The Bob Willis Collection

Bob Willis will always be remembered for bowling the Australians out at Headingley on the final day of the 1981 test, taking 8-43 after Ian Botham's heroics with the bat. For England he played in 90 Test matches taking 325 wickets at an average of 25.20 and a best of 8-43. In all first class cricket he took over 890 wickets at an average of 24.99 with a best of 8-32 v Gloucestershire in 1977. The following collection of items were sold by Willis in the Christie's Auction of October 1988 held in South Kensington.

Each item sold in this sale from the Willis collection will have with it a copied listing of items confirmed by Willis and dated 20th October 1988. The purchaser of the 1981 cricket ball and two medals will receive the original signed agreement.

Lot 356:
Lot 356
John Berry 'Jack' Hobbs. Surrey & England 1905-1934. Mono real photograph postcard of Hobbs, full length in cricket attire. Signed in black ink to the photograph by Hobbs. Nias of Brighton. Pin hold to top edge, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £35
Lot 357:
Lot 357
John Berry 'Jack' Hobbs. Surrey & England 1905-1934. Mono real photograph postcard of a youthful Hobbs, full length in batting pose. Signed in blue ink to the photograph by Hobbs. Foster & Co. Minor damage to left edge, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £100
Lot 358:
Lot 358
Edward William John Brooks. Surrey 1925-1939. Mono real photograph plain back postcard of Brooks. Head and shoulders cameo of Brooks in cricket attire and Surrey cap. Signed in black ink to the photograph by Brooks. Albert Wilkes & Son, West Bromwich. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £35
Lot 359:
Lot 359
John William Hitch. Surrey & England 1907-1925. Sepia real photograph postcard of Hitch. Full length in bowling pose. Signed in black ink to the photograph by Hitch. Foster of Hove. The photograph faded, good signature
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 360:
Lot 360
Herbert Strudwick. Surrey & England 1902-1927. Mono postcard of Strudwick in wicket keeping pose. Nicely signed in black ink by Strudwick. Publisher unknown. G
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £45
Lot 361:
Lot 361
Andrew Ducat, Surrey & England 1906-1931 and Thomas Frederick Shepherd, Surrey 1919-1932. Two mono real photograph postcards by Nias of Brighton. Both players full length in cricket attire and Surrey blazers. VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £38
Lot 362:
Lot 362
Andrew Sandham, Surrey & England 1911-1937 and Percy George Herbert Fender, Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. Mono plain back real photograph postcard of Sandham, head and shoulders in cricket attire. Signed in blue ink by Sandham. Also a mono postcard size press photograph of Fender in batting action. Signed in ink by Fender. Some fading to the Fender signature. Qty 2. G
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £48
Lot 363:
Lot 363
Surrey C.C.C. 1905. Original mono real photograph postcard of the 1905 Surrey team, seated and standing in rows in cricket attire and blazers. Photograph by R. Scott & Co, Rapid Photo Series no. 3783. Signed in ink to the top edge by Jack Hobbs, and to the lower right corner by Neville Knox. The postcard in good/ very good condition. Sold with three mono postcards of 'The Surrey Team' c1913, and two other postcards of The Oval c1910s. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £42
Lot 364:
Lot 364 Lot 364
John William Hitch. Surrey & England 1907-1925. 'My Choice? The "Force" Waterproof Ball' advertising postcard with Hitch, half length, wearing Surrey cap and blazer. Signed by Hitch in ink. Sold with a mono postcard size press photograph of Hitch leaving the ground at Blackheath with the crowd looking on, after Hitch had taken ten wickets. Signed in ink by Hitch, the signature faded but legible. Also two mono press photographs of Percy Fender in batting action 1927, and Andrew Ducat, full length in batting pose. Qty 4. G
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £120
Lot 365:
Lot 365
Sussex v South Africans 1924. Mono real photograph postcard of the two teams for the match played at Hove, 30th, 31st July, 1st August 1924. Signed in black ink to the face by Crawford, Parks and Tate, and to verso Relf of Sussex. Photograph by Nias of Brighton. Pin hole to top edge, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £42
The match was drawn. Bowley was top scorer in the match with 106 in Sussex's first innings
Lot 366:
Lot 366 Lot 366
Warwickshire C.C.C. c1920s. Mono real photograph plain back postcard of 'Tiger' Jim Smith, head and shoulders in cricket attire and Warwickshire cap. Signed to the photograph by Smith, signature faded. Photograph by A. Wilkes of West Bromwich. Also a small sepia photograph of R.E.S. Wyatt taking a catch, nicely signed in black ink by Wyatt. Sold with an original sepia press photograph of Fiddian-Green, head and shoulders in cricket attire, and a small candid photograph of the Warwickshire team at Kettering 1928. Qty 4. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £65
Lot 367:
Lot 367
M.C.C. tour to New Zealand 1929/30. Original mono real photograph postcard of the 'N.Z.S. Co's 17,000 Tons Motor Vessel "Rangitane" on which the touring party returned to England at the end of the tour. Nicely signed in black ink to verso by eleven members of the touring party. Signatures are Gilligan (Captain), Duleepsinhji, Benson, Allom, Barratt, Bowley, Turnbull, Nichols, Worthington, Woolley and Cornford. Some wear and creasing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £160
