Autographed Cricket Ephemera

Lot 46:
Lot 46
Australian tour of England 1930. Rare official folding tour itinerary for the Australian tour of England 1930. The front cover with decoration in gold and green with Australian emblem. 'Australian Board of Control for International Cricket' and '17th Australian XI. English Tour 1930' below emblem. To inside pages details of the Australian team and list of matches to be played on the tour. Nicely signed to back cover in ink by sixteen members of the touring party including the Manager Kelly and Treasurer Howard. Signatures include Woodfull, Bradman, Grimmett, Ponsford, Kippax, Jackson, McCabe, Oldfield, Fairfax, Wall etc. Printed by the Artcraft Press, Richmond, Victoria. Odd very minor faults otherwise in good/very good condition. Sold with a plain back real photograph postcard of Edward Lambert a'Beckett, number 14 in the series, the only player on the tour not to have signed the itinerary. The postcards produced by B.D.V. cigarettes of Godfrey Phillips of London, as part of their advertising campaign for the 1930 Australian tourists
Estimate: £300/400
Hammer price: unsold
The Australian tour of 1930 was Bradman's first tour of England
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Australian tour of England 1956. Official Australian Board of Control programme and itinerary for the tour to England. Decorative cover in green and gold with Australian emblem. To inside pages are the programme of matches to be played on the tour and the back cover is an autograph card with names of the touring Australians listed. This is nicely signed by all members of the touring party in ink. Seventeen signatures including Johnson, Miller, Benaud, Davidson, Harvey, Lindwall, McDonald, Craig, Maddocks, Rutherford etc. Old tape vertical strip to the inside of the itinerary otherwise in good/very good condition
Estimate: £120/160
Hammer price: £100
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Lot 48
Australia tour of England 1961. Official Australian Board of Control programme and itinerary for the tour to England. Decorative cover in green and gold with Australian emblem. To inside pages are the programme of matches to be played on the tour and the back cover is an autograph card with names of the touring Australians listed. Nicely signed by all seventeen members of the touring party in ink. Signatures include Benaud, Harvey, Booth, Davidson, Grout, McDonald, Simpson, Misson etc. Good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
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Leslie Ethelbert George Ames. Kent & England 1926-1951. M.C.C. tour of Australia 1928-29. Rare official folding tour itinerary for the M.C.C. tour of Australia 1928-29. The front cover with bold decoration in M.C.C. colours. To inside pages, itinerary, list of players, fixtures, travelling schedule, postal dates etc. Very nicely signed to the front cover in ink by all eighteen members of the touring party including the Manager F.C. Toone. Signatures include Chapman (Cpt), Jardine, Tyldesley, Staples, Freeman, White, Hammond, Sutcliffe, Larwood, Tate, Ames, Mead, Hobb, Leyland etc. This was Les Ames's copy and has his name in ink to first internal page. Some light foxing to covers, loss of staples otherwise in good/very good condition. A rare autographed item
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: £380
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Signed cricket dinner menus 1984-2010. Nine official menus, each signed by attendees. Menus include England v West Indies, Old Trafford Centenary Test, 1984, four copies each signed by Pat Pocock and Nick Cook. Wombwell Cricket Lovers' Society 1991 signed by Ian Greig. Merseyside Cricket Society 20th Annual Dinner 2005 signed by Derek Underwood, and 25th Annual Dinner 2010 signed by Dennis Amiss. Other signatures include Robert Croft, Ronnie Irani etc. Sold with a selection of mainly modern postcards and trade cards, some signed including Ian Botham, Alec Stewart, Darren Gough, Ijaz Hussain, Farokh Engineer (Pakistan), Tim Ambrose etc, and a signed mono candid photograph of Alim Ud Din (Pakistan). Also twenty four modern signatures on white cards, and nineteen official player portraits of Leicestershire players, 1990s, a file of facsimile autograph sheets etc. G/VG
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £40
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Australian tour of England 1934. Original London and North Eastern Railway menu for the 6th September 1934. The menu with decorative front cover featuring 'The Steen Castle, Antwerp. Harwich for the Continent' nicely signed in ink by fifteen members of the touring party including the Treasurer W.C. Bull and baggage master George Duckworth. Signatures include Woodfull, Bradman, Grimmett, Ponsford, McCabe, Oldfield, Fairfax, Barnett, Fleetwood-Smith, Ebeling etc. The signatures were obtained by the Dining car conductor on behalf of the vendors father (whose father was the York Area Manager) who was eating in the dining car at the same time as the Australian team. He left the train at York and the signed menu was posted to the vendors father by the conductor sometime later. A letter to this effect accompanies the menu. Minor soiling and wear otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £190
The Australians finished playing a match at the Oval on the 6th September 1934 and were travelling north to Scarborough where they were playing Leveson-Gower's XI on the 8th-11th September 1934
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West Indies tour of England 1939. Official souvenir brochure for the West Indies tour of England. Compiled by A.W. Simpson. Pictorial covers. The brochure signed in ink to the inside pen pictures by all sixteen members of the touring party. Signatures include Grant (Cpt), Headley, Cameron, Martindale, Constantine, Bayley, Weekes, Clarke, Johnson, V. & J. Stollmeyer, Gomez, Hylton etc. The brochure a little worn and age toned to wrappers, centre pages detached from staples otherwise in good condition. A fairly common brochure, but not often seen fully signed by the players. Rare
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £600
Leslie George Hylton, a member of the touring party, was hung for the murder of his wife in 1955
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South Africa 1947. Official souvenir brochure for the South African tour of England in 1947. Compiled by A.W. Simpson. Decorative covers. Nicely signed by all seventeen members of the touring party to their pen pictures. Signatures nicely signed in ink are Melville (captain), Norse, Mitchell, Viljoen, Rowan, Lindsay, Tuckett, Begbie, Dyer, Fullerton, Plimsoll, Payn, Ovenstone, Mann, Dawson, Harris and Smith. Good/very good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £55
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Australia 1948. Official 'P&O R.M.S. Strathaird 22,500 tons' souvenir brochure for the Australian tour of England 1948. Printed in Sydney. Pictorial covers. Fully signed in ink to pen pictures by all eighteen members of the Australian touring team including the Manager Keith Johnson. Signatures nicely signed include Bradman, Hassett, Miller, Harvey, Johnson, Lindwall, Barnes, Loxton, Morris, Ring, Toshack, Tallon etc. Name of ownership and address to top corner of front cover, minor wear to covers otherwise in good/very good condition. Rare in this signed form
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: £600
The original recipient of the booklet was a student at Canterbury Cathedral School was one of several boys asked to help at the ground prior to the tour match against Kent and were each given a booklet of autographs as a thank you. The letter accompanies the brochure
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'Cricketers from Pakistan'. Official Playfair tour brochure for the Pakistan tour of England 1954. Edited by Gordon Ross. Signed in ink to pen pictures by fifteen members of the touring party including Kardar, Mahmood, Imtiaz, Hanif Mohammad, Alim-Ud-Din, Ghazali, Wazir Mohammad, Waqar Hassan, Shakoor Ahmed, Khalid Wazir etc. Small tear to front cover, some general wear and age toning to covers, light vertical fold otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £90
