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  • India in Mumbai, Twenty20

    Posted on December 23, 2012 by Selby

    With 3 runs to win, what a finish for England,  Eoin Morgan the England captain hitting a six off the last ball from Ashok Dinda, to level the Twenty20 two match series.

    A signed photograph of Irishman Morgan playing the winning stroke would be a significant attribute to any collection, cricket memorabilia is already in demand, signed bats, presentations and autographed collectables from the England tour, especially in view of winning a Test Series in India for the first time since 1985.

    With India having made 177/8, the tourists got off to a good start with a brilliant opening stand of 80 over 8.2 overs from Alex Hales and Michael Lumb, despite Yuvraj Singh once again putting in a formidable bowling display, the left arm spinner took 3/17 including the all important wickets of Lumb,Wright and Hales leaving England needing 37 from the final 3 overs.

    The England team have returned to the UK for a well-earned break before returning to India on Jan 2nd for five One Day Internationals  against India starting on the Jan 7  in Rajkot , this series will be another good opportunity for cricket memorabilia enthusiasts bearing in mind that the best collectables are associated with the best match winning events. Lets hope that's how it turns out!!

    All in all the six wicket victory was a splendid way for England to end a memorable series.

    Tony Selby

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  • England v India at Subrata

    Posted on December 21, 2012 by Selby

    England v India at Subrata

    Cricket collectables from the recent Test Series will be available on our website next week we have several presentation sets from the series and a good supply of signed tour itineraries, autographs, and programmes.

    It was great to see India back on form in the first Twenty20 at the Roy Sahara Stadium although disappointing for England that they won by 5 wickets.

    Opener Alex Hales(Notts) set the pace with his 50 scored off 35 balls before his wicket was taken by left arm spinner Yuvraj Singh, this escalated when Luke Wright and leading Twenty20 batsman Captain Eoin Morgan were dismissed in the space of 2 overs both caught Rahane bowed Singh who ended up with 3 very valuable wickets for 19 runs.

    England were never able to regain momentum, India impressed in the field, they were so much better than in the tests.

    England bowling was below par; Jade Dernbach (Surrey)delivering 3 wides in his first over amongst the 10 conceded during the match, Bresnan was top England bowler with 2/26

    The top Indian scorer was Singh on 38 off 21 deliveries caught by Meaker(Surrey) bowled Wright(Leic) as a best score that more or less tells the story.

    Cricket memorabilia from the current Twenty20 is in demand and a good assortment should be available.

    The 2nd and last match of the series should make great viewing in Mumbai tomorrow.

    Tony Selby

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  • Alastair Cook Cricket Record

    Posted on December 7, 2012 by Selby

    Alastair Cook Cricket Record

    Alastair Cook scored his 23rd test century yesterday against India at the Kolkata ground during the 3rd test, creating a great chance for the England side.

    Cricket Memorabilia signed by Cook would be significant from this event.

    His predecessor Andrew Strauss was always available to sign autographs and other cricket collectables, bats, tour brochures, scorecards etc.

    Cook who is only one century in front of Kevin Pietersen overtook legendary Wally Hammond's (1903 – 1966) Geoff Boycott and Colin Cowdrey breaking a record which had stood for 73 years.

    Cook achieved his highest test score of 294 against India in the 3rd test at Edgbaston 2011

    This has put England in with a great chance of winning here at Kolkata, plenty of confidence for the 4th test at Nagpur

    As I write this Cook has been run out for 190 - what a classic innings???

    Tony Selby

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  • Collecting Bert Oldfield Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on October 23, 2012 by Selby

    Bert Oldfield (1894 – 1976) the legendary Australian Cricketer is popular with the growing numbers of Cricket Memorabilia enthusiasts.

    Bert Oldfield born in Sydney New Wales kept wicket 1920 - 1937 for the Australia Test Team, he was a legendary wicket keeper notorious for spectacular stumping’s , in addition he was a reliable lower order right hand bat scoring 1427 test runs averaging 22.6, he scored six first class centuries.

