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  • Signed Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on November 17, 2012 by Selby

    I have recently acquired three interesting Cricket autographs

    Walter Hammond 1903 -1965 (Glos, England) played in eighty five Test Matches, he is regarded as one of the top five batsmen ever, cricket collectables associated with this legend of the golden era are scarce and always in demand.

    Tour itineraries from Ashes Test Matches, hand signed letters, mono press photographs, signed cigarette cards are among the cricket memorabilia which come up for sale from time to time

    Matches which are particularly collectable include

    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

    England v Australia 1946/47 when he captained the England team

    Hammond originated from Kent though surprisingly chose Gloucestershire as his County side, his cricketing career spanned thirty one years between 1920 -1951 during which he made 50.000 runs and 167 centuries. He took 732 wickets at (30.5)

    The following stats are supplied by cricinfo

    Batting and fielding averages

    Mat

    Inns

    NO

    Runs

    HS

    Ave

    100

    50

    6s

    Ct

    St

    Tests

    85

    140

    16

    7249

    336*

    58.45

    22

    24

    27

    110

    0

    First-class

    634

    1005

    104

    50551

    336*

    56.10

    167

    185

    820

    3

    Bowling averages

    Mat

    Inns

    Balls

    Runs

    Wkts

    BBI

    BBM

    Ave

    Econ

    SR

    4w

    5w

    10

    Tests

    85

    110

    7969

    3138

    83

    5/36

    7/87

    37.80

    2.36

    96.0

    1

    2

    0

    First-class

    634

    51579

    22389

    732

    9/23

    30.58

    2.60

    70.4

    22

    3

     

    Gregor Mc Gregor (1869 – 1918) (Middlesex, England 1890 – 1907)

    Test Cricketer and Scotland Rugby player, an interesting autograph that I don’t often come across, when it is available it is occasionally inserted into the preface of rugby union books, a good starting place is the book “Rugby football” (1896) as Mc Gregor contributed a chapter to the book it is very collectable

    MacGregor  born in Scotland was educated at Uppingham and Cambridge

    He kept wicket leading his County club Middlesex between 1898 – 1907, He played 8 Test matches t would be good find a  autograph from his Rugby days, Cambridge v Oxford 1889/90 and his Scotland international Rugby 1891 -96

    I have a signed cricket postcard from England v Australia at the Oval 1890 and a completed scorecard from Old Trafford taken in 1893 at the third test

    Bert Oldfield (1894 – 1976) Sydney, NSW, Aus

    A wicket keeper of note Oldfield made his first class debut in 1919 playing his first test in 1920 against England at Sydney stumping the Engalnd captain “Boxer” Johnny Douglas in the 1st innings.

    Oldfield represented Australia on 54 occasions scoring 1427 runs (22.6) he stumped a record 52 batsmen during his test career whilst taking 79 catches

    He was named Wisden cricketer of the year in1927

    I was fortunate to obtain a signed photograph from the 2nd test at Melbourne in the infamous 1932/33 Bodyline series, this was the preceding test to the unfortunate incident in the 3rd at Adelaide where Oldfield was rendered unconscious addressing a delivery from Harold Larwood, thankfully he was fit play in the 5th test.

    Listed below are some career stats:

     

    Batting and fielding averages

    Mat

    Inns

    NO

    Runs

    HS

    Ave

    100

    50

    6s

    Ct

    St

    Tests

    54

    80

    17

    1427

    65*

    22.65

    0

    4

    1

    78

    52

    First-class

    245

    315

    57

    6135

    137

    23.77

    6

    21

    399

    263

    Cricinfo

     Tony Selby

     


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  • Rare Cricket Autographs

    Posted on November 9, 2012 by Selby

     

    Collecting sports autographs is a rewarding pastime for the enthusiast or for the serious collector.

    It is notable that ideally the Autograph should be associated with the cricketer’s most memorable events, i.e.  highest test score, most wickets, best averages, landmarks,  career highs and famous matches, therefore a signed original photograph, completed scorecard, bat, dinner menu or tour itinerary are very collectable.

