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  • Sebastian Vettel Sports Memorabilia

    Posted on October 14, 2012 by Selby

    Vettel on the way to World Championship - Great stuff for F1 collectors, Paddy Power were offering 3/1 on Mark Webber losing position on lap 1 seems like a foregone conclusion!!!


    This post was posted in Motor racing memorabilia and was tagged with grand prix collectables, F1 Memorabilia, Fangio Motor Racing Memorabilia, Mike Hawthorn F1 Memorabilia, Motor Racing Collectibles, f1 mo, Sebastian Vettel Sports Memorabilia

  • French F1 driver Romain Grosjean

    Posted on October 8, 2012 by Selby

    Romain Grosjean having been involved in incidents in Malaysia, Spain, Monaco, Silverstone, Germany and Belgium boxed out Mark Webber at the entrance to t2 on the opening lap in Japan yesterday on a very eventful first lap, currently 8th in the table, with the top 3 drivers so close 4/1 on Vettel to win outright looks a great bet. Romains seat at Lotus next season is anyone's guess


    This post was posted in Motor racing memorabilia and was tagged with motor racing memorabilia, michael schumacher, Fangio Motor Racing Memorabilia, Mike Hawthorn F1 Memorabilia, f1 racing

  • Cognac - highly recommended a visit to his vineyard

    Posted on October 3, 2012 by Selby

    http://www.cognac-expert.com/cognac-brands/bernard-begaud-cognac


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia

  • michael schumacher to make a move, not sure if its backwards or forward

    Posted on September 29, 2012 by Selby

    Seems MS may move to Sauber not sure if this is a move backwards or forwards, I would like to see him manage an F1 team and take it easy!!

    Michael Schumacher keeps his F1 options open for next year despite Lewis Hamilton's arrival at Mercedes


    This post was posted in Motor racing memorabilia and was tagged with michael schumacher, Fangio Motor Racing Memorabilia, Motorsport memorabilia, Mike Hawthorn F1 Memorabilia, Motor racing collectables, Motor Racing Collectibles

  • Rare autographs real or fake

    Posted on September 7, 2012 by Selby

    This is a preview of a draft about hand signed sports memorabilia which I am writing  in order to assist autograph collectors in deciding whether the signature is genuine or fake.

    Feel free to comment on any improvements I can make???

    AUTOGRAPHS REAL OR FAKE

    The origins of the autograph

    An autograph may be defined as “any manuscript handwritten by its author; a handwritten signature especially the signature of a famous or admired person.

    The origins of hand signed autographs can be traced back to sixth century ancient Greece however none survive from this period, in fact The earliest autograph, signature of a famous person is probably the Spanish national hero and military leader El Cid  dated 1096 three years before his death.

    .Autographs of most of the great Renaissance figures, including Leonardo da Vinci,Michelangelo, and Ariosto. Still exist however autograph material was to become more prevalent during the 18th century with examples such as George Washington president of the USA or the composer Mozart’s manuscripts.

    A signed letter is more desirable than an autograph as usually the letter contains aspects of the person’s life and work which is why they are so collectable.

    Autograph collation today

    The hobby of collecting autographs is known as philography

    A Philographist or autograph hunter may well focus in one specialised area say sports memorabilia and only collect signatures and associated paraphernalia from say, sports events,  personalities, writers, political figures, art, film, music, world leaders, space travel or conflict etc.

    Autograph collation is an ever popular and rewarding occupation for the professional and amateur alike, the objective being to aspire to obtaining complete sets from each area of their subject in the case of say cricket collectables the 1948 Ashes series, the ink autographs of both England and Australians teams on one official programme, bat or scorecard used at the event would be more desirable than a mismatch.

    Is it a genuine autograph?

    There are numerous forged autographs for sale all over the world not least on the internet and it is a case of buyer beware.

    Rare autograph collectors often request from the vendor certificates of authenticity, it stands to reason that if the seller of a forged item is offering a COA that the certificate is also worthless. It is not a good idea to rely on either guarantees or certificates.

