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  • Posted on August 13, 2013 by Selby


    Surprised to see the Aussies let that one get away allowing England to confirm their superiority winning the Ashes 3/0  and the 4th Test with a convincing 74 run victory at Chester Le Street

    The last few days has seen a number of Autograph Signings, Signed Cricket Bats and Memorabilia, and what a nice way to spend your spend watching exciting cricket especially the Ashes. Cant say enough about the delightful ground Durham and the hospitality of the club.

    Alastair Cook’s team were winners at Durham with a day to spare in the 4th test when Australia somehow lapsed into a sudden batting collapse while attempting to score a not unobtainable 299 runs for a first series win. Stuart Broad put the nail in the coffin for the tourists with some splendid bowling 5/71 in the 1st innings and 6/50 in the 2nd.

    It is a landmark for England as the last time they won 3 matches In a home series was 28 years ago

    The England 1st innings was disappointing with only one half century scored by Cook, with Nathan Lyon taking 4 important wickets for 42 runs, Ian Bell who has had a great series so far, was the hero of 2nd innings  scoring 113 runs before being bowled by Ryan Harris, a seriously good fast bowler, who ended the innings with 7 important wickets for 117 runs.

    The tourists will be all out to win their first match of the series at the Oval starting Wednesday 21st August, should be a match well worth attending!!

    Tony Selby


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  • Cricket. England v Australia at Durham, Day 1

    Posted on August 10, 2013 by Selby

     

    I thought Australia should have won the cricket match at Old Trafford, now another poor start by England, what will they do to save this one!!

    Autograph signings are taking place over the next few days and we expect a good collection of cricket memorabilia, signed cricket bats, team sheets and some signed scorecards as well as the usual tour collectables.

    Chester Le Street home to Durham CC has this summer been the venue for three relatively low scoring County matches but I could never have imagined the home team ending day 1 on 238/9, this could be what the tourists need for a 2/2 Ashes series result, it is some consolation to look back to England’s 1st innings at Trent Bridge where they were all out for 215 and went on to win the match by 14 runs courtesy of Ian Bell (109) and Anderson (5/73) in the 2nd innings, not forgetting low order wickets from Swann, Broad and Root.

    England need to maintain their record at Durham where they have won all four Tests in recent years defeating Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and the West Indies, though that should not be compared to an Ashes Series.

    Lets hope that Jimmy Anderson and Tim Bresnan can capitalise on their 28 stand tomorrow morning.

    Sports Autographs and memorabilia will be available from this match early next week.

    Tony Selby


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  • Posted on August 6, 2013 by Selby


    What a day at Old Trafford no sooner do Australia start showing their true potential and the whole things rained off. Australia deserved to win and with decent weather would have.

    Autograph Signings have taken place throughout the series with particular emphasis on the memorable  Lords Test.

    The last 5 days have been a lesson for players and fans alike not to become too complacent, things can so quickly go the other way, there is so certainly plenty to do at Chester-le- street starting Friday.

    Australia having declared overnight on 172/7 and England needing 232 to win the home side fell to pieces, with the scoreboard showing 35/3 Australia, in my opinion would have had no problem bowling the hosts out with a hefty 72.3 overs remaining. Talk about saved by rain!!!!

    Trent Bridge got England off to a cracking start which they followed up by hammering Australia at Lords opening the path to their fastest retention of Ashes since the 1928/29 series when they won the first three matches

    England may have retained the Ashes at this dismal show but they now need to win the series, which after yesterday’s display won’t be the 4-0 they are hoping for, with Australia gathering momentum 2-2 is not beyond the bounds of possibility.

    The selectors have been quick to act by including Durham fast bpwler Graham Onions and Chris Tremlett in the 13 man squad for the 4th Test.

    "While the players should be congratulated on retaining the Ashes there is still a lot of cricket left in this series and it is important that the players recover and refocus ahead of another crucial week of Test cricket," said England national selector Geoff Miller

    Sports autographs and Cricket Memorabilia will be available for the series later this month.

    Let’s look forward to a spectacular match at Durham on Friday.

    Tony Selby


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  • The Ashes – Signed Cricket Bats

    Posted on August 5, 2013 by Selby


    Match used cricket bats are always popular with the collector, none more so than Signed Cricket Bats emanating from the Ashes Series.

    Bats which have survived the notorious Bodyline series 1932,33 are considered extremely desirable, especially if you are lucky enough to find one signed by both teams items from the Invincibles tour of England in 1948.

