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  • Australia end the England cricket tour with a 12 match victory at Sydney

    Posted on February 2, 2014 by Selby

    The England tour of Australia ended in another overwhelming defeat as the Hosts finished off the Twenty20 international series in the same way as the recent Test series with an 84 run lead at the Olympic Stadium Sydney in front of a crowd of 47000 - another whitewash 3-0

    Signed Cricket Memorabilia is now available for the tour including good examples autographed cricket bats, tour itineraries, signed press photographs, scorecards and autographs. The signed cricket bats are particularly worthwhile as they are full size not the usual miniature size. Though I have to say myself that this is tour best forgotten!!!

    George Bailey the Aussie Captain, who chose to bat, led the way with 49 runs off 20 deliveries which included 3 6s, Bailey scored 26 runs off Jade Dernbach in the last over, making it look easy, taking Australia to 195/6, he was awarded Player of the match for his performance

    Ben Cutting, in his 3rdT20 knocked the ball all round the ground before being caught and bowled by Joe Root for 29 off 16 balls.

    Stuart Broad led the bowling with 3/30 with the Australians run rate at 9.75 runs per over whilst Joe Root, was notable taking a splendid  diving catch to dismiss Cutting for 29,which was rather cancelled out by Ravi Bopara dropping Wade early in his early innings, he went on to finish the match adding 56 runs.

    Without Michael Lumb the new opening pair Luke Wright and Alex Hales did not impress Wright caught at square leg for 8 runs and Hales caught on the deep offside by Muirhead off Coulter Nile for 6.

    Irishman Eoin Morgan coming in at number 5 with a required 171 runs off 15 overs made his mark with a handy 34 runs off 20 balls including 2 encouraging 6s however the beleaguered tourists survived just 18 overs before they were all out for 111 runs, averaging just 6.75 runs per over

    The final tally for the tour which started last October 31st with a warm up at WACA Perth is 13 matches won 1, lost 12

    Cricket signings will continue over the weekend with the emphasis on Australia memorabilia

    Tony Selby


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  • Tiger Woods back in frame to win Masters

    Posted on April 9, 2013 by Selby


    Tiger Woods looks to have an excellent chance of winning the Masters starting at Augusta on Thursday, now No 1 and putting better than ever he may well win the seasons first Major after a five year drought. Tiger has not won at Augusta since 2005 when he pipped Chris DiMarco in a play-off which earned him his fourth Masters title.

    Golf Memorabilia associated with the Masters is always in demand of particluar interest to me are Pin flags,  Sports Autographs, Signed Presentations and  match scorecards,photos etc

    Will be interesting to see how Tianlang Guam plays especially off the tee, considering his short drive of only around 250 yards. On Monday Guan played a practice round with Tiger Woods  and tomorrow he plays a  round  with Tom Watson, he will be well worth watching for the future.

    The odds on Tiger Woods at 4/1 are with PP which seem pretty generous however  I am backing Justin Rose 18/1 ew to be wearing the green jacket on Sunday

    There has been a big interest in Tiger Woods sports memorabilia for years now and it would good to see some of the new younger names (Guam) performing well this week.

    Tony Selby


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  • Signed Cricket Bats

    Posted on May 12, 2012 by Selby

     


     

    England v Australia 1932/33 Bodyline series, Cricket Memorabilia.

    Signed Cricket Bats which have survived the infamous Australia v England Bodyline Series 1932/33 are highly sought after as Cricket Collectables, match used bats which are signed by both teams are especially in demand as they are considered rare.

    When collecting signed cricket bats it can be useful to specialise in specific areas say Test Cricket, First Class Matches, Ashes series. Pre-war and post war etc. I try to concentrate on pre-war,  assembling a pre-war collection can be expensive and time consuming yet at the same time a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.

    It is fact that some cricketers were always more prolific when it came to Autographs and if approached at Cricket grounds from Lords to the Kensington Oval Barbados would happily oblige fans, an example would be Don Bradman arguably the greatest cricketer of all who would readily provide his autograph whereas Sid Barnes has rarely put pen to willow and when he did it was often stamped

    It stands to reason that when a cricketer is no longer with us his legacy to the enthusiast is his autograph, there can only be so many examples before the rarity aspect play its part.