    Having made his mark  playing in the Sheffield Shield he made his Test debut in the 1st test at the 1920/21 series against England

    He took part in Test tours to England in 1921, 1926, 1930, and 1934 – to South Africa in 1921-22 and 1935-36, New Zealand 1927-28 missing only one test since the 1924 Ashes series and this was due to the injury he sustained at Adelaide during the Bodyline series 3rd Test 1933.

    Tour brochures and dinner menus are available for the above overseas tours mentioned above and especially when signed by one or more players they are sought after items.

    From time to time odd cricket collectables associated with his illustrious career become available, they are quickly snapped up. Items which I have include a completed signed scorecard for the at England v Australia Test Match Sydney on 17th December 1920, where he made his test debut and was responsible for the wickets of Russell and Woolley in the 2nd innings stumping England captain Douglas in the 1st, nothing too special but it did consolidate his long standing position in the side.

    I was fortunate to purchase cricket autograph signed by Bert Oldfield which was obtained during the infamous 3rd test match at Adelaide where Oldfield having scored 52 in the 1st innings was injured when he ducked into a rising ball off Harold Larwood and retired hurt, Oldfield later said that the ball was a “fair “delivery , Les Ames (1905 - 1990) stood in for Oldfield in the 2nd innings, it is Cricket Memorabilia like this which is notable, not only the signature of a top international player but the item is obtained at a memorable (in this case for all the wrong reasons) event.

    The Bodyline series is an excellent source of Cricket Memorabilia, I wrote an interesting article on the series last year. England went on win the 1932/33 Ashes by four games to one amongst much controversy which is still debated in cricketing circles today.

    Oldfield played 54 Test matches for Australia; he scored 1,427 runs averaging  22.65, taking 78 catches and 52 stumping’s. His first class total of 52 stumping’s remains a Test career world record. In first-class cricket he played 245 matches, scoring 6,135 runs at an average of 23.77, and taking 399 catches plus 263 stumping’s.

    In later years Oldfield published his memoirs, Behind the wicket in 1938 and in 1954 Rattle of the stumps, I am currently very interested in locating signed editions which are in good condition.

    In 1922 he opened his sports shop WA Oldfield in Sydney which judging by the sizable estate he left on his death in 1976, was successful.

    Cricket Memorabilia from the 1920 – 1948 era is always popular specifically associated with the Ashes Test Series,

    Bert Oldfield was nominated Wisden cricketer of the year 1927

    He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1970.

    Tony Selby










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  • Signed Cricket Bats

    Posted on May 12, 2012 by Selby



    England v Australia 1932/33 Bodyline series, Cricket Memorabilia.

    Signed Cricket Bats which have survived the infamous Australia v England Bodyline Series 1932/33 are highly sought after as Cricket Collectables, match used bats which are signed by both teams are especially in demand as they are considered rare.

    When collecting signed cricket bats it can be useful to specialise in specific areas say Test Cricket, First Class Matches, Ashes series. Pre-war and post war etc. I try to concentrate on pre-war,  assembling a pre-war collection can be expensive and time consuming yet at the same time a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.

    It is fact that some cricketers were always more prolific when it came to Autographs and if approached at Cricket grounds from Lords to the Kensington Oval Barbados would happily oblige fans, an example would be Don Bradman arguably the greatest cricketer of all who would readily provide his autograph whereas Sid Barnes has rarely put pen to willow and when he did it was often stamped

    It stands to reason that when a cricketer is no longer with us his legacy to the enthusiast is his autograph, there can only be so many examples before the rarity aspect play its part.

    With some effort the Cricket Enthusiast can follow auctions and sales around the world make notes and compile lists of signatories with a rarity value.   Often sought after individual Cricket Bat autographs are found as part of a team signing, these cricket bats especially when signed by both sides, possibly with Umpires and Manager s included can be great buys, I personally try to concentrate on Pre-War Ashes Matches, England v West Indies, India, South Africa and New Zealand plus some of the County Championship Clubs, where many of the legendary test player’s have emanated from, in my collection I have examples of Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, MCC, Sussex, Surrey, Worcester, Lancashire and Yorkshire autographed match used bats

    It is important that Autographed Cricket bats are related to memorable events, legendary players and successful teams this is why there is so much demand for Ashes test match memorabilia.

