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  • Open Golf at Sandwich

    Posted on July 16, 2011 by Selby

    Still watching DC

    My money was on Sergio 28/1 paddy power paid on first 7 places not an easy one

    Good luck a well deserved day and he practised through the winter at portrush it paid off.  good move.

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  • Adrian Moorhouse Sports Memorabilia

    Posted on June 29, 2011 by Selby

    This is an Olympics games blog

    Adrian David Moorhouse sports memorabilia is big demand, the British former olympics swimmer was born in Bradford in 1964, he won the 100 m breaststroke gold medal at the Seoul Olympics
    He broke the national junior records for both the 100 m and 200 m breaststroke in 1980 when he was selected for the England junior team.
    He was 15 when he was chosen for the national senior squad, his position was to be number two to Duncan Goodhew the gold medalist.
    In 1981 He became Britain’s no 1 breastroke swimmer, the following year he won gold in the 100m breastroke at the commonwealth games in Australia
    Adrian Morehouse had an exciting rivalry throughout his career with the Canadian Victor Davis.
    We currently have in stock a superb item of signed it is a colourful sports memorabilia first Day of Issue cover, stamped MAY 2nd 1996, and personally signed by the swimming legend, Adrian Moorhouse, who was an Olympic Champion in 1988.

    Adding to the cover is the addition of replica Olympic Gold Medal that is mounted on the front next to an image of the subject in Olympic action.

    So look in our  memorabilia section for plenty of good offers

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  • New Zealand captain

    Posted on June 23, 2011 by Selby

    This is a sports memorabilia blog

    Ross Taylor could be the answer for New Zealand as successor to McCullum, as New Zealand captain. He deserved to have his position made permanent.
    Ross the competitive 27 year old middle order batsman is preferred choice of the 3 man New Zealand selection committee.
    Ross has performed well since taking over as stand in  cricket captain having recently beaten both Australia and Pakistan; he has adapted a strong mind-set and is not considering draws in the future but going all out to win.

    Australia and Pakistan have always maintained a high presence in sports memorabilia field.

    sports collectable series of blogs

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  • Sri Lanka cricket - ladies going back to work

    Posted on June 19, 2011 by Selby

    This is a cricket memorabilia blog

    It seems Sri Lanka womens cricket squad can’t find a sponsor for their ladies team and some ladies are already signing up for military enlistment, however it is understood they are not expected to take part full scale military operations. (thank god)
    Since achieving test status most players are happily occupied juggling work between playing for the national team.
    Sponsors seem few and far between let’s just hope they keep their focus on the wicket.
    They seem to be doing fine at the Rose Bowl.

    Sports memorabilia series of blogs

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  • Rare autographs real or fake

    Posted on June 12, 2011 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 the autograph.

    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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  • sports memorabilia for sale

    Posted on June 1, 2011 by Selby

    sports memorabilia

    This is a cricket memorabilia blog

    Among a lot of interesting sports memorabilia items for auction in Chester today I am particularly interested in the following two:
    Warsop of Marylebone cricket bat which is hand signed by the Invincibles 1948,although not signed by the home side, this was Bradman’s fourth and final tour England, this tour was so popular that it was almost impossible to get into the ground at most venues, Australia won the five tests and that’s what makes this hand signed bat so interesting.
    It has a low estimate and if as described  I think it could make a lot more, still a nice bit of cricketing history.
    The second item is a Lancashire CC silver tray presented to John Thomas Tyldesley by Lancashire CC in 1910,as he was regarded as the finest proff batsman in county cricket around 1900 (3041 runs) in 1901, it comes together with an engraved cricket ball. so have to see how the bidding trends pan out.

    Also 1940 hardback Wisden almanack, very sought after war year, condition all important

    Dunlop golf Caddy advertising figurine with 5 golf clubs in bag should make a great addition to any golf memorabilia collection.

    Having said that the sale is packed with interesting hand signed sports memorabilia covering a range of activities.


