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

Including the impressive collection of the late R. Paul Russell, former Chairman of Glamorgan County Cricket Club who helped bring Test cricket to Wales in 2009, an accomplished first class rugby union referee, who officiating in national club/representative matches in the 1970/80’s and was a former President of Ebbw Vale RFC.

Held on Saturday & Sunday, 3rd & 4th November 2018
at The Premier Inn (Fosse Park), Braunstone Lane East, Leicester LE3 2FW

Auction starts at 11am both days

Saturday 3rd: Cricket Memorabilia

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

Viewing: Friday 5pm to 7pm and Saturday and Sunday 8am to 11am

Approximate rate of sale – 140/160 lots per hour. Complimentary tea, coffee & mineral water will be available. Please bring any items along during viewing times for a free valuation with no obligation.

Please note from the 1st November 2018 the '' buyer's premium will be increased from 3% + VAT to 4.95% + VAT

Auction highlights:

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Lot 1400. 'Cricket'. W.G. Grace. J.W. Arrowsmith, Bristol and Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. London 1891. A very rare presentation copy with handwritten inscription 'With the author's compliments' and nicely signed by W.G. Grace. The book in stunning contemporary presentation binding by G.T. Bagguley, Newcastle, Staffordshire. Dark green full calf, the front, back and spine finely tooled with elaborate borders onlaid in caramel coloured calf. Bright red cricket balls motifs to the centre and in each corner, bright red title shield label to spine 'Cricket' W.G. Grace'. Wonderful gaufferred page block edges. A truly unique and magnificent Grace item.
Estimate £1000/1500
Hammer price: £3600

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Lot 653. 'Worcestershire County Cricket Club 1882 to 1893'. Early and original leather bound scorebook for the club, with titles on laid down red leather in gilt to front cover and spine paper and marbled red end. The scorebook, records one hundred and forty eight of the matches, home and away, played in the period 1882 to 1893 by Worcester C.C.C. and Worcestershire Club & Ground. This scorebook is of significant importance to the growth, prominence and history of Worcestershire cricket just prior to obtaining first class status.
Estimate £500/800
Hammer price: £1700

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Lot 694. 'There's Style!'. A Royal Doulton Black Boy dinner plate, entitled 'There's Style!' printed with a boy in red jacket and a floppy hat stood in batting stance in front of the wicket. Green floral decoration to inner and outer rim. 10.5" diameter. Doulton backstamp and number 'D2864' to base
Estimate £500/800
Hammer price: £950

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Lot 1031. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1869. Sixth edition. Bound in light brown boards, lacking original paper wrappers, with titles in gilt to spine. The rare and elusive sixth volume. From an excellent selection of original hardbacks, paper wrappered and rebound editions from various collections in this auction, over 330 lots in total.
Estimate £5000/7000
Hammer price: £5200

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Lot 1426. 'P.F. Warner's Cricket Record 1888-1919'. F.S. Ashley-Cooper 1919. A unique manuscript comprising 233 pages of Warner's individual scores, averages, season by season statistics and summaries, all handwritten in his immaculate writing style in black and red ink, and bound by Ashley-Cooper for Warner. The period covers Warner's time at Harrison College in Barbados, Rugby School, Oxford University and his career playing for Middlesex and England, also minor and miscellaneous matches. The book is bound in black leather with gilt title to front and spine, raised bands to spine and marbled endpapers. Tipped in to the front is a handwritten letter to Warner from Ashley-Cooper dated 15th September 1919 regarding the manuscript.
Estimate £800/1200
Hammer price: £2400

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Lot 1106. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1916. 53rd edition. Original hardback. Very good+ condition with gilt titles to board and spine paper bright. A rare wartime hardback edition and probably the rarest of the 20th century editions.
Estimate £3000/5000
Hammer price: £5400

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Lot 1331. 'Indian Cricket Chronology and Memorabilia'. F.S. Ashley-Cooper. Merritt and Hatcher 1911. Original printed red wrappers. One of only 30 copies, out-of-series copy without the limitation statement on back cover. Provenance: Author's copy. The book previously bound with two other copies in his red cloth binding (Julian Cahn). Good/very good condition. Rare. From the M.C.C. Library and previously sold in the Christie's auction of duplicates from the M.C.C. library held in November 2010.
Estimate £1200/1800
Hammer price: £1200

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