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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

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    Good luck with your collecting.

    Let me know how you get on??


    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia

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  • Walter (Wally) Hammond Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 13, 2012 by Selby


    Walter Hammond Cricket Memorabilia

    The best English batsman of the 1930’s, Cricket Memorabilia from Wally Hammond’s Golden days is highly sought after by fans and enthusiasts.

    Wally Hammond the Gloucestershire and England all-rounder is remembered as probably one of the four best batsmen ever and signed collectables such as bats, match wear, sepia press photographs, match tickets, completed printed scorecards, tour paraphernalia, hand written letters, caps, autographs and paintings to name but a few are always in demand and none more so than Hammond, Don Bradman, Sid Barnes, and other heroes from this golden era of cricket.

    Wally Hammond (1903 – 1965) hails from Dover UK and was educated as a boarder at Cirencester Grammar School where he was captain of the first eleven, on leaving in 1920 he had originally planned to attend the prestigious agriculture college at Winchester however he was given a trial for Gloucestershire Cricket Club where he was quickly signed as a professional. Hammond made his first-class debut for Gloucestershire that same year.

    Hammond proving to be a good all-rounder made his first class maiden century against Surrey in 1923 scoring 110/92 as the opening bat. Over the next few years he was often in the eye of the MCC selectors,  notably scoring 250 not out against Lancs in 1925 with 1818 runs for the season plus 68 relatively economic wickets, this was enough to ensure his selection on the winter tour of the West Indies where he averaged 49 runs per innings in first class matches including a couple of centuries, he also took 20 wickets (28.65). After  playing Jamaica Hammond was taken seriously ill with blood poisoning and missed the remaining matches, he was not fully recovered until the start of the 1927 season.

    He immediately marked his return to cricket in May 1927 by scoring a 1000 runs during  the first month of the cricket season later that year he joined the winter tour to South Africa making his Test debut in the first match of the series scoring 57 runs as the number 4 bat and taking some useful wickets.

    Cricket Memorabilia from the following matches are of particular interest to me :

    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

    MCC v Ireland 1950

    *In the 1933 Test against New Zealand at Auckland Hammond made 336 runs the fastest ever triple century this is why linking  Cricket Memorabilia to an event can be so important.

    Hammond’s cricketing career spanned thirty one years between 1920 -1951 during which he made 50.000 runs and 167 centuries

    In just five Test Matches in 1928/29, England v Australia, Hammond scored an incredible 905 runs. Listed below are some of his enviable statistics:

    Test Matches:       85

    Runs                       7249

    Centuries:                 22

    Fifties:                       24

    Average:                   58.5

    Highest score:        336

    Wicket                      83 (37.8)

    First class runs       50.000 + averaging 58.45

    First class wickets   732 (30.58)

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia

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  • Cricket Cap Memorabilia

    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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