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M.C.C. tour of Australia 1954/55. Orient Line R.M.S. Orsova folding 'Luncheon Menu' signed to menu page by seventeen members of the touring party including Hutton, Wardle, Graveney, Loader, Statham, May, Tyson, Edrich, Evans, Cowdrey, Simpson, Wilson etc. The menu, with colour cover featuring the ship which took the M.C.C. team to Australia, is dated 2nd October 1954. Small minor tear to bottom corner of the front cover otherwise in good/very good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £130
The informal luncheon was given on board by the Commodore and Officers to the cricket correspondents on their Australian tour 1954-1955
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M.C.C. tour of Australia 1958/59. Official M.C.C. Christmas card from the M.C.C. tour of Australia 1958/59. With photograph of the team and tour title to cover with ribbon in M.C.C. colours. To inside a picture of the English cricket correspondents with the team and the wording- 'With all Good Wishes for Christmas and the New Year'. Signed Crawford (White, News Chronicle). Signed to the front cover image of the touring party by all twenty players and official. Signatures include May, Cowdrey, Statham, Loader, Trueman, Evans, Laker, Bailey, Lock, Graveney, Tyson etc. VG
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £240
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Michael Colin Cowdrey. Kent, Oxford University and England 1950-1976. M.C.C. tour of South Africa 1956/57. Official M.C.C. Christmas card with decorative covers and printed picture of the team to inside pages. Signed ' Love to the Family, Penny and Colin' (Cowdrey) to inside. Plus signature of Cowdrey on paper piece. VG
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £22
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Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. Arthur Mailey, New South Wales & Australia 1912-1930. Original printed menu for the Grill Room at the Queen's Hotel, Leeds, dated 10th July 1930, the eve of the 3rd Test between England and Australia commencing at Headingley the following morning. The back cover of the menu has a head and shoulders caricature of cartoonist Tom Webster smoking a large cigar and the head of Percy Fender with bristling moustache above. The caricatures are not signed by Arthur Mailey but almost certainly his work. Good/very good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: unsold
Presumably Mailey, Fender and Webster as journalists were staying at the Queen's Hotel and these caricatures were drawn over Dinner Tom Webster was a British cartoonist and caricaturist who specialised in sporting cartoons. He started out at the Sports Argus in Birmingham, then later the Evening News, before joining the Daily Mail in 1919. He specialised in cartoons of horseracing, cricket and golf, and stayed at the Mail for over twenty years. He left the Daily Mail in 1940, but continued to draw for other newspapers, and his own range of annuals, until 1960. He died in 1962, aged 76
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Australia v England. 'Centenary Test Match' 1877-1977. Official three page folding menu for the Centenary Test Dinner given by the Melbourne Cricket Club on the 16th March 1977. The menu neatly signed to three outer covers by one hundred and thirty five Australian and England players and guests who attended the Dinner. Over sixty Australian players and officials and over fifty England players and officials. Signatures include Bradman, Hassett, O'Reilly, McCormick, Langley, Lindwall, Darling, Davidson, Grimmett, K. Miller, O'Neill,Ebeling, Ponsford, McDonald, I.Johnson, Chipperfield, W.A. Brown, N. Harvey, Lawry, Stackpole, O'Brien, Craig, Loxton, Hawke, Massie, Simpson, Davidson, Ring etc for Australia and Voce, Larwood, Allen, Paynter, Hardstaff, Graveney, Washbrook, Hutton, Wyatt, Tyson, May, Fishlock, Cowdrey, Lock, Laker, Wardle, Bowes, Barrington, May, F. Brown, Dexter, Parfitt, Statham etc for England. Sold with a full printed listing identifying the players signatures. Minor fading to odd signature otherwise in good condition. Unusual to see so many signatures on one menu. A rare item
Estimate: £300/400
Hammer price: £500
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Wombwell Cricket Lovers' Society. Official folding menu for the 11th Annual Dinner held 18th October 1963. The menu nicely signed in ink to the centre toast list page by seven attendees including Dickie Bird, Learie Constantine, Trevor Bailey, Jim Parks, Don Mosey etc. G/VG
Estimate: £20/30
Hammer price: £38
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The Triangular Series. Australia v South Africa 1912. Official menu for the 'Dinner to the Colonial Cricketers on the occasion of the Test Match... at Old Trafford' held at Queen's Hotel, Manchester, 28th May 1912. The folding menu with decorative colour emblem and printed titles to front, menu and toast list to the centre pages. Signed to the centre and rear pages in pencil (one in ink) by over sixty attendees. Signatures include twelve of the Australians, Gregory, Bardsley, Emery, Jennings, Carkeek, Mayne, Matthews, McLaren, Minnett, Whitty, Macartney (signed in ink), Hazlitt and the manager, Crouch. Also fourteen signatures of the South African touring party including Mitchell, Tancred, White, Faulkner, Stricker, Campbell, Taylor, Cox, Hartigan, Snooke, Pegler, Carter, Ward, Beaumont and the manager, Allsop. Other signatures, the majority relating to Lancashire C.C.C., include A.C. Maclaren (Lancashire & England 1840-1914), O.P. Lancashire (the only player to appear for the county of his surname), R. Walker (Lancashire 1874-1875, only two matches), E. Roper (Lancashire & Yorkshire 1876-1886), C.H. Benton (Lancashire 1892-1901), T.A. Higson (Derbyshire & Lancashire 1899-1923), F.H. Mellor (Kent 1877-1888) etc. Ageing and staining, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £1500/2500
Hammer price: unsold
The Triangular Tournament of 1912 comprised nine Test matches held in England. Australia were weakened due to player disputes, the English summer was one of the wettest on record, the matches between Australia and South Africa generated little public interest and the venture was never repeated. England won the tournament with four wins, two draws and no losses
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Lot 62
Yorkshire C.C.C. 1930. Official menu for the dinner given to the Yorkshire County Eleven at The Savage Club, London, 14th June 1930. The printed menu with dishes named after the players, 'Creme Robinson', 'Holmes Sauce', 'Rhodes Surrey Fowl', 'Barber's Bacon', 'Peach Leyland' and 'Cafe Macaulay'. Surrounding the menu are printed caricatures, by the artist Starr Wood, of named Yorkshire players including Sutcliffe who is depicted at the wicket with a ball and chain (Sutcliffe was playing for England v Australia at Trent Bridge). The menu is signed in ink, by twelve attendees. Players' signatures are Barber, Leyland Greenwood, Wood, Verity, Ringrose, Dennis, Mitchell and Robinson. Some wear to corners and age toning otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £45
Yorkshire were playing Middlesex at Lord's, 14th- 17th June 1930
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John Berry 'Jack' Hobbs. Surrey and England 1905-1934. 'Farewell Dinner to J.B. Hobbs. To commemorate his retirement from County Cricket', The Dorchester Hotel, London, 17th July 1935. Arranged by 'The Star' newspaper. Printed by H. Clarke & Co., London. Large official menu, with original decorative covers and brown cord tie, in original envelope with printed title 'Souvenir menu incorporating table plan' to front. This was John Arlott's copy and sold to A.E. Winder in 1979. Contents include two mono photographs laid down, one of Hobbs, head and shoulders wearing England cap, with dedication 'To my old friend John Arlott' and signed 'Jack Hobbs'. The other photograph is of the Hobbs Gates at The Oval. The two page tribute by Neville Cardus is signed with dedication 'To my old and dear Friend John Arlott from Neville Cardus'. The remaining pages include menu, toast list, after dinner entertainments, table plan and guest list. The menu measures 8.5"x11.5". The menu and envelope are contained within a modern yellow case, with a copy of the decorative menu cover laid down and title to spine. Very good condition