    I am currently interested in autographs and Cricket Memorabilia associated with the 1932/33 Bodyline series.

    Signed Cricket Bats which have recently come available from private collections or sales include rare examples from the England v Australia series 1932/33.(note Bradman was missing in the 1st Test at Sydney due to illness) Below is a detailed list of matches played during the series compiled by cricinfo


    Fri Oct 21 - Mon Oct 24 Western Australia v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
    Thu Oct 27 - Sat Oct 29 Australian XI v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
    Fri Nov 4 - Tue Nov 8 South Australia v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Adelaide Oval
    Fri Nov 11 - Mon Nov 14 Victoria v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Fri Nov 18 - Tue Nov 22 Australian XI v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Fri Nov 25 - Tue Nov 29 New South Wales v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Fri Dec 2 - Wed Dec 7 1st Test - Australia v England
    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Fri Dec 16 - Mon Dec 19 Tasmania v Marylebone Cricket Club
    North Tasmania Cricket Association Ground, Launceston
    Fri Dec 23 - Mon Dec 26 Tasmania v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Tasmania Cricket Association Ground, Hobart
    Fri Dec 30 - Tue Jan 3 2nd Test - Australia v England
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Fri Jan 13 - Thu Jan 19 3rd Test - Australia v England
    Adelaide Oval
    Thu Jan 26 - Sat Jan 28 New South Wales v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Wed Feb 1 - Thu Feb 2 Queensland Country v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Showground, Toowoomba
    Sat Feb 4 - Tue Feb 7 Queensland v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
    Fri Feb 10 - Thu Feb 16 4th Test - Australia v England
    Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
    Sat Feb 18 - Tue Feb 21 Northern New South Wales v Marylebone Cricket Club
    No 1 Sports Ground, Newcastle
    Thu Feb 23 - Tue Feb 28 5th Test - Australia v England
    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Fri Mar 3 - Tue Mar 7 Victoria v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Fri Mar 10 - Tue Mar 14 South Australia v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Adelaide Oval  Compiled by cricinfo

    Any cricket memorabilia associated with this series will always be in demand by collectors and fans alike.

    Modern day signed Cricket bats are far more readily available, it has become popular for Test Cricketer to carry out signings where a large number of bats may be autographed in one session many used for charitable purposes, these bats can make great additions to a portfolio and in time will increase in rarity value however for the moment I am sticking with seeking out the pre-war and early to mid-fifties examples.

    Good luck with your collecting

    Let me know how you get on??

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia




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  • Denis Compton Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 20, 2012 by Selby


    Cricket Memorabilia – Bats, Caps, Scorecards, Autographs, Photos, Compton scored over 123 first class centuries took 622 wickets and in the field was responsible for 416 batsmen returning to the pavilion.

    Compton (MiddlesexEngland) was a dashing right hand bat whose Cricket was followed ball by ball by a legion of admirer’s both at the ground and over the airwaves. In 1947 alone he scored 3816 first class runs at an enviable average of 91 runs included 18 highly entertaining centuries.

    Denis Compton (1918 – 1997) Professional Footballer, England Cricketer, He was a right hand bat and slow left arm bowler he became a household name soon after the war when he was one of a number of select Cricketers who put the spark back into the game, something that had been missing since International Cricket was put on hold in 1939.

    Compton was born in Hendon UK, as a schoolboy he played for North London Schools against South London Schools at Lords making 88 runs. Following more early successes he joined the Lords ground staff in 1933 playing his first match for Middlesex just three years later.

    When collecting Rare Autographs and Cricket Memorabilia it is important to associate the item to a memorable event and personality, early matches which Compton took part in are of particular significance especially Test Matches played against Australia, however one can never discount items collected at any time of a legends sports career. From my point of view I tend to see Memorabilia as either Pre-war or Post war, it can be a good idea to concentrate in one area such as this. Often when collecting items associated with persons who were not prolific signers, it is a case of sourcing what is available and making a small adjustment in value dependant on the event.