    Rare cricket autographs are always in demand and I devote this article to three recent purchases of mine.

    Edmund Peate ( 1885 – 1900), Yorks, Eng., Ted Peate was regarded by WG Grace as one of England’s best bowlers, he played in 9 test matches taking 31 wickets and 205 first class matches, 1017 wickets between 1879 – 1890. His test debut was England v Australia in 1881

    All items of cricket memorabilia associated with Peate are sought after by collectors however I have listed below a couple performances that I have collectables associated with.

    1883 Yorks v Surrey 8 wickets for 5 runs (signed & dated postcard)

    1882 England v Australia at the Oval 8/71 (tourist signed itinerary)

    He averaged 22.5 in test cricket, 13.4 in first class matches

    With these enviable bowling averages it is easy to understand the demand for his rare autograph

    James Lillywhite Jnr

    James Lillywhite Sussex, England (1862 -1885) a member of the cricketing/ publishing family, was an all-rounder, left arm spin bowler, low order batsman (county) and effective in the field. He captained the England team in the Test series in Australia and New Zealand during 1876/77

    Lillywhite made his first class debut for Sussex in 1862 playing for his county until 1885; in 1868 he was part of the North America touring side in 1868 led by Ned Willsher (Kent, Eng)

    Lillywhite led the first recognised Test tour in 1886/77 (his second tour of Australia),  He Captained the mainly professional England side in the 2nd test at Melbourne in April 1877 playing a combined Australian X1, England lost the match by 45 runs with Charles Bannerman (Aus) scoring the first ever test century, (165 not out in the 1st innings).

    Lillywhite made up for this setback later the same month with a 4 wicket win also played at the Melbourne ground. In the two match series he was more successful with the bat than the ball taking 8 wickets and making 16 runs.  It is interesting to note that 4 ball overs were played.

    Semi-retired during the period 1883 – 1901, he was an acknowledged cricket umpire officiating at 6 Test matches.

    James Lillywhite autographs and cricket memorabilia are always in demand.

    Dennis Compton (1918 – 1997) Middlesex, England,  a right hand batsman and slow left arm spinner he made 123 first class centuries took  621 wickets and as a fielder dismissed 416 batsmen.

    1947 Dennis Compton autographs and signed photo/postcards are popular with collectors as during the early post war years he scored 3816 first class runs at an average of 91 to include 18 memorable centuries. This was an important time in cricket following World War 11, during which most international matches were put on hold.

    Pre War cricket produced some excellent memorabilia, matches of interest include:

    1937 England v New Zealand at the Oval, his test debut

    1938 England v Australia at Nottingham

    1939 England v West Indies at Lords

    Dennis Compton played both cricket and football at international level in 1950 he was a member of the Arsenal team which won the FA cup he played in 60 matches scoring 16 goals.

    Rare cricket autographs are especially attractive when sourced from pre 1948 Ashes Test matches.

     

    Tony Selby

     

     


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  • Australian Cricket Collectables

    Posted on October 30, 2012 by Selby


    Ashes Memorabilia

    Cricketana derived from the Ashes Test Series is number one on most collectors’ wish lists.

    The notes I have made below are ones I use as a “memory jog” when sourcing Collectables, first a few word about the Ashes series.

    The Ashes have been played for between England and Australia since 1882, this highlight of international cricket is celebrated biennially in alternate hemispheres, England and Australia it is from these series that the best cricket memorabilia is available

    The series was named from a Sporting Times newspaper article in 1882 which suggested that English cricket was so poor it had died and that its dying ashes should be cremated and transported to Australia, this satirical comment led to the English press quoting the forthcoming England (Ivo Bligh’s X1) tour to Australia 1882/83 “the quest to regain the Ashes”

    Australia won the 1st Test at Melbourne on 30/12 by 9 wickets, however England found form winning the 2nd test also at Melbourne, excellent bowling by (Bates 7/27 - 7/74) followed by a win for the tourists at Sydney and possession of the Ashes. Note: (4 ball overs)

    Cricket Memorabilia from early Ashes contests is sought after by collectors, tour itineraries, completed scorecards, programmes; sepia photographs, (RPP) postcards, dinner menus and rare autographs are in short supply.