    With some effort the Cricket Enthusiast can follow auctions and sales around the world make notes and compile lists of signatories with a rarity value.   Often sought after individual Cricket Bat autographs are found as part of a team signing, these cricket bats especially when signed by both sides, possibly with Umpires and Manager s included can be great buys, I personally try to concentrate on Pre-War Ashes Matches, England v West Indies, India, South Africa and New Zealand plus some of the County Championship Clubs, where many of the legendary test player’s have emanated from, in my collection I have examples of Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, MCC, Sussex, Surrey, Worcester, Lancashire and Yorkshire autographed match used bats

    It is important that Autographed Cricket bats are related to memorable events, legendary players and successful teams this is why there is so much demand for Ashes test match memorabilia.

    I am currently interested in autographs and Cricket Memorabilia associated with the 1932/33 Bodyline series.

    Signed Cricket Bats which have recently come available from private collections or sales include rare examples from the England v Australia series 1932/33.(note Bradman was missing in the 1st Test at Sydney due to illness) Below is a detailed list of matches played during the series compiled by cricinfo

     

    Fri Oct 21 - Mon Oct 24 Western Australia v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
    Thu Oct 27 - Sat Oct 29 Australian XI v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
    Fri Nov 4 - Tue Nov 8 South Australia v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Adelaide Oval
    Fri Nov 11 - Mon Nov 14 Victoria v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Fri Nov 18 - Tue Nov 22 Australian XI v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Fri Nov 25 - Tue Nov 29 New South Wales v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Fri Dec 2 - Wed Dec 7 1st Test - Australia v England
    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Fri Dec 16 - Mon Dec 19 Tasmania v Marylebone Cricket Club
    North Tasmania Cricket Association Ground, Launceston
    Fri Dec 23 - Mon Dec 26 Tasmania v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Tasmania Cricket Association Ground, Hobart
    Fri Dec 30 - Tue Jan 3 2nd Test - Australia v England
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Fri Jan 13 - Thu Jan 19 3rd Test - Australia v England
    Adelaide Oval
    Thu Jan 26 - Sat Jan 28 New South Wales v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Wed Feb 1 - Thu Feb 2 Queensland Country v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Showground, Toowoomba
    Sat Feb 4 - Tue Feb 7 Queensland v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
    Fri Feb 10 - Thu Feb 16 4th Test - Australia v England
    Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
    Sat Feb 18 - Tue Feb 21 Northern New South Wales v Marylebone Cricket Club
    No 1 Sports Ground, Newcastle
    Thu Feb 23 - Tue Feb 28 5th Test - Australia v England
    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Fri Mar 3 - Tue Mar 7 Victoria v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Fri Mar 10 - Tue Mar 14 South Australia v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Adelaide Oval  Compiled by cricinfo

    Any cricket memorabilia associated with this series will always be in demand by collectors and fans alike.

    Modern day signed Cricket bats are far more readily available, it has become popular for Test Cricketer to carry out signings where a large number of bats may be autographed in one session many used for charitable purposes, these bats can make great additions to a portfolio and in time will increase in rarity value however for the moment I am sticking with seeking out the pre-war and early to mid-fifties examples.

    Good luck with your collecting

    Let me know how you get on??

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia

     

     

     


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  • Takashi Ono Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 29, 2012 by Selby





    Takashi Ono Olympic Memorabilia

    5 Gold Medals – Japanese Champion Gymnast – Olympic Collectibles from 1956 Melbourne, 1960 Rome, 1964 Tokyo are scarce and sought by Collectors.

    Takashi born in Noshiro Japan in 1931 is the holder of 5 Olympic Medals, 4 silver and 4 Bronze. His artistic Gymnastic achievements make Collectables from his historic events an important addition to any portfolio.

    Takashi was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1998.

    It is important when purchasing Gymnastic Memorabilia to select the more significant events which the Athlete competed in, a signed item is so much more collectable when directly connected to a significant event.

    Photographic presentations, event worn attire, hand signed photos are just a few of the collectables currently available.

    Events which are specifically collectable are listed below:

    Helsinki 1952: Vault 1 Bronze.

    Melbourne 1956: Horizontal bar 1 Gold: All round, Horse, team 3 silver: Bars 1 Bronze.

    Rome 1960 Horizontal bar, Vault and Team 3 Gold: All round 1 Silver: Bars, Rings 2 Bronze.

    Tokyo 1964 Team, 1 Gold.

    Collectables are in demand from the World Championships events:

    1954 Rome.

    1958 Moscow.

    1962 Prague.

    Associated Memorabilia from the World Championships, tickets, passes, badges, participation medals, handbooks, posters, competitor information, stamps and trade cards are all collectable and appreciating in value.