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: £260
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'Dinner to the New South Wales Members of the 1934 Australian Team'. Official menu for the dinner given by the President and members of the New South Wales Cricket Association, Usher's Hotel, Sydney, 1st March 1934 prior to the Australia tour to England. The menu with green cord tie and decorative front cover of three kookaburras perched on a branch. Signed in ink to the front cover by Don Bradman and Bill Brown in later years. VG
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: unsold
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South Africa tour to England 1947. Large scrapbook in blue cloth comprising press cuttings, and cutting images relating to the South Africa tour. Includes seventeen signatures in ink of the South African touring party. Signatures are Nourse, Lindsay (two signatures of each), Viljoen, Rowan, Mann, Plimsoll, Dyer, Begbie, Tuckett, Fullerton, Ovenstone, Dawson, Harris, Payn and Smith. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £30
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Yorkshire 1934-1952. Three signed Yorkshire items including an official menu for the Sugg Thursday Cricket League 10th Annual Dinner, held at Fargate, Sheffield, 25th October 1934. Twelve signatures to front and back in pencil and ink including Ken Farnes. Official folding scorecard for Frank Smailes Benefit Match, Yorkshire v Wakefield XI, Wakefield, 14th June 1948. Eight signatures in pencil to back page including Sellers, Wardle, Watson, Robinson, Coxon, Wilson etc. Signatures faded. Official menu for the Huddersfield and District Cricket League Diamond Jubilee Dinner, Huddersfield, 18th January 1952. Fourteen signatures in ink to the front cover including Hutton, Wardle, Yardley, Leyland, Lee, Hirst, Rhodes etc. Some wear, overall in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £70
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Australia tour to England 1948. Official folding menu for the 'Complimentary Smoke Social tendered W.A. Johnston and D.J. Ring on the Eve of their Departure for England with D.G. Bradman's 1948 Australian Team', held at Richmond Town Hall (Melbourne), 18th February 1948. Fully signed in black ink to the centre pages by all seventeen members of the Australia touring party. Signatures include Bradman (Captain), Barnes, Toshack, Tallon, Brown, Johnston, Loxton, Ring, Harvey etc. Includes a further fifteen signatures of attendees to verso. Some wear and ageing, generally good condition
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: £400
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Signed menus. Official menu for the 'Summer Ball' held in aid of the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, Lord's, 16th July 1998. Signed to the first page by seven players who played in the M.C.C. v Rest of the World match at Lord's on the same day. Signatures are Azharuddin, Chanderpaul, Ganguly, Bishop, Cairns, Kumble and Aamir Sohail. Sold with an official menu for 'An Evening of Spin. A Tribute to Jim Laker' held at The Savoy, 18th September 2006. Signed to the front cover by eleven attendees including Derek Underwood, Tom Graveney, Neil Harvey, Doug Insole, Bob Appleyard, Raman Subba Row, Alan Oakman etc. Qty 2. VG
Estimate: £20/30
Hammer price: £35
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England v Australia, Centenary Test 1980. Official 'Cornhill Insurance' souvenir brochure for the match played at Lord's, 28th August- 2nd September 1980. Signed to the inside front and back covers by over forty former England and Australia players including Alf Gover, Doug Walters, Colin Cowdrey, Keith Miller, Graeme Hole, John Inverarity, Peter May, Bill Bowes, Bill Johnston, Gary Gilmour, Graham McKenzie, Bob Massie, David Colley, Raman Subba Row, Basil D'Oliveira, David Sheppard, Roy Swetman, John Hampshire etc. Covers party detached, some wear, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £20
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Lot 70
Raymond Illingworth. Yorkshire, Leicestershire & England 1951-1983. Large green file comprising a large and fascinating selection of correspondence to Illingworth. Letters include messages of congratulation on his appointment as England Captain in 1969 against West Indies, and a significant number of letters and telegrams congratulating Illingworth and the England team on regaining the Ashes in the 1970/71 series in Australia. Correspondence includes letters from England fans at home and in Australia and Australians giving their unanimous support, with comments on the behaviour of unruly spectators, demonstrations against the England team, a 'hate campaign' against John Snow who was 'terrific', having 'the 13 to contend with, you always have to play the 2 umpires as well', injuries to Geoff Boycott and John Snow, the spirit and togetherness of the England touring party despite 'unfair criticism from both English and Australian [press] sources', with a number of correspondents apologising for the conduct of some Australian cricket followers, and blaming inexperienced umpires and bad sportsmanship. Correspondents include Alex Gray, President of Northamptonshire C.C.C. and Mike Turner, Leicestershire. C.C.C. G
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £150
The 1970/71 Ashes series was notable for controversy, in part caused by John Snow being warned for the use of the short ball and Illingworth remonstrating with the umpire, 'He's bowled one bouncer'. In the Sydney Test, Australian batsman, Terry Jenner, was struck by a rising ball and had to leave the field, following which beer cans were thrown on to the pitch at Snow. Illingworth's response was to lead the England team off the field. England won the seven match series 2-0, with four matches drawn, and the third Test at Melbourne washed out without a ball bowled
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Len Hutton. Yorkshire & England 1934-1955. Large black file comprising a good selection of original press photographs, cuttings, letters etc relating to Huttons cricket career. Eight items signed by Hutton. Press photographs include Hutton running off the field at the Oval after clinching victory in the fifth and final Ashes Test of the 1938 series, and a photograph of the scoreboard showing Hutton's record score of 364 achieved in the same match. Others depict Hutton being applauded off the field by the Surrey players at The Oval in 1951 having completed his one hundredth first class century, another being congratulated at the wicket, also Yorkshire team mates congratulating him in the changing room. Also Hutton on board ship with the tour Manager, Geoffrey Howarth and others for England's tour to Australia 1954/55, another with Bob Appleyard and Vic Wilson at St. Pancras station, with Australian Captains, Ian Johnson and Don Bradman, at a dinner in Melbourne, December 1954, and a good official photograph of the 1948 Yorkshire team. Includes a typed letter dated 11th November 1953 to Hutton from Charles Palmer, player-manager of the 1953/54 M.C.C. touring party to West Indies, in which Palmer discusses travel arrangements. Attached is the handwritten reply from Hutton thanking Palmer for the useful 'information regarding Bermuda'. The letter is signed 'Len'. Another handwritten letter from Hutton is dated 5th April 1984 in which he remembers his most memorable innings, against Australia in 1953, making 143 in the first innings. Press masking to some photographs. Overall in good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £280
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Yorkshire C.C.C. 1930s-1980s. Large black file comprising press and candid photographs, cuttings etc. covering Yorkshire cricket for the period. Players featured include Hutton, Sharpe, Binks, Padgett, Bairstow, Booth, Firth, Watson, Appleyard, Stott, Trueman, Cowan, Waring etc. Also two views of Scarborough Festival matches in 1953 featuring large crowds in attendance. Some photographs signed by the featured players including Binks, Burnet, Bolus and Verity (on piece laid down). Includes a two page handwritten letter from Don Brennan writing about his memories playing for Yorkshire and England. G