    Condition of Collectables is important but one must be realistic, Caps, Bats, Balls, Blazers and equipment which are match worn should look match worn, scorecards, team sheets, tour brochures, postcards and cricket ephemera must be considered by age. autographs for example are unlightly to deteriorate with age so should be in good condition, whereas a wartime Wisden editon the original paper wrappers may well show signs of wear, it will have been extensively read and maybe handed down from previous generations so again judgement should be used in considering condition. .

    Below I have briefly noted some early very Collectable Dennis Compton matches.

    Compton made his Test debut (with Cyril Washbrook) in 1937 against New Zealand at the Oval batting at no 4, he scored 64 before being run out, the second highest score behind Joe Hardstaff jnr (103) he was credited with taking 3 wickets in the 2nd innings, the match resulted in a draw. During the 1937 season Compton made 1981 runs in First Class Cricket.

    He was selected to play against Australia in 1938 and he made 102 runs in the 1st test at Trent Bridge an inning which saw 3 England centuries (Hutton, Paynter, Compton) in spite of Compton catching Stan McCabe on 232, the match ended in a draw.

    He scored 76 not out in the 2nd test (2nd innings) at Lords, 3rd test abandoned, 4th test at Leeds not so good, same at the Oval where Len Hutton opened the batting and scored an amazing 364, Joe Hardstaff jnr (169 not out, Maurice Leyland 187), the 4 match test series ended in a draw against a seemingly strong Australian side.

    Compton missed the 1939 tour to South Africa playing football instead however he was back in action playing the touring West Indies in 1939. In the first test, 1st innings at Lords he scored 120 whilst opener Len Hutton scored 196. The second test at Old Trafford produced no significant Compton event as per the third test at the Oval, England won the three series 1-0. I actually have a hand signed photograph of Compton taken at Lords this photograph would be significant as it was the only century he made in the series and by far his highest score. (He put on a 248 stand with Len Hutton in a 2 hour 10 minute spell) a signed photo of both Hutton and Compton from the same event would be very collectable.

    Pre-war test matches make for excellent Cricket Memorabilia, the ones mentioned above would be extremely collectable.

    With the start of WW2 Compton joined the Army, stationed initially in Sussex, which enabled him to enjoy occasional weekend Cricket and Football. .

    Compton pursued both Cricket and Football up to and after the war, he was having to juggle his commitments to both sports. As a professional footballer Compton had joined Arsenal in 1932 and made his league debut against Derby in 1936, playing on the left wing. He played a number of games for the Army during WW2 also winning two International caps.

    In 1950 Compton helped Arsenal to an FA victory winning the Cup from Liverpool.

    During his years with Arsenal Compton played 60 matches scoring 16 goals he retired from football in 1950.

    I have listed below some First Class Cricket statistics which demonstrate what a talented cricketer Denis Compton was:

    Source: Cricinfo, 23 April 1997

    Full name

    Denis Charles Scott Compton


    23 May 1918


    23 April 1997 (aged 78)
    Windsor, BerkshireEngland


    5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)

    Batting style


    Bowling style

    Slow left-arm chinamen

    International information

    National side


    Test debut (cap 297)

    14 August 1937 v New Zealand

    Last Test

    5 March 1957 v South Africa

    Domestic team information



    1936–1964 MCC
    1936–1958 Middlesex
    1944/45 – 1945/46 Europeans (India)
    1944/45 Holkar

    Career statistics





    78 515

    Runs scored

    5807 38942

    Batting average

    50.06 51.85


    17/28 123/183

    Top score

    278 300

    Balls bowled

    2710 36640


    25 622

    Bowling average

    56.40 32.27

    5 wickets in innings

    1 19

    10 wickets in match

    0 3

    Best bowling

    5/70 7/36


    49/– 416/–

    Source: Cricinfo, 23 April 1997


    Denis Compton’s First Class Cricket career ended in 1958, he entered the world of social media as a Journalist writing for the Sunday Express and as a popular Commentator on the BBC.

    Denis Compton was named Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1939.

    He was awarded the CBE in 1958 and was elected President of Middlesex CCC in 1991.

    He has a Cricket ground named after him at the Shenley Cricket Centre in Radlett Herts which he opened in the summer of 1997 “The Denis Compton Oval”, ironically the ground was originally designed by WG Grace, it also has a splendid nineteenth century pavilion. Well worth a visit!!

