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  • Cricket Memorabilia W.G Grace

    Posted on October 11, 2011 by Selby



    Cricket Memorabilia associated with William Gilbert Grace (1848-1915) is a welcome addition to any collection, I am fortunate to have purchased at auction the book Cricket hand signed by Grace this I would regard as one of my most highly prized collectables certainly one of my most expensive purchases of sports memorabilia.

    If most people had to name a famous cricketer from the past it is almost certain that they would nominate Grace, who could well be regarded as the most famous amateur cricketer of all time, his image is as easily recognisable and as familiar as any of the famous cricketing drawings .
    WGG a right handed all-rounder hailed from a cricketing family his sporting interests included athletics 440 yard hurdling and football. He enrolled at Bristol medical school and qualified as a medical practitioner in 1879 which confirmed his long standing position as an amateur cricketer.
    The pavilion at Lords CC in St Johns Wood London is home to the world’s oldest museum of sports memorabilia, whilst the museum contains a wide range of exhibits it is also home to that elusive trophy of cricket “The Ashes”, WGG is well represented by the famous plaster of Paris Bust donated by his widow Agnes in 1919, a number of portraits and other cricket memorabilia.
    Indeed anyone who has enjoyed watching cricket at Lords CC most probably entered the ground through the ornamental Grace Gates entrance situated on the St Johns wood road. The gates were erected in 1923 and include the word “the greatest cricketer” in the dedication, what a fitting tribute at the home of cricket.
    Grace who originated from Bristol began playing County Cricket for Gloucestershire in 1862. By 1864 he was making appearances at Lords and the Oval, culminating in his First Class debut in 1865 playing for Gentlemen of the South. I have included below a brief précis of his playing career:
    His First Class career which began in 1865 continued until 1908 during which he achieved 126 Centuries at an average of just under 40 runs. With the ball 2809 wickets at an average of 18.14, add to that 876 First Class Catches and what a remarkable career he had!!!
    In later life he enjoyed participating in Golf, Lawn Tennis and Curling an excellent participant sport which originated in Scotland in the 1600S and could be likened to Bowls or Shuffleboard on ice. The Royal Caledonian Curling Club in the definitive governing body for the game should anyone wishes to pursue this enjoyable game. Curling sports memorabilia is not at all common and would great to exhibit.
    Tony Selby
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  • Roger Bannister Athletics Memorabilia

    Posted on October 10, 2011 by Selby




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    Roger Bannister Athletic Memorabilia
    Sir Roger Bannister (1929) is the person forever synonymous with the breaking of the famous 4 minute mile and that was achieved on a cinder track in adverse weather conditions.
    Athletics ‘ memorabilia is always in demand with particular interest in Olympics memorabilia, one special period of interest would be the 1952 Olympics, I am always interested in purchasing for example presentations, race attire, hand signed photos, programmes, tickets, medals and other Olympic paraphernalia along with sports memorabilia from athletic track and field events.
    Bannister has carried out a number of signings notably one for the Irish Milers club at the City West Hotel Dublin.

    Roger was born in England and attended Harrow the public school situated in North West London prior to Oxford University. I mention his attendance at school and college as both institutions have always held, encouraged and supported amateur athletic events. (In 1953 the Surrey school Athletic Association introduced the mile race to its programme of events).
    Although a tremendous achievement at the time and in the circumstances, the mile is nowadays occasionally run in less than 4 minutes by top track athletes. Training in the late 1940s early 1950s was considered light compared to modern day standards, and then there are all sorts of other considerations such as kit, diet, motivational aspects etc.
    Bannister’s running career began whilst at Oxford in 1946 it was there after noticeable improvements in his running times that he began to train seriously, he set his sights on the 1952 Olympic games to be held in Helsinki, Bannister now training at an international level, his times improving, his confidence heightened, although finishing in fourth place set a British record in the 1500m.
    Following his 1952 Olympics efforts, Bannister considered giving up running however fortunately instead he set himself a new goal: To beat the four minute mile. To achieve this he drew up a concerted training programme which would require all of his perseverance and concentration, fitting this in with his medical studies at St Mary’s Hospital medical school took a lot of time management and dedication.
    His first attempt at the four minute mile was at Oxford in 1953 when he was paced by the now famous track athlete Chris Chataway, who was later to establish his own career. This was the race where Bannister realised that the four minute mile was just possibly within his reach.
    Bannister was not the only athlete at this time who was attempting to break the four minute mile, American Wes Santee and Australian John Landy were both competing around the 4.02 mark, Bannister who closely followed Landy’s efforts became concerned that the athlete would succeed with each attempt and realised that he had to make his record breaking attempt soon.
    On May 6th 1954 at Oxford competing for the British Amateur Athletic Associating in front of a few thousand spectators Roger Bannister made history, in the company of Chris Brasher and Chris Chataway he broke the 4 minute barrier achieving a time of 3.59.4, at the age of 25 Bannister had made history.
    Bannister was knighted in in 1975 for his service to Sport England.
    Sports memorabilia from the 1954 event is sought after and there is only a limited amount available I am fortunate to have a hand signed photo of Bannister at the event.
    Tony Selby
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  • Motor racing memorabilia

    Posted on October 7, 2011 by Selby




    Motor Racing Memorabilia

    A sports memorabilia blog
    Michael Schumacher is probably the biggest
    name in the history of F1 motor racing, seven times F1 champion he ranks
    alongside Senna,  Moss, Fangio, Brabham, Clark, to name but a few of the
    greats
    whose personae has withstood the passage of time.

