Autographed Cricket Ephemera

Lot 28:
Lot 28 Lot 28
'A Tribute to Bramall Lane 1855-1973. To commemorate 118 Years of County Cricket at Bramall Lane, Sheffield'. Official menu for the Dinner held at City Hall, Sheffield on the 6th August 1973. Signed to rear 'autographs' page by twenty four Yorkshire players and guests. Signatures include Jonny Wardle, E. Robinson, Vic Wilson, David Bairstow, Lowson, Lester, Appleyard, Trueman, Boycott, Hampshire, Bill Bowes, Chris Old, Ken Taylor, Burnett etc. Good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £80
Lot 29:
Lot 29
Yorkshire C.C.C. 1935. Original large menu for the 'Dinner to The Yorkshire County Cricket Team. County Champions 1935', held at the Savoy Hotel, London, 14th September 1935. The dinner given by Sir Charles Sykes and Clifford P. Hare. Four page menu bound in decorative card cover with cream tie, the internal pages detached. Titles and vignette photographic portraits of Sykes and Hare with the Yorkshire team listed below to first page. To centre pages a full page cartoon by Tony Webster facing the menu. The menu page has been signed in ink by thirty three attendees. Yorkshire players' signatures include Brian Sellars (Captain), C. Turner, A. Mitchell, W. Barber, P.A. Gibb, S. Smailes, W.E. Bowes, H. Verity, M. Leyland, A. Wood, L. Hutton, H. Fisher, H. Sutcliffe, T.A. Jacques etc. Also signed by F.R. Brown who captained The Rest v Yorkshire in the Champion County Match, and again by Brown in pencil to the inside front cover. Also signed by Hare and Sykes. Wilfred Barber's copy, his name written in ink to front cover. Sold with a trimmed copy of the front cover, being Charlie Sykes' copy. Wear and ageing to the full menu, the trimmed menu with loss to top left corner, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
Sir Charles Sykes was a politician and wool merchant who advised the War Office on textile and clothing production during the Second World War
Lot 30:
Lot 30
'The Hoover Bicentennial Test Ball 1988'. Official invitation and programme/ menu for the Ball held at the North Sydney Oval on the 27th January 1988. The programme/dinner menu signed to 'Autographs' page by twenty one current and former players and officials including Norman O'Neill, Brian Booth, R. Marsh, R. Simpson, Cowdrey, Willis, Merv Hughes, Boon, Border, Sleep, G. Marsh, S. Waugh etc. Includes a dedication in ink to Ron Waters, cricket collector from Norman O'Neill. Sold with another menu and invitation for the dinner, unsigned. Staining to the signed menu, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £65
Lot 31:
Lot 31
Surrey County Cricket Club 1961. Two copies of a menu for a 'Dinner given by Mr. William Harrison in Honour of Sir Edward Lewis', held at the Junior Carlton Club, 3rd March 1961. One menu nicely signed in black ink by thirteen attendees including Harrison, E. Bedser, A. Bedser, Barrington, Stewart, Gibson, Swetman, Lock, Sandy Tait (Tottenham Hotspur) etc. The two menus were previously joined for framing. Minor staining, otherwise in good condition. Sold with a 'Surrey County Champions 1952-53-54-55-56-57-58' official autograph sheet/card with club emblem to top with title below the Surrey flags with decorative border surround. The sheet signed by sixteen members of the team including May, A. Bedser, E. Bedser, Laker, Lock, McIntyre, Clark, Barrington, Stewart, Gibson, Tindall etc. Framed and glazed, overall 6.5"x10". Minor foxing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 32:
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Yorkshire and Surrey County Cricket Club 1956-1959. Five menus for dinners given by William Harrison. Four menus are for dinners held at the Royal Automobile Club for Willie Watson (Yorkshire) and Jim Laker (Surrey), 18th June 1956, for the Surrey County Cricket Team on winning the County Championship for the fifth consecutive year, 11th September 1956, for the Surrey County Cricket Team on winning the County Championship for the sixth consecutive year, 2nd September 1957, and for the 'Members of the Surrey County Cricket Team', 3rd November 1958. Also a dinner held at The Dorchester for the Yorkshire and Surrey County teams, 14th September 1959. All menus are signed by attendees. Signatures include McIntyre, Stewart, Trueman, Lock, Laker, Fishlock, Stott, Bolus, Carr, Padgett, Loader, Barrington, Surridge, A. Bedser, E. Bedser, Sandham etc. The latter two have duplicate copies, previously joined for framing. The other three are framed with a duplicate copy, overall approx. 20"x8". Heavy water damage to one menu, fading to some autographs, general ageing, overall in fair to good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £45
Lot 33:
