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  • Rare autographs real or fake

    Posted on September 7, 2012 by Selby

    This is a preview of a draft about hand signed sports memorabilia which I am writing  in order to assist autograph collectors in deciding whether the signature is genuine or fake.

    Feel free to comment on any improvements I can make???


    The origins of the autograph

    An autograph may be defined as “any manuscript handwritten by its author; a handwritten signature especially the signature of a famous or admired person.

    The origins of hand signed autographs can be traced back to sixth century ancient Greece however none survive from this period, in fact The earliest autograph, signature of a famous person is probably the Spanish national hero and military leader El Cid  dated 1096 three years before his death.

    .Autographs of most of the great Renaissance figures, including Leonardo da Vinci,Michelangelo, and Ariosto. Still exist however autograph material was to become more prevalent during the 18th century with examples such as George Washington president of the USA or the composer Mozart’s manuscripts.

    A signed letter is more desirable than an autograph as usually the letter contains aspects of the person’s life and work which is why they are so collectable.

    Autograph collation today

    The hobby of collecting autographs is known as philography

    A Philographist or autograph hunter may well focus in one specialised area say sports memorabilia and only collect signatures and associated paraphernalia from say, sports events,  personalities, writers, political figures, art, film, music, world leaders, space travel or conflict etc.

    Autograph collation is an ever popular and rewarding occupation for the professional and amateur alike, the objective being to aspire to obtaining complete sets from each area of their subject in the case of say cricket collectables the 1948 Ashes series, the ink autographs of both England and Australians teams on one official programme, bat or scorecard used at the event would be more desirable than a mismatch.

    Is it a genuine autograph?

    There are numerous forged autographs for sale all over the world not least on the internet and it is a case of buyer beware.

    Rare autograph collectors often request from the vendor certificates of authenticity, it stands to reason that if the seller of a forged item is offering a COA that the certificate is also worthless. It is not a good idea to rely on either guarantees or certificates.

    If a purchaser decides to accept a certificate of authenticity they should ensure that it contains full contact details, dates, venues, and verifiable reputable organisations of which the vendor is responsible to, these details should be followed up with the named organisation.

    PADA, the UACC and AFTAL publish websites from where you can check a listed dealer’s credibility.

    Ascertaining the validity of a carefully crafted fake autograph is a complex matter which is almost impossible for the amateur and the results cannot always be definitive even when a professional opinion is requested.

    One basic method used by unscrupulous vendors is the reprint. This is a photocopy of an actual autographed photo, usually printed from a home computer on to photographic copying paper, this should be declared as a reprint or as preprinted, it is not an authentic autograph and is pretty worthless, unless an existing photo has been autographed later onto the outside surface.

    More sophisticated forgers will target a certain era say 1880s they will use blank pages from books of the same period, then having researched and recreated the inks used at that time they will endeavor to create the replica autograph now using the correct materials, obviously if the copy writing is well researched and applied it is very difficult to detect by an autograph expert but not so by a forensic technician, the technician will be able to age the paper and ink and also to date the document  even when accelerated ageing has taken place.

    Collectors should be careful of rare autographs which may be found on a small piece of card when the bogus card is attached to an authentic piece of memorabilia.

    Frequently secretaries will sign autograph material on behalf of the celebrity creating what is known as a proxy signature. Fortunately it is often well publicized that this is a trait of that particular subject.

    A number of famous people including American presidents Andrew Johnson, Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt have in the past convincingly rubber stamped their “signatures “the result would not be considered  a collectable.


    View with magnifying glass X10 under direct light)

    Seek out a genuine example of the signature from internet comparison sites and use this as your datum point. The main criteria are to know what the signature looks like.

    Move the underside of your wrist or finger over the paper and expect to feel a slight irregularity when you touch the outline of the signature, examine the signature with a magnifying glass (+10) and search for any rising in the area of the signature. If you cannot determine the texture of the raised ink above surface of the paper it is likely to be a copy.