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £55
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Yorkshire C.C.C. 1930s-1990s. Blue file comprising an assortment of official team sheets, greetings cards, press cuttings, autographs, album pages, team and player press photographs, commemorative covers etc with good Yorkshire interest. Includes an official programme for Lincolnshire v Yorkshire, John Hampshire Benefit match, Scunthorpe, 18th April 1976, a limited edition commemorative cover to welcome Sachin Tendulkar in 1992 (Yorkshire's first overseas player) signed by Tendulkar and Moxon etc. Other signatures include Phil Sharpe, Brian Close, Ken Taylor, Geoff Boycott etc. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £90
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Norman Walter Dransfield Yardley. Cambridge University, Yorkshire & England 1935-1955. Blue folder comprising a good collection of ephemera relating to Yardley's cricket career and after, many items signed by Yardley and others. Contents include a mono cutting image of Yardley and Bradman tossing for innings in the 1948 Ashes series, signed by both captains, numerous other photographs and cuttings signed by Yardley including team photographs at Scarborough, the teams for Middlesex v Yorkshire 'Challenge Match', The Oval 1937, team postcards, press photographs of Yardley in batting action. Signed letters from Yardley dated 26th June 1956 declining an invitation to play in a match in Penrith, also letters to Les Gutteridge 1959, J.D. Coldham 1978 etc. Official programme for 'Mr. N.W.D. Yardley's XI v Doncaster & District XI', Doncaster, 25th April 1953 (lacking centre pages) etc. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £280
Yardley was captain of Yorkshire 1948-1955 and also led England in fourteen Test matches 1946-1950
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Kenneth Taylor. Yorkshire & England 1953-1968. Blue file comprising a good selection of ephemera relating to Taylor's cricket career and later as a professional artist. Contents comprise over eighty postcard size colour prints of cards reproduced from originals artworks by Taylor of cricketers, all signed by the artist with accompanying letters to the collector, John White, and lists of the drawings in Taylor's own hand. White arranged to have approx. fifty of the cards signed by the featured player, which are included in this collection. Players' signatures include Harold Rhodes, Bill Alley, Fred Rumsey, Mike Proctor, Frank Tyson, Ian Botham, Brian Statham, Colin Ingleby-MacKenzie, Geoff Boycott, Vic Wilson, John Hampshire, Brian Close, Dickie Bird, Fred Trueman etc. Also includes a selection of letters, photograph cuttings, and other ephemera signed by Taylor. VG
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £380
Taylor played in three Tests for England 1959-1964. He was also a professional footballer. As an artist he studied at Huddersfield Art School and then the Slade School of Fine Art in London from 1956
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Yorkshire C.C.C. players 'A-M' 1890s onwards. Small green file comprising a good selection of autographed ephemera including signatures on pieces, original press and candid photographs, letters, postcards, commemorative cover, cuttings etc. Includes handwritten and signed letters dated August and September 1953 from Jim Kilburn, sports correspondent of the Yorkshire Post, a signed letter from Ron Aspinall, Earlier signatures include George Hirst, Ted Lester (in later years), Maurice Leyland, Francis McHugh, Joe Lister, Bob Appleyard, Bill Bowes, also Brian Close, Ray Illingworth, Dickie Bird, Michael Cowan, John Hampshire, Geoff Boycott, Richard Hutton etc. G
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £150
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Yorkshire C.C.C. players 'N-Z' 1930s onwards. Small green file comprising a good selection of autographed ephemera including original press and candid photographs, letters, postcards, collectors' cards, cuttings etc. Includes a typed letter dated 22nd June 1959 from John Arlott to 'Mr Nicholson', commenting on Ken Taylor's selection for England doing him 'more harm than good', the 'very high standards' of Brian Close, and Illingworth's figures which 'do not seem to do him justice'. Signed by Arlott. Signatures include Hedley Verity, Johnny Wardle, Vic Wilson, Doug Padgett, Tony Nicholson, Willie Watson, Gerald Smithson, Phil Sharpe, Bill Sutcliffe, Bryan Stott, Fred Trueman, Jack van Geloven, Chris Old, Steve Oldham etc. G
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £80
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Autographed ephemera. Large blue file comprising a good selection of , mainly modern, some earlier, official team photographs, letters, cuttings, pages, pieces, postcards, trade cards etc, the majority signed by the featured player. Approx. one hundred and forty signatures in total. Contents include an official Christmas card for the England tour to India and Sri Lanka 1981/82, signed 'Graham [Dilley]'. A single page handwritten letter dated 30th October 1965 to 'Peter' from the cricket writer, A.A. Thomson, discussing arrangements for a function and a Wombwell luncheon. Signed 'AA'. Other signatures include Brian Rose, Richie Benaud, Bob Simpson, Colin Cowdrey, Harold Larwood, Denis Compton, Don Bradman, Godfrey Evans, Clive Lloyd, John Warr, Phil Neale, Geoff Arnold, Chris Waller, Roy McLean etc. Some signed in later years. Includes fourteen official player postcards of the 1993 Middlesex team, each signed by the featured player. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £90
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Lord Hawke. Cambridge University, Yorkshire & England 1882-1911. Single page handwritten letter dated 19th August 1909 from Hawke to 'Miss Mannock[?]'. Hawke writes to thank her 'for your good wishes'. Nicely signed, 'Hawke'. G/VG
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £40
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Lord Hawke. Cambridge University, Yorkshire & England 1882-1911. Single page duplicated letter on Yorkshire C.C.C. letterhead with blind embossed rose emblem. The letter, dated 28th July 1916, was sent out to members relating to subscriptions. 'I am sorry you cannot see your way to subscribe this season. If you only paid part subscription I should be pleased. In any event, will you please accept the Souvenir Year Book as a reminder of the great part cricket has played in the War, and of your past association with the game'. Signed in ink 'Hawke' in his capacity as Club President with handwritten date. Horizontal fold, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £50
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Lord Hawke. Cambridge University, Yorkshire & England 1882-1911. Four page handwritten letter on 'Glasclune, North Berwick' letterhead to 'My dear Ben', date stamped 31st July 1923, the date received by M.C.C. Hawke writes enquiring about the eligibility of a cricketer, 'Sorry to worry you but I want to know on what evidence M.C.C. confirmed Fox's qualification for Worcester - was it that he had lived at or near Worcester since 1921! and had some receipts for rent paid for by Fox from Sept [19]21! Deerhurst and Co are not straight and I won't let the matter drop'. Signed 'H'. Good cricket content. Ex Irving Rosenwater collection. File holes to left edge, light horizontal fold, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £240
William Victor Fox played a full season for Worcestershire in 1923, but his eligibility was clearly an issue as he didn't play again until 1926. His last first class match was in 1932. Another player, L.G. Crawley (Worcestershire 1922-1923, six matches) was also subject to the same qualification issues at the time, leading to a heated argument in the Long Room at Lord's between Viscount Deerhurst, President of Worcestershire C.C.C. 1921-1923, and Lord Hawke