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Kent C.C.C. 1905. Original one page menu for the end of season dinner held at the Conservative Club, London, given by G. Marsham, uncle of the Kent Captain, C.H.B. Marsham. The menu with gold and blue borders with printed menu to centre. Signed to verso in pencil by ten attendees. Players' signatures are C.H.B. Marsham (Captain), S.H. Day, E.W. Dillon, F. Marchant, E.C. Mordaunt, S. Christopherson, G.J.V. Weigall, and A.P. Day. Also signed by G. Marsham. G/VG
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: £280
Lot 34:
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Somerset c1960s. Official four page programme for a 'Gala Cricket Match, Maurice Tremlett's Team versus Sir Richard Costain's Team' played at New Malden, Surrey, dated 'June 3rd'. Printed scorecard to centre pages with twenty signatures in ink. Players' signatures include Tremlett, McCool, Stephenson, McMahon, Lomax, Wight, Robertson, Lobb, Titmus, Bennett etc. Also Peter West, Brian Johnston, Ken Palmer etc. Sold with an official scorecard for Bath v R.A. Roberts' XI, played at North Parade, Bath, 3rd May 1964. Eight signatures in ink including Richie Benaud (signed twice), Garry Sobers, Dennis Silk, John Hampshire, Philip Sharpe etc. Minor ageing to both items, pin holes to top edge of scorecard, otherwise in good condition. Qty 2
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £32
Lot 35:
Lot 35
Thomas Henry Clark's Benefit Year 1961. 'Autographs of Test Teams and County Cricketers'. Hardback album produced for his Benefit Year, with gold lettering and decoration to front board, biography and mono photograph to introduction. These Benefit books were originally signed by the teams to the inside pages, each with decorative borders and page to a team, from the year of the Benefit, this particular copy has been added to with signatures from later in the 1960's and the start of the 1970's and have been signed to the front and back of the relevant team page. The signatures consist of the Surrey team (38 signatures), Yorkshire (30), Middlesex (28), Lancashire (32), Derbyshire (23), Essex (26), Sussex (33), Kent (27), Hampshire (26), Leicestershire (15), Nottinghamshire (23), Northamtonshire (17), Glamorgan (13), Gloucestershire (12), Somerset (23), Warwickshire (25), Worcestershire (19), England (11) and South Africa (15). Over 435 signatures neatly signed. Old tape marks to page edges to odd page towards the rear of the book, boards a little soiled otherwise in good condition - cricket
Estimate: £300/400
Hammer price: £320
Lot 36:
Lot 36
Herbert Sutcliffe. Yorkshire & England 1919-1945. A collection of handwritten and typed pages comprising reports and speech notes relating to Sutcliffe's company and the paper industry during his wartime tour to Australia and New Zealand. Items include a three page report written in ink in Sutcliffe's own hand on 'Herbert Sutcliffe Ltd (Yorks & England XI)' official headed paper. Content includes references to the Australians and New Zealanders who joined the war effort in 1940, the shock of the fall of Singapore, the threat of invasion by the Japanese, and the intervention of America. Also includes hand written notes on National Service and an address to the Institute of Export in 1945. G
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £58
Lot 37:
Lot 37
Stanley Christopherson. Kent & England 1883-1890. Two page hand written letter dated 24th December 1919. 'Mr S. Christopherson writes to thank the M.C.C. Staff at Lord's for their Christmas Greetings and for the very appropriate card on which they appear'. The letter laid down to page, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £40
Lot 38:
Lot 38
Arthur Fielder. Kent & England 1900-1914. Single page handwritten letter from Fielder to a Mr Malyon, dated 23rd October 1944. Fielder is replying to a request for his autograph, and also a request for addresses of other former players, 'You may get A.P. day's if you write to Blackheath Cricket Club, W. Hardinge at St Pauls School, W. Ashdown at Rugby School. I very seldom see any of the old Cricketers, so I am unable to give you any of the other addresses'. Nicely signed 'A. Fielder'. Sold with two mono postcards of Fielder by Mockford of Tonbridge etc. G
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £78
Kent won the County Championship in 1909, winning 16 of their matches, losing only two. Arthur Fielder took 110 wickets in the season at an average of 20.87 and a best of 8-64 with eleven five wicket hauls. He achieved the unusual distinction of scoring a century (112no) when coming in at number eleven, for Kent v Worcestershire at Stourbridge in July 1909, adding 235 for the last wicket with Frank Woolley, a record in English county cricket
Lot 39:
Lot 39