    Of particular interest to me are the Ashes series, 1882 to the years immediately after World War 2, up to the very popular 1948 series. It is important to note that outstanding performances during a match, individual or team, add to the collectors enthusiasm.

    Australia v England 1911-12

    England won the series 4 -1, Jack Hobbs scored 3 centuries whilst Sydney Barnes took 34 wickets at an average of 22.80 per wicket, Frank Foster 32 wickets for 22 runs, Hobbs scored 187, 126 not out in the 2nd innings, my preference would be the 3rd test at the Adelaide Oval. Barnes took 8 wickets

    During the series Foster and Barnes shared 66 of the 95 Australian wickets taken, Hobbs, Rhodes, Woolley and Jack Hearne scored centuries making their names in the series from the collector’s point of view. The batting combination of Hobbs and Rhodes, 147 opening stand at Adelaide is especially attractive when signed photos, scorecards are available for the 3rd test, bearing both autographs

    It should be that noted that Frank Woolley scored 305 not out for the MCC at Hobart Tasmania in 219 minutes, feats such as this do not seem to attract the same premium and are more readily available than Ashes items

    A signed postcard (part of a tour itinerary) was available some time ago of Hordern who took 32 England wickets in the series, this is an item of cricket memorabilia both sought after and not overtly expensive.

    Cricket Autographs from this match are rare; occasionally action photographs are sold from collections and are a good long term investment

    Below I have listed a number of significant Ashes contests, the point being to associate the appertaining memorabilia with the player/ match i.e. I have a Mead signed photograph taken when he scored 182 not out at Old Trafford, completed signed scorecards would be even better.

     

    England won the series 4 - 1

    England v Australia 1921

    1st test Trent Bridge Gregory (aus) 6/58 Mc Donald (aus) 5/32,

    4th test Old Trafford  Parkin  5/38

    5th test Kennington Oval, Mead 182 not out

    From a batting perspective in the series Woolley, Macartney and Bardsley would be my favourites

    England did not win a match – good series for Australian cricket memorabilia

    England v Australia 1926

    5th test Kennington Oval

    Jack Hobbs, Herbert Sutcliffe stand of 172 Hobbs 100, Sutcliffe 161

    I have a signed scorecard by Sutcliffe and Hobbs any associated cricket collectables are well worthwhile, with Gregory (aus) and Mailey (aus) even better.

    Mailey took 13 wickets with Grimmett and Tate 13 apiece

    England regained the Ashes in the final test following 4 draws

    Australia v England 1928/29

    1st test Brisbane,

    Hendron 169, White 4/7

    2nd test Sydney,

    Hammond 251

    3rd test Melbourne

    1st innings Hammond 200, 2nd innings Sutcliffe 135

    4th test Adelaide

    Hammond 119 -177

    5th test Melbourne

    Hammond made up for mediocre batting with 3 excellent wickets in the 2nd innings, Bradman and Woodfull both scored centuries

    Hammond’s contribution of 905 runs at an average of 114 endorses the scarcity of Hammond collectables from this series. Walter Hammond signed scorecards etc., if sourced are a must investment.

    White took 8/126 at Adelaide, Larwood 6/32 at Brisbane

    England won the first 4 tests resulting in a 4 – 1 win

    England v Australia 1930

    Owing to Don Bradman’s excellent performance in this series Cricket Memorabilia is a premium, the series was decided at the Oval which is probably the most collectable.