    At Cricket Collectables we advise putting your efforts into specific areas and time periods in our case we tend to concentrate on pre 1948, this can be expensive and there are many 1950 – up to the current Ashes bats well worth collecting.

    One should not ignore the benefits of collecting County Team bats as there are many available, say Middlesex, Lancashire, Somerset and Worcester, County bats are often signed by up to four counties and nearly always when match used by both teams, however Ashes signed cricket bats are at the top of the list

    Cricketers have a varied approach to signings some are more prolific when it comes to Autographs and if approached at Cricket grounds from Trent Bridge to the Queens Park Oval, Trinidad  are happy to oblige fans, take for example Don Bradman  the greatest cricketer of all who would seem almost anxious to provide his autograph whereas on the other hand Sidney Barnes has rarely put pen to paper most of his autographs are hand stamped.

    It is reasonable to assume that when a cricketer has "passed on to new grounds" that his legacy for the enthusiast is his hand written autograph, it is the normal rule of supply and demand there can only be so many signings before the rarity factor plays it’s part.

    The keen collector time and funds permitting can follow auctions  and sales around the world make notes and compile lists of autographs with a rarity value.   Often rare autographs and team sheetscontain not only the signatures of players but also baggage masters, manager’s coaches, umpires and occasionally the Captain of the ship carrying the touring side.

    I tend to concentrate on collecting Pre-War Ashes items, some other bats I have collected feature England v West Indies, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Scotland, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

    Of particular interest is the Australian Sheffield Shield along with English County Clubs, many of the cricket legends played first class matches in the various championships and leagues which makes for an ideal hunting ground.

    It is important that Cricket memorabilia is associated with outstanding events, legendary players and winning teams the reason there is so much demand for Ashes test match collectables.

    I am always interested in autographs and cricket memorabilia associated with the1932/33 Bodyline series. I have noted below players to look for when collecting these unique bats.

    Captain was Douglas Jardine, Vice-Captain Bob Wyatt, the MCC side was managed by Plum Warner (Middlesex, England) and Richard Palairet (Secretary of Surrey CC)

    Signatures need to be looking for, 1932/33, include the following:

    Douglas Jardine, Surrey

    Bob Wyatt, Warks

    Gubby Allen, Middx

    Les Ames, Kent (keeper)

    Bill Bowes, Yorks

    Freddie Brown, Surrey

    George Duckworth, Lancs

    Walter Hammond ,Glos

    Harold Larwood, Notts (opening bowler)

    Maurice Leyland, Yorks

    Tommy Mitchell, Derbys

    Pataudi, Worcs

    Eddie Paynter, Lancs

    Herbert Sutcliffe, Yorks

    Maurice Tate, Sussex

    Hedley Verity, Yorks

    Bill Voce, Notts (opening fast bowler)

    All collectables associated with the 1932/33 Australia v England series will always be at premium and sought after by enthusiasts

    I have listed below some of the Ashes signed cricket bats we have obtained which are of significance: (pre 1900 is just not available unfortunately)

    1911/12, look for autographs to include: Jack Hobbs and Sydney Barnes

    1920/21, Warwick Armstrong

    1926,      Jack Hobbs, Herbert Sutcliffe and Herbie Collins

    1928/29,  Don Bradman maiden Test

    1934,       Don Bradman and Ponsford

    1938,       Len Hutton

    1948,       5th test at the oval, the Invincibles

    Cricket bats from the modern era are far more readily available; it is almost a policy for Test Cricketer to carry out signings where a large number of bats are autographed at a single rather expensive signing.  Often bats are signed for charity auctions and worthwhile causes.

    Good luck with your collecting, a most enjoyable fulfilling hobby.

    Let me know how you get on?

    Tony Selby

     

     

     


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  • Guide to collecting Don Bradman Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on February 7, 2013 by Selby


    Guide to collecting Don Bradman Cricket Memorabilia

    The Player

    Don Bradman (1908-2001) Played for Australia, New South Wales and South Australia, the legendary cricketer was knighted in 1949 for his services to the sport.

    Bradman was renowned for his contributions to cricket both on and off the field, in later life he became Chairman of the Australian Board of Control and served as a member of the National selection committee he became regarded as a cricketing statesman.

    Don Bradman made his First Class debut at the Adelaide Oval NSW v South Australia in 1927 where he scored 118 runs.

    Most would say Don Bradman was the greatest batsman of the 20th century, his international career spanned 20 years from 1930 to 1948 when he made his Farwell tour of England skippering the Invincibles, the team were undefeated which is a record still standing today. During his career Bradman broke all records; statistically his achievements on the field are without comparison.