England cricketers c1920s/30s. Card signed in pencil by eight England players, signatures are Woolley, Hearne, Hendren, Chapman, Kilner, Bryan, Strudwick and Sandham. Sold with a printed inner insert from a dinner menu c1924/25 and a hotel letterhead 1930 signed by Leslie Compton, Denis Compton and Joe Hulme etc. Some folds and wear. Generally good condition. Qty 3
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £25
Lot 40:
Lot 40
England Test cricketers. Ten signatures on pieces/ cuttings laid to cards. Signatures include Simpson, Larwood, Wright, A. Bedser, Sutcliffe, Hitch, Leyland, Brown, Tattersall, Tyson etc. Also two signatures of modern India Test players. Sold with a collection of twelve modern colour caricature postcards of Nottinghamshire cricketers, each signed by the featured player. Signatures include Fleming, Sidebottom, Hussey, Read, Swann, Shreck etc. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £48
Lot 41:
Lot 41
Australia, New Zealand and India Test cricketers. Sixteen signatures on pieces laid to cards. Eight Australian signatures include Lawry, I. Chappell, M. Waugh, Booth, Boon etc. Four New Zealand signatures include Williamson, Guptill, McCullum etc. Four India signatures include Dravid, Sharma, Gambhir etc. Sold with fourteen colour copy photographs of members of the South African touring party at Trent Bridge, c2000s. Each photograph signed by the featured player. Signatures include Smith, Gibbs, Rudolph, Peterson, Hall, Pollock etc. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £30
Lot 42:
Lot 42
Derek Underwood Kent C.C.C. Benefit 1986. Official poster produced for Underwood's benefit year 1986. Signed by Underwood, six Kent captains, Colin Cowdrey, Mike Denness, Asif Iqbal, Alan Ealham, Chris Tavare and Chris Cowdrey, and over sixty more Kent players including Taylor, Ellison, Luckhurst, Igglesden, Constant, Rowe, Sayer, Knott, Johnson, Dilley, Alderman, Hooper, Wilson, Halfyard etc. Limited edition no. 145/200. 20"x16". Some creasing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £70
Lot 43:
Lot 43
South Africa tour to England 1947. Mono press cutting photograph of the 1947 touring party laid to page. The photograph signed in ink by Bruce Mitchell with four other signatures on pieces laid down of Tony Harris, Athol Rowan and Denis Begbie. Below the photograph are further ten signatures on pieces laid down. Signatures include Dawson, Dyer, Melville, Ovenstone, Tuckett, Plimsoll etc. Sold with an sheet signed by a selection of twelve South Africa players 1950s-1960s. Signatures include van Ryneveld, McGlew, G. Pollock, P. Pollock, Endean, Barlow etc. Also a press cutting photograph of the 1935 touring party signed by Bruce Mitchell, colour photographs of Shaun Pollock (2), Hanse Cronje (2), Kepler Wessels, etc, each signed by the featured player, and two postcards of Trent Bridge, one signed by Mitchell, the other by nine South Africa players. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £33
Lot 44:
Lot 44
George Edward Charles Wood. Cambridge University, Kent & England 1913-1927. Single page handwritten letter in ink to a Mr Milne. Wood is replying to a request for his autograph. Nicely signed by Wood and dated 29th June 1934. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £90
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Lot 45
Godfrey James Bryan. Kent 1920-1933. Single page handwritten letter in ink from Bryan, dated 21st February 1980. Bryan is replying to a request for his autograph and describes how his career with Kent was 'sporadic... as, being in the Army, I could only play when I could get leave and was not required by the Royal Engineers, the Army or Combined Services'. Signed 'Godfrey Bryan'. Sold with a mono real photograph plainback postcard of Bryan by Flemons of Tonbridge. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £65
Lot 46:
Lot 46
Conrad Powell Johnstone. Cambridge University, Kent, Europeans & Madras 1919-1945. Single page handwritten letter in ink, replying to a request for his autograph. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £70
Johnstone spent much of his life in Madras. He was President of Kent in 1966 and a noted golfer
Lot 47:
Lot 47
Thomas Frederick Shepherd. Surrey 1919-1932. Single page handwritten note in ink in Shepherd's own hand. Shepherd lists his significant performances including two double centuries in two successive matches in 1921, centuries in each innings v Leicestershire at The Oval in 1926, a Hat-trick v Gloucestershire in 1926, and his highest score in first class cricket, 277no v Gloucestershire in 1927. Sold with a mono postcard size press photograph of Shepherd, head and shoulders in Surrey cap, dated 1928. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £55
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Lot 48