    1st test at Nottingham

    Bradman 131 in the 2nd innings

    2nd test at Lords

    Duleep a fine 173 caught Bradman off Grimmett  in the 1st innings, Woodfull 155 and Bradman 254

    2nd innings Percy Chapman 121

    3rd test at Headingley

    1ST innings Bradman 334, Hammond 113

    5th test Kennington Oval

    1st innings Sutcliffe 161, Ponsford 110, Bradman 232,

    Hornibrook 7/92

    Grimmetts series tally was a useful 29 wickets at an economical 31.9 runs

    During the 1930’s series Bradman scored 974 runs at 139.5, it is easy to understand England’s concerns in the build-up to the Bodyline series.

    Australia won the 5 test series 2 – 1- 2

    Australia v England 1932/33 Bodyline series

    I have written extensively about this series and my advice to potential collectors is simple, this series is highly collectable, my personal interest is in Tour itineraries and signed team sheets

     

    England v Australia 1934

    1st test Trent Bridge

    Farnes 5/77, O’Reilly 7/54

    2nd test Lords

    Ames 120, Leyland 109, Brown 105

    Verity 7/61. 8/43 signed scorecards are available for this test

    3rd test at Old Trafford

    1st innings, Hendren 132, Leyland 153, Stan Mc Cabe 137

    4th test Headingley Ponsford 181, Bradman 304

    Bowes 6/142

    5th test Kennington Oval

    Ponsford 266, Bradman 244, Leyland 110

    The series was decided in final test which is probably the most collectable.

    Over eight innings Bradman scored 758 runs.  Bradman signed a lot of autographs over the years so for value it is important to relate his signature directly to the event: signed photographs, postcards and tour material achieves this.

    Australia won the series 2 - 1

     

     Australia v England 1936/37

    1st test at Brisbane Leyland 126, Fingleton 100, Voce 6/41,4/16, Ward 6/102, Allen 5/36, O’Reilly 5/102

    2nd test at Sydney Hammond 231 not out.

    I have a team signed cricket bat and signed photograph of Walter Hammond from this event however would like a signed scorecard.

    3rd test at Melbourne in the 2nd innings Leyland 111, Singletons scored 136 and Bradman an amazing 270; any collectables from this series are excellent.

    4th test at Adelaide

    Barnett 129, Bradman 212, Fleetwood Smith took 6 wickets for 110

    5th test at Melbourne

    Australia 604 in the 1st innings, Bradman 169, McCabe 112, Badcock 118

    Australia won the (8 ball over) series 3 – 2

     

    England v Australia 1938

    Len Hutton’s 364 is a tremendous achievement, associated memorabilia can only appreciate in value.

    1st test at Trent Bridge, Barnett 126, Hutton 100, Paynter 219, Compton 102, Mc Cabe 232 following on in the 2nd innings Brown 133, Bradman 144

    2nd test at Lords Hammond 240, Brown 206, Bradman 102 not out in the 2nd innings

    4th test at Headingley Bradman 104 in the 2nd innings

    5th test at Oval 1st innings Hutton 364, Leyland 187, Hardstaff 169 not out, Bowes 5/49, O’Reilly 5/56, 5/66

    4 match series drawn 1 – 1

    England v Australia 1948

    1st test at Trent Bridge, Bradman 138, Hassett 137, Compton 184, Johnston 5/35

    2nd test at Lords, Morris 105, Barnes 141 in the 2nd innings, Lindwall 5/70

    3rd test at Old Trafford , Compton 145 not out, a notable achievement in passing his 18000 runs in first class cricket, Dennis Compton memorabilia from this series is especially collectable

    4th test at Headingley Washbrook 143, Edrich 111, Harvey 112, Morris 182 in the 2nd innings and Bradman 173 not out

    5th Test at the Oval, Morris 196, Lindwall 6/20

    Don Bradman who turned 40 years of age during the tour led Australia on his 4th and last tour of England. His team became known as the Invincibles as they were undefeated in every match they played. The tourists won 4 Test Matches 1 drawn and 23 first class matches drawing 8. The tourists are widely regarded as the best Test side ever.