    Examine the ink pattern, look for squeezing at the edges which would indicate stamping, this is usually fairly easy to determine. A shaded purple colour ink can also indicate stamping.

    Compare the autograph with your example, turn the page at 90 degree angle and examine the autographs, then at 180 degrees, doing this  will show a different perspective of the writing comparison, anomalies will stand out and be easier to spot.

    Autographs which are mechanically created are identified by their smoothness and uniform ink deposit throughout the signature. A genuine pen hand signed autograph will show under magnification, a different diameter of stroke, the rate of the wet ink flow as the nib angles, scratch marks, clear areas within the stroke, and the continuous flow of the pen over the paper. A stop and start movement within a stroke would show a hesitant copying technique, you must see that the line flow is uninterrupted and the pen stays mainly on the paper if it is interrupted it will show in stroke breaks.

    Comparison of pen lifts which are absent from the genuine subject are a sure fire method to determine a fake, these are typical of a forgery in which the writer pauses to check his handiwork.

    Look for a lack of feathered beginning and ending strokes, a fake will tend to have blunt stops and starts.

    A lack of certainty in direction may show abrupt movements creating a kinked appearance to a line which should flow smoothly

    When a nib pen is used expect to see light hairline upstrokes and heavy shaded down stokes in a genuine signature, this will not be so noticeable if a ball point pen is used

    Consider the time factors if for example an autograph dated around 1950 is signed with a felt pen it is a fake as felt pens did not exist at this time and the autograph should be signed in ink or pencil. The Papermate flair felt tip was not manufactured until the early ‘60s, commercial ball point pens became available in 1943 and so on. Research is the key.

    Signed sports memorabilia such as a football shirt or cricket cap can be hard to assess as the ink tends to soak into the fabric giving a smudge like appearance which is difficult to validate, the only way to be sure is to be there at the signing or rely on provenance from a reputable dealer.

    If the asking price for an item of sports memorabilia is way below a realistic valuation don’t bother purchasing as it’s probably a fake.

    The more signatures there are on a piece, the more mistakes there are to spot. Compare an autograph sheet with half a dozen genuine signatures with one containing fakes and it easy to spot the real ones.

    Consider the characteristics of period the autograph purports to belong to, examine the paper used, does the magnified make up match the type used in that era. The specification of the paper may give valuable clues as to the approximate age parameters of theautograph.

    Since biblical times vellum or parchment was the type of paper in use this changed around 1850 to the use of wood, cotton or linen pulp, so if you are lucky enough to have the autograph of William Pitt (died 1806) it should be signed on vellum type of paper, Charles Dickens (died 1870) could be either or Alfred Tennyson (died 1892) most probably signed on a wood pulp type paper.

    Don’t forget that paper can be matched using cut out pages from writings of a similar time.

    Examine ink colour, does the make up under magnification match the characteristics of the period, iron gall ink was popular from about the 12th century up until new technologies made it obsolete around 1850,  this ink is bluish black, over time it fades to dull brown. It is a corrosive ink and over time can damage the paper it is used on. Since the early 1900s Indian ink (carbon) has become the popular one manufactured in a range of colours.

    Micro-spectrophotometry is a non-destructive method of analysing ink using ultraviolet of infrared light, the spectrum of the ink on the document can be compared with a range of standard inks, this can authentic the ink but not the author. However it does narrow things down and makes for a more informed decision.

    Think about how, when and why a rare autograph originated and in what numbers it is available, if the seller has a number of copies of a rare autograph you must ask yourself why?

    Never ever enter a private auction sale; always look for transparency on the internet

    Written by Selby>




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  • Ray Lindwall Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 25, 2012 by Selby


    The Invincibles Aussie Fast bowler who took 114 wickets in 29 Tests - Cricket Memorabilia - Official scorecards, Autograph Sheets, Photos; Tour Brochures are all in demand by Cricketana enthusiasts.

