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  • England looking good for a match win and still available at 11/4 with the draw, Adelaide Oval

    Posted on November 30, 2013 by Selby


    Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar gave England something to be cheerful about in their drawn match against the Cricket Australia Chairman's XI.

     

     


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  • England can have learned precious little about the finer details of their Ashes plans from a stalemate in their tour opener against a WA Chairman's XI.

    Posted on November 4, 2013 by Selby

    The run-fest of the first two days extended to centuries for Ian Bell (115) and Jonathan Trott (113 not out) on another fine morning, but was then rudely interrupted by an unexpected England collapse either side of lunch as they conceded a 60-run first-innings deficit.

    The hosts then batted out 39 more overs, to the tune of 168 for five declared, so that the inevitable draw could be confirmed at the WACA.

    England at least had the opportunity to again assess the merits of their three tall seamers, Boyd Rankin emerging marginally - certainly not head and shoulders - above Chris Tremlett and Steven Finn.

    The other obviously undecided position for the first Test in Brisbane is at number six - and after Gary Ballance and Ben Stokes mustered only four runs between them, there was minimal evidence to go on.

    Three years ago, England arrived in Perth evidently already sure of their best Test XI and flew on to Adelaide with the confirmation of a heartening victory over strong opposition.

    This time, they have faced a relative motley but one able to take the honours by piling up 451 for five declared thanks to five 50s and a century from their top six.

    All seemed to be going to plan in England's reply by the time Bell retired out to end his third-wicket stand of 193 with Trott. But England then lost their last seven wickets for 57, Jim Allenby picking up four for 58, as a remarkable run of nine 50s or better from 11 individual innings in this match was replaced by a procession of single-figure scores.

    Batsman error, rather than exaggerated deterioration of the pitch or dramatic improvement in the bowling, appeared to be the common denominator as England were bowled out for 391 and then their hosts stumbled to 24 for two before Mitch Marsh (62) and Chris Lynn (61no) dug in. There was no hint of what was to follow when Bell was in situ.

    Then, however, in the space of four overs three more batsmen came and went for the addition of 13 runs.

    After Bell reached a chanceless hundred, including 17 fours and two sixes from 153 balls, the time was judged right to give others a chance to see what they could do against the second new ball.

    Sadly for Ballance, it was the minimum, as he edged a useful delivery behind from Ryan Duffield to add a golden duck to the zero he made in two balls in his only previous innings for England - in a one-day international against Ireland in Dublin two months ago.

    Matt Prior clumped a pull high over the in-field for four before edging a drive behind for Duffield's second wicket in the over.

    Stokes managed a boundary too, down the ground off Allenby, who got his revenge when the left-hander became a third consecutive caught-behind departure - edging an attempted cut.

    Trott remained a reassuring presence, grinding out his century from exactly 200 balls having hit 10 fours and a collector's-item six - muscled over cow corner off a Michael Beer full toss.

    That blow was followed by a broadening of the shoulders from a player rarely associated with clearing the ropes, but then a reversion to type which meant England subsided only slowly as the tail folded to Beer and Allenby.

    Home openers Luke Towers and Marcus Harris had set the tone two days ago with a stand of 115. But this time both fell cheaply to Rankin, Towers caught at third slip and Harris lbw playing no shot to one that kept low after hitting a crack.

    With Test linchpin James Anderson spared any unnecessary second-innings bowling exertions, change bowlers Finn and Stokes might also each have had an early wicket - but Lynn was dropped on 12 by Rankin diving to his left at mid on off the former and then on 19 by Joe Root high to his right at second slip.

    Finn eventually got his second and third wickets of the match, Marsh lbw and Tom Triffitt caught-behind in the same over.

    They had come at the cost of 165 runs by then, and when Tremlett struck for the first time - Ashton Turner lbw pushing forward round his pad - he too had three figures in the penultimate column.   (Sky)


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  • Monty Panesar,Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes, Boyd Rankin join the Ashes Tour

    Posted on September 24, 2013 by Selby


    Arguably England's number 2 spin bowler after Graeme Swann, Monty Panesar forgiven for his issues in Brighton (peeing on night club bouncers from a height) has been included  in the England team for the winter Ashes tour to Australia.

    Cricket memorabilia from the crucial "down under series" will be in big demand particularly signed cricket bats (by both teams, managers and umpires) signed scorecards, press photographs and cricket autographs and signed tour memorabilia from any of newly capped players who play impress. Fans who are attending matches would be advised to keep an eye out for Sheffield Shield Memorabilia very popular and collectable.