    Cricket memorabilia from the 1948 series is very collectable, signed team sheets are at a premium if they are complete, especially if SG Barnes has autographed the sheet instead of his usual hand stamp.

    The 1948 tour itineraries postcards and photos showing the RMS Strathaird which the team sailed on from Fremantle to Tilbury are a favourite.

    The 1948 Australian team is probably the most popular with collectors after the 1932/33 infamous Bodyline series.

    Tony Selby

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  • Bill Voce Cricket Autographs

    Posted on October 24, 2012 by Selby

    Bill Voce Cricket Autographs are always in demand, however it is the series/match that the Autograph is associated with that is of interest to the collector.

    Voce is perhaps best remembered for his part in the infamous 1932/33 Bodyline series and as always cricket memorabilia from this series is top of many collectors’ wish lists.

    Of particular interest to most Bodyline series collectors are tour itineries, original real postcards, panoramic ground photographs, signed team sheets, action photographs and pictures taken of the Orient Line steam ship Orontes which took the Captain Douglas Jardine and the MCC side to Ceylon and Freemantle.

    However his best performances were in the 1936/37 Ashes series in Australia, this particular tour in conjunction with the 1932/33 Bodyline series are the most interesting from a collector’s point of view.

    The 1st test Australia v England at Brisbane on the 4/12/1936 is a good example 6/41 in the 1st innings and 4/16 in the 2nd following on at Sydney with another outstanding display which destroyed the early batting order.

    Bill Voce (1909 – 1984) hails from Kirby – in – Ashfield a market town in Nottinghamshire. He made his First Class debut for Notts against Glos in 1927. His Test debut followed in 1930 when he was selected for the West Indies tour Captained by the Hon FSG Calthorpe, where his left arm medium pace  achieved 4/79 in the 2nd Test followed by 7/70 in the second innings at Queens Park Oval Port of Spain. It is performances such as this, especially in a debut series that make any cricket collectables especially attractive.

    I currently own signed completed official scorecards from the 2nd Test and the 4th at Kingston.

    The following year 1931 Voce took 123 wickets averaging 19.7 runs per wicket which is very economical bowling in anyone’s book, the next year in the run up to the Bodyline series he achieved 136 wickets at an even better average of 16.82 he was now assured of his place with Harold Larwood on the 1932/33 Australian tour.

    The MCC were determined that England bring home the Ashes  from the winter tour of 1932-33.

    Douglas Jardine was appointed Captain; he was convinced that Larwood and Voce were key to dealing with the Australian batsmen, primarily Don Bradman. The technique they planned to use was known as leg theory, involving bowling fast rising, short pitched deliveries on or just outside the leg stump, not only intimidating the batsman but creating the chance of leg side deflections to the cordon of close in fielders behind square leg.

    The end result was a Series win for England Don Bradman who had maintained an enviable batting average during his career of 99.9 showed a series average of 56.6 which is still excellent by any standards. England regained the Ashes with a 4/1 margin nearly dividing two continents in the process. It is notable that England won the 1st test at Sydney by 10 wickets where leg theory was not deployed, whilst Gubby Allen took 8 wickets for 131 in the 3rd test also using conventional bowling.

    Voce played his last Test against Australia v England 3rd test at Melbourne in 1947 and continued playing with Notts up to 1952.

    He played in 27 Tests with a tally of 13.5 with the bat and a bowling average of (98 wks) 27.9.

    All autographs from this period are of interest specifically signed team sheets and photographs, a signed action photograph of Bill Voce and Harold Larwood would make a great item of cricket memorabilia.

    I would be interested to hear from any readers who have Bodyline Series collections.

    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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  • England v South Africa - Lords day 5

    Posted on August 20, 2012 by Selby

    Strauss and Cook  both out lbw  on day 4 at Lords  all down to Vernon Philander's inswing bowling skills, now Bell gone as well, surely they can't leave it up to Bairstow again, it would be great if he put in another 1st innings performance, great for the critics, as I write on day 5, England need 301 and Ladbrokes have England at 40/1 which actually looks not a such a bad bet,  SA are 1/7 on.

