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  • Larisa Latynina Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 14, 2012 by Selby


    Larisa Latynina Olympic Memorabilia

    Latynina Russian record breaking Gymnast, 9 times Gold Medal winner, is probably the world’s most successful Athlete certainly she is the most decorated Olympian ever.

    .Latynina born in Kherson Ukraine U.S.S.R. in 1934 is the only female to win 9 Olympic gold medals. Her overall tally is 18 medals which beats all other sports competitors. She holds 14 individual medals which is another first.

    Latynina Olympic Memorabilia is popular with Collectors as there are so many memorable events associated with her career, her legendary achievements make her sought after by fans and Collectors alike.

    Latynina’s first became interested in ballet but as her routine was intermingled with Gymnastics her talents soon became obvious and she was encouraged devote her attentions towards Gymnastic routines. It was whilst at Lenin Polytechnic that she began training at the BVSS, making her international debut in the Rome World Championships in 1954; off to a fine start she won Gold in the team competition.

    Latynina began training at 12 and became a champion at 22 interestingly the 10 years of intense training is still around the same time put in by modern athletes, the difference being that now they start training earlier and achieve their ambition often in their teens.

    The 1953 National Schools Gymnastics Championship was her first landmark, she took 14th place then came the 1956 Summer Olympic Games in Melbourne, as part of the Soviet Women’s Gymnastic team, Latynina won 6 medals, 4 Gold a silver and a Bronze plus 1 Gold for team competition.

    It is to her credit to say that Latynina dominated female Gymnastics between 1956 -1964.

    Interestingly the 1956 Summer Olympics were held at the height of the cold war so I would imagine that America and the USSR would both have had a keen political interest of one upmanship regarding training facilities and results.  I don’t personally involve myself in the politics of these events but can certainly see how they could play out.

    Latyninas evident talent was by now attracting a lot of Media attention and she was becoming something of a National Heroine in the Soviet Union, this was consolidated by her continued success in the 1957 European Championships where she won every event that she competed in, the following year she repeated her success with the exception of the Vault. Having missed the 1959 Events she rebounded in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome winning 6 more Medals, 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze. She shared the accolades on that occasion with Muhammad Ali who is another favourite with Memorabilia Collectors.

    The 1961 European Championships again saw Latynina win Gold in Floor exercise, All Around and Silver on Uneven Bars and Balance Beam, she followed up in the 1962 World Championship with 3 Golds and 2 Silver and one Bronze.  In 1964 at the Tokyo Olympic Games, she marked her final Olympic appearance in usual style with yet another amazing performance, 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze, the following year in the 1965 European Championship she walked off with 4 Silver and 1 Bronze Medal.

    Finally in the 1966 World Championship she was awarded 1 Silver Medal.

    Latyninas list of awarded Medals:

    Olympic Games Medals:           Gold 9, Silver 5, Bronze 4

    World Championship:             Gold 9, Silver 5, Bronze 4

    European Championship:       Gold 7, Silver 6, Bronze 1

    Latynina Olympic Memorabilia is very collectable from all events in which she has competed, early Collectables are always popular, the 1953 National schools Gymnastics Championship would feature in this category. Presentations signed or otherwise are more in demand when associated with memorable occasions, the 1956 / 1960 /1964 Olympics would be particularly significant.

    Typically Olympic Gymnastics Memorabilia would include signed apparel, signed presentations, photographs, autographs, event tickets, programmes, brochures and apparatus, signed periodicals and magazines, autographed fans of the game cards, Pins and participation Medals

    In 1985 Latynina was inducted into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.

    In 1989 Latynina was honoured with the Olympic Order by the IOC.

    In 1998 Latynina was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

    Following her retirement from competition in 1966 Latynina became Coach to the next generation of Soviet Gymnasts, later becoming Director of Gymnastics for the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow
    Tony Selby
    Olympic 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


    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.


