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  • Collecting Boxing Memorabilia

    Posted on May 9, 2011 by Selby

    Collecting Boxing Memorabilia

    The Greeks originally introduced an ancient form of boxing into their Olympic games around 688 BC, although the sport only began to thrive years later in Roman times. Boxers in those days, or to be more accurate pugilists did not have access to gloves, head gear and other protective equipment as todays boxers do, the hand covering worn in those days consisted of leather hand straps later to be replaced with the boxing glove.
    Boxing only began to become accepted in England in the 18th century when wagering on what was known as a working man’s sport was rife throughout the land.

    In the 1800th century prize fighting was prevalent there were no written rules, formal ring, weight divisions, timed round structure, or referee, this version of the sport was both a dangerous and uncontrolled activity where deaths sometimes occurred and it was not unusual for riots to break out.
    As a result of a bout where he had killed his opponent in 1741 Jack Broughton introduced a more formalised structure which in1743 became known as the “Broughton's rules”. Mufflers were used for the first time these were supposed to provide some respite for the competing pugilists.
    In 1788 the Prince of Wales was recorded as being present at a bout held at Smitham Bottom, Croydon, between William Futrell and gentleman John Jackson
    So far I have been unable to find any authentic boxing memorabilia from this era.
    London Pride ring rules were introduced in 1838 these were based on those drafted by Jack Broughton nearly a hundred years previously.
    In 1865 the eighth Marquees of Queensbury John Sholto Douglas who is regarded as the patron saint of boxing drew up a new set of rules which became the sport as we know it today, some of the most significant changes included three-minute rounds, ring structure, no shoes or boots with springs and the regulated use of approved boxing gloves which must be fair sized, best quality and new.
    The first world heavyweight champion under the Queensberry rules was Gentleman Jim Corbett, who defeated John L. Sullivan in New Orleans in 1892.
    In 1904 boxing was included in the St Louis Olympic games this created a tremendous surge of worldwide interest in the sport.
    The National Boxing association became the first authorative organisation to govern over the sport in 1927. Fighters were ranked and matches programmed between champions and the most deserving challengers.
    There are currently three recognised sanctioning bodies the WBC, IBF and WBA who are the only organisations whose boxing titles are formally recognised throughout the world.
    Today boxing is divided into two divisions amateur and professional the former which is found mainly in schools, the forces, universities and the Olympics. The latter which is televised worldwide and still attracts a healthy interest from the many enthusiasts eager to wager on the outcome.
    Collecting Boxing memorabilia is a fast growing hobby/business with sale houses such as Bonham’s in London and Knights Sporting Auctions in Norwich holding sales on a regular basis.

    Sports memorabilia collectors are always interested in posters, programmes, prints, photographs, magazines, gloves and attire, many which are signed by boxing legends are highly sought after. Examples of collectable boxers are shown below.
    Jake La Motta, Joe Frazier, Joe Louis, Gene Tunney, Georges Carpentier, Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, Floyd Patterson , Muhammad Ali. George Foreman, Mike Tyson, Sir Henry Cooper , Ricky Hatton, Roberto Duran to name but a few of the iconic heroes.
    I hope this brief article gives you an introduction into the pleasure of collecting and enjoying boxing collectibles.

    Written by: Selby


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  • boxing collectables

    Posted on May 5, 2011 by Selby

    Hope to complete brief blog at the weekend on the fascinating subject of collecting Boxing memorabilia have spent today viewing some presale items re the late Sir Henry Cooper R.I.P

    Sports memorabilia remains one of the most popular collectables sought after today.


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  • Interesting thoughts about cricket memorabilia

    Posted on May 5, 2011 by Selby


    A sports memorabilia article

    The origins of cricket

    The summers of mid 16th century England saw the beginnings of what was to become the nation’s most fashionable sport
    The game of cricket originated in Saxon times in the woodland clearings of the weald in South-Eastern England. 1598 is the earliest reference where the game is referred to as creckett.

    Cricket gained in popularity and continued to be enjoyed throughout the 17th century played notably on Sundays after church, this being for many a time for leisure and respite from the arduous working week

    Wickets could be up to six feet wide and only a few inches high. Pitch dimensions, equipment and playing decisions were variable, the bat resembling a GAA hurling stick and four ball overs delivered underarm along the surface of the wicket. In 1760 pitching the ball became an accepted method of delivery. It was not until 1864 that overarm deliveries became the norm, this incidentally was also the year of the publication of the first Wisden Cricketers Almanac

    At this time in England betting was on the increase and before long much of its focus was on what was fast becoming the national game.

    County cricket teams began forming around 1660, usually encouraged by local aristocracy, dignitaries and landowners of the Shire who now showing an interest in village green cricket had begun to encourage the locals, possibly some becoming the first cricket professionals. It was not until 1963 that the distinction between amateur and professional was finally abolished in English cricket.

    In 1744 the laws of cricked were formally drawn up by the Stars and Garter club later to become the Marylebone Cricket Club.

    .1794 saw the first recorded inter-schools match: Charterhouse v Westminster

    1806 saw the first Gentlemen v Players match at Lord's later to become the home of MCC

    In 1877 England playing in Melbourne lost their first Test Match against Australia by 45 runs, 1880 saw the first Test played in England resulting in a 5 wicket win against Australia at the Oval, this was also the venue for their defeat to Australia in 1882.
    A member of the Sporting Times reported “the England team is in ashes” thus began the era of the Ashes. (some of the best cricket memorabilia available)
    The ashes of a bail, the ultimate sports memorabilia, contained in a small ceramic urn are still fiercely contested today.
    A label containing a six line verse is pasted on the urn. This is the fourth verse of a song-lyric published in Melbourne Punch on 1 February 1883:

    When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn; Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return; The welkin will ring loud, The great crowd will feel proud, Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn; And the rest coming home with the urn. In February 1883, just before the disputed Fourth Test, a velvet bag made by Mrs Ann Fletcher, the daughter of Joseph Hines Clarke and Marion Wright, both of Dublin, was given to Bligh to contain the urn.

    The MCC has remained the custodian of the laws of cricket whilst Lords cricket museum still contains the most celebrated collection of sports memorabilia in the world.

    From its early origins cricket is now played in over 100 countries around the world


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