     


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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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  • Jim Laker Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 29, 2012 by Selby

     



    Cricket Memorabilia – Autographed Team sheets, Signed Scorecards, Real Press Photos, Tour Brochures, Autographed Bats, Cricket Collectables.

    Jim Laker Cricket Memorabilia is often sold as reprinted material; genuine original items are relatively scarce and are becoming sought after by collectors of Cricketana.

    Jim Laker (1922 – 1988) was a master of spin bowling who played in 46 Test Matches in the late 1940s and 1950s taking 193 Test wickets at 21.24. During his First Class career he played for Surrey CCC taking 1944 wickets at an average of 18.41.

    Of his many Cricket achievements one which particularly stands out is the occasion at Old Trafford in 1956 when Jim took 19 Australian wickets in one Test Match. Having been run out for 3 runs in the 1st innings he set about the Australian batsman leaving only Ray Lindwall at the crease (Jim Burke was bowled by Tony Lock, Leics, Surrey).

    In the 2nd innings Australian skipper Ian Johnson was the only man left standing at the wicket. Not surprisingly England won the match by an innings and 173 runs.

    JC Laker was born in Shipley West Yorkshire; in his early cricketing days he showed a preference for pace bowling rather than the slow off spin which would make him a household name.

    Showing a keen interest in Cricket Jim attended Herbert Sutcliffe’s indoor Cricket nets at Headingley He soon became a member of the Saltaire Cricket Club playing in the Bradford League, at his stage Jim was better known for his batting than his wicket taking.

    Stationed in the Middle East at the beginning of WW2, with the Royal Army Ordinance Corps Jim found himself in the company of other notable Cricketers and was soon playing matches between representative service sides with the encouragement of Norman Yardley. Returning from his overseas duties he was billeted in Catford London where he joined the local Cricket Club, it is interesting that from his days at the indoor nets at Headingley the natural progression for one showing Jim’s Cricket talents would have been a trial for Yorkshire CCC however having made an impression at Catford that enviable opportunity was afforded to Surrey CCC who signed him as a professional in 1946. His debut for Surrey was at the Oval where he was selected to play the Combined Services in July 1946 in the company of names such as Voce, Bedser, Shirreff and Watts, Jim scored 3 runs and took 3 wickets in the 1st innings, followed by 3 wickets and a catch in the 2nd innings, it was a good start.

    Any Cricket Memorabilia from these early days is always very collectable I personally have not come across any prior to his First Class debut.

     

    I have listed below some of the more memorable events in his career from which Cricket Collectables are sought after:

    The first match I have listed is his test debut in Barbados.

    1948 West Indies v England at Kensington Oval Bridgetown, 1st innings 7/103. Match drawn. The skipper was Ken Cranston standing in for Gubby Allen who was injured whilst sailing to the island.

    1948 England v Australia at Nottingham 1st innings (Barnes,Morris,Miller,Johnson) 4/138) couldn’t stop Bradman making 138, Hassett 137, Australia won by 8 wickets.

    1951 England v South Africa, Kennington Oval.

    1956 England v Australia at Old Trafford, 9/37 and 10/53 in the 2nd innings – Harvey, Mackay Maddocks, Johnson all went for ducks, plus 4 more players including Miller in the 2nd innings.

    Laker ended the Australian first innings with 7 wickets for 8 runs in 22 balls.

    Any joint signatures from County Championship matches with his team mate Tony Lock are rare but great finds if you come across them. If they are authentic buy them. The two spin bowlers made a formidable partnership which helped win the County Championship on seven consecutive occasions.