    Michael Schumacher motor racing memorabilia is not in short supply
    however it is an essential part of an enthusiast’s collection.

    Some celebrities are reserved when it comes to signing autographs conversely
    in Michael’s case he is only too happy to oblige his vast array of fans all
    over the world.

    The variety of collectables from the
    F1 scene
    would include race worn attire, signed racing helmets, signed
    photographs, presentations, programmes, paddock tickets, trophies and medals.

    For example I have in my collection excellent examples of signed
    Ferrari caps, hand signed photos and Presentation sets.

    Whether he should have returned to F1 at the age 41 remains a
    matter of conjecture and I wish him the best of success in the remainder of this
    season and forthcoming events.

    Michael is currently making some great starts and improving his
    position in fine style when the lights go out. I look forward to some rain as
    this is when he is most likely to get on the podium in 2011

    I have written below a
    brief précis of Michael’s outstanding racing record.

    Michael Schumacher (1969) was born in Hurth
    West Germany
    , he began his motor racing career in 1988 driving for Eufra
    Racing in the Euro Formula Ford 1600 series, his first win was in the Formula
    Konig Series that same year, in 1990 he had two wins in the German Formula 3
    and the Macau Grand Prix where he had a controversial incident with Mikka (MH
    drove into the back of MS car on the final lap), driving for WTS racing, his F
    1 debut was in 1991 at the Belgium Grand Prix driving for the Jordan Ford set
    up, on this occasion he retired on Lap 1 with mechanical problems. The following
    year he achieved a remarkable third position in the drivers’ championship, followed
    by fourth position in 1993 a season that saw many mechanical induced retirements.

    It was in 1994 that the glory years began, he won the drivers’
    championship in both 1994/5, in 1996 he switched to the Scuderia Ferrari
    through to 2006 around this time it was impossible to walk into a pub on a
    Sunday without seeing the red Ferrari again leading the field, this was the
    season that cemented his fame and saw him win another five world championships.
    Michael announced his retirement from F1 racing at the end of the 2006 season, he was always there working in the background  continuing his involvement in F1, test
    driving and operating in an advisory capacity for Ferrari before sensationally
    announcing his return to racing in 2010 when the Mercedes GP team confirmed a
    three year contract.

    It is worth remembering that during his most competitive years he
    was racing alongside some very highly regarded drivers such as Mikka Hakkinen(think
    back to that incident at Macau)  which
    made for great racing and riveting TV viewing.

    At the peak of his career Michael was listed as the number 2
    highest earning sportsman in the world behind Tiger Woods and ahead of Phil
    Mickelson, which says something for the risk free rewards of golf.

    I am always interested in adding to my collection of motor racing
    memorabilia and would be please to speak
    with anyone
    who wishes to sell genuine hand signed collectables.

    I have recently written an article Autographs
    real of fake
    which readers may find of interest

    Tony Selby

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  • Rocky Marciano boxing memorabilia

    Posted on October 6, 2011 by Selby




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    Rocky Marciano Boxing Memorabilia
    Rocky Marciano, is the only undefeated Heavyweight Champion in history he is deservedly regarded as a boxing legend arguably thought of by many as the “best”, when you read his stats below you will understand why!!
    His incredible boxing statistics make awesome reading: Record: 49 Wins, 0 Loss, 43 Knockouts.
    Rocky Marciano Boxing Memorabilia is in short supply and as such would be a welcome addition to a collector’s portfolio.
    Highly sought after boxing collectables would include fight worn attire, autographed boxing gloves, hand signed fight programmes, mono sepia press photos and other associated match related boxing paraphernalia, I have listed items of particular interest to me at the end of this blog.
    A bit about the man himself, Rocky (1923-69) of Italian American origin was born in Massachusetts where he excelled at Baseball, by the age of 15 he was making a name for himself playing centre for Brockton High school. Any Baseball memorabilia from this period would be of great interest to me.
    His boxing interest became evident during his spell in the army at Swansea South Wales, whilst he was stationed in Europe for two years during World War 2.
    On his return to the USA in 1945 he entered several army tournaments but it was not until St Patrick’s Day 1947 that he fought his first professional bout when he defeated Lee Epperson a fancied amateur who was also making his pro debut, in a third round knockout. It is reported that as the crowd deserved at least seven rounds the promoter paid him $35 instead of the agreed $50 (brave man) he soon became known as the Brockton Blockbuster.
    Rocky went on to achieve an incredible record of 49 wins, 0 losses, 43 knockouts.
    He retired from boxing at the age of 31, not wishing to follow in Joe Louis steps, a comeback which he regarded as a mistake.
    After his retirement Rocky attended many promotional events and was pleased to make personal appearances, he often travelled to these venues by private aircraft.
    Rocky Marciano was tragically killed in light aircraft crash in 1969.
    Boxing memorabilia that I would like to include in my collection would be specifically from the six occasions when he defended his title; however any autographed RM material would be of interest especially from the fights listed below:
    Oct 26 1951 v Joe Louis New York KO round 8
    May 16 1955 v Don Cockell in San Francisco KO round 9
    Sep 1955 v Archie Moore New York KO round 9
    Sep 1952 v Joe Walcott Philadelphia
    Written by Tony Selby