    Good luck with your collecting.

    Let me know how you get on?

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia

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  • Sid Barnes Australian Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 11, 2012 by Selby


    Sid Barnes Australian Cricket Memorabilia

    Sid Barnes autographs are rare and sought after by Cricket Memorabilia enthusiasts second only to Don Bradman on the field, the controversial South Australian cricketer was not known as a prolific signatory of Cricket Collectables.

    Sid Barnes was born in Annandale New South Wales in 1916 and it was at fee paying Stanmore Public School that Sid made his mark on the Cricket field and was soon invited to join the NSW schoolboy side to play Victoria and Queensland. He was unfortunately to young to be part of the 1932/33 Bodyline series and it was in that year that he joined the Petersham Cricket Club, it was whilst at PCC that he come to the attention of the NSW selectors, making his first class debut at Sidney Cricket Ground at the end of the 1936/37 season against South Australia. His selection followed several high scores and the achievement of his maiden century (127 not out) against Western Australia, the NSWCA failed to acknowledge the match as holding first class status, leaving Sid to make his point against Victoria in his final innings of the season with a score of 110.

    Cricket Memorabilia varies in value depending on the status of the player and how available he is to signing collectables, whereas Don Bradman would always sign for fans and plenty of examples exist, Sid Barnes was not as prolific therefore his autographs are rare. Usually the collector would associate an autograph with an event i.e. a signed photograph from a high scoring memorable Ashes match would be more attractive than one from a lesser event but in Sid’s case it is prudent to secure whatever is available. I am fortunate to have a hand signed photograph from the 1948 Lords match and a signed official scorecard from his last test at the Oval.

    Sid completed the season with 800 runs at an average of 51, which secured his selection in the 1938 tour to England.

    Sitting in the pavilion with a wrist injury he took little part in series until he finally made his debut in the final Test at the Oval scoring a respectable (41/33), a series which saw England win by an innings and 579 runs. England made some high scores with Len Hutton scoring an amazing 374, Maurice Leyland 187, Joe Hardstaff 169. The Oval was ironically the venue of Sid’s last test in 1948.

    During the first class matches Sid scored 720 runs without achieving a century however in a 2 day non qualifier at Durham he did score 140.

    WW2 put an end to international cricket matches and in the early 1940s Sid enlisted in the military (Ist Armoured Division Tanks), his cricket career was on hold until the end of the War and the start of the .45/46 season. During the season he scored 5 successive centuries for New South Wales and was a natural selection for the forthcoming tour of New Zealand. In the one match played at Basin Reserve Sid made 54 in a game easily won by the Australians.

    The 1946/47 saw Sid as opening bat in the Ashes series, during the second Test at Sydney he scored 234 as part of a world record 405 run fifth wicket partnership with Don Bradman . Amazingly both batsmen ended their innings on 234 runs apiece Sid was bowled by an Alec Bedser special, Bradman by Norman Yardley, it is notable that none of the other Australian players scored over 40 runs. Sid averaged 73; to Bradman’s 97; Australia won the 5 test series 3/0.

    Following a brief spell with Lancs League Cricket in 1947 Sid returned to Australia keen to be selected for the 1948 tour to England, a team to become known as the Invincibles.

    Having failed to be selected in first 2 tests against India, the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and New South Wales was the opportunity Sid was looking for to remind the selectors of his batting skills, he achieved this with scores of 158 lbw to Ring and 80 not out in the second innings.

    Sid was reselected and in the 4th test at Adelaide he scored 112 in a 236 run partnership with Bradman securing his place on the 1948 tour which resulted in 4/0 series win for the tourists. In the second test at Lords Sid scored 141 in the 2nd innings following a duck in the first, having been caught by Len Hutton. Sid played 4 of the 5 tests making a total of 329 runs at an average of 82, he had missed the fourth test through injury incurred whilst fielding at an intimidating forward short leg. His final first class tally for the tour was 1354 runs.

    Sid Barnes, who in later life suffered from Bipolar died at home in Sydney in 1975

    Tony Selby
    Sports Memorabilia


    Sid Barnes statistics say it, all see below:

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