships, have been part of a winning Davis Cup team, and to have won an Olympic gold medal.

    Andre won in total 60 career titles including 17 ATP Masters Series tournaments, which is more than any other player.

    I recently attended a sports memorabilia auction and was fortunate to purchase several Andre Agassi collectibles amongst which was a signed presentation from his final match, the plaque has a quote from his speech.

    ”The scoreboard said I lost today, but what the scoreboard doesn’t say is what I have found. And over the last 21 years, I have found loyalty. You have pulled me on the court and also in life. I’ve found inspiration. You have willed me to succeed sometimes even in my lowest moments. And I’ve found generosity. You have given me your shoulders to stand on and reach my dreams, dreams I could never have reached without you. Over the last 21 years, I have found you. And I will take you and the memory of you with me for the rest of my life. Thank you”

    There are a number of other Agassi tennis memorabilia items available and any one of them would be a welcome addition to a sports memorabilia collection.


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  • Kim Clijsers tennis memorabilia

    Posted on August 24, 2011 by Selby


    Kim Clijsers tennis memorabilia is a worthy addition to your collection Kim became the first mother to win a major tournament since Evonne Goolagong in 1980. She shares the record for the most Grand Slam singles titles won as a mother with Margaret Court.

    KIM announced her retirement with immediate effect on 6 May 2007, but almost two years later, on 26 March 2009, she publicly declared her intent to return to the WTA tour for the 2009 summer hard court season.

    Kim is the reigning singles champion at the US Open and the Australian Open (as of May 2011). She has also won 41 WTA singles titles and 11 WTA doubles titles. She has won four Grand Slam singles titles: three at the US Open, in 2005, 2009 and 2010 and one at the Australian Open in 2011. She has also been runner-up in four Grand Slam singles tournaments, and won the WTA Tour Championships singles title in 2002, 2003 and 2010. In doubles, she won the French Open and Wimbledon titles in 2003.

    Any tennis memorabilia collated now will only see increasing value as the years go by.

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