    If a purchaser decides to accept a certificate of authenticity they should ensure that it contains full contact details, dates, venues, and verifiable reputable organisations of which the vendor is responsible to, these details should be followed up with the named organisation.

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

    Ascertaining the validity of a carefully crafted fake autograph is a complex matter which is almost impossible for the amateur and the results cannot always be definitive even when a professional opinion is requested.

    One basic method used by unscrupulous vendors is the reprint. This is a photocopy of an actual autographed photo, usually printed from a home computer on to photographic copying paper, this should be declared as a reprint or as preprinted, it is not an authentic autograph and is pretty worthless, unless an existing photo has been autographed later onto the outside surface.

    More sophisticated forgers will target a certain era say 1880s they will use blank pages from books of the same period, then having researched and recreated the inks used at that time they will endeavor to create the replica autograph now using the correct materials, obviously if the copy writing is well researched and applied it is very difficult to detect by an autograph expert but not so by a forensic technician, the technician will be able to age the paper and ink and also to date the document  even when accelerated ageing has taken place.

    Collectors should be careful of rare autographs which may be found on a small piece of card when the bogus card is attached to an authentic piece of memorabilia.

    Frequently secretaries will sign autograph material on behalf of the celebrity creating what is known as a proxy signature. Fortunately it is often well publicized that this is a trait of that particular subject.

    A number of famous people including American presidents Andrew Johnson, Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt have in the past convincingly rubber stamped their “signatures “the result would not be considered  a collectable.

    SEE AUTHENTICITY CHECK LIST

    View with magnifying glass X10 under direct light)

    Seek out a genuine example of the signature from internet comparison sites and use this as your datum point. The main criteria are to know what the signature looks like.

    Move the underside of your wrist or finger over the paper and expect to feel a slight irregularity when you touch the outline of the signature, examine the signature with a magnifying glass (+10) and search for any rising in the area of the signature. If you cannot determine the texture of the raised ink above surface of the paper it is likely to be a copy.

    Examine the ink pattern, look for squeezing at the edges which would indicate stamping, this is usually fairly easy to determine. A shaded purple colour ink can also indicate stamping.

    Compare the autograph with your example, turn the page at 90 degree angle and examine the autographs, then at 180 degrees, doing this  will show a different perspective of the writing comparison, anomalies will stand out and be easier to spot.

    Autographs which are mechanically created are identified by their smoothness and uniform ink deposit throughout the signature. A genuine pen hand signed autograph will show under magnification, a different diameter of stroke, the rate of the wet ink flow as the nib angles, scratch marks, clear areas within the stroke, and the continuous flow of the pen over the paper. A stop and start movement within a stroke would show a hesitant copying technique, you must see that the line flow is uninterrupted and the pen stays mainly on the paper if it is interrupted it will show in stroke breaks.

    Comparison of pen lifts which are absent from the genuine subject are a sure fire method to determine a fake, these are typical of a forgery in which the writer pauses to check his handiwork.

    Look for a lack of feathered beginning and ending strokes, a fake will tend to have blunt stops and starts.

    A lack of certainty in direction may show abrupt movements creating a kinked appearance to a line which should flow smoothly

    When a nib pen is used expect to see light hairline upstrokes and heavy shaded down stokes in a genuine signature, this will not be so noticeable if a ball point pen is used

    Consider the time factors if for example an autograph dated around 1950 is signed with a felt pen it is a fake as felt pens did not exist at this time and the autograph should be signed in ink or pencil. The Papermate flair felt tip was not manufactured until the early ‘60s, commercial ball point pens became available in 1943 and so on. Research is the key.

    Signed sports memorabilia such as a football shirt or cricket cap can be hard to assess as the ink tends to soak into the fabric giving a smudge like appearance which is difficult to validate, the only way to be sure is to be there at the signing or rely on provenance from a reputable dealer.

    If the asking price for an item of sports memorabilia is way below a realistic valuation don’t bother purchasing as it’s probably a fake.

    The more signatures there are on a piece, the more mistakes there are to spot. Compare an autograph sheet with half a dozen genuine signatures with one containing fakes and it easy to spot the real ones.