    Always take care when purchasing Olympic Swimming Memorabilia online as there can be so many pitfalls and it is very much a case of buyer beware, I have written an article Rare autographs real or fake which should be of interest to the reader and may well save some money on your investment.

    Now is a good time to start collecting, interest has never been greater with London Olympics later this year.

    Tony Selby

    Sports Memorabilia


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  • Ray Ewry Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 22, 2012 by Selby

     



    Ray Ewry Olympic Memorabilia

    “The Human Frog” 8 Times Olympic Gold Medallist, arguably the most successful Olympian ever – the Master of Standing Jumps.

    Ray Ewry (1873 – 1937) born in Indiana USA. Ray was a Track and Field Athlete who won 10 Gold Medals, 8 at the Olympic Games and 2 at the Intercalated Games in 1906 in Athens. Ray Ewry Olympic Memorabilia is sought after on both sides of the Atlantic and is regarded as a prized asset in any portfolio.

    Michael Phelps having achieved 9 Olympic Medals in individual events still holds the overall record.

    Ray, who contracted Polio as a child fought the illness with continual leg strengthening, jumping exercises, which enabled him to walk again, it may well be this regime of exercise that helped him become a Champion Standing Jumper. Ray attended the prestigious Purdue University Lafayette, Indiana in 1890, he studied Mechanical Engineering whilst Captain of the Track team, becoming a member of the Sigma Nu Fratern society. It is significant to note that renowned USA sprinterWilma Rudolph Triple Gold Medallist at Rome in the 1960 Summer Games also overcame this debilitating ailment

    In 1890 Ray 6’3” by now, led the school to a long awaited track title; competing in the State Championship later that year he achieved wins in the Standing Broad Jump and the Standing and Running High Jumps. On graduation from Purdue Ray relocated to New York City where he put his ME degree to good use carrying out various Civil Eng. Works.

    In 1899 Ray joined the New York Athletic Club, where he was selected for the 1900 Paris Olympics, following incredible performances in the standing high jump, standing long jump and standing triple jump the awestruck French spectators christened him the “human frog”. Ray won all 3 standing jumps at the Games. He walked away the winner of 3 Gold Medals.

    Incidentally Swimming events took place in the River Seine sometimes against the tide; Cricket was a listed event along with Croquet, Tug of War and Live Pigeon shooting.

    Ray Ewry Olympic Memorabilia is rare and therefore sought after by collectors,  04,06,08 Olympic Games would be welcome additions as would London 1908, only occasionally are authentic items offered for sale at the popular Auction Houses Knights, Bonham’s, Leski  for example.

    Items that would be of interest include: Committee Reports, Tickets, Badges, Participation Medals/pins, Booklets, Rules and Regulations, Plaques, Pocket Watches, Autographs, Real Photo Postcards (printed pre 1924) and much more…….

    The 1904 St Louis Olympic Games saw Ray repeat his Paris performance and take a further 3 Gold Medal plus a World Record in the standing long jump.

    1906 he competed in the 10th Anniversary Athens Olympics winning 2 Gold Medals.

    In 1908 at the Olympiad London Ray won a further 2 Gold Medals.

    Following his 1908 triumphs Ray returned to New York and in his unassuming way put his ME capabilities to good use on a number of Civil Engineering projects.

    Ray was honoured by the following institutions:

    Elected to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1973.

    Elected to the US Olympic Hall of Fame 1983.

    His Olympic Achievements are listed below:

    3 Gold 1900 Paris Olympic Games:  Standing High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump.

    3 Gold 1904 St Louis Olympic Games: Standing High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump.

    2 Gold 1908 London Olympic Games: Standing High Jump, Long Jump.

    Intercalated Games

    2 Gold 1906 Athens, Standing High Jump, Long Jump.

    I recently wrote an article called “Rare Autographs Real or Fake” I would strongly recommend prospective on line purchasers read this, as it may help you avoid the many pitfalls encountered when purchasing Memorabilia.

    Collecting Olympic Memorabilia in all classes can be a great hobby or small business; I wish you luck with your collecting.

    Let me know how you get on?

    Tony Selby

    Olympic Memorabilia

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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  • Alexei Nemov Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 16, 2012 by Selby

     


    Alexei Nemov Olympic Memorabilia

    12 Times Olympic Medallist, Russian Athlete Nemov is One of the Greatest Gymnasts of our time.

    He is renowned for his charismatic appeal and his highly competitive spirit.