    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • India Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on January 15, 2012 by Selby

    India Cricket Memorabilia – C K Nayudu , Polly Umrigar, Kumar Duleepsinhji,  Lala Amarnath, Vinoo Mankad, Sunny Gavaskar, Bishan Singh, Bishan Bedi, Kapil Dev, Gundappa Viswanath  -  Great Cricketers who feature in my Cricket Collection.


    India Test Cricket can be traced back to 1804. India played its first recorded Cricket match at Calcutta, the scorecard and detail appeared in the Calcutta Gazette on 26/1/1804.

    Some Cricket historians regard 1864 as the start of first class Cricket in India when a match is recorded as Madras v Calcutta.

    At this time  Europeans dominated Cricket and allowed  Indians little access to the mainstream game, however in 1885 the prestigious Bombay Gymkhana was established  ( British only Club), two years later the European members agreed to play the Parses.  This event led to other invitations and by 1912 the Bombay quadrangular Tournament which included Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus had become an Annual fixture.

    Cricket and Memorabilia

    There is no official Museum for India Cricket Memorabilia and collectables from these early days are extremely rare, I would be interested to hear any that are part of a collection.

    The first International India v England was played at Lords in 1932 in front of a large crowd of eager spectators, both teams were presented to King George V in front of the pavilion; CK Nayudu Captained the India side his opposite number was Douglas Jardine, both Captains were born in India although Jardine’s parents were Scottish.

    King George will have been pleased to see England win a spirited match by 158 runs.

    This historic event created the worldwide interest shown by millions of supporters of Indian Cricket today: India was now accepted into international Cricket becoming the sixth Cricket team to gain Test status.

    This particular Series is of note to collectors of India Cricket Memorabilia as it was their first overseas Test Match, the following match played in India in 1933 would not have the same significance.

    It is always a good idea to categorise Sports Memorabilia by Pre-war, Post-war and Modern era. I have listed below a number of India Test Matches that would appeal to me as a collector:

    Pre – war

    India only played 4 Tests (32, 33, 34, and 36) all against England, without winning a series though they did get a draw at Eden Gardens Kolkata in Jan 1934, other than 1932, none of any particular significance.

    Post – war 1945 - 1984

    India V England, Chennai, 1952 1st test win great performance by Vinoo Mankad

    India v NZ Chennai 1956, 413 runs in 472 minutes, Openers Vinoo Mankad (231) – Pankaj Roy (173)

    India v England, Chennai 1962, first series win against England

    India v England Oval 1971 first win in 22 tests in England previous 1932

    India v Australia Mumbai 1979

    Cricket world cup 1983 – India v West Indies at Lords ( Kapil Dev dismisses Richards, best catch)

    India v England Mumbai 1984 won by 8 wickets

    Modern (‘80s,90s)

    Since 1985 Many Indian players are highly collectable however ones which are currently of interest to me include

    Mohammed Azharuddin, Dilip Vengsarkar, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar,  Kapil Dev,  Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly .

    A particular match of interest to me is India v Australia 2001, Kolkata, (Laxman 2nd innings)

    There is some excellent  India 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.

    Cricket auctions are held on fairly frequently at established auction houses, Knights Sports, Bonhams, Christies and Mullock’s,all good examples, items of interest dating back to late 1800s, are  for sale and  include, hand written  letters, tour brochures and voyage photos, hand signed autographs, sepia press photographs, ceramics, ephemera, Cricket pictures, paintings, postcards, autographed  rare books, scorecards (the value is in completed, printed official scorecards) signed Cricket bats and Cricket Match worn attire.

    Pre-war items are more collectable than modern day ones, one reason being the rarity factor. In the Modern era Sports Personalities  tend to carry out signings on a grander scale, whereas in the old days a collectables would be obtained at a match now a celebrity may sign many items of Cricket Memorabilia  at one session making some sporting personalities more prolific than others. The rarity factor is always of prime importance when assessing the value of memorabilia, this applies mainly to modern day Presentations and signed photographs which is not the case when considering rarer Team signed bats, official signed scorecards etc. Often available at auction are signed Dinner Menus and tour material this is still very collectable as only a very limited amount is available.