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  • The Bloody Ashes

    Posted on May 19, 2011 by Selby


    The season of 1932-33 (significant as a vintage year for cricket memorabilia), saw one of the most significant events in cricketing history, an event which would strain the Anglo Australian relationship to the very limit.
    It all began with a conversation in the Piccadilly hotel London between England Captain Douglas Jardine (Notts), a player who was obsessive in his will to win, Captain Arthur Carr, (Notts), and two skilful fast bowlers Harold Larwood, (Notts) and Bill Voce, (Notts).
    Top of the agenda that day was the subject of fast leg theory, a highly controversial bowling technique which involved bowling a short fast pitched ball on the leg stump with a circle of usually at least five fielders set close in on the leg side. The reasoning behind this was that the batsman could usually only play the ball to the leg side often causing leg side deflections off the upper edge of the bat, ready to be caught by the quadrant of fielders behind square leg.
    The reason behind the meeting was the style in which Australia had toured England in 1930, Don Bradman’s batting had run riot with the English attack, and an average of 140 runs saw Australia win the test series 2-1
    Studies from cine film and player opinion had been made of Bradman’s batting and it was noted that he seemed to be uncomfortable addressing deliveries which pitched short, bounced high and rose towards him in line with leg stump, a style of bowling seen by many to be both intimidating and physically threatening.
    In an attempt to curb Bradman’s skilful batting prowess Jardine decided to utilise this form of bowling attack in the forthcoming encounter, later to become known as Bodyline series.
    The fast leg-theory attack had been tried at Trent Bridge - and also at Kennington Oval the previous August. Not everybody who saw it admired it however Jardine decided it was the very thing to solve the Bradman dilemma
    The following two seasons of county cricket saw Larwood and Voce practicing their talents both in the nets and on the pitch much to the discomfort and occasionally fitness of the opposing batsman.
    England’s pace bowlers were ready now for the hard fast Australian bowling surfaces.
    With the1932/33 Australian test series underway it was not until the third test of the series at Adelaide that the wicket was considered ideal for this form of delivery and the tactics were successfully used by the England team.
    Widespread condemnation quickly followed as a number of Australian batsman left the crease either injured or having made disappointing scores, it was after a particularly unsavoury incident in which Bert Oldfield was rendered unconscious by a head strike resulting in a fractured skull, that the crowd became angry and a near riot broke out.
    Bradman for his part dealt with the bowling attack in the unorthodox manner of moving around the crease towards the leg side, away from the line of the ball, cutting the delivery into the relatively unoccupied offside mid field.
    Bradman averaged 56.57 in the series, an average which although below par for him was still an enviable performance.
    The final outcome was a 4-1 England win; the scorecard shows Larwood’s bowling averages 19.51 per wicket having taken 33 wickets.
    At the series end relationships between the teams were at an all-time low. The Australian Board of Control were soon to contact the MCC proclaiming their indignation and suggesting relationships between the two countries were in jeopardy as a result of this form of gamesmanship.
    The MCC passed a resolution in 1935 that 'any form of bowling which is obviously a direct attack by the bowler upon the batsman would be an offence against the spirit of the game'.
    It was a quarter of a century later that measures were taken restricting the number of players allowed to be placed behind square leg to two, this effectively put an end to a potential revival of bodyline tactics.
    As time went by relations between the two countries were restored and now the Ashes series is much looked forward to and enjoyed all over the world.
    On his retirement from cricket Harold Larwood emigrated to Australia where he lived in Sydney until his death at the age of 90.
    cricket memorabilia from the controversial bodyline series is highly sought after and signed scorecards, handwritten letters, advertising material, photographs etc. are always in demand.
    Tony Selby

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  • sports memorabilia update

    Posted on May 17, 2011 by Selby

    On the road this week looking at more interesting cricket memorabilia.

    Bonhams aution of sports memorabilia at Chester 1/6/11 has some interesting golf memorabilia have a look at catalogue online.

    Of particular interest are the 1948 Ashes series collectables, should be a lot of overseas interest.

    The Bournemouthe belle rain train dining car menu 1946, includes Bedser,Compton,Hutton, Washbrook, Yardley,Edrich, Evans etc on  their way to Southampton to embark on RMS Stirling to Freemantle also of course the captain Hammon, features. will be watching that one!!

    A Bournemouth Belle train Pullman dining car wine list dated 31st August 1946, hand signed to the front by 19 of the M.C.C. touring team on their way to Southampton to embark on the R.M.S. Stirling Castle to Fremantle, Australia including Hammond (Captain), Yardley (vice-captain), Bedser, Compton, Edrich, Evans, Hutton, Ikin, Voce, Washbrook, Wright, Gibb, Fishlock, Langridge, Smith, Pollard and the manager Major Howard and Ferguson (scorer/baggage master).
    A large selection of hand signed collectables on display.


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  • Collecting Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on May 9, 2011 by Selby