The 1929/30 tour marked New Zealand's debut in Test cricket. England won the four match series 1-0 with three matches drawn
Lot 368:
Cricket greetings cards. Four albums containing a collection of over 180 modern cricket greetings cards. Mostly in original cellophane with envelopes. G - cricket
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £38
Lot 369:
International Cricketers/ Classic Cricket Postcards. Five albums containing a collection of forty five International Cricketers postcards, each signed by the featured player. Signatures include A. Hollioake, Cork, Panesar, Caddick, Key, Ramprakash, Giles, Kirsten, G. Smith, Philander, R. Richardson, Sammy, Best, Carberry, Compton, Morgan, Ballance, Lewis etc. Sold with a further album containing twenty six Pakistan signatures on white cards. Signatures include Imran Khan, Intikhab Alam, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Sami Aslam etc. Odd duplicates. G/VG
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £100
Lot 370:
Lot 370
Cricket postcards and ephemera. Green album containing a collection of over forty cricket postcards, the majority original, some reproduction. Original postcards include six 'Cricket Illustrated' humorous colour postcards c1900s. Others include team photographs for England Centenary Test 1980, Benson & Hedges Finals 1989 and 1997, and a collection of six modern colour postcards of Indian cricketers published by Jain Picture Publishers, Bombay, featuring Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh etc. Also includes an original member's ticket for Gloucester Youth Club 1889 (wear to covers) and a Derbyshire C.C.C. embroidered blazer emblem. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £42
Lot 371:
Lot 371
Kent C.C.C. 1970s. Small black album containing ten colour real photograph postcards of Kent players, some signed by the featured player. Signed postcards include Derek Underwood, Alan Ealham, Colin Cowdrey, Brian Luckhurst, and Alan Knott. VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £90
Lot 372:
'The Larwood Story'. Larwood & Perkins 1965 (poor dustwrapper), with laid down signature of Larwood on card with detail (at Nottingham July 6th 1968, to front end paper, 'Ashes Triumphant 1954-55'. Bruce Harris 1955, signed and dedicated to Appleyard by Harris, 'Cricketers Cricket, Learie Constantine 1949, signed by Tom Graveney and Dick Richardson with annotation by Appleyard, 'In Quest of the Ashes'. D.R. Jardine. London 1933, 'Cricket Scores, Notes, &c. From 1730-1773. Written as reported in the different newspapers....'. H.T. Waghorn. London 1899 etc. Sold with three boxes of over ninety general cricket books all formerly the property of Bob Appleyard, the majority with his bookplate and signed by him, odd one with annotated comments by Appleyard. Some paperback and S.B.C. editions
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £140
Lot 373:
Yorkshire cricket. 'Holmes & Sutcliffe. The Run Stealers'. Leslie Duckworth 1970. Signed to title page by Holmes and Sutcliffe, 'History of Yorkshire County Cricket 1903-1923' A.W. Pullin. Leeds 1924, 'Len Hutton Remembered' Donald Trelford 1992, marked 'Presentation copy' by Appleyard, also books signed by Trueman, Willie Watson, Boycott etc. Sold with a box of thirty seven books and brochures on Yorkshire cricket all formerly the property of Bob Appleyard, the majority with his bookplate and signed by him, odd one with annotated comments by Appleyard. Some paperback editions
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £170
Lot 374:
Lot 374
'Fresh Light on Pre-Victorian Cricket. A Collection of New Cricket Notices from 1709 to 1837'. G.B. Buckley. Birmingham 1937. Green and cream cloth boards. Signed bookplate of Bob Appleyard to inside front cover. G
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £60
Lot 375:
Lot 375
'Sports' Sunlight Year Books 1895'. Lever Bros Ltd. The majority of the book is devoted to cricket. Original colour pictorial front wrapper. Signed bookplate of Bob Appleyard to inside front cover. Some creasing and minor loss to covers and spine, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 376:
Lot 376
'The Windsor Magazine' August 1896. Complete with original decorative wrappers. Includes a six page article on the 1896 Australians tour to England. Signed bookplate of Bob Appleyard to inside front cover. Some wear to covers and loss to spine, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £40
Lot 377:
Lot 377
'C.B. Fry's Magazine of Sports and Outdoor Life'. Volume VI, October 1906 to March 1907. George Newnes, London 1907. Includes seven articles on cricket. Bound in green cloth with gilt titles and gilt page edges. Breaking to front internal hinge, some pages loose otherwise in good condition. Sold with 'Cricket' by K.S.R., 1901. 'Everybody's Book of Games (Outdoor)', W.H. Howe, London 1890. 'J.M. Barries' Allahakbarries C.C. 1899', London 1950, original dustwrapper with some tears. 'Catalogue of the Collection at 'The Yorker', Piccadilly' c1930s. All titles with signed bookplates of Bob Appleyard. Qty 5. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £28
Lot 378:
Don Bradman. Coalport china plate commemorating Don Bradman scoring a 'Century of Centuries' . Limited edition of 500 plates with facsimile signature of Bradman to reverse. In original box. VG - cricket
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £60

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