    Australian Ray Lindwall (1921 – 1996) was regarded by many as the ultimate opening pace bowler, with all the attributes required to compete at the highest level, in swingers, out swingers, subtle pace changes, searing yorkers and intimidating bouncers were all part of his arsenal. Lindwall was a fast scoring batsman in fact the complete all-rounder.

    Ray Lindwall was born in 1921 in Sydney New South Wales, he showed an early interest in Sport especially Rugby and Cricket, and encouraged by his headmaster at Marist Brothers Kogarah secondary school he soon joined the school eleven where he had many successes as a schoolboy.

    It is said that he got his initial inspiration from watching the England side playing in the 1st Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground in December 1932. England’s fast bowler Harold Larwood took 5 wickets in the 1st innings and 5 for 28 runs in the 2nd innings, however this did not stop Stan McCabe scoring 187 not out in the 1st innings. This series became known as Bodyline owing to intimidatory bowling by the Tourists.

    On leaving school he joined the St George Club competing in Sydney Grade Cricket at the Hurtsville Oval, by December 1938 he was playing in the 1st team.

    Much of Lindwall’s early success came on the Rugby pitch, in the winter of 1940 he was playing fullback in the Rugby League premiership for St George, this came to an unexpected end due to events at Pearl Harbour. Ray Lindwall enlisted in the Military serving in New Guinea until the end of WW2 in 1945.

    Following the War Lindwall did play 31 first grade Rugby League games for St George before retiring from competitive rugby at the end of the 1946 season following his teams defeat in the Grand Final against Balmain.

    Ray Lindwall Rugby Memorabilia from 1940 -46 is scarce and would be of interest to me as I have only come across few examples i.e. signed St George programme, more examples would be welcomed.

    In 1941 Lindwall made his debut in First Class Cricket at the age of 20, he was selected to play against Queensland at Brisbane, during an inauspicious 1st innings Lindwall took one catch and bowled 36/3, he batted at number 10 scoring 1 and 10 runs respectively, Bill O’Reilly a medium pace spin bowler in fact took 10 wickets in the match.

    Lindwall resumed his Cricket in 1945 when NSW played Victoria, batting at no 9 he scored 134 in 175 minutes not out while Sid Barnes opening the batting scored 154. His bowling was consistent throughout the season accordingly he was selected for the Australian tour of New Zealand making his Test debut at Wellington in March 1946. He bowled 13/1 in the 1st innings in which NZ only managed a total of 42 runs, in the 2nd innings Larwood bowled 16/1, (his batting resulted in a duck) Australia won by an innings and 103 runs. When Larwood was not taking wickets he could certainly contain the runs,

    In many cases I would attempt to restrict my collection to pre-war examples but in the case of Lindwall most of his success came after the war ended in 1945 so I have listed below specific matches that I would be personally interested in as a collector.

    When viewing Cricket Memorabilia I tend to link the Cricketer with a memorable match event or series, accordingly my list reflects this, Lindwall opening partnerships with Keith Miller are legendary they emerged as an attacking opening partnership in the 1947/48 test series against England and of course to find an event scorecard, programme, brochure, photograph signed by both players is even better!!


    1947 Australia v England at Melbourne 2nd innings 100 runs off 90 balls, bowled Alec Bedser, caught Cyril Washbrook.

    1947   Australia v England at Sydney 1st innings 7/63 – Hutton was injured on 122 runs Australia win by 5 wickets.

    1948 Australia v India at Adelaide 2nd innings 7/38 (1st innings Barnes 112, Bradman 201 ,Hassett 198). Australia wins by an innings and 16 runs.

    1948 England v Australia at Lords 5/70 Australia win by 409 runs.

    1948 England v Australia at the Oval 1st innings 6/20 England all out for 52 runs. Australia win by an innings and 149 runs.

    1948 Nottingham at Trent Bridge 6/14 match drawn

    Any Ray Lindwall Memorabilia associated with the 1948 and 1953 tour to England is very collectable.

    Below I have listed some Lindwall statistics which demonstrate the attributes of the great all-rounder.


