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  • Olympic swimming memorabilia

    Posted on August 29, 2011 by Selby

    Duncan Goodhew Olympic swimming memorabilia would compliment any collector's portfolio.

    It was at Millfield public school that Duncan met professional coach Paddy Garrett who soon took an interest in his swimming abilities. Duncan went on to represent GB at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.

    In 1980 as captain of the GB swim team at the politically controversial Moscow Olympics he won his Gold Medal in the 100 M breast stroke and Bronze in the 4 x 100 M medley.

    He became a national hero and a household name; he was awarded the MBE for services to sport in 1981

    Duncan is a highly regarded motivational speaker and as president of the Swimathon campaign has raised millions for charities since its inception in 1988.

    His marketing company is not surprisingly at the forefront of sports events management.

    He has written an informative book drawn from his own life experiences Sink or Swim.

     Sought after Swimming memorabilia includes framed presentations, hand signed autographs, programmes, first day covers, medals, bands and swim attire. (caps).

    I have been fortunate to recently acquire framed memorabilia collectibles  and autographs featuring, Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Duncan Goodhew, Adrian Moorhouse, Johnny Weissmuller and Sharron Davies.

    I would be delighted to hear from anyone who may have  prewar collectibles such as Malcolm Champion, Harold Hardwick, Norman Wainwright, Dr Sammy Lee and many more……

    This post was posted in Athletics memorabilia and was tagged with sports memorabilia, athletics memorabilia

  • Don Bradman cricket memorabilia

    Posted on August 28, 2011 by Selby

    Don Bradman cricket memorabilia is highly collectable, in fact I have one particular hand signed sepia press photograph of my father and Bradman walking out to toss up when the “Invincibles” played Lancashire in May 1948 at the Old Trafford 3 day match, this remains part of my family collection.

    I had the privilege of being introduced to Don Bradman at Lords in the late 90’s and what a pleasure it was.

    Don Bradman (1908-2001) New South Wales was without question incomparable in his status as an iconic cricketer he was renowned for his outstanding abilities on the field followed later by his contributions as Chairman of the Australian board of control and as a member of the National Selection Committee. He was awarded a well deserved Knighthood in 1949 for his services to cricket.

    Bradman’s  phenomenal batting  performance pre and post war so concerned the 1932/33 touring  side that in an attempt to curb Bradman’s batting domination a meeting was scheduled at the Piccadilly Hotel London between four Nottinghamshire players England Captain Douglas Jardine, a player who was obsessive in his will to win, Captain Arthur Carr, and two skilful fast bowlers Harold Larwood, and  Bill Voce,

    The purpose of the meeting was to analyse the style in which Australia had toured England in 1930, Don Bradman’s batting had dominated the series, averaging 140 runs Australia won the series 2-1.

    The season of 1932-33 saw the introduction of bodyline bowling a decision which was to test the Anglo Australian relationship to the very limit.  Bradman adapted to the bowling attack in the unusual manner of moving around the crease towards the leg side, away from the  line of the ball, cutting the delivery into the comparatively open offside mid field.

    Bradman went on to average 56.57 runs an average which although significantly below his usual statistics was never the less an outstanding performance given the circumstances.

    Bodyline series cricket memorabilia  is regarded as highly desirable to collectors, of particular interest are mono sepia photographs, completed signed and printed scorecards, programmes and autographs.

    Tony Selby

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  • Stirling Moss motor racing memorabilia

    Posted on August 27, 2011 by Selby

    As probably the most famous British racing driver of all time Stirling Moss motor racing memorabilia is in high demand.

    Stirling at 81 has recently announced that he is retiring from motor racing after an extraordinary career that spanned eight decades and took in 212 victories. Moss's first Formula One win achieved driving a Mercedes W196  was the British Grand Prix at Aintree where spectacular driving put legend  Juan Manuel Fangio  into second place, motor racing collectibles from this event are sought after by enthusiasts and would include hand signed autographs,  event programmes, sepia mono press photos, tickets and other event related material.

    Ever popular the charismatic Stirling in effect retired from motor racing in 1962 though he continued racing in exhibitions and legends events.