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Herbert Sutcliffe. Yorkshire & England 1919-1945. Interesting four page handwritten letter from Sutcliffe to 'Harry B. Rowan', dated 10th February 1927. Replying to an enquiry about Sutcliffe's appearances on film, he states he is unaware of any appearances where he is 'prominently featured. The one featuring Jack Hobbs will do excellently'. He encloses some of his records including a list by Stuart Surridge and offers to obtain more from 'Old Ebor' of the Yorkshire Post if required. He also offers a 'large photograph of the Sydney Cricket Ground during the 1st Test in Dec. 1924 when both Hobbs & Self made centuries' for display, 'also a few more Australian snaps'. Nicely signed in ink 'Herbert Sutcliffe'. Small tear to lower edge, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £50
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Herbert Sutcliffe. Yorkshire & England 1919-1945. Two page handwritten letter dated 27th July 1927 on The Fleece Hotel, Northampton letterhead, enclosed in original 'Herbert Sutcliffe Ltd' envelope. Writing to George Wolfe, brother-in-law of Julian Cahn, Sutcliffe thanks Wolfe for 'your kindness in arranging the Holmes-Sutcliffe night'. Noting that Cahn is arranging a tour to America, he asks whether Wolfe could 'use [his] influence in getting a place in the side for Percy Holmes. He'd like to go very much, and I'm certain he would be a big attraction "over there"... I know Percy is awfully fed up at not being selected for [the M.C.C. tour to] South Africa'. He closes by inviting Wolfe and his wife 'to Northampton to see the match' where Yorkshire were playing. Nicely signed 'Herbert'. Good cricket content. Light horizontal folds, otherwise very in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £100
E. George Wolfe was a collector, and married Sir Julian Cahn's sister, Phyllis. Wolfe's influence ultimately wasn't required as Holmes was added to the South Africa touring party after the Captain, Guy Jackson, was taken ill. Holmes scored over 1000 runs on the tour at an average of 58.52 and a top score of 279no. The Test series was drawn 2-2 with one match drawn
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Wilfred Rhodes. Yorkshire & England 1898-1930. Two page handwritten letter dated 14th September 1948 from Rhodes to 'Mr Milne'. Rhodes writes, 'You can put my name down on the new president's list if you wish to do so with pleasure'. He reports he has recently returned from a fortnight's holiday in Scarborough '& saw most of the festival cricket there', and hopes to meet the correspondent in London as Rhodes is attending 'a farewell lunch to Bradman & his team given by "The People" newspaper' at The Savoy on 20th September. Nicely signed 'W. Rhodes'. Sold with an original sepia candid style photograph of Rhodes standing full length in cricket attire on the outfield, dated 1923. 3"x4". G/VG
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £140
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Leonard 'Len' Hutton. Yorkshire & England 1934-1955. Interesting two page handwritten letter from Hutton to the business tycoon R.W. 'Tiny' Rowland in Rhodesia. Written on official 'South African Cricket Association M.C.C. Tour in South Africa 1948/49' letterhead, the letter is undated, the accompanying original envelope postmarked 'Cape Town 29-X 1948'. Hutton writes to thank Rowland for the gift of a watch, and describes the team's preparations for the first match of the tour v Western Province in Cape Town, hoping to 'start off well and collect a victory. A good start means so much when we have so many young players on their first overseas tour'. He states that the party are all 'fit and well including the Brigadier [M.A. Green, manager] who really is not quite sure which day or month it is'. He closes by looking forward to visiting Rowland in Rhodesia. Signed 'Yours sincerely, Leonard'. Horizontal and vertical folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £40
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Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. Single page typed letter on The London Wine Exchange letterhead. Dated 1st May 1973, Fender is returning photographs which he has signed. 'I was startled because I have not any such good ones myself- all my photos, together with 27 original cartoons by Tom Webster were blown up during the war'. He asks whether the correspondent has any more copies as 'I should very much like to have a set'. Nicely signed in ink 'Percy G.H. Fender'. VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
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Cricketers' letters 1960s/1980s. Six letters from cricketers replying to requests for autographs, photographs, arrangements for functions etc. Correspondents are George Geary, Chris Balderstone, David Brown, Alec Bedser, Godfrey Evans and Mike Denness. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £20
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John William Henry Tyler Douglas. Essex, London County & England 1901-1928. Two page typed letter on 'John H. Douglas, Timber merchants, London' letterhead dated 1st March 1926, with original envelope laid to album page. Douglas is writing to a Miss Eileen Miller to thank her for her 'long epistle with verses and snapshots whilst I was in the cottage hospital at Epping'. He states that his health is improving and looks forward to being fit in time for the start of the coming season, and believes 'There is no reason why England should not beat the Australians this year as we have the material at our disposal, if the Selectors will use their brains and pick the right people'. Nicely signed in ink 'John W.H.T. Douglas'. Horizontal and vertical folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £90
Douglas played in twenty three Test matches for England, eighteen of them as Captain. He also won a gold medal for boxing in the 1908 Olympics, and represented England at football as an amateur
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John Arlott. Single page typed aerogramme letter to the collector, Leslie Gutteridge, at the University of Alberta in Canada. Dated 17th January 1978, Arlott opens, 'News is fairly grim' and reports on the sudden death of Desmond Eagar while on holiday. He also describes 'Poor Ted Brown' who is also unwell with a 'heart "block"'. On a happier note, Arlott announces his recent marriage to 'Patricia who used to be at Lord's' and looks forward to visiting Beaujolais 'to investigate the wine there'. Signed in ink, 'Regards, Yours, John'. G
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £110
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F.S. Ashley-Cooper. Two handwritten letters from Ashley-Cooper to E.B.V. Christian from his home in Wallington, Surrey, regarding his proposed Anthology. The first is a two page letter dated 10th December 1912 in which he thanks Christian for some suggested names and will write again as works progresses. He asks whether the 'Professor of Music' referred to in Christian's 'At the Sign of the Wicket' is much of a poet, and whether Christian has compiled a list of the cricket verses published in 'Punch', and his intention to provide footnotes for early poems. In the second two page letter, dated 24th February 1913, he asks further questions and thanks Christian for his help. No evidence is known of Ashley-Cooper having published his anthology. Horizontal and vertical folds, overall in good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: unsold
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Frederick Smith, Second Earl of Birkenhead. Single page typed letter signed 'Birkenhead' to the cricket collector and lawyer, J.W. Goldman. Dated 23rd November 1965, Birkenhead, who is writing a biography about Walter Turner Monckton, 1st Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, thanks Goldman for his interesting letter about Monckton, whom Birkenhead used to meet regularly at the Eton v Harrow match at Lord's (Monckton played for Harrow in the 1910 match and in one first-class match for a combined Oxford and Cambridge University side in 1911). G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