     

    Full name

    James Charles Laker

    Born

    9 February 1922
    BradfordYorkshireEngland

    Died

    23 April 1986 (aged 64)
    PutneyLondonEngland

    Batting style

    Right-handed

    Bowling style

    Right arm off break

    International information

    National side

    England

    Test debut (cap 328)

    21 January 1948 v West Indies

    Last Test

    18 February 1959 v Australia

    Domestic team information

    Years

    Team

    1962–1964 Essex
    1946–1959 Surrey
    1951–1952 Auckland

    Career statistics

    Competition

    Test

    First-class

    Matches

    46 450

    Runs scored

    676 7,304

    Batting average

    14.08 16.60

    100s/50s

    0/2 2/18

    Top score

    63 113

    Balls bowled

    12,027 101,370

    Wickets

    193 1,944

    Bowling average

    21.24 18.41

    5 wickets in innings

    9 127

    10 wickets in match

    3 32

    Best bowling

    10/53 10/53

    Catches/stumpings

    12/– 270/–

    Source: CricketArchive, 7 January 2009

     

    Good luck with your collecting

    Do let me know how you get on??

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia


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  • Keith Miller Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 28, 2012 by Selby

     



    The Golden Boy of Cricket – Cricket Memorabilia – Tour Brochures, Mono Photos, Real Postcards, Team Autograph Sheets, Scorecards – The best Aussie all-rounder ever.

    Keith Ross Miller (1919 – 2004) was a charismatic all round Australian Test Cricketer, an exceptional right hand batsman who would later become noted for his fast bowling talents.

    Cricket Memorabilia associated with Miller is available, although it's certainly not as prolific as that originating from other players. I personally collect Memorabilia both pre and post war and am always interested in original Keith Miller Cricket Collectables. Early events are always of interest especially his early successes in the Sheffield Shield Competition; however after a brief description of the man himself, I shall list the memorable events that I find the most appealing from a Collectors point of view.

    Keith Miller was born in Melbourne, he showed an early interest in Cricket and was selected for his school 1st eleven when he was 14, by 1936 he was playing for South Melbourne where his evident talents came to the attention of the Victoria Cricket Association, playing for the Colts in the 1936/37 season.

    Miller continued to make his mark in the Shield Competition whist performing well on the football pitch in the VFL competition playing for St Kilda. He made his First Class Cricket debut for Victoria v Tasmania in February 1938 marking the event by scoring 181 runs in the 1st innings at Melbourne Cricket Club. There is a limited amount of memorabilia commemorating this important debut event.

    In 1941 Miller joined the RAAF; he was awarded his wings in 1942. He spent most of the war in England assigned to 169 Squadron where he graduated to flying Mosquito bombers. He was awarded a number of military distinctions.

    At the end of the War in 1945 Miller took part in a number Victory tests, these matches are excellent for Cricket Memorabilia enthusiasts and I have listed below ones of particular interest:

    1945 England v Dominions at Lords (2nd innings 185 Caught Langridge bowled Wright)

    Batting on eight occasions at Lords in the 1945 season Miller scored 568 (94.68) including three 100s, all these early matches are very collectable as is his First Class debut in February 1938.

    Millers first Ashes Test was at Brisbane and I have listed below a number of good examples of Cricket Memorabilia which is associated with some events:

    1946 (Debut Ashes) Australia v England at Brisbane (1st innings 79 runs, lbw a leg break from Doug Wright, followed with a 60/7 wickets. Bradman made 187) Australia won by an innings and 332 runs.

    1946 Sheffield Shield Victoria v NSW, 1st inning run out for 153.

    1947 Australia v England at Adelaide 1st innings 141 not out,( Bradman an unlightly duck) match drawn.

    1948  MCC v Australia at Lords

    1948 England v Australia  at Headingley.

    Any of the 1948 Invincible tour - an excellent acquisition.

    1950 Sheffield Shield Victoria v Queensland both innings.

    1950 Australia v England at Sydney.

    There are many instances of collectable matches including some notable matches, England v West Indies (155) and his final Ashes tour in 1956, I would personally be interested in any Keith Miller Cricket Memorabilia.

    He played his final Test Match in 1956 against Pakistan.

    In 1956 Keith Miller became a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his services to Cricket.