    His many successes and likeable character have made Alexei Nemov Olympic Memorabilia popular with Collectors who wish to add his triumphs to their portfolio.

    At 14 he joined the Soviet Junior squad and began training at the National Training Centre at Round Lake.

    At 16 he made his first international appearance in the April 1993 World Championships at the National Exhibition Centre Birmingham, he finished a creditable fifth in the floor exercises.

    He won his first Major all-round title in 1994 at the Goodwill Games at the Kirov Stadium in St Petersburg, beating Aleksei Voropaev the World Champion Silver Medallist by 1.25 points, on this occasion he was awarded more Medals at the Championship than any other athlete 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.

    .  He racked up 6 Medals at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta including Gold in the Team and Vault, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze.

    Over the next few years Nemov was plagued with recurring shoulder injuries and he did not appear to be able to consolidate his outstanding success of 1996, although he did earn Gold at the Lausanne World Championships and 2 more at Tianjin, he also won Gold in the 1998 European Championships at St Petersburg.

    The best was to come at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where again he showed his earlier amazingly versatile talents and to the spectators delight won 6 Medals, Gold in the all-round and High bar, Silver floor, Bronze in the Team, Horse and Parallel bars, what a tremendous come back.

    The following is a Tally of Alexei Nemov Olympic Medals:

    2000 Sydney Gold  (2) Silver (1) Bronze (3)

    1996 Atlanta Gold (2) Silver (1) Bronze (3)

    Alexei Nemov Olympic Memorabilia is sought after especially when it features his most memorable events, Collectables that particularly appeal to me are listed below:

    1993 and early events as a junior

    1994 Goodwill Games Kirov Stadium

    1994 European Championships Prague

    1996 Olympic Games Atlanta

    2000 Olympic Games Sydney

    2004 Olympic Games Athens

    Olympic Memorabilia which I tend to collect is usually Pre or soon after WW2, often this is not possible as modern competitors are becoming very popular, the modern tendency is towards Presentations, Montages, autographed photos, cards, posters, vests, caps, worn sportswear etc. I would include the following Collectable items:

    Programmes, participation medals, ribbons and bars, press tickets, badges, stamp strips, badges and commemorative items, committee reports.

    Collecting Olympic Memorabilia can be great fun and a rewarding hobby or small business.

    Good luck with your collecting

    Let me know how you get on???

    Tony Selby

    Athletics Memorabilia


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  • Nadia Comaneci Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 13, 2012 by Selby

     


    Nadia Comaneci Olympic Memorabilia

    Five Times Gold Medallist, Olympic Gymnast Sensation Nadia Comaneci is a favourite with Olympic Memorabilia Collectors.

    Her outstanding performance in the Montreal 1976 Olympics, where she won 3 Gold Medals, 1 silver and a Bronze, secured her place in the history books.  Four years later Nadia competed in the Moscow Games winning a further 2 Gold medals bringing her total to five Gold’s, three silver and one bronze. The 1976 Olympics is unique as the first Olympic Games to be held in Canada

    Nadia Comaneci Olympic Memorabilia is relatively prevalent from her International successes yet it would be nice to see more collectables made available from her early competitions from 1969 – 75.

    Nadia was born in Romania in 1961, she showed early promise as a gymnast becoming the youngest person to win the Romanian National Junior Championship as a nine year old in 1970, the following year she won the Junior national all-around title in her first International Competition at Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. At 11 years of age she won all around Gold in the Junior Friendship Tournament at the Druzhba Palace of Sports, Ukraine.

    By the time Nadia entered the European Championships in 1975 at Skien Norway she was already regarded as a formidable opponent as shown in her astonishing results listed below:

    All round          Gold

    Uneven bars     Gold

    Balance beam   Gold

    Vault                  Gold

    Floor                 Silver

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    Not surprisingly she was named as the UPI female athlete of year in 1975/76.

    1976 - It was the Summer Olympics in Montreal where Nadia became the first gymnast ever to receive a perfect 10.00 score from the judges; this remarkable achievement was recorded on the uneven bars. Amazingly Nadia scored a total of seven perfect tens at the Event.

    She was welcomed home to Romania as a National Hero, her picture appearing during the course of the same week on the cover page of Sport Illustrated, Time and Newsweek magazines bringing with it the celebrity that remains today.