Birkenhead's biography of Viscount Monckton was published in 1969 and contains many cricket references. Monckton was President of M.C.C. 1956/57, and also of Surrey 1950-1952 and 1959 to 1965. He served as Attorney-General at the time of the abdication of King Edward VIII
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William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett. Single page handwritten letter dated 30th January 1952. Writing from the Royal Courts of Justice to Ron Yeomans, founder of the Northern Cricket Society, Birkett regrets he is unable to attend 'a Cricket Dinner in Yorkshire during a Test Match' due to heavy engagements. The letter, signed 'Norman Birkett', appears to have been written in a different hand, probably dictated. Some ageing and small adhesive marks to verso, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
Lord Birkett was a judge at the Nuremburg Trials. He edited "The Game of Cricket" illustrated by a series of pictures in the M.C.C. Museum
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Gerald Brodribb. Cricket historian and archaeologist. Two page handwritten letter dated 6th April [1956?]. Brodribb is writing from his home in Sussex to J.D. Coldham, giving Coldham the address of Henry Sayen in New Jersey. Sayen was a first-class cricketer who was a member of the 1908 Philadelphia tour to England, and his memoires 'A Yankee Looks at Cricket, as told to Gerald Brodribb' were published in 1956. Brodribb states, 'It's an odd subject and I only hope it may do something to help the game over there'. Brodribb is now settled in Sussex he hopes to 'get up to London more easily, so here's to our meeting again soon'. Signed 'Gerald Brodribb'. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
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J.D. 'Jim' Coldham. A selection of twenty five handwritten letters preserved in a modern maroon cloth box, from the collection of H.W. 'Plum' Warner. Twenty letters are from Jim Coldham, and three from his father, to Warner covering the period 1943 to 1951, and two later, also one letter to E.K. 'Ted' Brown. Coldham writes from his army bases in the U.K. and later in India, and from his home after demobilisation. Good content relating to cricket, collecting and army life. Includes references to purchases of autographs, photographs and books. Coldham describes playing cricket in India, and meeting J.W. Goldman's wife in 1943 who invited him to meet Goldman whose collection then amounted to 3686 books, much cricketana, and four sets of Wisdens, 'He was very kind and gave me a copy of the 1884 Wisden and confessed he was quite mad!'. Approximately one hundred pages of interesting correspondence in total. G/VG
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
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Edward Desmond Russell Eagar. Gloucestershire, Oxford University, Hampshire & England 1935-1957. Two page handwritten letter dated 8th February 1967 from Eagar to 'My dear Leslie [Gutteridge]' (then Secretary of Hampshire C.C.C.) congratulating him on his recent appointment at the University of Alberta, Canada. 'You will be very greatly missed by your countless friends. I don't expect you realise just how many people have cause to be grateful to you for so many acts of kindness... I know you won't forget the Arlotts, Cohens, Eagars etc if you make discoveries!'. Gutteridge was a cricket book dealer at Epworth Press. Signed 'Desmond'. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £35
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Frederick Gale. Kent & Gentlemen of England 1845 (two first-class matches). Eight page unfinished/ incomplete letter from Gale to the collector and journalist, R.S. Holmes. The letter is dated 17th April [1893], written from his home in Manitoba. Gale reminisces at length and nostalgically about a match in 1835 when Sussex first met Nottinghamshire at the Old Forest ground and 'Notts won on the post... Good had the credit of the victory by his plucky batting at the finish [20no]'. Gale writes of Surrey and its problems, Tom Barker playing in 1835, Harry Moses in Australia, Harvey Fellows, South Africa etc. The last four pages give lengthy details of the itinerary for his return to England commencing in May via the Great Lakes. Includes the original trimmed pre-paid envelope addressed to Holmes advertising Gale's '"Parliamentary Puppet Show" &c. "Cricket" &c' talks which Gale gave regularly. G
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £105
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Edgar Mills Grace, son of Edward Mills Grace. Two page handwritten letter from Edgar M. Grace dated 28th June 1960 to Neville Weston. Grace notes Weston's visit to Bristol but 'my movements are uncertain for next week as if my great nephew Richard Bernard is selected to play for Cambridge at Lord's this year I hope to be there'. He suggests Weston contacts R.W. Setchell of Thornbury 'in whose custody the Thornbury Cricket Club Score Books are and I am sure he will place them at your disposal for scrutiny... Mr Ashley Cooper combed our records fairly thoroughly'. Signed Edgar M. Grace. Includes a press obituary cutting of Grace's death. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
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Cecil Geoffrey Howard. Middlesex 1930 (3 matches). Single page typed letter on The Lancashire County & Manchester Cricket Club letterhead, dated 12th April 1955 to Jack Sokell. Writing in his capacity as Secretary, Howard writes to thank Sokell for Wombwell Cricket Lovers' Society's good wishes to the M.C.C. team. Howard was manager for the M.C.C. tours to India 1951/52 and to Australia 1954/55 where they had recently won the Ashes. Nicely signed in ink by Howard. Sold with another letter to Sokell, this from A.K. James, also Secretary of Lancashire C.C.C., dated 23rd November 1975, thanking the Society for an enjoyable evening. Qty 2. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £30
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Alec Jack. Four page handwritten letter dated 14th February 1901. Writing to Rev. R.S. Holmes in Wakefield, Jack writes, 'I am pleased to learn that you have been interested by the Cricket Club Report [probably Walham Green C.C.] drawn up by me in 1897; and have pleasure in sending herewith a copy of the one issued for 1898 as well as an incomplete copy of the 1896 issue. The earlier reports dating back to 1893 are used up now... It seems strange that the copy you have should have made its way to Wakefield, as the reports were distributed only amongst members of the Club and their local friends'. signed 'Alec Jack'. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
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Joseph William Henry 'Harry' Makepeace. Lancashire & England 1906-1930. Plain personal postcard from Makepeace in Cheshire to Gerald Brodribb in Dorset, dated '17 Oct'. 'Malcolm has made a mistake, it was 7 for 9 against Kent 2nd XI at Old Trafford about 1909 or 1910'. Nicely signed by Makepeace. VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £25
The match to which Makepeace refers was Lancashire 2nd XI v Kent 2nd IX, Old Trafford, 11th-12th July 1910, which Lancashire won by 271 runs. Makepeace's bowling figures in Kent's second innings were 11.1 overs, 4 maidens, 7 wickets for 9 runs
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Harold Larwood. Nottinghamshire & England 1924-1938. Original handwritten airmail letter from Larwood in his home in Kingsford, Sydney, Australia, dated 31st March 1957. Writing to his friend, Maurice Jackson, in Burton Joyce, Nottingham, Larwood acknowledges regular receipt of the Football Post that Jackson has been sending, 'I look forward to my weekly sport paper from Nottm... I am very pleased to see "Forest" doing so well, but sorry to see the "County" struggling' and hopes both teams succeed. He reports that the cricket season has closed in Australia, 'football (rugby) and soccer having commenced although the weather is better than your mid-summer' and doesn't miss the cold English winters. He describes the launch of television in Australia, 'now in full swing, we have 3 channels at present (2 commercial, 1 by the ABC), we have good programmes but the price of the sets is colossal, 250 guineas for a good set'. He looks forward to the England team touring in 1958, 'we have plenty of good youngsters of good promise, how in the world did Laker get all those wickets in the "Tests" is still a mystery to me, the Aussies must have put up a very poor show, of course Laker will not get the wickets out here'. He wonders how strong the Nottinghamshire side will be and remembers having 'a good reliable side' when he was young, and his admiration for George Gunn, 'the ease he played all kinds of bowling, was never in trouble'. Nicely signed 'Harold Larwood'. An interesting personal letter with good football and cricket content. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £130