    I would advise readers to peruse an article I have written called “Rare autographs real of fake” this article will give readers a good insight into establishing the authenticity of India Cricket Memorabilia, especially when purchased online, a sales arena in which the greatest care must be taken to avoid losses and disappointment.

    Good luck collecting.

    Let me know how you get on???

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia








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  • New Zealand Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on January 13, 2012 by Selby


    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
    Let me know how you get on?
    Tony Selby
    Cricket Memorabilia

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  • South Africa Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on January 11, 2012 by Selby

    South Africa Cricket Memorabilia – Cricket Greats, Graeme Pollock, Barry Richards, Mike Procter and Jacques Kallis have always been in demand by Cricket Memorabilia enthusiasts. Signed Presentations are probably among the most popular items. I am fortunate to have collected framed Presentations associated with all four cricketers.
    The first Cricket match to be played in South Africa is on record to have taken place in Cape town in 1808 this may well have been by precipitated by the British presence there during the Napoleonic wars.
    The formation of the Port Elizabeth Cricket Club (St Georges Park) in 1843 brought organisation to a game which until then had been enjoyed in all sorts of different formats, few of them following the English traditional game. Official scorecards from 1843 shown in the Grahamstown Journal that year, verify that the game was now starting to follow a similar pattern to that played in England. The actual Scorecards would be excellent complete and printed, if they could be located, so far I have not been able to get hold of an original.
    South Africa’s first Test Match was played at the ground in 1889 during which England the Touring Side defeated SA by eight wickets and 202 runs. England captain Charles Aubrey Smith (1863 – 1949) Sussex, scored 3 runs in this his only Test appearance. However his right arm, quick though somewhat unorthodox bowling was the high point, which saw him taking 5 – 19 in the 1st innings.
    Smith began a successful acting career in 1895. He was Knighted by King George V1 in 1944 for services to the theatre. A star can be found on the Hollywood Walk of Fame bearing his name, what an achievement for an England Cricket Captain.
    South Africa Cricket Memorabilia originating from the 1889 period is available and collectable, sure to increase in value.
    The 1889 Cricket season is widely regarded as the official recognition of international and domestic Cricket in South Africa
    A landmark in South African Cricket came in 1935 at Lords which saw victory for the Tourists in the 2nd Test. Cricket Memorabilia is relatively available from this Series and I have a number of examples in my portfolio including signed bats and autographs.
    Some early cricketers to watch out for would be: Xenophon Constantine Balaskas (Bally), Jacques Henry Kallis, Aubrey Faulkner and Ernie Vogler to name but a few.
    South Africa Cricket Memorabilia is becoming as increasingly popular second choice investment behind the rather expensive collectables associated with Ashes Series. Ashes memorabilia around the beginning of the twentieth century is available and expensive; SA material is a great alternative
    Completed printed Scorecards from early matches through to WW2 are always in demand and available as are match tickets, hand written letters, autographs, touring brochures, pictures and sepia press photographs. Cricket bats are great mementoes, signed bats are more readily available post war and again at the moment highest prices are still commanded by the Ashes Series especially 1938/48.
    Today there seems to be a tendency for popular sportsmen to carry out “signings” making modern day Cricket Memorabilia more prolific, a number of fine framed Presentations are available including Kevin Pieterson, Daryll Cullinan, Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Jonty Rhodes, Lance Klusener, Allen Donald and many more.
    A few GB examples include the following:
    Andrew Strauss, Andrew Flintoff, Michael Vaughan, Ian Botham, Geoff Boycott, Mike Atherton.
    Sir Donald Currie was to be the Sponsor who brought South African Cricket the recognition it so richly deserved. Sir Donald hailed from Glasgow, he had started his own shipping company in 1862, it was soon trading the Cape Town route where he presented the Currie Cup to the best SA team to play the tourists, from then on the Currie Cup became the prize of the National Championship.
    A separate Currie cup was awarded under similar rules for South African Rugby.
    Many years later with the foundations in place saw the formation of the United Cricket Board of South Africa
    The South African policy of Apartheid led to SA suspension from the International Cricket Competition (ICC) ironically this happened when they were playing their best Cricket. It was not until 1991 that SA was welcomed back into International Cricket. In the years between a number of Rebel Tours took place and these are key areas of collectable Cricket Memorabilia. Rebel tours create certain popularity but again pale in comparison to say the prices realised for the Bodyline Series: England v Australia 1932/33.
    An interesting match from which I have collected autographs (Van der Bijl, Rowan, Mitchell and Dalton) is known as “the longest Test Match, it was played at Kingsmead Durban in March 1939 against England, the match lasted nine days and ended drawn by agreement when the England side already delayed had to return to home.
    A unique item of South Africa Cricket Memorabilia is featured on my website and part of a family collection it commemorates the occasion when Ken Cranston took four wickets in one over in the fourth Test at Headingly 1947.
    Good luck with your collecting
    Let me know how you get on !!!
    Tony Selby
    Cricket Memorabilia

