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    Posted on February 7, 2012 by Selby





    Collecting Cricket Memorabilia can be an intriguing pastime, hobby or small business. To be collectable an item must be associated with a famous player, event or achievement, usually Cricket Memorabilia usually consists of Autographs, Bats, Ball, Autographs, Presentations, Scorecards, Tour material, Mono Sepia photos, Real Postcards and so much more. Amongst the many collectable items there is another category Match Worn Attire this includes of course Cricket Cap Memorabilia, Caps are highly sought after especially when they are associated with a Cricketing Legend.

    In 2008 the baggy green cap worn by Don Bradman during the 1948 tour of England was sold at auction in Australia for  approx. £175.000, this startling sum of money paid for match worn attire may give some idea as to the potential value of Cricket Caps. Incidentally a second Cricket Cap issued to DB for the ’48 Tour, which was widely known as the “invincibles” tour, resides in the Bradman Collection Cricket Museum at the Adelaide Oval ( International Cricket Hall of Fame) having been donated by Kevin Truscott.

    A little history

    The term “awarded a cap” infers that a cricket player has been selected for either a School (usually public), County or International Cricket Match, The term originated in the UK in 1886 and applied to football players whose side was identified by the type or colour of headwear worn (probably due to the muddy conditions) in later years as each turnout for a County or International side was recorded the player was classed as capped, accordingly many players were capped a number of times.

    One major difference is that an international Cricket cap is awarded on the player’s debut for his country whilst a county player is only capped when he is considered on merit

    An awarded Cap has a unique number which runs consecutively dependant on the number of players who have received the accolade previously.

    A good and current example is the excellent Indian Test Player Sachin Tendulkar who became the 187th Indian Test Player to represent his Test side when he was first selected, as he has been selected in total on 188 different occasions he has been capped 188 times. Sachin is the first Test Player to score 50 centuries in International Cricket, he is currently languishing on 99 centuries, he was dismissed by Ravi Rampaul caught Darren Sammy at second slip for 94 runs during  third and the final Test match at the Wankhede Stadium.on 22/11/11.

    Other examples:

    Cap number 1 awarded to T Armitage Australia v England at Melbourne 1876/77

    Cap number 24 awarded to WG.Grace England v Australia at the Oval 1880

    Cap number 474 awarded to IT Botham England v Australia at Nottingham 1977

    The most famous cap is the baggy green cricket cap worn by the Australian side, this is instantly recognisable, many cricketers will continue to wear their original cap leading to collectables often looking well worn. The baggy green must have shown signs of wear after the 1932/33 Bodyline Series.

    The series mentioned above would be most collectable, JardineLarwood, Mc Cabe, Sutcliffe, Fingleton, Richardson, Paynter and many more. Bodyline Caps do become available from time to time.

    Cricket Cap Memorabilia is a great investment as some Caps awarded today could be very collectable in the future

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia


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