Frederick Charles Holland. Surrey 1894-1908. Small note handwritten in ink with a good signature of Holland. Sold with an original mono real photograph postcard of Holland, half length in Surrey blazer and cap. Rival Photographic Series no. 1616. VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £42
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Lot 49
Andrew Sandham, Surrey & England 1911-1937. Single page letter handwritten in ink from Sandham to John Arlott, dated 4th November 1962. Sandham is replying to an invitation from Arlott 'to Jack's party on Dec. 17th and will be delighted to see him and all old friends'. Nicely signed 'Andy Sandham'. Sold with a collection of four mono press photographs and one real photograph postcard of Sandham, one photograph signed in ink by Sandham. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £42
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Lot 50
H.D.G. Leveson-Gower. Oxford University, Surrey & England 1893-1920. Excellent ink signature of Leveson-Gower on card also signed by two of his brothers, F.A.G. Leveson-Gower (Oxford University & Hampshire 1894-1900) and E.M. Leveson-Gower. Sold with an original sepia photograph of H.D.G. Leveson-Gower in batting pose. VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £42
Lot 51:
Lot 51
Lord Dalmeny (6th Earl of Rosebery). Middlesex & Surrey 1902-1908. Short single page typed letter on Earl of Rosebery letterhead to Ron Yeomans replying to an invitation to attend a dinner to be given by the Northern Cricket Society for the Indian cricket team, which he is unable to attend. The letter is dated 23rd March 1953. Nicely signed in ink 'Rosebery'. Sold with a sepia postcard size photograph of Lord Dalmeny, full length in cricket attire, by E. Hawkins & Co. G/VG
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 52:
Lot 52
Edward Maurice Dowson. Cambridge University & Surrey 1900-1903. Single page letter handwritten in ink on excellent 'Sussex County Cricket Club' letterhead, dated 24th June 1903. Dowson is accepting an invitation 'to play for Gentlemen [v Players at Lord's] July 6th,7th & 8th'. Nicely signed by Dowson. G/VG
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £75
Lot 53:
Lot 53
Frank Charles Gordon Naumann. Oxford University & Surrey 1912-1921. Single page note handwritten in ink and dated 25th May 1934. Naumann is replying to a request for his autograph, to which his abrupt reply reads 'Dear Sir or Madam, Here it is'. Nicely signed by Naumann. Adhesive damage to verso, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £48
Lot 54:
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Kent C.C.C. Four handwritten pages of Kent players relating to their sporting careers, each written in the player's own hand. Players are Arthur Fielder, H.T.W. Hardinge, S.H. Day and E. Humphreys. Fielder records playing for Kent 1900-1914 and M.C.C. 1904-1919. In addition to Hardinge's cricket career (76 centuries, 263no v Gloucestershire), he also notes playing football for Newcastle United, Sheffield United, Arsenal and England. Day lists his school, university and county appearances, including 'Made century in first County match while still at school against Gloucestershire captained by W.G. Grace'. Also 'Played football (Association) for England against Scotland, Ireland and Wales in 1906'. Humphreys lists his coaching appointments for England, Uppingham School, Jamaica etc. Qty 4. G
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £110
Lot 55:
Lot 55
George Gibbons Hearne. Kent & England 1875-1895. Single page cricket poem handwritten in ink '(Copied by) G.G. Hearne'. Good signature. G
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £80
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Henry Walker. Blackheath Paragon C.C. Three page letter handwritten in ink from Walker to Nicholas Wanostrocht ('Felix'). The letter dated 3rd June 1850. Walker is replying to a request to Blackheath for a match, 'The only reason for not accommodating your friend Tinley with a team from Blackheath is the short notice, as it is exactly the match our club would like to play'. Walker also invites Wanostrocht to attend Blackheath's 'first match on the 17th of this month with the Chislehurst on the Heath. May I expect your company'. Light folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: unsold
Walker was a fine Club cricketer who represented the Gentlemen v Players on two occasions. Wanostrocht played regularly for Blackheath in the 1840s