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  • Ben Hogan Golf Memorabilia

    Posted on January 9, 2012 by Selby

    Ben Hogan Golf Memorabilia – Hogan ranks with Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Bobby Jones and Gary Player as my top 5 Golfers of all time.

    Ben Hogan (1912-1997) winner of nine Major Championships achieved the enviable total of 68 professional top level wins along the way. He was arguably the greatest ball striker of all time.

    Born in Texas USA he took an early interest in Golf, at the age of eleven he was caddying at the Glen Garden Country Club alongside another memorable player Byron Nelson.

    His professional debut was in 1930 playing in the Texas Open, in 1938 he won the Hershey four ball but it was not until 1940, that he won his first professional tournament the North and South Open followed with wins in the Greensboro Open, Asheville Open and the Goodall Palm Beach Round Robin. This was to be the creditable start of memorable times in which he would go on to dominate the tour.

    Following a break during WW2, came his first Major success in the 1946 PGA Championship at the Portland Golf Club it was preceded by an impressive 30 PGA tournament wins.

    In 1948 he won 10 tournaments including the US open at the challenging George Thomas designed Riviera Country Club at Palisades California.

    Following a serious car crash in 1949 in which he and his wife were almost killed he went on to win the 1950 US Open at Merion, Ardmore PA. 1951 saw him claim both his first Masters and the US Open,  In 1953 he won his second Masters, the British Open and his fourth US open.

    In 1951 a busy golfing year, Ben Hogan took time to star in a biographical movie of his life “Follow the sun.”

    Ben Hogan Golf Memorabilia is very collectable and it is not at all prolific, it is therefore probably as well to make items associated with Hogan part of a general Golf Memorabilia portfolio. Collecting can be a great hobby especially if one is a golf enthusiast as you are able to combine following your modern day golfing heroes with building a golf memorabilia collection. Cost occurred in attending tournaments will be compensated for by the increasing value in your collection. Number one choice is the Open followed by Internationals, Amateur Championships and Senior events.

    Golf has always been a favourite category of Sports Memorabilia for me as I find that golfing heroes are usually both considerate and obliging when it comes to signings and autographing collectables, It is always important to consider condition when collecting as many items such as pin markers, flags and clothing must be expected to suffer from the wear and tear syndrome.

    Auctions are held where Golf Memorabilia along with other interesting Sports Collectables are sold. These auctions take place 3 or 4 times a year and I would recommend Knights, Christies and Bonham’s as good places to research as they have the added attraction of presale viewing which allows one to establish authenticity and condition.

    I would be very careful when making online purchases from popular websites as it seems many of the items offered turn out to be not as described or should I say the description can be very confusing i.e. is it a copy or an original.

    I have recently written an article “Rare autographs real or fake” and I would encourage readers to peruse this as it may well prevent purchasing an unwanted item.