    Her tally on this occasion is listed below:

    All round           Gold

    Uneven bars     Gold

    Balance beam Gold

    Team                Silver

    Floor                 Bronze

    Nadia Comaneci competed in the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games bringing her total up to 5 Gold Medals, 3 Silver Medals, 1 Bronze Medal.

    Nadia official retirement ceremony in 1984 took place in Bucharest among the many dignitaries present was the Chairman of the International Olympic committee; Nadia went on to become a popular coach to the Romanian National Team, eventually leaving for the USA where she was granted citizenship in 2001.

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    Nadia remains closely involved with sport through her work with the Media; she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1996 in Oklahoma USA, and has twice been the recipient of the International Olympic Committee most prestigious award the Olympic Order, in 1984 and 2004. She is the youngest and only person to receive this honour twice.

    In 2000 Nadia was nominated as an Athlete of the Century by the Laureus World Sport Academy, an enviable award administered by some of the greatest legends from sport. Laureus have great fundraising programmes and interactive projects that the public can join in, it is well worth following them on Facebook, to keep updated.

     

    Track and Field Athletic Memorabilia is always sought after especially if associated with an legendary sportsman/woman, the unique value of the individual item will appreciate dependant on the event or memorable occasion from which it originated, i.e. a Signed Presentation depicting Nadia Comaneci Olympic Memorabilia from the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal  may be more attractive to some collectors than the 1978 World Championships when Nadia despite winning the Beam title did not achieve the same level of success. Similarly the European All Title in 1977 is marked by the team controversially walking out in the finals; some collectors would pick up on this unique occurrence. Another example would be December, 1979; World Championships, Ft. Worth, when Nadia was recovering from illness and unable to demonstrate her usual prowess. What a recovery she made with her fantastic achievement in Moscow the following year.

    Memorabilia other than the pre 1975 which I mentioned earlier that I am particularly interested in includes the following:

    1975 Skien Norway European Championships

    1976 Montreal Olympic Games

    1977 Prague European Championships

    1978 Strasbourg World Championships

    1979 Fort Worth World Championships

    1979 Copenhagen European Championships

    1980 Moscow Olympics

    1981 Bucharest Summer Universiade

    Popular Olympic Memorabilia includes Autographs, Signed Presentations, Caps, Medals, Trophies, Photographs, Signed sports Periodicals and Media, Event tickets and Olympic programmes.

    Good luck with your collecting

    Let me know how you get on???

    Tony Selby

    Olympic Memorabilia


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  • Jessica Ennis Memorabilia

    Posted on February 11, 2012 by Selby

     



    Jessica Ennis Memorabilia

    Jessica Ennis Gold Medalist and Double World Champion is one of our best prospects of Gold at London 2012 Olympics, Jessica has won Gold Medals in Berlin 2009 and Doha 2010 she is also the holder of a European Championship Gold Medal, Jessica followed this with a World Heptathlon Silver Medal in 2011.

    Jessica Ennis Olympic Memorabilia is already increasing in demand in anticipation, as she is sure to make a big impression later this year in London.

    Jessica 26 last month specialising in British Track and Field Multi - Events was born in Sheffield UK in 1986 she holds the World and European Heptathlon Championship along with the World Indoor Pentathlon Championship.

    Jessica attended Sheffield University where she graduated with a degree in Phycology. She is a member of the city of Sheffield Athletic Club.

    She made her international debut in the 2003 World Youth Championship, winning Gold just two years later at the European Junior Championship in Lithuania

    Jessica has been coached by Toni Minichiello since she was eleven years old and it is interesting to note that each subsequent year she has consistently increased her points tally in the Heptathlon.

    There is a special challenge for Jessica at the 2012 London Olympics and she must strive to reclaim her World no 1 position from her Russian rival Tatyana Chernova on August 3rd & 4th at Stratford. The Games are sure to be a memorable in all classes leading inevitably to a heightened interest in Jessica Ennis Olympic Memorabilia.

    Olympic Collectables that I am interested in include the following events:

    I have listed these events purely as a reference for collectors attending Auctions and purchasing on the internet, the fact is that all Jessica Ennis Memorabilia is highly collectable and obviously more emphasis must be put on events where prestigious Medals have been achieved or exceptional performances have taken place – which is just about always!!! Any exceptional events I have left out please accept my apologies.