    Consider the characteristics of period the autograph purports to belong to, examine the paper used, does the magnified make up match the type used in that era. The specification of the paper may give valuable clues as to the approximate age parameters of theautograph.

    Since biblical times vellum or parchment was the type of paper in use this changed around 1850 to the use of wood, cotton or linen pulp, so if you are lucky enough to have the autograph of William Pitt (died 1806) it should be signed on vellum type of paper, Charles Dickens (died 1870) could be either or Alfred Tennyson (died 1892) most probably signed on a wood pulp type paper.

    Don’t forget that paper can be matched using cut out pages from writings of a similar time.

    Examine ink colour, does the make up under magnification match the characteristics of the period, iron gall ink was popular from about the 12th century up until new technologies made it obsolete around 1850,  this ink is bluish black, over time it fades to dull brown. It is a corrosive ink and over time can damage the paper it is used on. Since the early 1900s Indian ink (carbon) has become the popular one manufactured in a range of colours.

    Micro-spectrophotometry is a non-destructive method of analysing ink using ultraviolet of infrared light, the spectrum of the ink on the document can be compared with a range of standard inks, this can authentic the ink but not the author. However it does narrow things down and makes for a more informed decision.

    Think about how, when and why a rare autograph originated and in what numbers it is available, if the seller has a number of copies of a rare autograph you must ask yourself why?

    Never ever enter a private auction sale; always look for transparency on the internet

    Written by Selby

    http://cricketcollectables.net>

    tony@cricketcollectables.net

     

     

     


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia, Boxing memorabilia, Motor racing memorabilia, Athletics memorabilia, Film and music memorabilia, Football memorabilia, Rugby memorabilia, Political memorabilia, Golf memorabilia, Olympics Memorabilia and was tagged with cricket memorabilia, football memorabilia, tennis memorabilia, cricket collectables, Don Bradman Memorabilia, Alexei Nemov Olympic Memorabilia, test match memorabilia, bodyline memorabilia, collecting autographs, cricket autographs, sports autigraphs

  • 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

     


    This post was posted in Golf memorabilia and was tagged with golf memorabilia, ryder cup memorabilia

  • England v South Africa - Lords day 5

    Posted on August 20, 2012 by Selby

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

     


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with cricket memorabilia, cricket collectables, Don Bradman Memorabilia, bodyline series, bodyline memorabilia

  • Jonny Bairstow England v South Africa

    Posted on August 18, 2012 by Selby

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


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with cricket memorabilia, cricket collectables, johnny bairstow cricket memorabilia

  • Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on August 11, 2012 by Selby

    Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia

    What a tremendous performance by Michael Phelps!!

    Reclaiming the lead with his trademark butterfly stroke, Phelps won the 18th gold of an unparalleled career when he helped the U.S. win the 4x100-M, medley relay last Saturday night

    Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time. Twenty-two medals. Eighteen of those gold. He can now retire with twice as many golds as any other Olympian

    During  London Olympics 2012  we have noticed more and more requests for information about Olympic Memorabilia.

    One of the most popular events is Swimming, Relay, Freestyle, Backstroke, and Marathon  are all great viewing and many people now require a more permanent memory of the Games, an item of Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia,

    Of great interest is the prolific Gold Medallist Michael Phelps. By Olympic standards he is the most successful all round contestant ever, Swimming Memorabilia recognising his remarkable achievements are always sought after by Collectors and Fans alike.

     

    A little history

    Competition Swimming can be traced in England as having taken place in the early 1800s under the auspices of the National Swimming Council.

    1894 saw the formation of the International Olympic Committee, a decision was made to include four swimming events 100m freestyle,1200m, 500m and a special 100m event for seafarers.

    Olympic Swimming Memorabilia from these early days is very rare and therefore highly collectable I do not personally have any Collectables relating to this era. I would be delighted to hear from anyone who has items in their collection. Most of the original Memorabilia from these early events are housed at the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum and Aquatic complex in Fort Lauderdale.

