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  • Johnny Weismuller Olympic Swimming Memorabilia

    Posted on February 28, 2012 by Selby

     

    Johnny Weismuller Olympic Swimming Memorabilia

    5 Olympic Gold Medals – 52 US National Championships -67 World Records, Tarzan Movie Actor,  First to swim 100m Freestyle in under a minute.

    Johnny Weissmuller Olympic Memorabilia is a must for any serious collector. A man of 2 careers Swimming Champion and Hollywood Movie star, making some 12 Tarzan films 1932 – 1948.

    The London 2012 Games are coming round fast and the interest in Olympic Memorabilia is increasing daily, now is a good time to invest in Collectables not only associated with past Champions, but by predicting future Gold Medal winners and buying while the price is right, Collectables which are obtained while the Athlete is still relatively unknown can based on future success, it may be a great investment.

    Johnny (1904 – 1984) US Freestyle swimmer and actor was born in Timisoara Hungary, brought up in Pennsylvania his family relocated to Chicago where Johnny as a youngster contracted polio, he fought the illness bravely by practicing a regime of strenuous exercises which paid off for him and he eventually recovered to become a teenage member of the Illinois Athletic Club where he was coached by William Bacharach who was spoken of at the time as the best swimming coach in America.

    I have known so many instances of youngsters contracting polio to go on to become outstanding sportsmen and women; I feel it is the intense exercising carried out to recover from the illness that in the future gives them the strength, motivation and ability to train at the top level.

    Johnny soon developed his own unique style which he put to good effect when  he entered his first competitive swimming tournament the 1921 Amateur Athletic Union Outdoor Championship, winning the 50 yard and the 220 yard Freestyle. In 1922 Johnny broke the world record for the 150m backstroke and the 300m Freestyle, previously held by Duke Kahanamoku, a Hawaiian triple Gold Champion, 1912 Stockholm, 1920 Antwerp. The Duke ironically also, on retirement from swimming, successfully pursued an acting career.

    Johnny competed in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris winning Gold Medals in 100m/400m freestyle, 4x200 freestyle Relay. His efforts competing as a team member of the American Water Polo team achieved a 3rd place.

    In 1927 he set 100yd freestyle record which many regard as one of his greatest achievements, Olympic Memorabilia from this event would be of particular interest

    In 1928 at the Summer Olympics in Holland he won another 2 titles in the 400m Freestyle and the 4 x200m relay.

    He was inducted into the American Olympic Hall of Fame in 1983

     

    MEDAL RECORD

    2 Gold   1924 Paris 400m freestyle, 4 x 200m freestyle, Bronze team water polo

    2 Gold   1928 Holland 100m freestyle, 4 x 200m freestyle

    Movie Memorabilia

    Movie collectable re prints from the 12 successful Tarzan productions are relatively prolific as is material from Metro Goldwyn Mayer, MGM and the Jungle Jim Columbia productions. What the collector really should be seeking is authentic original material as listed below:

    Costumes, costume sketches, movie posters, props, wardrobe, scripts, postcards, theatre programmes, periodicals, magazines, original photos and stills, film company press books complete with images, credits, bio, plot info, original photos, autographs etc.

    Olympic Swimming Memorabila.

    Johnny Weissmuller authentic Collectables are rare and I would be interested in all items, though specifically from any of the following events:

    1922, 100 yds. freestyle at the Alameda pool California,

    1924 Paris Summer Olympics.

    1927 the 51 sec 100 yd. freestyle record at the University of Michigan Union Pool.

    1928 Netherlands Olympics.

    Collectable items that would interest me include: Committee reports, commemorative plaques and medals, posters, badges, press admittance, booklet rules and regulations lapel pins and original photographs/autographs.

    Collecting Olympic Memorabilia can be great fun and rewarding as either a hobby or small business

    Good luck with your collecting

    Let me know how you get on?

    Tony Selby

    Sports Memorabilia


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  • Alexei Nemov Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 16, 2012 by Selby

     


    Alexei Nemov Olympic Memorabilia

    12 Times Olympic Medallist, Russian Athlete Nemov is One of the Greatest Gymnasts of our time.

    He is renowned for his charismatic appeal and his highly competitive spirit.

    His many successes and likeable character have made Alexei Nemov Olympic Memorabilia popular with Collectors who wish to add his triumphs to their portfolio.

    At 14 he joined the Soviet Junior squad and began training at the National Training Centre at Round Lake.

    At 16 he made his first international appearance in the April 1993 World Championships at the National Exhibition Centre Birmingham, he finished a creditable fifth in the floor exercises.

    He won his first Major all-round title in 1994 at the Goodwill Games at the Kirov Stadium in St Petersburg, beating Aleksei Voropaev the World Champion Silver Medallist by 1.25 points, on this occasion he was awarded more Medals at the Championship than any other athlete 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.

    .  He racked up 6 Medals at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta including Gold in the Team and Vault, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze.

    Over the next few years Nemov was plagued with recurring shoulder injuries and he did not appear to be able to consolidate his outstanding success of 1996, although he did earn Gold at the Lausanne World Championships and 2 more at Tianjin, he also won Gold in the 1998 European Championships at St Petersburg.

    The best was to come at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where again he showed his earlier amazingly versatile talents and to the spectators delight won 6 Medals, Gold in the all-round and High bar, Silver floor, Bronze in the Team, Horse and Parallel bars, what a tremendous come back.