    During his 80 match Test career he scored 6.996 runs at an average of 99.94 to include 29 centuries and a top score of 334.

    England became concerned that Bradman was dominating Test cricket so prior to the 1932/33 Australia v England series a meeting was held at the Piccadilly Hotel in London.

    .A decision was made to review the Australian batting performance during the recent 1930 tour of England. The five Test series was won 2/1 by the tourists.

    Bradman had scored an incredible 974 at a batting average of 140 during the series

    Four Notts players, England Captain Douglas Jardine, Arthur Carr and two leading edge fast bowlers Harold Larwood and Bill Voce decided to adopt a controversial tactic known as “leg theory”; this was put into practice in the 3rd Test at Adelaide.

    Bradman dealt with the hostile bowling attack with his usual dexterity, moving to the leg side of the crease he positioned himself away from the line of delivery cutting the ball through openings in the offside mid field.

    England won the series 4-1 with Bradman’s batting average reduced to 56.50 however he did score a century  not out in the 2nd Test at Melbourne, with a series batting aggregate of 396 runs

    Don Bradman Memorabilia

    I have listed below a limited selection of matches  which should be of interest to the collector:

    1930: Sheffield Shield: New South Wales v Queensland at Sydney. 452 not out, 2nd innings.

    1930: England v Australia at Headingley 3rd Test. World record 334 runs.

    1930: series in general in 36 matches Bradman scored 6 double and 10 single centuries a total of 2960 runs with an aggregate tour batting average of 98.6.

    1932/33 Bodyline series, a must for any collector.

    1947: Australia v India at Sidney, 100th First Class century, series average of 178 runs.

    1948: England v Australia, the Invincibles tour, the only side to have won every match.

    Cricket Memorabilia of particular interest to me include: signed cricket bats, original press photographs and RPP postcards, signed team sheets, cricket autographs and letters, tour itineraries and dinner menus.

    Don Bradman was a truly iconic cricketer he died in Adelaide in 2001 aged 92.

    Tony Selby


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  • History of Cricket

    Posted on February 6, 2013 by Selby


    A brief history of Cricket

    Sadly there is very little Cricket Memorabilia from the early days of the game and the earliest that I have collated has been late 19th century. The MCC museum has been collecting artefacts since 1864

    .Today with International Test and ODI Cricket Collectables are more popular than ever; I personally still prefer to collect Pre WW2 Items especially from the Ashes Series,Bradman and the Invincibles, Bodyline series and all the other legendary characters and memorable events. Particularly I collect signed cricket bats, cricket photos, RPP postcards, signed team sheets and Tour Itineraries.

    Early records show Cricket was played in the South East of England around the middle of the sixteenth century, usually on a Sunday afternoon as a way of relaxing from the arduous week, which was the norm for many fortunate to have employment.

    Early mentions of the game in 1610 refer to Creckett being played in the woodland areas of the Weald and Upland close to Chevening Kent, in those days playing conditions meant that wickets were up to 6ft wide and only around a foot high which figures as underarm bowling was usual, with the ball travelling along the surface to the pitch. Bats were shaped like hockey sticks, earlier still like shepherds crooks.

    County cricket teams are first recorded in 1660 when landowners and similar notable figures are understood to have taken an interest in fielding teams to play against neighbouring Shires, villages from other counties would compete and some players were compensated for playing becoming the first cricket professionals. Records are available for the first inter county match Kent v Surrey in 1709

    It is known that gambling in England around this time was rife and substantial wagers are understood to have been placed on Cricket matches, (rather like today). It is referenced in 1697 that a match was played in Sussex with 11 players a side for a wager of the considerable sum of 50 guineas

    It is interesting to note that the divide in English cricket created by amateur and professional status remained in place until 1962. This was due a requirement for clubs to generate income and generally to put sport on a more professional basis.

    The Stars and Garter club in Pall Mall, later to become the Marylebone Cricket Club formalised the laws of cricket in 1755 and amongst other things pitching the ball became the accepted bowling style.

    It was 1864 before overarm deliveries became usual, the same year that the Wisden Cricketers Almanack was first published.

    Public school matches are recorded as played in 1794 the first being Westminster v Charterhouse.

    England lost their first recognised Test Match in 1877 against Australia in Melbourne the hosts won by 45 runs, three years later the first Test series was played in England when they defeated the tourists by five wickets at the Oval this was followed by an Australian win in the return series in 1882.