    2011 Blue Arc Stadium, Daegu, Korea, Heptathlon all categories.

    2010 IAAF Indoor Championship, Aspire Dome, Doha Qatar.

    2009 IAAF World Athletics Championship, Berlin, Germany.

    2009 IAAF Combined Events Challenge Dezenzano Italy

    2007 IAFA Combined Events Challenge Dezenzano Italy

    2007 European Indoor Championship, Birmingham

    2007 World Championship Osaka

     

    2006 European Championship, Gothenburg

    2006 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne

    European under 23 Championships, Hungary

    2005 – 1st European Junior Championships heptathlon

    2004 World Junior Championship

    In addition any Amateur Athletics Association under 15, under 17, under 20 Events

    Jessica Ennis was made a Member of the order of the British Empire in the 2011 Honours list in acknowledgment for her services to Athletics

    Tony Selby

    Olympic Memorabilia


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  • Real Photo Cricket Postcards

    Posted on January 27, 2012 by Selby

     

     

    Real Photo Cricket Postcards are very collectable, they are often referred to as RPPC.

    Collecting Real Postcards is a popular hobby and is rated by some as more prevalent than stamp collecting.

    A bit of history

    In the mid-1870s photographers began to use Gelatin dry glass plates coated with a photographic emulsion, this resulted in reduced exposure times and excellent definition. Eastman streamlined the process by supplying machines which would coat the typically glass plates, cutting out a rather messy hand coating application.  The downside was that the resulting image required cropping to make it suitable for Postcards.

    The RPPC originated in 1903 when Kodak began retailing a camera which was designed to eliminate the use of glass plate negatives, the camera a Folding Pocket Kodak 3A was suited to Postcard size film. Typical Postcard size at this time 3 ½”x 5 ½” A couple of years later saw the introduction of pre-printed Postcard backs which allowed images to be created directly from the negative, these became readily available and within a couple of years large numbers of people were sending Real Photo Postcards.

    RPPC show far greater detail and are of a much higher definition than ink based technologies, images shown are unique and therefore in greater demand, this would not be the case with mass produced images.

    Cricket Postcard Memorabilia

    When collecting Cricket Postcard Memorabilia the golden rule is to concentrate on authenticity, an easy way to establish validity is to examine the card with a magnifying glass, if the photo has been printed dots will appear on the image and it is probably a digital copy. If the image is solid that’s fine it has not been printed. There are various ways to date Postcards, a useful point of reference is that the vast majority of cards up to 1900 were of the undivided back variety. From 1905 -15 it was common to see the divided back style in use. Interestingly pre 1907 it was illegal to write on the address side of a Postcard and script would be found on or next to the illustration.

    The years 1898 – 1918 are often referred to the Golden age of Postcard publishing.

    A number of RPPC are marked manufactured by or published by, some names may include Bolland, Hunt, photo work etc. these names are followed by the address of the publisher however often there will be identification markings.

    Wrench (Evelyn) RPPC are dated 1900 -1906 and are marked with an individual serial number. Wrench was very prevalent at the turn of the century so expect to find some.

    It is unfortunately not possible to date Real Photo Cricket Postcards with definitive accuracy unless one can validate any date stamp which may be present. It was common to use silver mix in the emulsion, over time this can be visible under magnification. Ageing of ink and make up of material can also be a more accurate advanced method.

    The rinse and fix process can cause silvering which in time leads to a slight yellowish discolouration of the paper. Certainly most RPPC I have examined have been a brownish sepia shade or put it this way an off-white colouring is usually present on back of the card.

    It is very much a case a buyer beware as there are many reproductions in existence, these will have been printed by a number of more recent methods.

    I have written an article “Rare Autographs Real or Fake” I would suggest reading this prior to making any online purchases, there is an interesting section on autographed photos and far more detail on ink and paper identification.

     

    RPPC of interest to me

    An antique postcard is generally recognised as one published before World War I.

    Antique Cricket Photos depicting cricket grounds and pavilions, Lords, country house grounds, Eden Gardens, Kennington Oval, Melbourne, Sydney etc.

    Team photographs Pre 1938, India, Australia, West Indies, England

    County Cricket: Worcs, Glos, Old Trafford etc

    Individual players: Pre 1938 and including 1948 Ashes Series.

    Test Matches: India, New Zealand, Pakistan pre 1934, Ashes Series pre 1938 including 1948.

    The above are RPPC currently required for my collection.

    Good luck with your collection.

    Let me know how you get on???

    Tony Selby

     Real Photo Cricket Postcards


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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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