    Michael Phelps

    Michael Phelps was born in Maryland  USA  in 1985 he is the winner of 16 Olympic Medals -  6 Gold and 2 Bronze at Athens 2004 and 8 Gold whilst dominating the Beijing Olympicsin 2008. He is the winner of the most Gold Medals achieved in a single year overtaking legendary Mark Spitz’s collection of 7 won at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. He has been named swimmer of the year 6 times and American swimmer of the year 8 times.

    Competing in the 2008 Olympics at the Water Cube he won his Gold in the 100m /200m Butterfly: 4x100/4x200 freestyle relay: 4x100 Medley Relay. He achieved Silver in the 200m Freestyle.

    Two years later in the Pan Pacific Championship: Gold in the 100mbutterfly, 200m butterfly, 4x100/ 4x200 freestyle relay and the 4x100 medley relay.

    Bob Bowman the Olympic Champions Coach renowned for his strong opinions is an accomplished concert pianist with a degree in phycology, his analytical approach to coaching/mentoring assisted Michael in his unprecedented Olympic record of 8 Gold in a single year.

    Bob legendary for his coaching abilities is regarded by many as the most successful coach ever. What a combination???

    USA Swimming have appointed Bob as official coach for the 2012 Olympics in London which is sure to lead to more Gold more Records and more Memorabilia.

    With the 2012 London Olympics starting in just 5 months, Bowman looks set to continue his success with Michael Phelps and other up and coming athletes.

    Swimming is something of a family event; Michael’s siblings are also Champion Swimmers.  His sister Hilary represented the University of Richmond whilst Whitney took part in the in the 1996 Olympic Swimming Trials.

    Michael actively supports charities having set up his own Michael Phelps Foundation in 2008.

     

    Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia would include the following Events

     Sydney Games 2000

     2001 World Aquatics Championship

    2001 World Championship in Fukuoka

    2003 World Championships Barcelona

    2004 Athens Olympics

    2004 World Championship Indianapolis

    2005 World Championships Montreal

    2007 World Championship Melbourne 

    2008 US Olympic Swimming Trials Omaha

    2008 Beijing Olympics National Aquatic Centre

    2012 London Olympics 

     

    Collectables which are sought after include:

    Presentations and Montage (very popular for Olympic Events)

    Event ticket and programmes and passes (must be official issue not reprint)

    Swimwear caps and armbands (for the serious collector)

    Signed Sports Illustrated (watch out for copy)

    Signed first day issues (signature must be onto the issue not photographed)

    Signed USA Swimming Caps (for the serious collector)

     

    Signed Posters

    Autographed Fans of the Game Cards

    .Pins and Participation Medals

    Swimming Memorabilia which I currently own includes:

    Ian James Thorpe, Adrian Moorehouse, Duncan Goodhew, Johnny Weismuller Sharron Davies and Mark Spitz, Kristin Otto.
    There are various events which I am looking to collect they include:

    Water Polo team 1924 Paris Olympics

    Michael Phelps Sidney 2000

    Mark Phelps Athens 2004

    Shane Gould Munich 1972

    Kristin Otto Seoul 1988

    Ferenc Csik Berlin 1936

    Michael Wenden Mexico 1968

    Mark Spitz Munich 1972

    Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia is even more popular this summer congratulations on his success in the 2012 Olympic Games.

    An article I have published on my Website is well worth the read for prospective Collectors Rare autographs real or fake, purchasing Signed Material from popular Internet auction sites is fraught with ambiguity, receiving the genuine article is not always the case, avoid disappointment.

    Good luck with collecting
    Written by Tony Selby

    Olympic memorabilia.


    This post was posted in Athletics memorabilia, Olympics Memorabilia and was tagged with Olympic Memorabilia

  • Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on August 9, 2012 by Selby

    Just back from a trip to the West Country were I was fortunate to purchase  a 1926 Australian signed cricket bat( Hobbs and Sutcliffe made a 172 partenership which is commemerated on the bat), from a country estate along with some great Bodyline series stuff 32/33,selection of rpps and teamsheets, scorecards etc

     


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