Online Auction to be held on
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
6th, 7th and 8th November 2020

Auction starts at 10.30am each day

Friday 6th: Cricket Memorabilia (lots 1-767)

Saturday 7th: Wisden Cricketers' Almanacks and Cricket Books (lots 768-1464)

Sunday 8th: Football & Sporting Memorabilia (lots 1465-1818)

Despite the Coronavirus pandemic and the difficulties this has entailed Knights Auctioneers are delighted to announce that our catalogue for the online only auction of Cricket, Wisden Cricketers' Almanacks & Sporting Memorabilia to be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 6th, 7th & 8th November is now available online. There will be a printed catalogue available on this occasion.

Online, commission and telephone bidding will be available. This will be a live auction with webcam and sound broadcast with

It will not be possible under the current regulations to offer general viewing of lots but we can offer limited timed viewing of pre selected lots in Norfolk on Tuesday and Wednesday, 3rd and 4th November with full social distancing observed. Please contact the auctioneers to book a time slot.

Subject to pandemic regulations we will be offering a post auction delivery service to the South, the Midlands and the North of England within reason for clients who buy bulky, delicate or fragile items. A standard nominal charge will be made to all clients for this service.

We hope you enjoy the catalogue....

Over 1800 lots.

Auction highlights:

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Lot 359. Herbert Henry Fishwick. Sydney Mail. Early photographic pioneer and the leading Australian photographer of the era. Excellent historic and important archive of seventy one photographs taken by Fishwick during the five Test 1924/1925 Ashes series between Australia and England. Each photograph has the green handstamp for 'Photo by Herbert H. Fishwick "Sydney Mail"' with personal handwritten annotation in Fishwick's distinctive hand writing to verso. A truly remarkable archive of photographs from a early photographic pioneer.
Scans of all images included in this lot are avaiable to view here (opens in a new window).
Estimate £8000/12000

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Lot 1684. Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesborough. English League Division 1. Season 1910-1911. Original programme for the league match played at White Hart Lane on the 13th February 1911. Rare early programme from a large collection of Tottenham Hotspur programmes 1909 to 1961.
Estimate £70/100

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Lot 209. 'Bodyline'. M.C.C. tour to Australia 1932/33. Rare 'The Australia Hotel', Sydney letterhead very nicely signed by all seventeen playing members of the M.C.C. touring party.
Estimate £1000/1500

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Lot 1619. Albert Abraham Goodman. Tottenham Hotspur 1919-1920. Early mono real photograph postcard of Goodman, half length, in Spurs shirt. W.J. Crawford of Edmonton. Nicely signed in ink 'Sincerely yours, A. Goodman'. From a large collection of Tottenham Hotspur postcards of players 1909-1961.
Estimate £60/90

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Lot 655. 'I was'nt Ready'. A Royal Doulton 'Black Boy' bone china plate, entitled 'I was'nt ready' printed with a boy in white spotted shirt, red waistcoat and a floppy hat looking glum with his wicket broken behind him. Green floral decoration to outer rim. 9" diameter. Doulton backstamp and number 'E4336' to base. Circa 1907. Good/very good condition. A rare 'Black Boy' plate.
Estimate £700/1000

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Lot 968. Cricketers’ Almanack 1896. 33rd edition. Original hardback. Minor tear to page liii/liv otherwise in very good condition, this edition rarely seen in this condition. The rare first issue of the original hardback with titles bright.
Estimate £8000/12000

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Lot 357. M.C.C. tour of Australia 1924/1925. Large and impressive mono aerial photograph of the Melbourne Cricket Ground a match in progress. The aerial view shows the entire ground, with a full house in attendance, the foreground is nicely signed in ink by all eighteen members of the touring party. An excellent signed image.
Estimate £250/350

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Lot 1581. 'Entrance to Spurs Ground, Tottenham' c1915/16. Mono real photograph postcard of the entrance to the ground with the White Hart public house to the left side and the Red House, which in later years became club offices to the right. From a large collection of postcards and photographs of the Tottenham Hotspur teams and images of the ground.
Estimate £60/90

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Lot 956. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1881. 18th edition. Original paper wrappers. Slight age toning to wrappers, very minor wear with odd nick to edges of wrappers, minor wear with small loss to spine paper otherwise in very good condition. The edition rarely seen in this condition.
Estimate £400/600

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Lot 668. Frank Garfield Stephens. Warwickshire C.C.C. 1907-1912. Gold cigarette case presented to Stephens having been a playing member of the Warwickshire team who won the County Championship in 1911.
Estimate £500/700

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Gordon Phillips, Wisden Cricketers Almanack 2003

Knights are internationally recognised as one of the leading specialist auctioneers of sporting memorabilia, with a database of customers worldwide, and have achieved excellent prices on our sales of sporting memorabilia over the last twenty two years since our conception in 1993.

We hold three major auctions of sporting memorabilia each year specialising in cricket, football, rugby union, rugby league, olympic games, boxing and other sporting memorabilia.

Following highly successful sales of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack within our sporting auctions we now conduct two annual specialist sales of the Almanack every year, in April and September. Please see our sister website for full details.

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