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  • Posted on August 6, 2013 by Selby


    What a day at Old Trafford no sooner do Australia start showing their true potential and the whole things rained off. Australia deserved to win and with decent weather would have.

    Autograph Signings have taken place throughout the series with particular emphasis on the memorable  Lords Test.

    The last 5 days have been a lesson for players and fans alike not to become too complacent, things can so quickly go the other way, there is so certainly plenty to do at Chester-le- street starting Friday.

    Australia having declared overnight on 172/7 and England needing 232 to win the home side fell to pieces, with the scoreboard showing 35/3 Australia, in my opinion would have had no problem bowling the hosts out with a hefty 72.3 overs remaining. Talk about saved by rain!!!!

    Trent Bridge got England off to a cracking start which they followed up by hammering Australia at Lords opening the path to their fastest retention of Ashes since the 1928/29 series when they won the first three matches

    England may have retained the Ashes at this dismal show but they now need to win the series, which after yesterday’s display won’t be the 4-0 they are hoping for, with Australia gathering momentum 2-2 is not beyond the bounds of possibility.

    The selectors have been quick to act by including Durham fast bpwler Graham Onions and Chris Tremlett in the 13 man squad for the 4th Test.

    "While the players should be congratulated on retaining the Ashes there is still a lot of cricket left in this series and it is important that the players recover and refocus ahead of another crucial week of Test cricket," said England national selector Geoff Miller

    Sports autographs and Cricket Memorabilia will be available for the series later this month.

    Let’s look forward to a spectacular match at Durham on Friday.

    Tony Selby


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  • India need to win against the West Indies

    Posted on July 5, 2013 by Selby


     

    PORT OF SPAIN FRIDAY

     

    Following two defeats on the run, India need to get organised as they go into a crucial match against the West Indies in the Tri-series  today.

    Cricket Memorabilia has been available throughout the series and a number of Signed cricket bats, autographs, tour material, sports photographs and scorecards are available

    The Champions Trophy winners are under pressure as they found it difficult to come to terms with the changing conditions, if the two-paced Caribbean wickets were not enough to trouble the Indian side, injury to skipper Singh Dhoni has only made the job more difficult for them.

    Friday's contest comes as a huge challenge and test for the leadership quality of Virat Kohli, who is being considered as a future captain of the country.

    Kohli's tactics during the defeat against Sri Lanka proved insufficient and it will be interesting to see how he leads  his team in the pressure match, where a defeat will almost certainly mean the campaign end.
    West Indies are well placed  with nine points, thanks to 2 wins from as many matches while Sri Lanka in second place on 5 points. Both teams have managed to win  bonus points.

    Victory today will keep India  in the competition. Their defeat would send the hosts into the final and from there, India's chances to qualify will be by no means assured.

    First and foremost, India would need a favour from the West Indies that the hosts beat Sri Lanka in their final league match on Sunday and then India will have to beat the Asian neighbours on Tuesday in a certain number of overs to make it to the final
    India's victory on Friday will keep the tournament open as all three teams will have a chance to book a place in the title clash.
    India need Shikhar Dhawan to provide a solid opening along with Rohit Sharma, who is the only one so far from the side to score his half-century.

    The bowlers struggled to find length against Sri Lanka and repeat of the same will be disaster against the high scoring Caribbean side.

    Chris Gayle is always a big threat and his opening partner Johnson Charles has also given a good account of himself. Kieron Pollard in the middle and Darren Sammy in the lower order are also capable of taking the game away from the opposition on their day.

    India may not select Shami Ahmed and could bring back Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. It is also unlikely that Ambati Rayudu will get his debut match in the crucial game.

    For West Indies, captain Dwayne Bravo is likely to return to the side, having missed the India match due to injury.

    Cricket collectables will be attending signings throughout the weekend and look forward to seeing some great sports memorabilia

     

    India Team

    Virat Kohli (Capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Shami Ahmed and R Vinay Kumar.

    West Indies Team

    Dwayne Bravo (Capt.), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Jason Holderm, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, and Devon Smith.