    Full name

    Raymond Russell Lindwall


    3 October 1921
    Mascot, New South Wales, Australia


    23 June 1996 (aged 74)
    Brisbane, Australia


    1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)

    Batting style

    Right-hand batsman

    Bowling style

    Right-arm fast



    International information

    National side


    Test debut (cap 165)

    29 March 1946 v England

    Last Test

    28 January 1960 v India

    Domestic team information



    1941/42–1953/54 New South Wales
    1954/55–1959/60 Queensland

    Career statistics





    61 228

    Runs scored

    1,502 5,042

    Batting average

    21.15 21.82


    2/5 5/19

    Top score

    118 134*

    Balls bowled

    13,650 42,970


    228 794

    Bowling average

    23.03 21.35

    5 wickets in innings

    12 34

    10 wickets in match


    Best bowling

    7/38 7/20


    26/– 123/–

    Source: CricketArchive, 27 December 2007


    On his retirement from First Class Cricket in 1960 Ray was a beneficiary of the NSWCA retired player benefit plan, the same year he was given life membership of the MCC

    In 1965 he received the MBE for his services to Cricket,  he was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of fame in 1996

    Ray Lindwall has written two books “Flying Stumps” in 1954 (some signed copies are still available) and “The Challenging Tests” in 1961, I do not personally have either book in signed form and am on the lookout to find good examples.

    Good luck with your collecting.

    Let me know how you get on?

    Tony Selby
    Cricket Memorabilia

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  • Wimbledon Tennis Memorabilia

    Posted on January 4, 2012 by Selby


    Wimbledon Tennis Memorabilia
    Wimbledon is the prestigious home of Tennis, forever synominous with strawberry teas, champagne and heroic Tennis Champions. Collecting Wimbledon Tennis Memorabilia sourced from events at the Annual Championships can be a rewarding and interesting hobby.
    Wimbledon championships are regarded as the World premier Tennis tournament, one of the four Grand Slam events; it is played on grass courts during the last 2 weeks of June and the first week in August each year. The venue is the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon London UK, it is a private club founded in 1868.
    Ironically the rules of the game were originally administered by the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) Rules that have changed little, other than small details, mainly affecting the parameters of the playing area, nets, posts and markings.
    The first Tennis Championship Men’s Singles took place in 1877; it was won by an old Harrovian racquets player Spencer Gore (played cricket for Surrey) who became the first Wimbledon Tennis Champion.
    The Wimbledon Tennis Champion with the most titles is Martina Navratilova the legendary ladies player who holds the record 9 singles titles whilst William Renshaw and Pete Sampras hold 7 singles titles each.
    Collectors of Wimbledon Tennis Memorabilia often decide to concentrate on specific areas of the game some may collect in the Post War or Pre War areas concentrating on Singles, Doubles, Men or Lady winners and other individual competitors or maybe just accumulate a collection of Men singles winners, if this was applied to Pre War years it would certainly make for interesting collecting and the makings of a valuable portfolio.
    Of particular interest to me as a collector are the years 1934 to 1937, a memorable period for British Tennis, when a total of 11 titles were recorded, including three singles in succession by tennis icon Fred Perry and two by Dorothy Round.
    During the same period Great Britain successfully defended the Davis Cup three times in Challenge Rounds which were staged on the Centre Court. The years prior to World War 11; belonged to the United States. Donald Budge who won all three events in 1937 and 1938, Helen Wills Moody won the Ladies' Singles for the eighth time and Alice Marble brought the game further recognition and popularity with her powerful accurate serve and enduring volleys.
    Wimbledon Tennis Memorabilia associated with events prior to 1939 is always sought after, as are Match Programmes, Autographs, Match worn attire, Rackets, Balls, original Sepia Press Photographs, Paintings, Signed Presentations and all Major / Memorable event paraphernalia.
    Pre-war players who’s Tennis Memorabilia from time to time becomes available would include Gerald Patterson, Fred Perry, Don Budge, Jack Crawford, Lew Hoad, Ashley Cooper, Bill Tilden, and Ellsworth Vines. Collectables associated with names of this calibre are always in demand.
    Post war favourites include Jack Kramer, Pancho Segura, Pancho Gonzales, Dick Savitt, Ken Rosewall, Rod Laver, John Newcombe, llie Nastase, Stan Smith, Tony Roche.
    In latter days Tennis Memorabilia is far more prevalent and therefore easily available this is mainly due to official signings taking place around tournament schedules.
    I would personally have a number of examples of framed authentic collectables from classic Wimbledon Contests featuring players such as Ashe, Connors, Borg, Agassi, Sampras, Becker, Federer and Nadal, Mc Enroe, Roddick and Henman.
    Increasing numbers of purchasers are delighted to have framed pictures, featuring memorable events which depict modern day tennis heroes, taking pride of place in homes and offices.
    A number of Auction houses up and down the country hold sales of Sports memorabilia such as Knights Sporting, Christies and Bonham’s, get an online copy of the sale brochure and check the terms and conditions, auctions usually charge around 17.5% -22% commission so you need to factor this plus any other additional costs, such as VAT on certain items offered from abroad, into the price. The advantage of visiting auctions is that you can closely examine the items at viewings prior to purchase, giving you time to research, price and document the articles of interest.
    Purchasing online is a different matter, you need to be extremely careful regarding authenticity, much of the memorabilia sold online is described in a way which may mislead and often “autographs” turn out to be copies. I recently wrote an article “Rare Autographs Real or Fake”, this article demonstrates the pitfalls that can occur when making online purchases and offers good advice to the would be purchaser.
    Wimbledon Tennis Memorabilia is an essential part of any collection and I wish you well whilst pursuing this fascinating hobby.
    Let me know how you get on!!
    Tony Selby
    Tennis Memorabilia

