Auction of Cricket, Wisden Cricketers' Almanacks, Football and Sporting Memorabilia

Including part one of the impressive collection of John White, who as a boy lived in Royston, the same Yorkshire village as Yorkshire Captain Norman Yardley. Getting Yardley’s autograph was the start of White’s life long interest in Yorkshire cricket. John went on to be a renowned professional musician and was Professor of Viola at the Royal Academy of Music for over thirty years.

Held on Saturday & Sunday, 2nd & 3rd March 2019
at The Premier Inn (Fosse Park), Braunstone Lane East, Leicester LE3 2FW

Saturday 3rd: Cricket Memorabilia

Sunday 4th: Wisden Cricketers' Almanacks, Cricket Books, Football & Sporting Memorabilia

Auction highlights:

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Lot 292. Australia tour of England 1909. Rare and magnificent very large official sepia photograph of the Australian team who toured England in 1909, seated and standing in rows, wearing cricket attire, touring caps and blazers. The photograph laid down to official photographers mount, and the mount very nicely signed in black ink to top and lower borders, above and below the image, by all sixteen members of the touring party featured. Presented to M.C.C. From a large and rare collection of touring team photographs being sold in this sale, the majority all fully signed by the players featured.
Estimate £2500/3500
Hammer price: £8500

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Lot 689. England v Australia 1905. Victor Thomas Trumper. New South Wales & Australia 1894-1914 and Archibald Campbell MacLaren. Lancashire & England 1890-1923. Scarce Staffordshire mug, printed in claret, with figures of Trumper and MacLaren in batting pose, each within a cartouche with the title 'Australia' and 'England' printed above. To centre an image of crossed bats, stumps, bails and a ball and below this a shield with kangaroo and lion facing each other with title to shield 'Australia England' and above in scroll 1905. One of the rarest Staffordshire mugs.
Estimate £1200/1800
Hammer price: £2800

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Lot 86. 'Yorkshire 1896 “Champion County”'. Page beautifully signed in black ink by thirteen members of the 1896 Yorkshire team. The page with exquisite hand painted emblem of two white roses in watercolour to head.
Estimate £400/600
Hammer price: £1400

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Lot 896. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1875. 12th edition. Handsomely half bound in red leather, lacking original paper wrappers, with raised bands and title and date in gilt to spine. Red marbled end papers and gilt to top edge. Binding by prestigious London binding company, Morrell Binders. Probably the rarest edition of Wisden. From an excellent, almost full, run of Wisdens 1864-2018 being sold in this sale
Estimate £8000/12000
Hammer price: £13000

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Lot 769. M.C.C. Tour of Australia 1946/47. Large amusing original pen and ink caricature/ cartoon artwork, by artist Roy Ullyett, depicting Norman Yardley in cricket whites holding up in his hands a miniaturised Don Bradman wearing batting attire and wearing Australian cap holding his bat aloft, the bat has his last score '49' inscribed to the blade. An image depicting the two players who were destined to meet as Captains of England and Australia in the iconic 1948 Ashes series in England.
Estimate £300/500
Hammer price: £380

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Lot 632. M.C.C. 1932/33 tour of Australia 'Bodyline series'. William 'Bill' Voce. Nottinghamshire & England 1927-1952. Parker Beacon 'The Efficient Lighter'. Dunhill lift arm cigarette lighter presented to Bill Voce on the M.C.C. 1932/33 tour of Australia. The gold metal lighter, engraved with the M.C.C. touring emblem of St George & the Dragon and to the reverse inscribed 'W. Voce. M.C.C. Australasian Tour 1932-33'.
Estimate £300/500
Hammer price: £1100

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Lot 1353. 'A History of the Sind Cricket Tournament and Karachi Cricket in General'. C.B. Rubie and B.D. Shankar. Edwin Forster, Karachi 1928. Original red cloth with titles in black to cover and spine, and advertising to rear cover. Sold with the accompanying 24pp 'Appendix' by C.B. Rubie published in 1929 which gives additional records for 1928 and 1929. Presentation copy with handwritten dedication in ink to front cover from the author. Rare.
Estimate £800/1200
Hammer price: £1600

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Gordon Phillips, Wisden Cricketers Almanack 2003

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