     

     

    Tony Selby


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  • Blackcaps v England 1st ODI at Hamilton

    Posted on February 18, 2013 by Selby


    Blackcaps v England 1st ODI at Hamilton

    England    258 all out

    Blackcaps 259 for 7 wickets

    Autograph Signings will take place through to the 3rd Test at Eden Park, marking the England tour of New Zealand.

    On Sunday at the Seddon Park ground, despite the England top order batsmen, Ian Bell, Jonathon Trott and Joe Root making some useful scores, the Tourists were defeated by 3 wickets. This was their second loss at the Park in seven days.

    The Blackcaps put the England side in to bat and having achieved a solid position of 190 for 3 through 40 overs, England lost 7 all important wickets for just 68 runs in the last ten overs, McClenaghan, Franklin and Mills doing most of the damage. McCallum performed well in the field responsible for the wickets of Bell, Woakes and Stuart Broad.

    The Blackcaps finding themselves on 155 for 5, assisted by Kane Williamson’s 74 runs, hit back when McCallum (90 not out) scored 69 off 61 deliveries, whilst Martin Guptill having returned to the pavilion injured in the sixth over was sufficiently recovered to hit four 4’s and a six securing victory for the Blackcaps with 2 matches left in the series.

    James Anderson (Lancs) rested since the 4th Test at Napur in December, made history with the last ball of his first over by bowling BJ Watling with  an inswinger, it was his 529th International wicket, Ian Botham had held the record of 528 wickets.

    The ball used to bowl James Anderson into the record books will make an interesting item of Cricket Memorabilia

    Tony Selby


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  • Watching out for Fake Sports Memorabilia

    Posted on February 11, 2013 by Selby

     

     Beware when purchasing online Sports Memorabilia

    Must read article    

     

     

     


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  • History of Cricket

    Posted on February 6, 2013 by Selby


    A brief history of Cricket

    Sadly there is very little Cricket Memorabilia from the early days of the game and the earliest that I have collated has been late 19th century. The MCC museum has been collecting artefacts since 1864

    .Today with International Test and ODI Cricket Collectables are more popular than ever; I personally still prefer to collect Pre WW2 Items especially from the Ashes Series,Bradman and the Invincibles, Bodyline series and all the other legendary characters and memorable events. Particularly I collect signed cricket bats, cricket photos, RPP postcards, signed team sheets and Tour Itineraries.

    Early records show Cricket was played in the South East of England around the middle of the sixteenth century, usually on a Sunday afternoon as a way of relaxing from the arduous week, which was the norm for many fortunate to have employment.

    Early mentions of the game in 1610 refer to Creckett being played in the woodland areas of the Weald and Upland close to Chevening Kent, in those days playing conditions meant that wickets were up to 6ft wide and only around a foot high which figures as underarm bowling was usual, with the ball travelling along the surface to the pitch. Bats were shaped like hockey sticks, earlier still like shepherds crooks.

    County cricket teams are first recorded in 1660 when landowners and similar notable figures are understood to have taken an interest in fielding teams to play against neighbouring Shires, villages from other counties would compete and some players were compensated for playing becoming the first cricket professionals. Records are available for the first inter county match Kent v Surrey in 1709

    It is known that gambling in England around this time was rife and substantial wagers are understood to have been placed on Cricket matches, (rather like today). It is referenced in 1697 that a match was played in Sussex with 11 players a side for a wager of the considerable sum of 50 guineas

    It is interesting to note that the divide in English cricket created by amateur and professional status remained in place until 1962. This was due a requirement for clubs to generate income and generally to put sport on a more professional basis.

    The Stars and Garter club in Pall Mall, later to become the Marylebone Cricket Club formalised the laws of cricket in 1755 and amongst other things pitching the ball became the accepted bowling style.

    It was 1864 before overarm deliveries became usual, the same year that the Wisden Cricketers Almanack was first published.

    Public school matches are recorded as played in 1794 the first being Westminster v Charterhouse.

    England lost their first recognised Test Match in 1877 against Australia in Melbourne the hosts won by 45 runs, three years later the first Test series was played in England when they defeated the tourists by five wickets at the Oval this was followed by an Australian win in the return series in 1882.

    Following England’s first defeat by Australia on home ground in 1882 the Sporting Times periodical published an obituary notice stating that “the England team are in Ashes”, this led to England v Australia Test matches being referred to as the Ashes series.

