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  • Walter (Wally) Hammond Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 13, 2012 by Selby


    Walter Hammond Cricket Memorabilia

    The best English batsman of the 1930’s, Cricket Memorabilia from Wally Hammond’s Golden days is highly sought after by fans and enthusiasts.

    Wally Hammond the Gloucestershire and England all-rounder is remembered as probably one of the four best batsmen ever and signed collectables such as bats, match wear, sepia press photographs, match tickets, completed printed scorecards, tour paraphernalia, hand written letters, caps, autographs and paintings to name but a few are always in demand and none more so than Hammond, Don Bradman, Sid Barnes, and other heroes from this golden era of cricket.

    Wally Hammond (1903 – 1965) hails from Dover UK and was educated as a boarder at Cirencester Grammar School where he was captain of the first eleven, on leaving in 1920 he had originally planned to attend the prestigious agriculture college at Winchester however he was given a trial for Gloucestershire Cricket Club where he was quickly signed as a professional. Hammond made his first-class debut for Gloucestershire that same year.

    Hammond proving to be a good all-rounder made his first class maiden century against Surrey in 1923 scoring 110/92 as the opening bat. Over the next few years he was often in the eye of the MCC selectors,  notably scoring 250 not out against Lancs in 1925 with 1818 runs for the season plus 68 relatively economic wickets, this was enough to ensure his selection on the winter tour of the West Indies where he averaged 49 runs per innings in first class matches including a couple of centuries, he also took 20 wickets (28.65). After  playing Jamaica Hammond was taken seriously ill with blood poisoning and missed the remaining matches, he was not fully recovered until the start of the 1927 season.

    He immediately marked his return to cricket in May 1927 by scoring a 1000 runs during  the first month of the cricket season later that year he joined the winter tour to South Africa making his Test debut in the first match of the series scoring 57 runs as the number 4 bat and taking some useful wickets.

    Cricket Memorabilia from the following matches are of particular interest to me :

    South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 24-27, 1927

    Gloucestershire v Glamorgan 1930

    Bodyline tour 1932/33

    England v New Zealand 1st and 2nd Test, 1933*

    England v Australia 1936/37

    MCC v Ireland 1950

    *In the 1933 Test against New Zealand at Auckland Hammond made 336 runs the fastest ever triple century this is why linking  Cricket Memorabilia to an event can be so important.

    Hammond’s cricketing career spanned thirty one years between 1920 -1951 during which he made 50.000 runs and 167 centuries

    In just five Test Matches in 1928/29, England v Australia, Hammond scored an incredible 905 runs. Listed below are some of his enviable statistics:

    Test Matches:       85

    Runs                       7249

    Centuries:                 22

    Fifties:                       24

    Average:                   58.5

    Highest score:        336

    Wicket                      83 (37.8)

    First class runs       50.000 + averaging 58.45

    First class wickets   732 (30.58)

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia

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  • India Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on January 15, 2012 by Selby

    India Cricket Memorabilia – C K Nayudu , Polly Umrigar, Kumar Duleepsinhji,  Lala Amarnath, Vinoo Mankad, Sunny Gavaskar, Bishan Singh, Bishan Bedi, Kapil Dev, Gundappa Viswanath  -  Great Cricketers who feature in my Cricket Collection.


    India Test Cricket can be traced back to 1804. India played its first recorded Cricket match at Calcutta, the scorecard and detail appeared in the Calcutta Gazette on 26/1/1804.

    Some Cricket historians regard 1864 as the start of first class Cricket in India when a match is recorded as Madras v Calcutta.

    At this time  Europeans dominated Cricket and allowed  Indians little access to the mainstream game, however in 1885 the prestigious Bombay Gymkhana was established  ( British only Club), two years later the European members agreed to play the Parses.  This event led to other invitations and by 1912 the Bombay quadrangular Tournament which included Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus had become an Annual fixture.

    Cricket and Memorabilia

    There is no official Museum for India Cricket Memorabilia and collectables from these early days are extremely rare, I would be interested to hear any that are part of a collection.

    The first International India v England was played at Lords in 1932 in front of a large crowd of eager spectators, both teams were presented to King George V in front of the pavilion; CK Nayudu Captained the India side his opposite number was Douglas Jardine, both Captains were born in India although Jardine’s parents were Scottish.

    King George will have been pleased to see England win a spirited match by 158 runs.

    This historic event created the worldwide interest shown by millions of supporters of Indian Cricket today: India was now accepted into international Cricket becoming the sixth Cricket team to gain Test status.

    This particular Series is of note to collectors of India Cricket Memorabilia as it was their first overseas Test Match, the following match played in India in 1933 would not have the same significance.

    It is always a good idea to categorise Sports Memorabilia by Pre-war, Post-war and Modern era. I have listed below a number of India Test Matches that would appeal to me as a collector:

    Pre – war

    India only played 4 Tests (32, 33, 34, and 36) all against England, without winning a series though they did get a draw at Eden Gardens Kolkata in Jan 1934, other than 1932, none of any particular significance.

    Post – war 1945 - 1984

    India V England, Chennai, 1952 1st test win great performance by Vinoo Mankad

    India v NZ Chennai 1956, 413 runs in 472 minutes, Openers Vinoo Mankad (231) – Pankaj Roy (173)

    India v England, Chennai 1962, first series win against England

    India v England Oval 1971 first win in 22 tests in England previous 1932

    India v Australia Mumbai 1979

    Cricket world cup 1983 – India v West Indies at Lords ( Kapil Dev dismisses Richards, best catch)

    India v England Mumbai 1984 won by 8 wickets

    Modern (‘80s,90s)

    Since 1985 Many Indian players are highly collectable however ones which are currently of interest to me include

    Mohammed Azharuddin, Dilip Vengsarkar, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar,  Kapil Dev,  Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly .

    A particular match of interest to me is India v Australia 2001, Kolkata, (Laxman 2nd innings)

    There is some excellent  India Cricket Memorabilia available from this Series; I have examples of signed presentations from the 1st and 3rd test and a number of signed programmes, autographs and tour material.

    Cricket auctions are held on fairly frequently at established auction houses, Knights Sports, Bonhams, Christies and Mullock’s,all good examples, items of interest dating back to late 1800s, are  for sale and  include, hand written  letters, tour brochures and voyage photos, hand signed autographs, sepia press photographs, ceramics, ephemera, Cricket pictures, paintings, postcards, autographed  rare books, scorecards (the value is in completed, printed official scorecards) signed Cricket bats and Cricket Match worn attire.

    Pre-war items are more collectable than modern day ones, one reason being the rarity factor. In the Modern era Sports Personalities  tend to carry out signings on a grander scale, whereas in the old days a collectables would be obtained at a match now a celebrity may sign many items of Cricket Memorabilia  at one session making some sporting personalities more prolific than others. The rarity factor is always of prime importance when assessing the value of memorabilia, this applies mainly to modern day Presentations and signed photographs which is not the case when considering rarer Team signed bats, official signed scorecards etc. Often available at auction are signed Dinner Menus and tour material this is still very collectable as only a very limited amount is available.

    I would advise readers to peruse an article I have written called “Rare autographs real of fake” this article will give readers a good insight into establishing the authenticity of India Cricket Memorabilia, especially when purchased online, a sales arena in which the greatest care must be taken to avoid losses and disappointment.

    Good luck collecting.

    Let me know how you get on???

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia








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