    Golf memorabilia which I have personally collated would include the following Post war players Ben Hogan, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Eamonn Darcey, Nick Faldo, Lee Trevino, Byron Nelson, Langer and Westwood  the list goes on, it is about personal choice and opportunity.

    Collectables which personally interest me would include: Signed glove, club, ball, flag presentations, hand signed autographs, pin markers, match worn attire and associated major tournament paraphernalia.

    Good luck with your collecting.

    Do let me know how you get on!!



    A Few Stats

    Major Championships 9

    Masters 1951, 1953

    US Open 1948, 1950, 1951 and 1953

    British Open 1953

    PGA Championship 1946, 1948

    Ryder cup 1947, 1951, non-playing Captain in 1949, 1967

    He played his last official tournament in 1971

    Ben Hogan was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974


    Tony Selby

    Golf Memorabilia

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  • Joe Davis Snooker Memorabilia

    Posted on January 6, 2012 by Selby


    Joe Davis Snooker Memorabilia, 1927 – 1949 - Classic Years for Collectors and Billiard / Snooker enthusiasts.collectables  originating from 1927 – 1949 are of particular interest to Collectors and Billiard / Snooker enthusiasts. The Pre-War years tend to be the most sought after usually due to their rarity and unique place in history.
    Cue sports ran in the family, Fred Davis Joe’s younger brother was also a very successful Billiards/Snooker player; Snooker Memorabilia associated with either of the Brothers’ would in my opinion be very collectable.
    Joe Davis (1901 - 1978) born in Whitwell Derbyshire, Joe played both Billiards and Snooker however his initial interest was Billiards, from his early introduction to the game at eleven years of age it was to be just two years later that he became the Chesterfield Billiard Champion, he had turned professional by the age of 18.
    Joe played Tom Newman (six times world champion 1921 – 27) in the World Billiard Championship final in 1926-27-28, having been runner up twice Joe finally established his position and became the World Champion in 1928, over the following three years Joe successfully defended his Title on each occasion (1931 no event), until coming runner up to Australian Wally Lindrum in 1933 and again the following year.
    In the six world Finals contested by Davis and Newman they ended up winning three each.
    Joe Davis Snooker Memorabilia which I have been fortunate to own Includes Hand Signed Autographs, Original Sepia Press Photographs, Press tickets and Programmes. Especially collectable is equipment Tables, Cues, Balls, Scoreboards associated with Major events.
    From time to time Snooker Memorabilia associated with the Davis Bros comes up for auction, all items would be welcome additions to any Collection but specific Events of interest to me would be as follows:
    1927 Camkins Hall Birmingham
    1940 Thurstons Hall London
    1946 Horticultural Hall London
    1955 Leicester Square Hall London (1st official max break)
    1934 saw a sharp decline in the game and it was not until Post War in 1951 that the Championship made a faltering reappearance from there it was only contested seven times prior to 1980 which saw the formation the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, that year the winner of the WPBSA championship was Fred Davis none other than Joe’s brother and 67 years old at the time.
    Joe Davis turned his attention to Snooker assisting with the organisation of the first World Championship in 1927; Joe contested the Tournament defeating Tom Dennis in the final in Birmingham. Joe would win the Tournament for 15 years in a row; in 1940 he narrowly beat his brother Fred in the final 37-36.
    A break followed during the War Years and it not until play resumed in 1946 that Joe defeated his old playing partner Horace Lindrum for the Title in London, This was his fifteenth victory and the last time he contested the World Championship, he left that up to Fred who was the dominant force over the next few years claiming eight World Championships.
    In 1963 Joe Davis was awarded the Order of the British Empire.
    The breaks came my way” is an unassuming Autobiography by Joe Davis which contains a wealth of interesting detail.
    A Few Stats
    Joe Davis: (1901 -1978)
    Played professionally: 1919 -1964
    Major Tournament wins: 22
    World Champion: 1927 – 1940, 1946
    Breaks of 100 or more: 687
    Maximum break of 147: 22/1/55 JD achieved the first officially recognised 147 break at Leicester SQ Hall.