    The following is a Tally of Alexei Nemov Olympic Medals:

    2000 Sydney Gold  (2) Silver (1) Bronze (3)

    1996 Atlanta Gold (2) Silver (1) Bronze (3)

    Alexei Nemov Olympic Memorabilia is sought after especially when it features his most memorable events, Collectables that particularly appeal to me are listed below:

    1993 and early events as a junior

    1994 Goodwill Games Kirov Stadium

    1994 European Championships Prague

    1996 Olympic Games Atlanta

    2000 Olympic Games Sydney

    2004 Olympic Games Athens

    Olympic Memorabilia which I tend to collect is usually Pre or soon after WW2, often this is not possible as modern competitors are becoming very popular, the modern tendency is towards Presentations, Montages, autographed photos, cards, posters, vests, caps, worn sportswear etc. I would include the following Collectable items:

    Programmes, participation medals, ribbons and bars, press tickets, badges, stamp strips, badges and commemorative items, committee reports.

    Collecting Olympic Memorabilia can be great fun and a rewarding hobby or small business.

    Good luck with your collecting

    Let me know how you get on???

    Tony Selby

    Athletics Memorabilia


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  • Nadia Comaneci Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 13, 2012 by Selby

     


    Nadia Comaneci Olympic Memorabilia

    Five Times Gold Medallist, Olympic Gymnast Sensation Nadia Comaneci is a favourite with Olympic Memorabilia Collectors.

    Her outstanding performance in the Montreal 1976 Olympics, where she won 3 Gold Medals, 1 silver and a Bronze, secured her place in the history books.  Four years later Nadia competed in the Moscow Games winning a further 2 Gold medals bringing her total to five Gold’s, three silver and one bronze. The 1976 Olympics is unique as the first Olympic Games to be held in Canada

    Nadia Comaneci Olympic Memorabilia is relatively prevalent from her International successes yet it would be nice to see more collectables made available from her early competitions from 1969 – 75.

    Nadia was born in Romania in 1961, she showed early promise as a gymnast becoming the youngest person to win the Romanian National Junior Championship as a nine year old in 1970, the following year she won the Junior national all-around title in her first International Competition at Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. At 11 years of age she won all around Gold in the Junior Friendship Tournament at the Druzhba Palace of Sports, Ukraine.

    By the time Nadia entered the European Championships in 1975 at Skien Norway she was already regarded as a formidable opponent as shown in her astonishing results listed below:

    All round          Gold

    Uneven bars     Gold

    Balance beam   Gold

    Vault                  Gold

    Floor                 Silver

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    Not surprisingly she was named as the UPI female athlete of year in 1975/76.

    1976 - It was the Summer Olympics in Montreal where Nadia became the first gymnast ever to receive a perfect 10.00 score from the judges; this remarkable achievement was recorded on the uneven bars. Amazingly Nadia scored a total of seven perfect tens at the Event.

    She was welcomed home to Romania as a National Hero, her picture appearing during the course of the same week on the cover page of Sport Illustrated, Time and Newsweek magazines bringing with it the celebrity that remains today.

    Her tally on this occasion is listed below:

    All round           Gold

    Uneven bars     Gold

    Balance beam Gold

    Team                Silver

    Floor                 Bronze

    Nadia Comaneci competed in the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games bringing her total up to 5 Gold Medals, 3 Silver Medals, 1 Bronze Medal.

    Nadia official retirement ceremony in 1984 took place in Bucharest among the many dignitaries present was the Chairman of the International Olympic committee; Nadia went on to become a popular coach to the Romanian National Team, eventually leaving for the USA where she was granted citizenship in 2001.

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    Nadia remains closely involved with sport through her work with the Media; she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1996 in Oklahoma USA, and has twice been the recipient of the International Olympic Committee most prestigious award the Olympic Order, in 1984 and 2004. She is the youngest and only person to receive this honour twice.

    In 2000 Nadia was nominated as an Athlete of the Century by the Laureus World Sport Academy, an enviable award administered by some of the greatest legends from sport. Laureus have great fundraising programmes and interactive projects that the public can join in, it is well worth following them on Facebook, to keep updated.

     

    Track and Field Athletic Memorabilia is always sought after especially if associated with an legendary sportsman/woman, the unique value of the individual item will appreciate dependant on the event or memorable occasion from which it originated, i.e. a Signed Presentation depicting Nadia Comaneci Olympic Memorabilia from the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal  may be more attractive to some collectors than the 1978 World Championships when Nadia despite winning the Beam title did not achieve the same level of success. Similarly the European All Title in 1977 is marked by the team controversially walking out in the finals; some collectors would pick up on this unique occurrence. Another example would be December, 1979; World Championships, Ft. Worth, when Nadia was recovering from illness and unable to demonstrate her usual prowess. What a recovery she made with her fantastic achievement in Moscow the following year.

    Memorabilia other than the pre 1975 which I mentioned earlier that I am particularly interested in includes the following:

    1975 Skien Norway European Championships

    1976 Montreal Olympic Games

    1977 Prague European Championships

    1978 Strasbourg World Championships

    1979 Fort Worth World Championships

    1979 Copenhagen European Championships

    1980 Moscow Olympics

    1981 Bucharest Summer Universiade

    Popular Olympic Memorabilia includes Autographs, Signed Presentations, Caps, Medals, Trophies, Photographs, Signed sports Periodicals and Media, Event tickets and Olympic programmes.

    Good luck with your collecting

    Let me know how you get on???

    Tony Selby

    Olympic Memorabilia


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  • Roger Bannister Athletics Memorabilia

    Posted on October 10, 2011 by Selby




    A sports memorabilia blog
    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
    Sports memorabilia

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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……


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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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