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Canon John Henry 'Jack' Parsons. Warwickshire & Europeans 1910-1934. Four page letter handwritten in ink from Parsons to John Arlott, dated 11th July 1957. Parsons is particularly critical of the Trent Bridge Test wicket. 'Personally, I feel all this so keenly, for as perhaps you know, having had the privilege of taking part in this wonderful game of cricket, both as a professional & amateur over a considerable number of years. I always felt I have taken so much out of the game that I only hope I have, in some measure, put something back into it. Therefore whenever I feel that anyone is, in any way, lowering the high standard which the game demands I get very angry. The game, surely, was intended as a "contest" between men of guts & integrity, and wickets like the Nottingham wicket eliminate, from the very start, any idea of a "contest"'. Parsons continues to lament the game in general, describing his 'outburst' as '...how much longer will the mob" support such so called Test matches?... I've always felt that cricket was a game invented by Gentlemen, to be played by Gentlemen, whether they be born in a castle or a cottage, it was never intended as a game for "louts"'. Excellent cricket content. Minor adhesive marks to corners, otherwise in good condition. Sold with a mono postcard size press photograph of Parsons, head and shoulders in M.C.C. blazer, and two Christmas cards signed by Parsons. G/VG
Estimate: £60/80
Hammer price: £55
Parsons appears to be discussing the drawn Test match v West Indies played at Trent Bridge, 4th-9th July 1957. England scored 619-6 declared (Richardson 126, Graveney 258, May 104) in their first innings. For West Indies Worrell carried his bat for 191no in their first innings, and Smith scored 168 in their second innings
Lot 58:
Lot 58
William Albert Stanley 'Bert' Oldfield. New South Wales & Australia 1919-1938. Single page typed airmail letter to a Mr Dufton, dated 14th June 1973. Oldfield is writing with regard to signed photographs and a brochure presented to Dufton's sons. Signed in ink 'W.A.S. 'Bert' Oldfield'. G - cricket
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £10
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Robert William 'Bob' Barber. Lancashire, Cambridge University, Warwickshire & England 1954-1969. Hand written two page letter to Mr Sokell, Wombwell Cricket Lovers' Society, dated 15th November 1959. Barber is replying to a request to attend a Society event, but is unable to attend due to lack of transport, and 'am devoting nearly all my time to studying this winter, having an examination to take in some six months'. The letter nicely signed by Barber. Small stain to front page, otherwise in good condition. Sold with a single page handwritten note to Jack Sokell from Jack Bond, agreeing to attend a meeting with Jack Fallows. G
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 60:
Lot 60
J.M. Barrie. Author of Peter Pan and the Founder of the Allahakbarries C.C. Hand written single page letter to 'Mr Shelton' (Secretary of Nottinghamshire C.C.C.), dated 30th May 1932, thanking him for sending a copy of a Yearbook and apologising for his delay. 'Sir Home Gordon [editor of the Nottinghamshire yearbook 1932-1934] ... has made me feel that I was once again back on Trent Bridge ground (in a boat no doubt)'. Barrie sends his best wishes to the Club 'to whose doings I always turn first in the cricketing news'. Complete with the original envelope. A rare cricket related letter from Barrie. VG
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
Barrie formerly worked in Nottingham
Lot 61:
Lot 61
R.L. 'Bob' Arrowsmith, cricket writer. Two page handwritten letter to Jim (Coldham) dated 3rd October 1982 to Jim (Coldham). Arrowsmith is replying to an enquiry regarding a Harrow match played on 30th June 1906 and suggesting Coldham writes to Harrow School or views the Lord's collection. He also gives details of Ronald C. Franklin who played one match for Essex in 1924, and whom he met once on a train wearing a Cryptics C.C. tie, one of the many clubs for whom Arrowsmith played. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
As well as being a writer of cricket books, Arrowsmith was Wisden's principle obituary writer from 1976 to 1988
Lot 62:
Lot 62
Barrauds, photographers, Liverpool. Hand written single page letter to a Miss Macdonald, dated 5th June 1889. Barrauds are replying to a request for a photograph of Allan G. Steel (Lancashire, Cambridge University & England 1877-1893). '... Steel only sat for us in wig and gown. A copy would be available for 2/6'. The letter nicely signed 'Barrauds'. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
Barrauds were well-known suppliers of cabinet card photographs in the late 19th century
Lot 63:
Lot 63
Don Bradman. Single page hand written letter from Bradman on his personal letterhead dated 28th August 1984. The letter to 'James' is in reply to a request for a photograph. Bradman notes that 'your father was born in Lancashire therefore you may be interested to know I am a life member of Lancs C.C. Club'. Minor staining, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £25
Lot 64:
Lot 64