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  • Somerset cricket memorabilia

    Posted on October 6, 2011 by Selby

    Somerset twenty 20
    Alfonso ensured a Somerset win in the twenty 20 against South African Warriors at Chinnaswammy, accompanied by a good bat from Kieswetter, which was the only creditable display at the crease, with Thomas player of the match on the strength of his two wickets and catching Prince for ten.
    Good luck in the Semis.
    Somerset cricket memorabilia is available at cricketcollectables

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  • Football Memorabilia (Goodison Park)

    Posted on October 2, 2011 by Selby

    GOODISON PARK LIVERPOOL
    I thought after having spent yesterday at Goodison I would write a blog about the much revered ground with an uncertain future.
    Goodison Park football Ground also known locally as “the Grand old lady” is home to Everton FC and the venue for last Saturdays Derby with arch rivals Liverpool FC, with a seating capacity of over 40.000 it is an ideal city ground with great atmosphere, the stadium has been the venue for the FA cup final, many international fixtures and an assortment of games in the 1966 FIFA World Cup.
    Everton made the move from Stanley Park around 1892, which led to the formation of Liverpool Fc who took over the vacated park ground.
    Everton’s most famous football legend Dixie Dean died at Goodison Park as did former manager Harry Catterick, both from heart attacks.
    Club finances are in the news again and compared with expenditure at Liverpool pale in comparison Evertons future appears again uncertain.
    Everton football memorabilia is always sought after and takes pride of place in any collection.

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  • Liverpool derby

    Posted on October 2, 2011 by Selby


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    Liverpool Derby
    Liverpool packed with fans for the derby, most hotels booked out managed to get in at the Atlantic towers anyway it was a great atmosphere Sat at Goodison Park and delighted to see L’pool go 2 up in an exciting derby.
    Pity Gerrard could not make it 3, he certainly showed his return to fitness
    What a great save off Kuyt’s penalty a big moment for Howard.
    check out this exciting piece of Everton sports memorabilia


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  • pc virus cure

    Posted on September 25, 2011 by Selby




    PC virus solved

    Some time ago my pc (vista) was infiltrated by a virus called “Smart Systems”,
    Tried all the usual ways to get rid of it , each search I made on Google had a different suggestion, usually a manual solution with warnings of damage to my system on following the instructions and advising technical help ,however, they all suggested the easy alternative of downloading a “fix it now” programme.
    I downloaded the first suggested programme which informed me I had hundreds of virus's on my computer, cost to solve the problem 65$, I paid them and went to download the programme it would not complete the download, so back to square one,
    Trying customer service is an expensive waste of time with these companies so I once again goggled how to eliminate “Smart System” virus, first response said guaranteed removal of this virus, I paid out another 35$ downloaded the product, once again it would not complete the download .
    I had previously used Spyware Doctor Anti-virus but let it lapse and I noted a lot of blogs suggested this was the best solution so i paid 29$ and downloaded that again with no success. It appears this virus blocks all downloads.
    This was getting ridiculous bearing in mind the top 20 Google results all suggested purchasing more instant result programmes, with the option of impossible, to most people, manual solutions.
    I tries Microsoft free disc scan which immediately changed the corrupt programme settings thus allowing the installation of spyware doctor, which then downloaded without problem and obliterated the smart virus.
    I have now emailed both software companies for a refund and they confirmed this is ok it seems now that US online companies are required to give a 30 day money back guarantee .
    In retrospect I wish I had relied on something as simple as Microsoft tools which were already installed on my computer.
    So I hope that helps someone.

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  • Ireland march on

    Posted on September 22, 2011 by Selby

    Another excellent performance by Ireland at Clontarf in the one day ICC on Tuesday against Canada, fortunately the rain kept off, Ireland are on a roll and Porterfields decision to bat seems to have paid off 3 times on the trot now so that’s 8 points from their opening 4 games well done.


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  • Sri Lanka

    Posted on September 21, 2011 by Selby

    Encouraging to see Michael Clarke score his first test century against Sri Lanka, as Test captain, what a great start for him & a spirited 7/157 from Rangana Herath.It will be Interesting to see what happens in Cape town and Jo’berg .


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