    Right arm medium fast bowler Boyd Rankin (Derby, Warks) 6ft 9in tall from  Co Tyrone  will take to the Australian wickets, providing extra pace and bounce and hopefully make an impression on the wicket tally, Rankin made his ODI debut in 2007 playing for Ireland against Bermuda.

    Ben Stokes has proved this  year  that he has developed his game, and merits a place in the team, the Durham all rounder has scored 674 and taken 40 wickets in his Counties winning season

    Some may feel that the selectors have been hard on Nick Compton and Graham Onions  choosing to play  inexperienced players in what must be the most important and competitive challenge in the cricket calendar

     The England Test squad is due to arrive in Perth 25/10, with the first Ashes match set to take place at  Brisbane four weeks later.

    England Squad : Alastair Cook (capt), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Boyd Rankin, Ben Stokes, Monty Panesar, Michael Carberry, Gary Ballance, Chris Tremlett

    I personally think England will have to be on top form to win the series the odds offered on England are ridiculous 4/9 on and Australia looks a much better bet at 13/8

    Watch out for some great cricket collectables from each of the 5 Test matches listed below:

    Nov 21 Brisbane

    Dec 5th Adlelaide

    Dec 13th Perth

    Dec 26th Melbourne

    Jan 3rd Sydney

    Tony Selby


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  • Australian Cricket Memorabilia – 5th Test the Oval

    Posted on August 22, 2013 by Selby


    The Oval is an inspiring cricket ground, the place where Len Hutton scored 364 runs against the Aussies in 1938 and Devon Malcolm took 9 wickets for 57 runs against South Africa in 1994, the ground where the first home Test match was played in 1880 an occasion when the legendary cricketer WG Grace scored a century securing victory for England.

    Ashes cricket memorabilia has been available throughout the first four matches of the series as is always the case with Ashes Collectables, in particular autographed cricket bats, sports autographs and signed press photographs

    I always enjoy the Oval especially the hospitality suite at the “Pavilion end,” Today was the day when Australia finally made a convincing fight back in the series from their position of  four matches played, a draw at Old Trafford,  a match that I think the tourists deserved to win and three wins for the home side.

    Australia having won the toss and electing to bat finished the day on 307/4, with number 3 bat Shane Watson contributing a magnificent 176 off a 113 deliveries. Watson’s innings was not without drama, he was hit on the head by a bouncer from Stuart Broad, Cook missed a slips catch when he was on 104 and he benefited from LBW decision having made 160.

    The England selectors must be pondering on their decision to leave  Steven Finn and Tremlett out of the side.

    Ashes memorabilia from the series will be listed in our online shop this weekend.

    Tony Selby


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  • Ashes 2013: Ian Bell says England need lead of 300 to win Test

    Posted on August 12, 2013 by Selby

    Cricket Collectables update "The Ashes Durham"


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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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  • Cricket Autographs England v New Zealand Test Series

    Posted on May 20, 2013 by Selby


    Cricket Autographs and Memorabilia were high on the list for many fans attending the 1st Test at Lords yesterday.

    Stuart Broad supported by James Anderson devastated the Tourist batting as they were dismissed for a mere 68 runs in their 2nd innings with England securing their first Test victory of the season on a 170 run lead.

    Only two Kiwi players - Neil Wagner and BJ Watling - made double figures as New Zealand claimed tenth position for the lowest scoring in a Test at Lords.

    Tim Southee,  6 wicket for 50 runs should have left the Kiwis in good standing, but this was enough to fire Stuart Broad into action,  claiming 5 wickets from 35 deliveries before lunch making  up for his disappointing tour of India during the winter.

    Stuart Broad’s final tally 7/44 was reminiscent of his fine bowling against the West Indies also at Lords (7/72) in May 2012, on that occasion Anderson was also prevalent dismissing number 2 &3 Powell and Edwards.

    Stuart Broad cricket memorabilia was particularly sought after as you would imagine.

    The 2nd Investec Test is at Headingley on Friday 24 May not to be missed with the momentum England now have, it might be worth a punt.

    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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  • India v England ODI Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on January 15, 2013 by Selby

    India v England ODI Cricket Memorabilia

    India is back on winning form at the 2nd ODI  Nehru Stadium Kochi

    The hosts won the toss, elected to bat making a score of 285 runs then promptly dismissed the tourists for 158 in 36 overs levelling the series.