    Collecting  cricket memorabilia

    Cricket memorabilia is one of the fastest growing areas in the sports collectables field.
    1864 saw the first publication of the “Bible of cricket” the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack and this is certainly an area worth concentrating on. The founder John Wisden (1826-1854) created the longest running sports annual in history. The Wisden has been produced in both hard back form and soft cover, the hardback version being the collectors preference was first printed in 1896. The most sought after category is the first issue covering 1864-1875. As a collector one would need to take the long term view and ideally given the time, perseverance and resources would aim to eventually assemble a full set of these informative volumes. A number of individual books become available on a regular basis, recent editions which have interested me are the hardback versions 1901, 10,11,12, I am currently purchasing a 1945 hardback (one of 1500),and am interested in 1942 one of only 900 copies.
    I recently purchased W.G. Grace “Cricket”(1891) signed by the author, an excellent read and much sought after, it was published in (1891) so great care needs to be taken enjoying the content of rare books.
    As with all sports memorabilia condition is important but I feel consideration in the case of Wisden must be given to age and usage. Wartime editions are always popular collectables usually owing to limited production.
    County cricket memorabilia is often high on a collectors agenda as items may be specific to one particular county narrowing down the search, incidentally County cricket teams began forming around 1660, usually encouraged by local aristocracy, dignitaries and landowners of the Shire who had begun showing an interest in village green cricket and wished to encourage the locals to enjoy the game, possibly some becoming the first cricket professionals. It was not until 1963 that the distinction between amateur and professional was finally abolished in English cricket.
    Popular county sports memorabilia may include blazer pockets, club photos, attire, dinner menus etc.
    Ashes collectables are probably the most popular pieces and it is worth noting the importance of various dates for example the 1948 series would mean more to the serious collector than the ‘38 series, bodyline series always stands out and seems to command good prices, signed scorecards are always popular especially if they are completed and scores printed as opposed to hand written.
    Autographs are very collectable with an enormous variance in value for example Edmund Peate, Yorks, England may fetch £500, James Lillywhite £600 whereas Don Bradman a much admired icon of cricket a lot less, some cricketers were prolific writers others not so.
    My advice to an aspiring collector would be to study the subject, attend auctions and take notes then over time analyze the trends, a good start may well be Knights Sporting Auctions in Norwich.
    Of course the holy grail of cricket memorabilia is the Ashes, kept at Lords, the home of cricket, St Johns Wood, London.

    Written by Selby


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  • Collecting Boxing Memorabilia

    Posted on May 9, 2011 by Selby

    Collecting Boxing Memorabilia

    The Greeks originally introduced an ancient form of boxing into their Olympic games around 688 BC, although the sport only began to thrive years later in Roman times. Boxers in those days, or to be more accurate pugilists did not have access to gloves, head gear and other protective equipment as todays boxers do, the hand covering worn in those days consisted of leather hand straps later to be replaced with the boxing glove.
    Boxing only began to become accepted in England in the 18th century when wagering on what was known as a working man’s sport was rife throughout the land.

    In the 1800th century prize fighting was prevalent there were no written rules, formal ring, weight divisions, timed round structure, or referee, this version of the sport was both a dangerous and uncontrolled activity where deaths sometimes occurred and it was not unusual for riots to break out.
    As a result of a bout where he had killed his opponent in 1741 Jack Broughton introduced a more formalised structure which in1743 became known as the “Broughton's rules”. Mufflers were used for the first time these were supposed to provide some respite for the competing pugilists.
    In 1788 the Prince of Wales was recorded as being present at a bout held at Smitham Bottom, Croydon, between William Futrell and gentleman John Jackson
    So far I have been unable to find any authentic boxing memorabilia from this era.
    London Pride ring rules were introduced in 1838 these were based on those drafted by Jack Broughton nearly a hundred years previously.
    In 1865 the eighth Marquees of Queensbury John Sholto Douglas who is regarded as the patron saint of boxing drew up a new set of rules which became the sport as we know it today, some of the most significant changes included three-minute rounds, ring structure, no shoes or boots with springs and the regulated use of approved boxing gloves which must be fair sized, best quality and new.
    The first world heavyweight champion under the Queensberry rules was Gentleman Jim Corbett, who defeated John L. Sullivan in New Orleans in 1892.
    In 1904 boxing was included in the St Louis Olympic games this created a tremendous surge of worldwide interest in the sport.
    The National Boxing association became the first authorative organisation to govern over the sport in 1927. Fighters were ranked and matches programmed between champions and the most deserving challengers.
    There are currently three recognised sanctioning bodies the WBC, IBF and WBA who are the only organisations whose boxing titles are formally recognised throughout the world.
    Today boxing is divided into two divisions amateur and professional the former which is found mainly in schools, the forces, universities and the Olympics. The latter which is televised worldwide and still attracts a healthy interest from the many enthusiasts eager to wager on the outcome.
    Collecting Boxing memorabilia is a fast growing hobby/business with sale houses such as Bonham’s in London and Knights Sporting Auctions in Norwich holding sales on a regular basis.

    Sports memorabilia collectors are always interested in posters, programmes, prints, photographs, magazines, gloves and attire, many which are signed by boxing legends are highly sought after. Examples of collectable boxers are shown below.
    Jake La Motta, Joe Frazier, Joe Louis, Gene Tunney, Georges Carpentier, Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, Floyd Patterson , Muhammad Ali. George Foreman, Mike Tyson, Sir Henry Cooper , Ricky Hatton, Roberto Duran to name but a few of the iconic heroes.
    I hope this brief article gives you an introduction into the pleasure of collecting and enjoying boxing collectibles.

    Written by: Selby


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