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  • Rafael Nadal Tennis Memorabilia

    Posted on December 22, 2011 by Selby

    Rafael Nadal Tennis Memorabilia

    Deservedly known as the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal the left handed Spanish Tennis champion has won ten Grand slams and an Olympic Gold Medal among a host of other prestigious tournaments.

    Although Nadal made his name playing on clay courts he demonstrated flexibility in winning Wimbledon in both 2008 and 2010 on grass.

    Rafael was born in Mallorca Spain in 1986 he had always had a keen interest in both football and tennis, he choose tennis and turned professional at the age of 15 by the age of 19 after success at Wimbledon and competing in the junior Davis Cup he won the French Open for the first of four times. Rafael is coached by his uncle Toni Nadal and fitness trainer is Rafael Maymo.

    Rafael Nadal Tennis Memorabilia is a welcome addition to any tennis enthusiasts’ collection.

    I have an extensive portfolio of tennis collectables including a special edition presentation which displays a stunning colour photograph of the great Rafael Nadal in action at the French Open in 2008. In the same year Nadal had an enviable 32 match winning run.

    Tennis memorabilia has been on display since 1977 at the Wimbledon Museum, in the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. The museum contains a display of memorabilia dating back to 1555 and includes a range of trophies, medals cups, plates, and prizes dating back three hundred years, ephemera is of particular interest to me and a section is included showing early Wimbledon tennis advertisements, match tickets and programmes, invitations for tea and tennis, dinner menus, early Wimbledon motor car parking passes and numerous other items all adding to the official history of the game. There are sections showing match worn attire from early times to modern days which is of great interest to collectors, even Rafael Nadel pirate trousers are on display. There is also an interactive exhibit where you can feel the weight difference between male and female clothing in 1884.

    Guided tours are available around the Wimbledon grounds taking in the centre number one court, press interview rooms and players dining facilities. You are able to gain access to many areas normally restricted to members of the public. Visitors can examine all aspects of this ever popular game with interactive touch screens and audio guides available in a range of languages

    The Wimbledon shop is available for purchase of everything from Christmas cards to towelling, clothing, sports bags, rackets souvenirs and many other tennis related accessories, or you can visit the shop online.