    Since then more than 2000 Test Matches have been played by eleven competing teams.

    The Ashes are kept; irrespective of who wins them, in a small ceramic urn at Lords Cricket Museum, which incidentally has the best collection of Cricket memorabilia in the world, well worth a visit.

    .A label is attached to the urn which contains the following song lyric originally published in the Melbourne edition of Punch magazine on Feb 1st 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.

    Prior to the disputed Fourth Test held in Feb 1883, a velvet bag made by Mrs Ann Fletcher, daughter of Joseph Hines Clarke and Marion Wright, of Dublin, was given to Ivo Bligh containing the urn.

    A more detailed account of how the Ashes were given to Ivo Bligh was outlined by his wife, the Countess of Darnley, in 1930 during a speech at a cricket luncheon. Her speech was reported by the London Times as follows.

    In 1882, she said, it was first spoken of when the Sporting Times, after the Australians had thoroughly beaten the English at the Oval, wrote an obituary in affectionate memory of English cricket “whose demise was deeply lamented and the body would be cremated and taken to Australia”. Her husband, then Ivo Bligh, took a team to Australia in the following year. Punch had a poem containing the words “When Ivo comes back with the urn” and when Ivo Bligh wiped out the defeat Lady Clarke, wife of Sir W. J. Clarke, who entertained the English so lavishly, found a little wooden urn, burnt a bail, put the ashes in the urn, and wrapping it in a red velvet bag, put it into her husband’s (Ivo Bligh’s) hands. He had always regarded it as a great treasure.”[11]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ashes#Urn

    From early 16th century beginnings Cricket is now played enthusiastically in over 100 countries around the world, collecting Cricket Memorabilia is indeed a worthwhile hobby or small business.

     

    Written by Tony Selby

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  • Cricket Memorabilia – India v England

    Posted on January 12, 2013 by Selby


    One day internationals are never disappointing when it comes to sourcing cricket collectables, there generally seems a more relaxed atmosphere surprisingly, players engage with fans and when celebrations are complete many official signings take place.

    It was a close run match yesterday England 325 – 4, India 316 – 9, the Tourists winning by nine runs.

    ODI cricket memorabilia especially signed cricket bats, cricket autographs, signed timesheets and tour material have always proved popular and the five ODI’s culminating in the last match on Sunday Jan 27th at the HPCA Stadium, Dharmasala all look promising.  A good series win for England and some outstanding performances would be even better for collectors.

    ODI s are a little unpredictable for example Dhoni  hit 4 sixes off 8 encouraged by 28000 of his home fans , it is this kind of thing that really makes One day Internationals.

    With a number of England players not present for the opening ODI at the Saurashtra Stadium Rajkot India made a brave attempt in reply to England’s 325, it wasn’t quite good enough this time.

    The 2nd ODI starts on Tues Jan 15 at the Nehru Stadium Kochi an excellent opportunity for more cricket memorabilia.

    Tony Selby


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  • Ricky Hatton Comeback

    Posted on November 22, 2012 by Selby

    Ricky Hatton Boxing Memorabilia has always been in demand, which may well build momentum if Hatton's comeback bout with former World Welterweight Champion Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko is successful.
    Mancunian Ricky “Hitman”Hatton returns to the ring after a three and a half year retirement, at the sold out Manchester Arena venue on Saturday night.
     History is littered with boxers who retire, come back and expect to be back to their prime, it rarely happens, having said that the last time Hatton fought he was knocked out by Pacquiao at the MGM Grand 2009, in the second round.
    Senchenko was stopped by Paulie Malignaggi earlier this year in his defence of his WBA title, his first loss in 33 fights, Senchenko will be fighting outside Ukraine for the first time and can expect no mercy from the 20.000 sell out home crowd.
    The man who beat him, eight times World Champion Manny Pacquiao believes Hatton should concentrate on enjoying retirement conversely boxing fans must be hoping that against all logic Hatton is soon on his way to another World title.
    With a Hatton win Boxing Collectables, Gloves, signed photos, presentations, match worn attire will all be at a premium.
    The bookies certainly think Hatton will win Ladbrokes offer 2/7 and a generous 11/4  Senchenko to win.