    Captain Singh Dhoni scored an impressive 72 off 66 balls to the delight of a 70.000 home crowd before a much needed catch taken by Joe Root off Jade Dernbach whilst no 7 bat Ravindra Jadeja impressed with 67 runs off 37 balls finishing the match off in style with 14 runs off the last 3 deliveries. Steven Finn and Jade Dernbach ended on 2 wickets apiece

    With Kevin Pietersen (42 off 58) Inc. seven 4s and Eoin Morgan out for a duck, the pair were both dismissed in the space of three deliveries, a major turning point in the game, Patel 30 not out hit the only six compared with 7 hit by the Indian side.

    Kumars 3/29, Jadeja 2/12 and Ashwin 3/39 look as though they are coming into form at the right time and will need to be watched at Ranchi.

    Maybe the Indians have been knocked recently having lost India v Pakistan and the all-important Test series to England, but this will put them back in the game.

    Cricket Memorabilia from the series is relatively prolific, signed cricket bats, presentations and cricket autographs, a decent performance by England for the rest of the series can only enhance these collectables.

    All to play for at the 3rd ODI, JSCA Stadium Ranchi on Saturday Jan 19th.

    Tony Selby


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  • Rare autographs real or fake

    Posted on September 7, 2012 by Selby

    This is a preview of a draft about hand signed sports memorabilia which I am writing  in order to assist autograph collectors in deciding whether the signature is genuine or fake.

    Feel free to comment on any improvements I can make???

    AUTOGRAPHS REAL OR FAKE

    The origins of the autograph

    An autograph may be defined as “any manuscript handwritten by its author; a handwritten signature especially the signature of a famous or admired person.

    The origins of hand signed autographs can be traced back to sixth century ancient Greece however none survive from this period, in fact The earliest autograph, signature of a famous person is probably the Spanish national hero and military leader El Cid  dated 1096 three years before his death.

    .Autographs of most of the great Renaissance figures, including Leonardo da Vinci,Michelangelo, and Ariosto. Still exist however autograph material was to become more prevalent during the 18th century with examples such as George Washington president of the USA or the composer Mozart’s manuscripts.

    A signed letter is more desirable than an autograph as usually the letter contains aspects of the person’s life and work which is why they are so collectable.

    Autograph collation today

    The hobby of collecting autographs is known as philography

    A Philographist or autograph hunter may well focus in one specialised area say sports memorabilia and only collect signatures and associated paraphernalia from say, sports events,  personalities, writers, political figures, art, film, music, world leaders, space travel or conflict etc.

    Autograph collation is an ever popular and rewarding occupation for the professional and amateur alike, the objective being to aspire to obtaining complete sets from each area of their subject in the case of say cricket collectables the 1948 Ashes series, the ink autographs of both England and Australians teams on one official programme, bat or scorecard used at the event would be more desirable than a mismatch.

    Is it a genuine autograph?

    There are numerous forged autographs for sale all over the world not least on the internet and it is a case of buyer beware.

    Rare autograph collectors often request from the vendor certificates of authenticity, it stands to reason that if the seller of a forged item is offering a COA that the certificate is also worthless. It is not a good idea to rely on either guarantees or certificates.

    If a purchaser decides to accept a certificate of authenticity they should ensure that it contains full contact details, dates, venues, and verifiable reputable organisations of which the vendor is responsible to, these details should be followed up with the named organisation.

    PADA, the UACC and AFTAL publish websites from where you can check a listed dealer’s credibility.

    Ascertaining the validity of a carefully crafted fake autograph is a complex matter which is almost impossible for the amateur and the results cannot always be definitive even when a professional opinion is requested.

    One basic method used by unscrupulous vendors is the reprint. This is a photocopy of an actual autographed photo, usually printed from a home computer on to photographic copying paper, this should be declared as a reprint or as preprinted, it is not an authentic autograph and is pretty worthless, unless an existing photo has been autographed later onto the outside surface.

    More sophisticated forgers will target a certain era say 1880s they will use blank pages from books of the same period, then having researched and recreated the inks used at that time they will endeavor to create the replica autograph now using the correct materials, obviously if the copy writing is well researched and applied it is very difficult to detect by an autograph expert but not so by a forensic technician, the technician will be able to age the paper and ink and also to date the document  even when accelerated ageing has taken place.

    Collectors should be careful of rare autographs which may be found on a small piece of card when the bogus card is attached to an authentic piece of memorabilia.

