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  • Great win for Ireland at Millenium park

    Posted on February 2, 2013 by Selby

    A fantastic first half by Ireland and an exciting second half comeback by Wales saw Ireland's RBS Six Nations campaign off with a 30 -22 win against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

    We have a good selection of Wales Rugby Memorabilia and have complimented this today with a number of Irish Rugby Collectables.

    See the full match details:

    Tony Selby 



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  • JPR Williams Rugby Memorabilia

    Posted on January 3, 2012 by Selby


    JPR Williams the former Rugby fullback is noted for his legendary performances when playing for Wales his home country and the British Lions. His achievements both on and off the field have led to an increasing demand in Rugby Memorabilia associated with his many successes.
    JPR (1949) was Capped for Wales in 1969, during his career for Wales he was Capped a total of 55 times, he received a further 8 Caps playing for the British Lions.
    JPR is often described as a model sportsman, everything required of the competitive full back, combining talent, pace, fearless tackling and an uncompromising attacking ability. JPR is rated by many astute fans as the best full back ever.
    Growing up near to Bridgend in South Wales JPR was educated locally prior to attending Millfield Public School in Somerset. He showed a keen interest in both Rugby and Tennis and in fact in 1966 when competing for a British junior singles title at Wimbledon he beat the legendary Tennis star and Sports Club owner David Lloyd 6-4, 6-4 he went on to win the World Junior Title in Canada the following year.
    JPR had always made his medical studies his first priority rather than professional sports so at the start of the Open era in1968, which saw a number of tournaments allowing professional players to compete with amateurs, he decided to concentrate more on Rugby, which fitted in with his medical plans.
    A few Test stats 1969 – 1981:
    International debut 2/3/69 Wales Scotland at Murrayfield won 17-3
    Final appearance 7/2/81 Wales Scotland at Murrayfield lost 15-6
    In 1981 completed 12 careers wins over England without loss.
    Wales captain 5 times (1978 – 79) Champion and Triple Crown seasons
    A few Test Stats
    Capped: 55
    Points: 36
    Tries: 6
    Penalties: 3
    Conversions: 2
    Drop goal: 0
    JPR was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 1997.
    JPR Williams Rugby Memorabilia for Collectors: Specific categories of items of interest to me pertaining to this article and the era of JPR would include the following peer players: Gareth Edwards, Barry John, Bob Hiller Andy Irvine, John Taylor, Phil Bennett, Hadyn Tanner, Mervyn Davies, Shane Williams, Scott Gibbs, John Dawes, the list goes on, all the players from that golden era are collectable if the opportunity arises and costs equate.
    Matches of particular interest to me include: Wales defeat France 9-5 in Paris Grand Slam 1971, British Lions tour of NZ, 1971 all four Tests interesting (preference for fourth test), The final Wales v Scotland(18-19) 1971 at Murrayfield, Wales v England(30-9) at Cardiff in the 1969 Five Nations to win Triple Crown and Championship.
    Items of memorabilia to consider include: signed presentations, match worn attire, blazers, badges, programmes, tour agendas, signed photographs, autographs, painting and pictures.
    Purchasing signed collectables online has many pitfalls, I have recently written an article called “rare autographs real or fake” which will give the reader an insight into what to watch out for and make their online or auction experience less expensive and more enjoyable.
    Tony Selby
    Rugby Memorabilia

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  • Jonah Lomu Rugby Memorabilia

    Posted on January 2, 2012 by Selby

    Jonah Lomu Rugby Memorabilia
    Jonah Lomu ignited Rugby taking the World Cup in Cape Town South Africa by storm in 1995. He destroyed the England backline cover with a combination of astonishing pace and attacking style, to score four magnificent tries. He was named Player of the Match in the Semi which secured the All Blacks their place the Cup Final against the Wallabies.
    Although Lomu scored a total of 7 tries in 5 games the Hosts South Africa were victorious in the Final winning 15 – 12 in extra time.
    At the presentation in the Ellis stadium Johannesburg the President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, sporting a Springbok shirt, awarded the Web Ellis Cup to Francois Pienaar the South African captain
    Lomu (b 1975) hails from Auckland New Zealand; he made his Test debut playing on the wing, as the All Blacks youngest player in 1994 against France at Lancaster Park, Christchurch. New Zealand lost the match 22–8, it was not the most auspicious start but one which indicated what was to follow.
    Lomu deservedly takes his place as one of the most famous players in the sport, I well remember when he arrived on the rugby scene many fans thought or feared that the game had changed for ever. At times with his blistering speed and almost total disregard for defenders he was unstoppable. His final tally for the 63 matches he played for the All Blacks was an enviable 37 tries.

    Jonah Lomu Rugby Memorabilia is always in demand from both enthusiasts and collectors, peaking at times of the World Cup series and during Internationals, it seems that when World Rugby is heavily televised and in the news it increases the interest of the collectors.