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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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  • Len Hutton Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 21, 2012 by Selby

     



    Len Hutton Cricket Memorabilia, signed photos, scorecards, caps, tour brochures, dinner menus – Cricket Legend – 364 at The Oval.

    Len Hutton Cricket Memorabilia is something every Cricketana enthusiast requires in his portfolio, there are many good examples available, completed scorecards, autographed photographs, Test information, tour brochures, match tickets, official Christmas cards and signed Cricket ephemera

    Len Hutton (1916 – 1990),  as most people know was an English Cricketer a Test Captain who played for his home County Yorkshire, he became a household name in the 1940s due to  his exceptional Cricket talents which captivated the public in both pre and post war eras.

    During his First Class career Len Hutton scored 40140 runs (55.51) he notched up 129 centuries and on eleven occasions scored more than 200 runs.

    Hutton was born in Pudsey a market town in West Yorkshire, coming from a Cricketing family he had shown an early interest in the game, when he was 13 he was encouraged to join the Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club, his father Henry had played for them in the Bradford League. He played his first match in the second eleven at 12 and when he was 16 he was selected for the 1st eleven, his all-round abilities soon came to the attention of Yorkshire CCC, where he made his First Class debut for Yorkshire the following year in 1934.

    These early matches are of particular interest to Collectors; It is often the case that Collectors specialise in specific areas of Cricket i.e. Tests, County, Ashes or whatever, they may concentrate on Pre-war or Post war my personal interest is generally memorable Pre-war Cricket, not necessarily the player himself often the team factor of the match he is playing in, accordingly I have listed some Len Hutton examples below:

    1934 Worcestershire v Yorkshire Championship match at the County Ground, Hutton opening the batting with fellow professional Wilf Barber, in the 1st innings, Hutton scored 196 runs before being bowled by Reg Perks. Yorkshire won by 10 wickets.

    1935 Yorkshire v Middlesex at Headingley, Hutton opened the batting with Herbert Sutcliffe, Hutton scored 131 in the 1st innings, caught by George Hart. Yorkshire won by an innings and 82 runs.

    1937 Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Bramall Lane opening the batting with Sutcliffe, Hutton scored 271 runs not out. Yorkshire won by an innings and 99 runs.

    1937 Yorkshire v Leicestershire at the Circle, Hutton opened the batting with Sutcliffe in a partnership of 315, Hutton scored 153.

    1937 Leicestershire v Yorkshire at Aylestone rd, Hutton took 10 wickets, 4 in the 1st innings 6 in the second which was his best ever bowling performance. This match is unique in that with Hutton collectors often concentrate on batting events

    In 1937 Hutton made his Test debut against New Zealand at Lords, opening the 1st innings he scored his maiden century (100 runs exactly, bowled by Giff Vivian, caught Dunning) in the second innings he made 14 and was this time caught by Giff Vivian. England won by 130 runs.

    1938 England v Australia at Trent Bridge opening with Charlie Barnett the pair put on 219; Hutton scored 100, lbw Fleetwood – Smith.

    1938 England v Australia at the Oval, opener Hutton scored 364 in the 1st innings caught Hassett bowled O’Reilly. His time spent at the wicket was13 hours a record at that time.

    In 1938/39 Hutton toured South Africa which would not hold the same appeal for Collectors as the previous Ashes series. This was the last series prior to the war which brought an end to international cricket for next few years.

    All the matches listed above are very collectable as are a few which are omitted. It should be emphasised that Hutton Memorabilia is collectable irrespective of an event; the quality of the event enhances the item.

    Below are some statistics source cricketarchive.com which demonstrate the outstanding achievements of Len Hutton.