    Frequently secretaries will sign autograph material on behalf of the celebrity creating what is known as a proxy signature. Fortunately it is often well publicized that this is a trait of that particular subject.

    A number of famous people including American presidents Andrew Johnson, Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt have in the past convincingly rubber stamped their “signatures “the result would not be considered  a collectable.

    SEE AUTHENTICITY CHECK LIST

    View with magnifying glass X10 under direct light)

    Seek out a genuine example of the signature from internet comparison sites and use this as your datum point. The main criteria are to know what the signature looks like.

    Move the underside of your wrist or finger over the paper and expect to feel a slight irregularity when you touch the outline of the signature, examine the signature with a magnifying glass (+10) and search for any rising in the area of the signature. If you cannot determine the texture of the raised ink above surface of the paper it is likely to be a copy.

    Examine the ink pattern, look for squeezing at the edges which would indicate stamping, this is usually fairly easy to determine. A shaded purple colour ink can also indicate stamping.

    Compare the autograph with your example, turn the page at 90 degree angle and examine the autographs, then at 180 degrees, doing this  will show a different perspective of the writing comparison, anomalies will stand out and be easier to spot.

    Autographs which are mechanically created are identified by their smoothness and uniform ink deposit throughout the signature. A genuine pen hand signed autograph will show under magnification, a different diameter of stroke, the rate of the wet ink flow as the nib angles, scratch marks, clear areas within the stroke, and the continuous flow of the pen over the paper. A stop and start movement within a stroke would show a hesitant copying technique, you must see that the line flow is uninterrupted and the pen stays mainly on the paper if it is interrupted it will show in stroke breaks.

    Comparison of pen lifts which are absent from the genuine subject are a sure fire method to determine a fake, these are typical of a forgery in which the writer pauses to check his handiwork.

    Look for a lack of feathered beginning and ending strokes, a fake will tend to have blunt stops and starts.

    A lack of certainty in direction may show abrupt movements creating a kinked appearance to a line which should flow smoothly

    When a nib pen is used expect to see light hairline upstrokes and heavy shaded down stokes in a genuine signature, this will not be so noticeable if a ball point pen is used

    Consider the time factors if for example an autograph dated around 1950 is signed with a felt pen it is a fake as felt pens did not exist at this time and the autograph should be signed in ink or pencil. The Papermate flair felt tip was not manufactured until the early ‘60s, commercial ball point pens became available in 1943 and so on. Research is the key.

    Signed sports memorabilia such as a football shirt or cricket cap can be hard to assess as the ink tends to soak into the fabric giving a smudge like appearance which is difficult to validate, the only way to be sure is to be there at the signing or rely on provenance from a reputable dealer.

    If the asking price for an item of sports memorabilia is way below a realistic valuation don’t bother purchasing as it’s probably a fake.

    The more signatures there are on a piece, the more mistakes there are to spot. Compare an autograph sheet with half a dozen genuine signatures with one containing fakes and it easy to spot the real ones.

    Consider the characteristics of period the autograph purports to belong to, examine the paper used, does the magnified make up match the type used in that era. The specification of the paper may give valuable clues as to the approximate age parameters of theautograph.

    Since biblical times vellum or parchment was the type of paper in use this changed around 1850 to the use of wood, cotton or linen pulp, so if you are lucky enough to have the autograph of William Pitt (died 1806) it should be signed on vellum type of paper, Charles Dickens (died 1870) could be either or Alfred Tennyson (died 1892) most probably signed on a wood pulp type paper.

    Don’t forget that paper can be matched using cut out pages from writings of a similar time.

    Examine ink colour, does the make up under magnification match the characteristics of the period, iron gall ink was popular from about the 12th century up until new technologies made it obsolete around 1850,  this ink is bluish black, over time it fades to dull brown. It is a corrosive ink and over time can damage the paper it is used on. Since the early 1900s Indian ink (carbon) has become the popular one manufactured in a range of colours.

    Micro-spectrophotometry is a non-destructive method of analysing ink using ultraviolet of infrared light, the spectrum of the ink on the document can be compared with a range of standard inks, this can authentic the ink but not the author. However it does narrow things down and makes for a more informed decision.

    Think about how, when and why a rare autograph originated and in what numbers it is available, if the seller has a number of copies of a rare autograph you must ask yourself why?

    Never ever enter a private auction sale; always look for transparency on the internet

    Written by Selby

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    tony@cricketcollectables.net

     

     

     


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