    Collectors will usually look to historic Rugby Union matches, featuring colourful talented players and unforgettable moments, in their search for unique mementos. Players I have collected over the years include Jack Whitfield, Gareth Edwards, Lomu, Dan Carter, Martin Johnson, ZinZan Brooke, Shane Williams, Richie McCaw, Ian Hurst, Jeremy Guscott, Jason Leonard, Thomas Castaignede. Nowadays it is becoming increasingly popular to display signed presentations in homes and offices featuring famous players in action at significant events.
    It is useful to start a collection in a specified area say pre-war or post war, to follow maybe one team, country or player in order to narrow down the field, to become an expert in one area of a game which holds such a variety of interests.
    Would be collectors are advised initially to concentrate on Internationals featuring England, Wales, Scotland, British Lions, All Blacks, South Africa and the Wallabies.
    It is important to consider age and condition when collecting memorabilia however a certain amount of discretion must be allowed, popular items include International programmes, event tickets, passes, hand written letters and autographs, signed dinner menus, mono sepia photographs and ceramics, presentations, match worn attire, badges and match associated paraphernalia.
    I recently wrote an article “rare autographs real or fake” and would encourage readers to read this prior to making any purchases; the article gives insight into the pitfalls of collecting from unknown sources especially online.
    Lomu retired from International Rugby in 2002 following illness, he continued to play Club Rugby and as recently as 2009/10 season was playing for Marseille Vitrolles. It is a shame that he was only able to display his great talents during such a short International career.
    Jonah Lomu Rugby Memorabilia will not only appreciate in value but gives the collector the tangible benefits of owning collectables associated with one of Rugby’s greats. He certainly had an electrifying impact on the game and its subsequent increase in popularity as a spectator sport.

    Jonah Lomu is a commited member of "Champions for Peace" a group based in Monte Carlo made up of Athletes committed to World Peace through Sport, a very worthy cause, do check out their website the membership consists of many world class sports people.
    Good luck with your collecting let me know how you get on!!

    Tony Selby
    Rugby Memorabilia

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  • Rugby world cup

    Posted on September 19, 2011 by Selby

    Impressive performance, well done Ireland 15/6 over the Wallabies, let’s see the same again with Russia and Italy in the final two pool games, hope Paul O'Connell and Gordon D'Arcy will both be fit.

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  • Rugby Memorabilia

    Posted on September 5, 2011 by Selby

    Rugby memorabilia originating from historic matches, talented colourful players and unforgettable moments is always sought after by collectors and enthusiasts, demand tends to increase at the time of a World Cup series and during Internationals; however this would equally apply to collectables from Test Cricket at Lords, Wimbledon Tennis and Masters Golf.

    Lots of people attend Rugby matches both Union and League, some lucky ones get to participate in the game. It is important to understand the divisions of Rugby Union and Rugby League

    A perception of class division between Rugby Union and Rugby League has been seen in the past with Rugby Union regarded as the middle class gentleman’s game where the players do not require or often need financial recompense and Rugby League a professional league where things are run on a more commercial basis with all expenses and wages paid to the players.

    Way back in 1895 the RFU who supported strict amateurism, in their wisdom expelled 12 Northern clubs over allegations of financial inducements; these clubs formed the independent Northern Union later to become the Rugby Football League.

    Over the years the laws of Rugby League Football gradually changed which has led to a faster flow of play which is both spectator friendly and entertaining. However for many including myself Rugby Union will always be the game of choice.

    Rugby League memorabilia is very popular in the Southern Hemisphere whereas Rugby Union collectables are the preferred choice in the majority of other rugby playing countries, however the serious collector will usually consider carefully selected Rugby Union collectables as his first choice.

    The collector should pay particular attention to Rugby memorabilia associated with the All Blacks, British Lions, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and South Africa.

    Some of the rugby memorabilia I have collected over the years has originated from the following examples:

    Barbarians victory over the All Blacks at Cardiff Arms Park in 1973.

    The Irish win at the atmospheric Thormond Park against the All Blacks, it was their only defeat during the 1978 tour.

    The 1954 British Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand when the Lions won the two Test matches against Australia then lost the Internationals against the All Blacks.

    Lots of other sought after all Blacks collectables including Sean Fitzpatrick, Byron Kelleher and Ian Hurst

    Rugby League memorabilia would include Warrington Wolves, Wigan Warriors,, Harlequins, Leeds Rhinos, St Helens, Widnes and Salford

    . With all rugby memorabilia  it is important to consider age and condition, match worn rugby attire, boots, shirts, programmes, tickets and signed rugby balls from memorable events are always sought after, as are dinner menus, blazers, mono sepia photographs pictures and ceramics.

    When purchasing signed collectibles the buyer should take great care to establish authenticity, I recently wrote an article “rare autographs real or fake” it contains useful advice on purchasing signed sports memorabilia.

    Rugby memorabilia can be a great investment and a worthwhile hobby; I think that carefully selected examples will always appreciate in value whilst having the tangible benefit of reliving the memories.

    Tony Selby



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