New Zealand Cricket Memorabilia – Lance Cairns, Richard Hadlee, Stewie Dempster, Martin Crowe, Bert Sutcliffe, Jack Cowie and Jackie Mills all feature in my New Zealand Cricket Memorabilia portfolio. Cricket Collectables from these delightful sporting islands in the Southern Hemisphere, are very good value for money when one considers the higher prices paid for say Ashes Series Memorabilia.
New Zealand Cricket can be traced back to the mid nineteenth century, there are newspaper records showing a match played between Nelson v Surveyors 1844, it was not until 1860 that National Cricket featured with a match played between Wellington and Auckland.
Cricket was becoming increasingly popular and New Zealand consolidated its International position in the 1863/64 season when George Parr (Nott’s) brought an All England touring party to Australia, his victorious side then visited NZ where three further wins were recorded.
The game was put on a more solid footing with the foundation of the New Zealand Cricket Council in 1894 in the same year NZ were defeated by Australia at Lancaster Park in Christchurch. Two internationals v Australia took place in1904/5 on each occasion NZ were easily defeated
1927 saw the first NZ tour of England and a spark in the NZ side, they played 26 first class matches defeating Worcs, Glamorgan, Somerset and Derbyshire it was their performance in these four matches which led to the granting of Test Status in 1930. These four early wins are interesting areas for the collector and Cricket enthusiast.
New Zealand Cricket Memorabilia is available from the 1927 tour, as are rare collectable items from 1894/1904. Many Cricket artefacts are housed at the New Zealand Cricket Museum in the Old Grandstand at the Basin Reserve, Wellington. The Museum houses a wealth of Cricketana including many displays and items dating back to the start of NZ Cricket, this is an excellent exhibition to visit, highly recommended and very well laid out.
New Zealand was granted Test status in 1930. Their first formally recognised Test Match was versus England at Christchurch the same year under the captaincy of Tom Lawry; this match is recognised as a landmark by collectors. England won by eight wickets.
Cricket auctions are held on a regular basis at established auction houses, Knights Sports, Bonhams, Christies and Mullock’s to name a few, items of interest dating back to late 1800s, are often for sale and would include, hand written signed letters, tour brochures, autographs, sepia press photographs, ceramics, ephemera, pictures, paintings, postcards, books, scorecards (always make a special effort bidding for completed, printed official scorecards) occasionally bats and Cricket attire.
1956 was an interesting time which saw West Indies winning 3 of the 4 test series, however the fact that NZ led by John Read (top scorer 84 runs) achieved a first Test victory by winning the fourth test by 190 runs, makes the match at Eden Park, Auckland stand out, memorabilia associated with Harry Cave, Don Beard and John Read and Tony MacGibbon is especially attractive to the collector.
It is always a good idea to categorise Sports Memorabilia by Pre-war, Post-war and Modern eras, a good latter example is the 1985 NZ v Australia Test Series, Richard Hadlee excelled with his fast right arm unpredictable deliveries:
1st Test at Brisbane, 1st innings 52/9 2nd innings 71/6 NZ win
2nd Test at Sydney 1st innings 65/5 2nd innings 58/2 Aus. win
3rd Test at Perth 1st innings 65/5 2nd innings 90/6 NZ win.
Richard Hadlee 33 wickets in the three test series.
A first series win in Australia.
There is some excellent Cricket Memorabilia available from this Series; I have examples of signed presentations from the 1st and 3rd test and a number of signed programmes, autographs and tour material.
In more recent times:
Of particular interest to me are the following Series:
1977/78 New Zealand v England at Wellington (1st Test win against England)
1983 New Zealand v England at Headingly (NZ 1st Test victory in England)
1986 New Zealand v England at Trent Bridge (NZ 1st Series victory in England)
Pre-war items will always be more collectable than modern day ones, one reason being the rarity factor. Over recent years Sporting Heroes have tended to carry out signings on a grander scale, whereas in the old days an autograph would be obtained at a match now a celebrity may sign huge numbers of items in one sitting making some sporting personalities more prolific than others. The rarity factor is always to be considered when assessing the value of memorabilia, this would apply mainly to modern Presentations and signed photographs and cannot be applicable to the older, team signed bats, original signed scorecards etc. You may often come across team signed Dinner Menus or signed tour material this is still very collectable as only a very limited amount exists.
I recently wrote an article “Rare autographs real of fake” this article could be invaluable to readers intending to purchase New Zealand Cricket Memorabilia online as it will help you avoid purchasing anything less than authentic material.
Best of luck with your collecting
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