    In 2005 he became a Member of the Order of Australia for services to sport.

    Listed below are statistics of his First Class Cricket Career:

    Batting and fielding averages cricinfo

    Mat

    Inns

    NO

    Runs

    HS

    Ave

    100

    50

    6s

    Ct

    St

    Tests

    55

    87

    7

    2958

    147

    36.97

    7

    13

    28

    38

    0

    First-class

    226

    326

    36

    14183

    281*

    48.90

    41

    63

    136

    0

    Bowling averages

    Mat

    Inns

    Balls

    Runs

    Wkts

    BBI

    BBM

    Ave

    Econ

    SR

    4w

    5w

    10

    Tests

    55

    95

    10461

    3906

    170

    7/60

    10/152

    22.97

    2.24

    61.5

    8

    7

    1

    First-class

    226

    28070

    11087

    497

    7/12

    22.30

    2.36

    56.4

    16

    1

     

    Good luck with your collecting.

    Let me know how you get on??

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia


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  • Gubby Allen Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 16, 2012 by Selby

     


    Bodyline Series – Gubby Allen took 21 wickets bowling a length against Jardines wishes. Cricket Memorabilia from the bodyline 1932/33 is always sought after by collectors.

    Sir George “Gubby”(1902 – 1989) Allen captained England on three occasions, a fast bowler, excellent in the field and he would hit the odd century in Test Cricket as a lower order batsman.

    Gubby took part in 265 matches scoring 9.232 runs (28.67) he bowled the opposition out on his own on nine occasions taking 131 catches. He scored 750 test runs and took 81 test wickets.

    He captained England against India, West Indies and Australia.

    Gubby played a big part in the welfare and development of English Cricket following the end of WW2 giving much of his time to the MCC as chairman of the selectors from 1955 – 1963, President of the MCC in 1964/64, Treasurer of the MCC 1964 – 1976.

    Gubby was born in Sydney in 1902 into a cricketing family (his uncle RC Allen played for Australia), moving at six years old to England, Gubby was educated at Eton College and Trinity Cambridge, he played cricket for Cambridge, Middlesex, MCC and England.

    As a collector of Cricket Memorabilia I find that the more memorable the event that the item is associated with the more collectable it becomes. Whilst I have number of Gubby Allen items, Autographs, signed photographs, signed completed scorecards, some tour memorabilia and a signed match used cricket bat events which I would like in my collection the following:

    England v New Zealand 1931 (8th wicket partner of 246) caught Lowry bowled Weir for 122 runs.

    England v Australia 1932/33 Bodyline series (21 wickets)

    Middlesex v Lancs at Lords 1929. (10/40)

     

    After his retirement he lived in an MCC house on the edge of Lords cricket ground which was administered by Lords grounds staff, fittingly his garden gate   led directly into the ground from where it was a short walk to the pavilion for which he held his own key.

    The famous Allen Stand at Lords which was formerly the oddly named Q stand, was named after Gubby in 1989

    He was awarded the CBE for his services to cricket 1974

    He was knighted in 1986

    Listed below are set of statistics supplied by

    Batting and fielding averages

    Mat

    Inns

    NO

    Runs

    HS

    Ave

    100

    50

    6s

    Ct

    St

    Tests

    25

    33

    2

    750

    122

    24.19

    1

    3

    2

    20

    0

    First-class

    265

    376

    54

    9233

    180

    28.67

    11

    47

    131

    0

    Bowling averages

    Mat

    Inns

    Balls

    Runs

    Wkts

    BBI

    BBM

    Ave

    Econ

    SR

    4w

    5w

    10

    Tests

    25

    45

    4386

    2379

    81

    7/80

    10/78

    29.37

    3.25

    54.1

    3

    5

    1

    First-class

    265

    36180

    17518

    788

    10/40

    22.23

    2.90

    45.9

    48

    9

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/8515.html 

    Good luck with your collecting.

    Let me know how you get on??

     

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia


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