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James Charles 'Jim' Laker. Surrey, Auckland, Essex & England 1946-1964. Single page handwritten letter to Tom Veivers (Queensland & Australia 1958-1968) dated 20th May 1964. Laker is writing regarding an ointment to help Veivers harden his fingers to help him get through the forthcoming Australia tour to England in 1964. 'It is a mixture made of 10% Formalin, 85% Pure Alcohol, 5% Surgical Spirit. If you dab it on 2 or 3 times a day it should do the trick'. Nicely signed 'Jim Laker'. Light folds, otherwise in good/ very good condition. Sold with an original mono press photograph of Veivers bowling out Richard Hutton in the 1964 tour match against Cambridge University. Nicely signed in black ink by Veivers. 10"x8". G/VG
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: unsold
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Yorkshire C.C.C. 1960s. A selection of seven handwritten letters from Yorkshire players replying to invitations to attend dinners. Includes three from Bill Bowes, also Jimmy Binks, Brian Sellers, Willie Watson, Norman Yardley, and also a similar typed letter from Brian Statham of Lancashire. Each letter signed by the correspondent and written on personal, Club or business letterhead. Qty 8. G
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £35
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Keith Ross Miller. Victoria, New South Wales, Nottinghamshire & Australia 1937-1959. Single page handwritten letter from Miller, dated 1st September 2000. Writing from his home in New South Wales, the letter is addressed to 'Dear Jack'. Miller writes, 'At long last the enclosed mess up'. He has just returned from a three month trip to the U.K. and apologises for his poor handwriting, 'It's due to a small stroke I had [a] couple of years ago'. Signed 'Keith'. Sold with three official scorecards for wartime charity matches played at Lord's in 1945 in which Miller played. Matches are England v Australian Services 14th-17th July 1945 (Miller 7 and 71no) and 6th-8th August 1945 (Miller 118 and 35no), and England v Dominions 25th-28th August 1945 (Miller 26 and 185). Printed and handwritten scores. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £25
Miller was described by Richie Benaud as the best captain he played under and the best never to captain Australia. He died in 2004
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Don Bradman. A fascinating collection of correspondence between Bradman and Christopher Martin-Jenkins, then editor of 'The Cricketer' magazine, relating to short-pitch bowling. The first letter is a response to an editorial in the October 1984 issue of 'The Cricketer' written by Christopher Martin-Jenkins in which the subject of intimidatory short pitched bowling was raised, including the possible introduction of measures such as increasing the length of the pitch, painting a line on the pitch, restricting the bowler's run up to ten yards, or a change in the law such that a batsman is not out caught if the ball had struck the glove or bat handle. Bradman responds to these ideas in a single page typed letter dated 3rd October 1984 to Martin-Jenkins, having read the article 'with interest... and astonishment'. Bradman acknowledges the need to remove 'intimidation as a tactic' but lays the blame with umpires 'unwilling to exercise a moral judgement'. His view on the abolition of batsmen being out off the glove 'is an illogical and stupid way of trying to solve [the issue]', and that the idea of lengthening the pitch 'would be equally absurd, penalising batsmen of all types'. Bradman concludes by questioning whether the LBW law is adequate for spinners. 'Don't support remedies which don't make sense... I believe you are on the wrong track'. Signed 'Don'. In Martin-Jenkins' typed copy reply, dated 11th October 1984, he quotes statistical evidence supporting the concept of lengthening the pitch in proportion to the growing height of bowlers over time and increased speed through 'modern nutrition and physical training methods'. Bradman replies on the 30th October with a lengthy three page typed letter reiterating his views in strong terms on 'the foolishness of the "not out caught" idea' and that lengthening the pitch would be unfair to slow and medium paced bowlers. He uses colourful language such as 'utter fallacy', 'arrant rubbish', and is 'totally unmoved by your argument', refuting the view that modern bowlers are 'fitter, stronger and faster' and provides lengthy anecdotal evidence. He closes with a request that his views are not to be published but is happy for this letter to be shown to Jim Swanton 'and would be interested to know his re-action'. Signed 'Don'. In Martin-Jenkins' reply of 8th November he acknowledges that the change to catches off the glove 'would not be a good thing', but does not accept all of Bradman's arguments about fast bowlers, and further supports the introduction of a line across the pitch. On 28th November Bradman suggests the introduction into Test matches of a wide off a short ball, as was already the case in limited over cricket, but suggests that the 'stumbling block would be the West Indies... because they would regard "anything" as a move to blunt their fire power. Signed 'Don'. Later correspondence in 1992 relates to Bradman's agreement to the 'return to the back foot for judging a no-ball', and readdresses the subject of lengthening the distance between the two creases, and the supposed increase of the average height of players over time. He provides interesting evidence from a book written by W.G. Grace in 1891 in which Grace quoted the height and weight of players of his era, and lists numerous players over six foot in height, including Grace himself who was 6' at the age of sixteen. Signed 'Don Bradman'. Finally, Martin-Jenkins responds on 23rd June 1992 by thanking Bradman for his trouble, but that this 'has not altered my view that it would be desirable to at least experiment with some matches played by first-class cricketers with the stumps set a foot further back at either end and with the old back foot [no-ball] law in operation'. A fascinating insight into Bradman's opinions on the modern game. Good condition
Estimate: £700/1000
Hammer price: unsold
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Arthur Lindsay Hassett. Victoria & Australia 1932-1953. Single page handwritten aerogramme letter from Hassett to Stan Trees, Chairman of the Somerset Wyverns, dated 3rd September 1982. Hassett thanks Trees for the copy of the Wyvern C.C. newsletter, and discusses various subjects, most notably a report he has read in the Melbourne Cricket Club newsletter of an innings played by Don Bradman in 1931 in which Bradman scored a remarkable century in three (eight ball) overs and lists the scoring shots by over. Bradman was playing in a country match for a Blackheath XI v a Lithgow XI. Other subjects on which Hassett writes include Somerset's recent heavy defeat to Middlesex by an innings at Weston-super-Mare, Ian Botham's 'remarkable innings' (122 off 53 balls) against Central Zone, Indore, on the 1981/82 tour to India, and England's tour to Pakistan in which 'Fred Titmus was needed on stand by for one Test. I had my 69th birthday yesterday and if the above is correct I suppose I should hold myself in readiness for the coming visit by England'. The letter is signed 'Lindsay Hassett'. In an attached two page typed reply from Tree to Hassett dated 8th November 1982, Tree reports on the death of Somerset Chairman, Jack Wild, the election as President of Jeffrey Archer, and England's performances in Australia. He also describes 'some dissention [sic] in the Somerset camp with certain players... trying to run the County Club the way they want it... I hope it won't come to a show-down'. Good cricket content. Sold with a Christmas card signed by Hassett and his wife. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £65