    Following England’s first defeat by Australia on home ground in 1882 the Sporting Times periodical published an obituary notice stating that “the England team are in Ashes”, this led to England v Australia Test matches being referred to as the Ashes series.

    Since then more than 2000 Test Matches have been played by eleven competing teams.

    The Ashes are kept; irrespective of who wins them, in a small ceramic urn at Lords Cricket Museum, which incidentally has the best collection of Cricket memorabilia in the world, well worth a visit.

    .A label is attached to the urn which contains the following song lyric originally published in the Melbourne edition of Punch magazine on Feb 1st 1883

    When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn; Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return; The welkin will ring loud, The great crowd will feel proud, Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn; And the rest coming home with the urn.

    Prior to the disputed Fourth Test held in Feb 1883, a velvet bag made by Mrs Ann Fletcher, daughter of Joseph Hines Clarke and Marion Wright, of Dublin, was given to Ivo Bligh containing the urn.

    A more detailed account of how the Ashes were given to Ivo Bligh was outlined by his wife, the Countess of Darnley, in 1930 during a speech at a cricket luncheon. Her speech was reported by the London Times as follows.

    In 1882, she said, it was first spoken of when the Sporting Times, after the Australians had thoroughly beaten the English at the Oval, wrote an obituary in affectionate memory of English cricket “whose demise was deeply lamented and the body would be cremated and taken to Australia”. Her husband, then Ivo Bligh, took a team to Australia in the following year. Punch had a poem containing the words “When Ivo comes back with the urn” and when Ivo Bligh wiped out the defeat Lady Clarke, wife of Sir W. J. Clarke, who entertained the English so lavishly, found a little wooden urn, burnt a bail, put the ashes in the urn, and wrapping it in a red velvet bag, put it into her husband’s (Ivo Bligh’s) hands. He had always regarded it as a great treasure.”[11]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ashes#Urn

    From early 16th century beginnings Cricket is now played enthusiastically in over 100 countries around the world, collecting Cricket Memorabilia is indeed a worthwhile hobby or small business.

     

    Written by Tony Selby

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  • Mark Ramprakash Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on December 31, 2012 by Selby

    Mark Ramprakash Cricket Memorabilia

    Congratulations to Mark Ramprakash, Mike Denness and Robert Croft for their recognition in the New Year Honours list.

    Cricket memorabilia has over the last two years increased in popularity by 11.2% according to a recent survey by Cricket Collectables, endorsing the fact that memorabilia associated with the most significant events and players will always be in demand.

    Mark Ramprakash made 35603 runs including 114 centuries during his First class career, he was awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours list, he holds the significant accolade of being one of only 25 batsmen to have scored 100 first class centuries, joining legendary cricketers such as W.G Grace and Don Bradman.

    In 1987 Ramprakash had the opportunity of becoming a professional footballer with Watford FC however he decided to join Middlesex CCC  scoring 63 not out against Yorkshire in his first match, he went on to make his Test debut with Graeme Hick and Steve Watkin in the 1991 England v West Indies series at Headingley.

    Mark Ramprakash (cap 549) played 52 Tests for England and was named Wisden cricketer of the year in 2007

    Mark Ramprakash retired on July 4th 2012 and now starts a new career as the Middlesex batting coach.

     

    Mike Denness has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list.

    Mike Denness has always been a favourite with collectors and cricket memorabilia from his illustrious career, of particular note is the Australia v England match at Melbourne 1975 when in the 1st innings he scored 188 runs, a signed scorecard several autographs and a signed cricket bat are available from this match.

    Hailing originally from Lanarkshire in Scotland he became the first Scotsman to Captain England, which reminds me somewhat of what a good job Irishman Eoin Morgan  is doing for the England side.(tremendous 6 off the last ball).

    Mike Denness played County Cricket for Essex and Kent between 1959 – 1980 scoring more than 30.000 runs in 501 matches.

    As a right hand opening bat he made his Test debut (cap 444) Test debut (cap no 444) on 21st August 1969 against New Zealand he went on to play in 28 Test Matches, 19 as Captain, scoring 1667 runs.

    Mike Denness who was named as Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1975, on retirement became a match official for the International Cricket Council. He succeeded John Shepherd as President of Kent County Cricket Club in 2012

     

    Robert Croft has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list

    Glamorgan and England cricketer(cap no 582), Robert Croft has played in 21 Test matches and 50 ODI, his First Class playing career saw him take over 1100 wickets and make more than 12.000 runs

    He Captained his County side from 2003 – 2006.