Robert Henderson. Surrey 1883-1896. Two page handwritten letter dated 20th September 1893 to the cricket collector, Charles Pratt Green. Henderson is replying to accept an invitation from Green to 'peruse some of your cricket volumes, and view your collection of hats and pictures'. Nicely signed by Henderson. Adhesive damage to verso, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 65:
Lot 65
Henry Starr Harrison. Surrey 1909-1923. Single page handwritten letter dated 27th May 1934. Harrison is replying to a request for his autograph and refers to the college which the unnamed correspondent had recently left, and to which Harrison appears to have attended. Nicely signed 'H.S. Harrison'. The letter has been laid to a page, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: unsold
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Lot 66
William Eyton Roller. Surrey 1881-1890. Two page handwritten letter dated 18th March 1946, to Jim Coldham, cricket collector. Roller reminisces about his playing days with Surrey, 'I had 8 years of County Cricket... and a very nice time I had of it- we started at nearly the bottom of the list & ended up as Champion County', and how he 'was playing better cricket at the end of my career' which was ended by a knee injury. Nicely signed by Roller
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £80
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Lot 67
Cyril Theodore Anstruther Wilkinson. Surrey 1909-1920. Single page handwritten letter to Jim Coldham, cricket collector, undated. Wilkinson is replying to a request from Coldham for an autograph. Nicely signed 'C.T.A. Wilkinson'. G/VG
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: unsold
Wilkinson captained Surrey in 1914 and 1919-1920. An excellent hockey player, he captained England and won a Gold medal in the 1920 Olympics
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Levi George Wright. Derbyshire 1883-1909. Four page handwritten letter in ink from Wright with original envelope to the collector, Charles Pratt-Green, dated 17th December 1908. The content of the letter is primarily regarding their Freemason activities. Regarding cricket he states, 'The New Year will soon be with us and cricket once again the chief topic. I hope to have another season to make my 25th but I am rather afraid it is now getting too much like hard work and it will be difficult to maintain my place'. Nicely signed 'Levi G. Wright'. G/VG
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: unsold
Wright played a full season for Derbyshire in 1909, his last before retiring from first class cricket
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Edward Maynard Ashcroft. Derbyshire 1897-1906. Two page handwritten letter in ink from Ashcroft to the collector, J.D. Coldham, dated 7th December 1946. Ashcroft reminisces about his playing days 'in what I consider the Golden Age of the Glorious Game, & am proud to have tried my poor skill against such giants of the game as were contemporaries with me, Hirst, Rhodes, Haigh, Hon F.S. Jackson & other great Yorkshiremen such as J.T. Brown & Long John Tunnicliffe. A wonderful team in those days. Surrey with Abel, Hayward, Billy Lockwood & Tom Richardson... It was my delight & pleasure to play both with & against the greatest of all cricketers the G.O.M. [Great Old Man] W.G. Grace. He was at the end of his career but could even then play great cricket'. Ashcroft closes by expressing his disappointment about having to retire from the game, and encourages youngsters following the 'last awful War'. An nice letter with excellent cricket content. Nicely signed 'E. Maynard Ashcroft'. G/VG
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £110
Ashcroft was joint captain of Derbyshire 1904-1905
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Cyril Asplan Beldam. Middlesex 1896. Handwritten four page letter in ink from Beldam to Archie Maclaren, dated 19th December 1937. Cyril Beldam is writing to Maclaren to thank him 'four your kind letter on the passing of my brother George'. He describes his relationship with his brother as 'a delightful companion & I am sure that if it had not been our fate to be mixed up in business together we should have been the best of friends & seen a good deal of each other. As it was it seemed impossible for us to see eye to eye due to our different outlooks & from my commercial angle the importance of making profits from any new ventures'. Beldam closes by regretting he will not be able to fulfil a meeting with Maclaren. Nicely signed 'Cyril Beldam'. VG
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £75
George Beldam was renowned as a pioneer in sport action photography, and published 'Great Batsmen, Their Methods at a Glance' with C.B. Fry in 1905. He died of a heart attack on 23rd November 1937.