    Personal information

    Full name

    Sir Leonard Hutton

    Born

    23 June 1916
    FulneckPudsey, England

    Died

    6 September 1990 (aged 74)
    Kingston-upon-Thames, England

    Batting style

    Right-hand

    Bowling style

    Right-arm leg break

    Role

    Opener

    International information

    National side

    England

    Test debut (cap 603)

    26 June 1937 v New Zealand

    Last Test

    25 March 1955 v New Zealand

    Domestic team information

    Years

    Team

    1938–1960 MCC
    1934–1955 Yorkshire

    Career statistics

    Competition

    Test

    FC

    Matches

    79 513

    Runs scored

    6971 40140

    Batting average

    56.67 55.51

    100s/50s

    19/33 129/179

    Top score

    364 364

    Balls bowled

    260 9740

    Wickets

    3 173

    Bowling average

    77.33 29.51

    5 wickets in innings

     – 4

    10 wickets in match

     – 1

    Best bowling

    1/2 6/76

    Catches/stumpings

    57/– 401/–

    Source: cricketarchive.com, 14 August 2007

     

    Sir Leonard Hutton was made a Test selector in 1975/76

    President of Yorkshire CCC 1989 -1990

    Knighted for his services to Cricket 1956

     

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia


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  • Jack Hobbs Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 15, 2012 by Selby

     


    Cricket Memorabilia is in high demand - Jack Hobbs scored  61.760 first class runs – Centuries 199 –That’s why he was named The Master.

    Jack Hobbs (1882 – 1963) was a prolific run maker, a right hand bat and medium pace bowler; he was regarded as the complete all round Cricketer.

    Hobbs hails from Cambridge UK, he followed his father in his love of Cricket, in 1901 he began playing in local competition matches as an amateur for Cambridgeshire. He was offered a trial with Surrey in 1903 where he began to make his mark playing with the Colts and Club and Ground sides, his batting and bowling merited a mention in the following years Cricketers Almanac.

    Hobbs made his debut for Surrey in 1905 and in First Class matches that season he scored 1317 (25.82) runs including a couple of centuries.

    During  1907 a second innings score of  150 not out at the Oval,  in a County  Championship match against Warwickshire, meant the MCC could ignore him no longer and he was selected for the forthcoming MCC v Australia tour making his Test debut on New Year’s  day at Melbourne averaging 43.14 in Tests and 41.71 in first class matches. These early averages were the benchmark for the future.

    Jack Hobbs cricket memorabilia is not especially rare as he was always popular and attentive to fans, however no collection is complete without a least some mementos, most prolific are autographs and signed photographs, signed bats are in demand whether signed individually or as part of the County/Test team, an authentic match used bat is hard to find but well worth the effort.

    Tour Memorabilia, at sea photographs, completed scorecards, team and action sepia press photographs, hand written letters and match programmes are all available in degrees of scarcity.

    The above covers the beginnings of Jack Hobbs cricket career and I have listed below brief statistics which demonstrate what he went on to achieve.

     

    Competition

    Test

    First-class

    Matches

    61 834

    Runs scored

    5,410 61,760

    Batting average

    56.94 50.70

    100s/50s

    15/28 199/273

    Top score

    211 316*

    Balls bowled

    376 5,217

    Wickets

    1 108

    Bowling average

    165.00 25.03

    5 wickets in innings

     – 3

    10 wickets in match

     – 0

    Best bowling

    1/19 7/56

    Catches/stumpings

    17/– 342/–

    Source: CricketArchive, 18 June 2010

     

    Jack Hobbs was elected Cricketer of the year in both 1909 and 1925.

    He was knighted for services to Cricket in 1953 the same year the honour was awarded to “Shrimp” Levson Gower.(Surrey, England).

    Jack Hobbs Cricket Memorabilia which is of particular interest to me is associated with memorable events; I have listed a selection of these below:

    Note: Combination autographed collectables of Jack Hobbs and fellow opener Herbert Sutcliffe are always in demand. The pair opening the batting making 15 century  partnerships in Test matches.

    Scarborough festival 1931

    England v Australia at Melbourne 1908

    England v Australia 2nd test at Melbourne 1911

    England v Australia 4th test at Melbourne 1912 (Rhodes scored 1 run more at 179)

    England v Australia 1920

    England v Australia 2nd test at Melbourne1924

    Somerset v Surrey 1925

    Surrey Middlesex 1926

    Tour of Australia 1928/29

    Players v Gentlemen at Lords 1932

    Surrey v West Indians at the Oval 1933

    There are many other excellent examples this is a cross section to seek and review

    Good luck with your collecting

    Let me know how you get on?

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia


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