    Of particular interest to cricket memorabilia enthusiasts would be England v South Africa at Manchester in 1998 when he put on 37 not out batting no 8 enabling a much needed draw, a signed cricket presentation is available from this match.

    Glos v Glamorgan 2010 at Cheltenham Croft achieved a hat trick taking the wickets of Banerjee, Hussain and Steve Kirby, a number of autographs and a signed cricket bat are available from this event.

    On his retirement in 2004 he continues to be major figure in Glamorgan cricket and from time to time commentates on Sky TV.

    Tony Selby

     


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  • Tony Greig - England Test Cricketer

    Posted on December 29, 2012 by Selby

    Tony Greig (Oct 1946 –  2012), was a Test Cricketer and more recently a sports commentator who was born in South Africa of Scottish parents, which enabled him to represent the England. He played for the side in 58 Tests, he also was Captain of England 14 times between 1975 – 1977.

    Tony Greig  was generous with the time he spent with his many fans, Cricket Memorabilia associated with some of Tony Greig’s best performances is usually available, signed cricket bats, presentations and autographs featuring Test matches, Kerry Packer World series, Border, Eastern Province and Sussex CCC.

    Educated at Queens College Queenstown SA, Greig came to England for a trial with Sussex, he was soon selected and in his first County Championship match in 1967, Sussex v Lancs at Hove he scored 156 runs in 225 minutes. this was the beginning of an unforgettable career.

    Cricket collectables from the early County matches are popular as are any associated with his more illustrious Test series performances. His Test debut (cap 452) was in the 1972 England v Australia at Old Trafford (57/62 runs) and taking 5 wickets, the series was drawn 2/2, during his Test career as an all-rounder, he scored 3599 runs at 40.3, taking 141 wickets at 32.2,  he was named Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1975.

    Tony Greig was always controversial; in the autumn of 1976 assisted by Australia skipper Gregg Chappell he played a key part in recruiting some major England and International cricketers to join Kerry Packers World Series Cricket, this was the start of the rebel series 1977 -79, the series was a result of Packer's dispute with the Australian Cricket Board over his Channel 9 bid to televise Australian Test matches during 1976. As it turned out WSI became a significant point in the evolution of cricket bringing many benefits, players pay dramatically improved and one day matches became more focused, often played on floodlit pitches, the players wearing a variety of sponsored coloured clothing and bowling white cricket balls.

    Cricket collectables from the “rebel series” are always popular and do seem relatively prolific I currently have signed tour itineraries, cricket autographs and some signed scorecards. The cricketing establishment were incensed by these developments leading to Tony Greig being stripped of the England captaincy. Such was the controversy that the ICC refused to recognise these matches as first class and warned that those taking part would be disqualified from playing Test and First Class cricket.

    Tony Greig’s high profile commentary role with the Australian Nine Network possibly stems the relationship he formed with Kerry Packer back in the “Rebel days”.

    He continued his commentary work until recently intermingled with spells at Sky Sports and Channel 4.

    Tony Greig will be sadly missed in the cricketing world.

    Tony Selby .


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  • Victory in Nagpur

    Posted on December 17, 2012 by Selby

    Victory in Nagpur

    The outcome was set up for a draw on this wicket, signalling a win for England at the conclusion of this hard fought enthralling series.

    Cricket memorabilia will be in demand from all four test matches commemorating a first England win in 28 years.

    Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell put on 208 runs on the final day both scoring centuries ensuring England's first Test series victory in India since 1985.

    England did well to come back from a 1st test, 9 wicket defeat in Ahmedabad winning the series on a wicket which did no favours for players or spectators

    This result is sure give the Australians something to think about prior to the back to back Ashes series in 2013, Australia visit India early next year and that will give some good pointers of what is to come.

    Cook, was named man of the series after scoring three hundreds and a total 562 runs in the series his top score was 190 giving him an incredible average of 80.28. Pujara scored 438 with a high of 206 only playing 7 innings opposed to Cook's 8, Pujara ended up with the higher average of 87.60.

    Panesar took 17 wickets 3 behind both Swann and Ojha however unfortunately he was only brought into play for 3 matches the 1st match may have been so different if he had been selected earlier.

    James Anderson the tourist’s thirty year old pace man was awarded man of match at Nagpur taking 4 early order wickets for 81 runs in India 1st innings, this played a key part in England’s success; it was a surprise on a wicket where the spinners were expected to excel.

    The decision review system has been focused on after Cook received two poor decisions it remains to be seen whether the India Board of Control will upgrade their policies.

    I am hoping to have some cricket collectables from each match, signed scorecards, autographs and presentations.

    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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