    A place where dealers would often buy tennis memorabilia is the Auction house possibly Knights sporting auctions, Christies or Mullocks but you need to aware that commission charges exist of between 17-21%.

    I have noticed an increase in the number of “signed” tennis balls on sale over the internet and I would advise any prospective purchasers to be aware of the huge number of forgeries in circulation. The important thing when buying tennis or any other memorabilia is to ascertain provenance and not to make a purchase unless you are sure of the items authenticity. I recently wrote an article named Autographs real of fake this gives a good insight into purchasing genuine memorabilia.

    Tony Selby

    Tennis Memorabilia





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  • Tennis Memorabilia Mo Connolly

    Posted on December 21, 2011 by Selby


    Mo Connolly Tennis Memorabilia
    Mo Connolly (1934 – 1969) dominated women’s Tennis in a legendary rise to fame in the early 1950s.
    Mo Connolly Tennis Memorabilia is available and in demand, I am fortunate to have several good examples, a Signed framed presentation showing Mo winning Wimbledon in 1954, Tennis Autographs and other” Little Mo” Collectables.
    Mo Connolly was born in San Diego and began playing tennis when she was 10, originally left handed she soon changed to right and developed tremendous power accuracy complimented by a ferocious backhand
    Mo Connolly became a National celebrity at 16 whilst competing in the US National Singles Championship in 1951; Mo defeated Shirley Fry and became the youngest player to win this prestigious tournament, repeating her win in 1952-53.
    In fact Mo Connolly won all 9 Grand Slam tourneys she competed in from the 1951 US Nationals to the 1954 Wimbledon, completing the Grand Slam, all 4 titles in the same golden year 1953.
    Mo won the singles title at Wimbledon in 1952, 53, 54 on the grass courts at the All England Tennis Club. She was a Wightman Cup team member from 1951 -54.
    It is ironic that Mo had taken on new coach Australian Davis Cup captain Harry Hopman at the beginning of the 1953 season, Harry’s tremendous experience and enthusiasm and experience obviously made his selection a wise choice. Mo became regarded as one of the best ball strikers the game has ever seen.
    In 1953 a documentary was made recording her outstanding achievements :Unforgettable: the Little Mo Connolly Story was directed and written by Jennifer Spell and many of the players featured such as Billy Jean King, Ted Schroeder, Anne Haydon - Jones played their own parts in the story which was filmed in Dallas Texas with a budget of just $ 100.000. This is a great documentary and testament to Mo: Well worth watching.
    A favourite with the press and public Mo became affectionately known as” little Mo”
    In 1953 “Little Mo” won the Grand Slam of tennis. She was the first woman to ever capture this elusive crown by winning the Australian Championships, the French Championships, Wimbledon, and the United States Championships.
    Following a horse riding accident in July 1954, "Little Mo" sadly received leg injuries which ended her tennis career. She continued to be a major influence in the world of tennis as both a radio and television commentator.
    She married Norman Brinker and they made their home in Dallas.
    In 1968 Little Mo with her friend Nancy Jeffett co-founded the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation in Cedar Springs Dallas; The Foundation assists boys and girls throughout the world organising and sponsoring tennis and junior tennis programmes and activities
    It has said in sport that a sportsman or woman can flash across their specific arena like a comet in the sky, never could this be more applicable than in the short yet meteoric Tennis career of “Little Mo”
    Tony Selby
    Tennis Memorabilia


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  • Wightman Cup Tennis Memorabilia

    Posted on December 17, 2011 by Selby


    Wightman Cup Tennis Memorabilia is always in demand and takes pride of place in many Tennis enthusiasts’ collections.