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Lot 71
Edward Desmond Russell Eagar. Gloucestershire, Oxford University & Hampshire 1935-1957. Four page handwritten letter in ink on Hampshire C.C.C. letterhead, dated 3rd March 1975. Eagar, writing in his capacity as Secretary of Hampshire C.C.C. and current President of Hambledon C.C. Eagar, thanks Ronald D. Knight in receipt of Knight's 'The Hambledon Cricket Song' and requests further copies 'for friends & a copy for my own library'. Eagar comments on his own collection of cricket books, in particular relating to Hampshire and Hambledon cricket. Good cricket content. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £25
'The Hambledon Cricket Song of The Rev. Reynell Cotton', edited and annotated by Ronald D. Knight and published in 1975, contained a reproduction of the original score with a detailed history of the song and a biography of Cotton
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Lot 72
Surrey C.C.C. H.G. Leveson-Gower. Official Surrey County Cricket Club pass issued to a 'W.R. Chamberlin' to Leveson-Gower's private box for the Test match v West Indies at The Oval. The pass is dated 'August 12, 14, 15 [1933]' issued by Leveson Gower in his capacity as President of Surrey C.C.C. Signed in ink by Leveson-Gower. Horizontal and vertical folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £40
Lot 73:
Signed cricket bat c1958 and cricket books. Full size Gray Nicholls 'Tony Lock Autograph' bat, signed to the face by the M.C.C Touring Team to Australia 1958/59. The signatures faded and illegible. Signed to the verso by twelve Surrey, thirteen Yorkshire, and twelve Northamptonshire players. Surrey signatures include May, A. Bedser, Clark, Barrington (signed twice) etc. Yorkshire signatures include Burnet, Wilson, Illingworth, Bolus, Binks, Cowan etc. Northamptonshire signatures include Subba Row, Andrew, Brookes, Tribe, Manning etc. The signatures faded, the majority legible. Sold with two Wisden Almanack hardbacks for 1948 and 1963, and three softbacks for 1939, 1940 and 1958. Heavy wear and ageing to all five editions. Also three other hardback cricket books, 'Spice of Life', Henry Longhurst, 'Sport of a Cricket Person', E.W. Swanton, and 'Great Cricket Matches', Handasyde Buchanan. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £50
Lot 74:
Worcestershire C.C.C. 1930s-2000s. Two small albums containing signed colour photographs, cards, cuttings etc. Includes an album page signed in ink by five Worcestershire players, 1935, including Warne, Horton, Griffiths, Pullen etc. Also a signature of Denis Evers (Worcestershire 1936-1938) on piece laid to card. Other signatures include Roly Jenkins, Peter Robinson, Bob Carter, Rodney Cass, Graeme Hick, Matt Mason, George Rhodes, Gareth Batty, Simon Jones, Tim Curtis, John Inchmore, Phil Neale, Paul Pridgeon, Steve Rhodes etc. G/VG
Estimate: £20/30
Hammer price: £20
Lot 75:
Lot 75
J.B.G. 'Bryn' Thomas. Rugby and cricket writer. Maroon autograph album containing a comprehensive collection of county and international cricket signatures, also rugby and football from the 1950s. Formerly the property of J.G.B. Thomas and his son, Wayne Thomas. Touring team autographs include Pakistan 1954, South Africa 1955, New Zealand 1958, India 1959, South Africa 1960. Counties represented include Glamorgan, Hampshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Somerset, Sussex, Warwickshire, Worcestershire etc. Individual signatures include Peter May, Richie Benaud, Ian Johnson, Fred Trueman etc. Rugby content includes Pontypool 1957/58, Welsh Seven-a-side Championships etc. The album also includes three official autograph sheets laid down for the Australian Rugby Union Tour to British Isles 1957/58, Derbyshire C.C.C. and Northamptonshire C.C.C. Also includes two pages individually signed by J.B.G. Thomas. The majority of signatures in ink signed to pages, some on pieces laid down. Some pages becoming disbound. G
Estimate: £140/180
Hammer price: £300
Born in Pontypridd in 1917, Bryn Thomas was chief rugby writer for the Western Mail from 1946, was appointed the Sports Editor in 1965, becoming as well known as many of the rugby players of the period, and highly influential with administrators
Lot 76:
Lot 76