    Tony Selby
    Snooker Memorabilia

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  • Sharron Davies Olympics Memorabilia

    Posted on January 5, 2012 by Selby

    Sharron Davies Olympics Memorabilia is always in demand, featuring from time to time at Auction sales and occasionally available to purchase online. We have noticed a surge in demand for Olympics Memorabilia as the 2012 Olympic games are now becoming ever closer, eagerly awaited by sports fans worldwide.
    Sharron Davies (1962) MBE, Olympic Champion Swimmer from Plymouth is one of the UK’s best known and popular sportswomen. Sharron learned to swim at the early age of five and had begun a serious training programme coached by her father before reaching her eighth birthday.
    Having represented GB as a swimmer at the young age of eleven Sharron was selected to represent her country in 1976 at the Montreal Summer Olympics, the following year she won two Bronze medals in the 1977 European Championships. In the 1978 Commonwealth Games Sharron won gold in both the 200m and 400m individual medleys respectively, along with a further silver and bronze.
    In 1980 at the Moscow Olympics Sharron narrowly missed out on winning Gold behind Petra Schneider of East Germany, in a controversial 400m individual medley.
    At the mere age of 18 she decided to retire from swimming, leaving to concentrate on her media career. Her break was short lived and she returned to serious training in 1989 competing as Ladies Captain in the 1990 Commonwealth Games winning Silver and Bronze medals.
    By the time Sharron formally retired from competitive swimming in 1994 she had achieved an enviable, British Champion 20 times, broken 200 British Swimming and 5 world Masters Records.
    Sharron Davies Olympics Memorabilia sought after by collectors includes: hand signed presentations, swimwear, caps, autographs, event programmes, tickets, passes and signed photographs. Memorabilia is associated not only with the sports personality but with the event featured. Of particular interest to me are collectables associated with Edmonton 1978 and the so nearly won controversial 400m, at the 1980 Olympics. However Sharron Davies memorabilia will always be of interest to the collector,
    Sharron Davies has worked with the television media as a presenter and carried out numerous charitable events helping worthwhile causes centred on children and the disabled. Her own annual event “Swim for Life” has over the last 15 years raised huge sums for assortment charitable causes.
    With her charismatic personality and energy, popularity as a TV presenter was always inevitable. Her appearances range from Breakfast shows, quiz challenges and guest appearances to presenting and commentating on sport for the BBC.
    As a BBC commentator she has been a key team member in the coverage of many Olympic and sports events, she has twice been voted British Press Sportswoman of the year.
    She brightened up Sunday evenings last year with her performances in Dancing on ice.
    In 1993 Sharron Davies was awarded the MBE by the Queen for her services to sport.
    In 2006 as a spokesperson on BBC Question time Sharron promoted and supported the successful bid to bring the Olympic Games to London 2012.
    Interestingly there is a Statue modelled by Sharron Davies positioned outside the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
    I would advise purchasers of Sharron Davies Olympics Memorabilia to carry out due diligence, especially if buying on the internet. When attending an auction you have an opportunity to examine the item prior to sale, this gives you the chance to establish authenticity. I have recently written an article titled “Rare autographs real or fake,” I would advise readers to take a look at this as it offers lots of constructive advice specifically about making online auction purchases and may well save you money. After all when purchasing a collectable associated with a Swimming Legend you do need to ensure it is the real thing.
    A Few Stats
    During her illustrious career Sharron Davies competed in the Olympics, European Championships and Commonwealth Games winning two Gold three Silver and four Bronze Medals all achieved at International levels.
    1980 Moscow Silver 400m
    European Championship (GB)
    1977 Jonkoping Bronze 400m – Bronze 4x100m Freestyle
    Commonwealth Games
    1978 Edmonton Gold 200m,Gold 400m,Silver 4 x 100m Freestyle, Bronze 4 x 100m medley.
    1990 Auckland Silver 4 x 200m Freestyle, Bronze 4 x 100m Freestyle.

    Tony Selby
    Olympics Memorabilia

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