    Stirling is the ten times British Champion and winner of 16 Grand Prix from 66 Grand Prix starts and 19 non-championship events.

    Motor racing memorabilia that I have collected over the years would include legends such as James Hunt, Jim Clark Nikki Lauda,  Graham Hill, William Grover, Emmerson Fitipaldi, Enzo Ferrari, Williams Hermann Lang, Richard Seaman, Stirling Moss, Henry Seagrove, , Malcolm Campbell (yes he was a Grand Prix driver), the list goes on, it is all about opportunity and  personal choice.

    Fortunately there are still some excellent examples of Stirling Moss collectibles still available.

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  • Jack Dempsey boxing memorabilia

    Posted on August 25, 2011 by Selby

    Jack Dempsey boxing memorabilia is rated amongst the most collectable today by boxing enthusiasts

    Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983) born in Manassa Colorado made his name as the Manassa  Mauler, having defeated Jess Willard in 1919 in a title fight,  he held his world heavyweight title from 1919-1926, defending the title six times in seven years he was famous for his thrilling knockout wins usually achieved soon after the start of round one. His colourful personality made him popular with both fans and media.

    As there is usually an inevitable turnaround in fortune in sport, Dempsey’s arrived unexpectedly when he was defeated by Gene Tunney on September 3rd 1926 in front of a record breaking crowd, the fight became known as the battle of the long count.

    Dempsey was given another crack at the title in 1927 when he failed to regain his title in controversial circumstances.

    Dempsey retired from professional boxing and moved into the world of exhibition bouts, eventually in 1936 he became the owner of Jack Dempsey’s  Broadway restaurant in New York, which just happened to be situated  across the road from Madison Square garden.

    There is always a big demand for Jack Dempsey boxing memorabilia; he will be remembered for his power, skill and agility which made him one of the greatest boxers of all time.

    A rare one-off presentation is available which contains a photo of Dempsey in fighting pose and is signed in ink on an album page with a dedication and inscribed "Good Luck".

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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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  • Cricket collectibles

    Posted on August 21, 2011 by Selby

    Great if ironic to see Eoin Morgan is taking over from Alistair Cook to captain England in the one day international, when he plays his former countrymen  this week at Clontarf Cricket Club Dublin. The makings of a great day out.



    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with cricket memorabilia, sports memorabilia

  • Body line series hand signed cricket memorabilia

    Posted on August 17, 2011 by Selby

    There is only a limited amount of hand signed cricket memorabilia available depicting the 1932/33 Australian test series, famous for “fast leg theory.” This is the series where captain Jardine is said to have advised bowlers Larwood and Voce to adapt to a bodyline style of delivery. The objective of this was to contain Bradman’s skilful runmaking on the hard fast Australian bowling surfaces.

    Under these playing conditions Bradman still achieved an enviable average of 56.5 .

    I was fortunate to purchase an excellent example of cricket memorabilia, from the series recently at Knights sporting auctions.

    M.C.C. tour of Australia (Bodyline) 1932/33. Large and original mono action photograph from the 1st Test match played at Sydney on the 2nd-7th December 1932. The photograph shows 'Sutcliffe, when 43, played one from O'Reilly on to his wicket without dislodging the bails. Note the amazement of McCabe and Oldfield as the ball trickles away from the middle stumps'. The photograph, by 'Kodak', with title to top border 'Ist Test' and title to lower border. Excellent image. The photograph measures 15.5"x12.5", framed and glazed, overall 22"x21". Good/ very good condition. Very rare in this larger format



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  • Test at the oval

    Posted on August 17, 2011 by Selby

    Ahead of Thursdays final test at the Oval It is interesting to note that of the 10 Tests they’ve played here, India have lost only twice yet somehow not surprisingly the team seem resigned to their fate.  The whitewash I forecast after Trent Bridge is now a reality; let’s just hope that on a wicket known for high scores that there is plenty of good cricket to look forward to!!!


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  • Lancs T20 campaign

    Posted on August 14, 2011 by Selby

    Edgbaston should see lots more action on 27/8 when Lancs play Leicestershire on finals day  in the T20, lets hope lancs can go all the way, will they stick with players from the qualifying campaign??

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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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