William Harry Russell 'Bill' Andrews. Somerset 1930-1947. Four page hand written letter in ink to 'Edward', dated 7th February 1981. Andrews is replying to a request regarding information about Arthur Wellard (Somerset & England 1927-1950) whose funeral was to be held on 9th February, saying he is unable to write 'a few notes re Arthur & myself' due to his poor health, but refers him to his book published five years previously, 'The Hand that Bowled Bradman'. Referring to Wellard's funeral Andrews writes, 'Good job we went as we were the only Somerset representatives there. It was men only and about 15 attendees - the only other County rep was from Kent, and I think he was their paid organiser for raising funs. So that's that'. Andrews describes his friendship with Wellard as being 'like brothers... I cannot remember a single row even if I had to bowl into the wind with the new ball. His fine bowling (he was a couple of yards faster than me) often brought me wickets at the other end. They would have a go at me (the batsmen). Like at the Oval in 1935... against Surrey I got 8 for 12 (including ";hat trick") and Arthur took something like 2 for 22 but he bowled better than I did. Surrey were all out 35'. Andrews describes how, due to save costs, Somerset required either Andrews or Wellard 'to be sacked', Andrews leaving to play as a professional in Scotland for two years, after which, having returned to Somerset, 'Arthur did the double 3 times & played for England & I did the double twice'. An excellent recollection of two famous Somerset players. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £28
Lot 77:
Lot 77
Somerset C.C.C. 1930s onwards. Two albums containing a collection of candid and copy photographs, postcards, scorecard, some signed, signatures on pieces etc. Items include a candid photograph of Lomax and Lobb walking off the field at Bath for the match Somerset v Yorkshire 1958 having put on 84 for the last wicket, Lomax 94no and Lobb 42, his highest score. Signed to the verso in ink by both players. Candid photograph of Ken Palmer with one other, signed to verso by Palmer. A mono photograph of the Somerset Colts 1954 including Roy Virgin and Mervyn Kitchen. Official scorecard for Somerset v Middlesex, Bath, 25th-28th June 1938 etc. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £60
Lot 78:
Lot 78
Somerset C.C.C. photographs, letter, testimonial brochures etc 1950s onwards. Collection includes candid photographs of Keith Miller for Australia v Somerset, Harold Gimblett, Arthur Wellard. Mono press photograph of Walker and Pickles walking out to bat for Somerset v Yorkshire at Bath 1958. Autograph sheet on Somerset C.C.C. letterhead, c 1980, signed in ink by thirteen Somerset players. Signatures include Brian Rose, Joel Garner, Colin Dredge, Peter Denning, Peter Roebuck, Viv Marks, Trevor Gard, Hallam Moseley etc. Signed colour photographs of Vic Marks, Andrew Caddick, Chris Tavare. Letter from Bryan Lobb dated 1973 replying to a request for his autograph. Signed testimonial brochure for Graham Burgess 1977, Peter Roebuck 1990 etc. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £55
Lot 79:
Lot 79
Nottinghamshire C.C.C. 1980s. Selection of signed press and copy colour photographs, biography and testimonial brochures. Signed photographs include Clive Rice, Derek Randall, Richard Hadlee, Basher Hassan, Tim Robinson etc. The majority 3.5"x5". Testimonial brochures include Clive Rice, 1985, with twenty signatures of County players in ink to autograph page. Signatures include Kim Barnett, Eddie Hemmings, Bill Athey, Damian D'Oliveira, Geoff Miller, Mike Hendrick etc. Also Richard Hadlee testimonial brochure signed to the front cover by Hadlee. 'The Sun has got his hat on', Derek Randall, London 1984, with ten signatures to front endpaper, including Rice, Hadlee, French, Saxelby, Robinson etc. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £60
Lot 80:
Lot 80
New Zealand 1940s-1990s. Selection of tour brochures, autograph sheet, signed press and copy colour photographs, magazines etc. Tour brochures are for 1949 and 1969. Autograph sheet for the 1990 tour to England fully signed by the sixteen members of the touring party including Wright, M. Crowe, J. Crowe, Bracewell, Greatbatch, Hadlee, Morrison etc. Signed colour photographs from 1994 include Walter Hadlee in later years, Ken Rutherford, Mark Greatbatch, Stephen Fleming, Richard Hadlee, Martin Crowe etc. The majority 6"x8". G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £25
Lot 81:
Lot 81
Blue folder comprising a selection of signed photographs, Christmas cards, postcards, cards, dinner menu etc. Items include a magazine cutting of a photograph of Bradman being dismissed in the second Test, 1948. Signed by Bradman, A. Bedser, Wright, Evans and Edrich. Also an official mono printed photograph of the 1985 Kent team, signed by eight players including Chris Cowdrey, Underwood, Tavare, Knott, Ellison, Dilley, Luckhurst etc. A signed Christmas card from Imran Khan, also two from the Chairman, Committee, Players & Staff, of Lancashire C.C.C. both signed by Jack Bond (Captain) and four others. Two postcards from Bob Simpson to the collector, Tony Baer, both signed 'Bob'. Eight cards signed by former England Test captains including George Mann, Ken Cranston, Peter May, Colin Cowdrey, etc. G
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £65

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