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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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  • New Zealand v England Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on January 31, 2013 by Selby

    New Zealand v England Cricket Memorabilia

    The forthcoming series in NZ should be excellent for cricket collectables.

    First off, two T20 warm ups at Whangarei which will see fast bowler Stuart Broad return to the side on Monday  having recovered from the heel injury he incurred in the recent India series

    The Nott’s all-rounder lost his Test place to Steve Finn after under par performances in the first two tests at Ahmedabad and Mumbai  where he took no wickets, as it happens Finn took four useful wickets in the 3rd test.

    Cricket Collectables from the series in India which we have available includes signed cricket bats, autographed tour itineraries, signed dinner menus, scorecards and a small selection of match worn kit

    The itinerary for the series is listed below:

     

    4/2              T20 warm up at Whangarei

    6/2                “   “    “    “     “    “

    9/2               T20 Int Auckland

    12/2             T20 Int Hamilton

    15/2             T20 Int Wellington

    17/2             ODI Hamilton

    20/2             ODI Napier

    23/2             ODI Auckland

    6-10 March Ist Test Dunedin

    14-18  “         2nd Test Wellington

    22-26  “         3rd Test Auckland

     

    The series has the potential for an exciting 2 months; Broad on form could make the difference

    He needs to return to form having averaged 39.72 with the ball and 14.00 with the bat in his last complete Test Series England v South Africa in the summer.

    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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  • Cricket Memorabilia – India v England

    Posted on January 12, 2013 by Selby


    One day internationals are never disappointing when it comes to sourcing cricket collectables, there generally seems a more relaxed atmosphere surprisingly, players engage with fans and when celebrations are complete many official signings take place.

    It was a close run match yesterday England 325 – 4, India 316 – 9, the Tourists winning by nine runs.

    ODI cricket memorabilia especially signed cricket bats, cricket autographs, signed timesheets and tour material have always proved popular and the five ODI’s culminating in the last match on Sunday Jan 27th at the HPCA Stadium, Dharmasala all look promising.  A good series win for England and some outstanding performances would be even better for collectors.

    ODI s are a little unpredictable for example Dhoni  hit 4 sixes off 8 encouraged by 28000 of his home fans , it is this kind of thing that really makes One day Internationals.

    With a number of England players not present for the opening ODI at the Saurashtra Stadium Rajkot India made a brave attempt in reply to England’s 325, it wasn’t quite good enough this time.

    The 2nd ODI starts on Tues Jan 15 at the Nehru Stadium Kochi an excellent opportunity for more cricket memorabilia.

    Tony Selby


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  • India v England ICC cricket memorabilia

    Posted on January 11, 2013 by Selby

    It looks as though England may retain top ICC one day rankings after a good start in the first ODI against India.

    With India evens and England 8/11 on the bookies are taking no chances and need to be more generous with their odds, as I write this betting has been suspended? However India are looking in with a chance  at 138/3 with the openers Rahane and Gambhir putting on 97 runs averaging around one run per ball.

    This series will provide lots of opportunities for some good cricket memorabilia

    England Captain Alastair Cook and Iain Bell put on an impressive opening stand of 158 before Bells wicket was taken by Ajinkya Rahane, ending his 85 run innings.

    Irishman Eoin Morgan scored 41 off 38 balls before departing due to a tremendous catch by bowler Ashok Dinda, Pieterson scored 44 before being caught off Dinda, tailenders Patel and Kieswetter added another useful 44 runs.

    It will be interesting to note the rule changes for the pace bowlers two bouncers allowed per over plus the field restricted to four players outside the fielding circle instead of five in the outfield.

    Tony Selby

     


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  • India v England ODI series

    Posted on January 7, 2013 by Selby


    India v England ODI series

    The Indian National Selection Committee has left  Virender Sehwag out of the  ODI matches  in favour of Cheteshwar Pujara, the five match series is due to start from January 11 at Rajkot.

    Cricket Memorabilia will be at a premium for this series and we hope to attend a number of signings at Mohali on Wed 23/1/13.

    Surprisingly Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma held onto their places and have been nominated for the first three ODIs at Rajkot, Kochi and Ranchi.

    Virender has previously performed well in limited over matches clocking up 8273 runs including 15 centuries from 251 appearances.

    India A team v England New Delhi

    India “A” team defeated England at the New Delhi, Palam ground by 53 runs yesterday, the hosts made 224/4 leaving England on 175 after 36 overs, the tourists loss of five middle order wickets for only 30 runs did nothing to alleviate the situation.

    In Alastair Cook’s absence England Captain Ian Bell put on a good show scoring 91 runs off 89 deliveries including eight 4s and two 6s, before being caught by Motwani off Sharma, whilst fellow opener Kevin Pietersen was out for 19 off 28 balls, caught by Mukund off a short delivery from Sreesanth.

    A heavy mist disrupted the match reducing play to 39 overs.

    Signed tour intineraries and dinner menus are available from the New Delhi match however  significance will come to the fore dependent on notable performances in the forthcoming ODIs.

    Tony Selby

     


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  • India v Pakistan at Kolkata

    Posted on January 4, 2013 by Selby

    India v Pakistan at Kolkata

    What an impressive century by Nassir Jamshed core to the Pakistan ODI win at Kolkata, especially as this followed his 101 in Pakistan’s opening match of the series.

    Cricket memorabilia from the One day International series is always popular with collectors with demand for signed cricket bats.

    Junaid Khan bowled a good 3/39 in 9 overs containing the India batsmen and taking the all important wickets of Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli early in their innings, however it did not stop skipper and keeper  Dhoni putting on 54 runs not out, which was his 47th ODI half century.

    Pakistan scored 250 to the hosts 165 winning the 3 match series 2-0

    The tourists have previously won all 4 matches against India at Kolkata never losing an ODI

    The final ODI India v Pakistan is on Sunday January 6th at Delhi no pressure for Pakistan, should be a good match

    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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