    The Wightman Cup is remembered as a very competitive Tennis event which was played between teams from the USA and Great Britain. The competition specifically for female team players  has been contested since its inauguration 1923 through to 1989 when following a statement from the British Lawn Tennis Association it was suspended, the competition is the ladies answer to the Davis Cup and originated when Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman donated a sterling vase to the  United States Lawn Tennis Association to be played for as the prize between the two countries, Matches were played alternately during even numbered years in the UK and odd numbered years in the US, the matches of particular to collectors of Tennis Memorabilia would be the ones played at Wimbledon 1924 – 1972, Forest Hills Queens  New York  1923 – 1947. The competition was eventually suspended in 1990 primarily due the evident USA domination of the tournament. The previous year the US won its eleventh consecutive tournament in Williamsburg six of eleven series were won 7-0. The total figures are USA 51 wins to GB 10.

    The Tournament which comprised of five singles and two doubles matches was held over three days.

    A new system was suggested for a restart of the series in 1991 this would have involved introducing European players to the tournament who would join Britain in their quest against USA; however this never came to be.

    A match of significant interest to collectors of Wightman Cup tennis Memorabilia is the final of the 1960 tournament when Britain’s Shirley Brasher with partner Christine Truman defeated the American pair Janet Hopps and Dorothy Knode, I am lucky to be in possession of the official hand signed match programme

    Wimbledon Champion Virginia Wade (GB) played 21 times between 1965 – 1985 whilst the ever popular player Chris Evert holds the record for the USA playing 13 times, so many of these were classic contests and collectables from these memorable times will always sought after. In 1978 Britain won 4-3 against USA the hot favourites to win; obviously collectables from this event would make a great memento.

    A revival of Wightman Cup Series now seems improbable making tennis memorabilia associated with the series even more collectable.

    Tony Selby

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  • Andre Agassi Tennis memorabilia

    Posted on September 1, 2011 by Selby


    Andre Agassi  tennis memorabilia is always in demand.

    As former  world no 1, American Tennis  legend Andre Agassi has won eight Grand Slam singles tournaments and an Olympic gold medal in singles.

    He is the only player in the open era to have won all four Grand Slam tournaments to have won the ATP tour world championships, have been part of a winning Davis Cup team, and to have won an Olympic gold medal.

    Andre won in total 60 career titles including 17 ATP Masters Series tournaments, which is more than any other player.

    I recently attended a sports memorabilia auction and was fortunate to purchase several Andre Agassi collectibles amongst which was a signed presentation from his final match, the plaque has a quote from his speech.

    ”The scoreboard said I lost today, but what the scoreboard doesn’t say is what I have found. And over the last 21 years, I have found loyalty. You have pulled me on the court and also in life. I’ve found inspiration. You have willed me to succeed sometimes even in my lowest moments. And I’ve found generosity. You have given me your shoulders to stand on and reach my dreams, dreams I could never have reached without you. Over the last 21 years, I have found you. And I will take you and the memory of you with me for the rest of my life. Thank you”

    There are a number of other Agassi tennis memorabilia items available and any one of them would be a welcome addition to a sports memorabilia collection.


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  • Kim Clijsers tennis memorabilia

    Posted on August 24, 2011 by Selby


    Kim Clijsers tennis memorabilia is a worthy addition to your collection Kim became the first mother to win a major tournament since Evonne Goolagong in 1980. She shares the record for the most Grand Slam singles titles won as a mother with Margaret Court.

    KIM announced her retirement with immediate effect on 6 May 2007, but almost two years later, on 26 March 2009, she publicly declared her intent to return to the WTA tour for the 2009 summer hard court season.

    Kim is the reigning singles champion at the US Open and the Australian Open (as of May 2011). She has also won 41 WTA singles titles and 11 WTA doubles titles. She has won four Grand Slam singles titles: three at the US Open, in 2005, 2009 and 2010 and one at the Australian Open in 2011. She has also been runner-up in four Grand Slam singles tournaments, and won the WTA Tour Championships singles title in 2002, 2003 and 2010. In doubles, she won the French Open and Wimbledon titles in 2003.

    Any tennis memorabilia collated now will only see increasing value as the years go by.

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