Hassett played in 43 Test matches for Australia and captained them twenty four times
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Wilfred Rhodes. Yorkshire & England 1898-1930. Two page handwritten letter, on 24 March Grove Road, Huddersfield headed paper, from Rhodes to a Mr Milne, dated 3rd October 1951 . Rhodes writes to say how sorry he is to hear of the passing of Len Braund's wife, and to thank Milne for sending chocolates to his granddaughter. Very nicely signed 'W. Rhodes'. VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £42
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Len Hutton. Yorkshire & England 1934-1955. Two page handwritten letter on 'Leonard Hutton Ltd Sports Outfitters' letterhead, dated 13th September 1953. Hutton is writing to 'My Dear Charles [Palmer]' on the appointment of Palmer as manager of the 1953/54 M.C.C. tour to West Indies, Hutton himself having just been appointed the first professional to captain a touring party. Regarding the forthcoming tour, Hutton writes, 'Our playing task will not be very easy, they possess exceptional ability at home... If you can obtain a book with something of the history of W.I. cricket fairly well outlined, I feel this would be of help to us... You will find they are very kind, and most helpful in every way'. Hutton closes by saying 'Don't forget your cricket bag', signed 'Len'. Small tears to left edge, horizontal and vertical folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £20
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Evelyn Rockley Wilson. Cambridge University, Yorkshire & England 1899-1923. Short handwritten note dated 30th March 1951 from Wilson to 'My dear Philip' replying to a request for his autograph. Nicely signed 'E.R. Wilson'. Light vertical folds, file hole to one side, adhesive mark to verso, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £20
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Herbert Sutcliffe. Yorkshire & England 1919-1945. Three page handwritten letter dated 7th January 1934 to 'Dear George', possibly George Wolfe, brother in law of Julian Cahn. Writing from his Pudsey home, Sutcliffe opens, tongue in cheek, 'Lazy bones- why didn't you come to the ship yesterday morning. I looked for you!', and continues to say how much he has enjoyed a cruise on which the correspondent's mother and father were present. 'I think your mother is the sweetest & most charming lady I've ever met' and looks forward to meeting her again on a future cruise. He closes by wishing a 'very Happy & Prosperous 1934 & always'. Very nicely signed in ink 'Herbert Sutcliffe'. A nice personal Sutcliffe letter. Light folds, otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
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William Eric 'Bill' Bowes. Yorkshire & England 1929-1947. Two typed letters, both on Yorkshire Evening News letterheads for whom Bowes was Sports Correspondent, both replying to invitations to speak at dinners. One, dated 9th November 1955 to Les Gutteridge, which he has to decline, the other, dated 21st March 1957 to Jack Sokell of the Wombwell Cricket Lovers' Society, he accepts subject to being called away 'to some remote part of England' to report on a Saturday football match, 'petrol rationing of some other serious interference'. Both letters signed 'Bill Bowes'. Sold with an original mono press photograph of Bowes bowling for England v Australia at The Oval in 1938 (Hutton's record 364) in which he took 5-49 in Australia's first innings. 8"x10". Qty 3. Uneven trimming to one letter, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: unsold
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Lot 112
Yorkshire C.C.C. 1950s-1990s. Six handwritten letters from former Yorkshire players, four written to Jack Sokell of the Wombwell Cricket Lovers' Society and two to Jack White, relating to invitations to attend functions. Correspondents are Len Hutton, Ted Lester, Paul Gibb, Ron Burnett, Vic Wilson and Brian Close. Each letter signed. V/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
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Leonard 'Len' Hutton. Yorkshire & England 1934-1955. Two handwritten letters from Hutton. One, dated 14th September 1984, is a three page letter in which Hutton describes the three innings 'which gave me great pleasure', 364 v Australia at The Oval in 1938, 143 v Australia at Lord's 1953, and 202no v West Indies at The Oval 1950. He also writes about other players he respects, including Denis Compton and, in particular, Hedley Verity, 'Not only was he a great bowler but a gentleman in every way'. In the other two page letter dated 21st July 1987 Hutton discusses the recent Benson & Hedges Cup Final, and also Jack Hobbs whom he saw bat on only one occasion, 'playing for Surrey against Yorkshire at Bradford Park Avenue, he made 9 L.B.W. to Hedley Verity'. Both letters signed 'Len Hutton'. VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
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Don Bradman. Two single page handwritten letters from Bradman of correspondence relating to the Bradman Museum. In the first letter dated 6th April 1995, Bradman thanks the correspondent 'for the letter about the Linton Arms [Grassington, Yorkshire?] affair'. The correspondent had sent Bradman photographs of a display seen in a pub celebrating Bradman's birthday. 'The photos were delightful' and in return Bradman has sent two signed copies of an official souvenir programme for the Bradman XI vs World XI match, Sydney Cricket Ground, 18th December 1994, played to raise funds for the Museum. One of the programmes is included in this lot and is signed twice by Bradman. In the second letter dated 22nd May 1995, Bradman acknowledges receipt of a donation for the Museum, and goes on to say 'All that remains is to raise the money for refurbishing and fit out, estimated to cost about $800,000. Expenditure to date is in the order of $3M...'. He closes with positive comments about Australia's recent victory over West Indies. Sold with a good selection of Bradman Museum ephemera, scorecards from 1940s/1950s, including three matches from the 1948 tour in which Bradman played etc. G
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £130
Proceeds from the sale of this lot will be donated to the Australian Bush Fires Relief Fund
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Lot 115
Wilfred Wooller. Cambridge University & Glamorgan, 1935-1962. Typed letter on official Glamorgan C.C.C. headed paper. The letter from Wooller, in his capacity as Joint-Secretary, to Gerald Brodribb, cricket historian, replying to a request from Brodribb to research the County archive. Nicely signed in ink by Wooller, dated 17th January 1949. Folds/good
Estimate: £18/25
Hammer price: £10
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A.W.T. Langford (1896-1976), author and journalist. Three handwritten two page letters from Langford to H.W. Warner dated 30th January [1941?], 2nd December 1943 and 12th November 1947. Content relates to The Cricketer magazine, of which Langford was assistant editor to Plum Warner at the time. Langford mentions the recruitment of C.B. Fry, E.R. Wilson, A.E.R. Gilligan and H.S. Altham as contributors for the forthcoming Spring edition. He mentions errors relating to 'the Bedser misprint', the cutting of club results in favour of club news etc. Adhesive mark to top edge of one letter, light foxing and folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
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Charles F. Pardon, editor of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1887-1890. An original Roneo stencil copy of a circular printed on 'Charles F. Pardon Cricket Reporting Agency' headed paper. The circular, dated 24th November 1888, announces Pardon having 'taken into partnership Mr Sydney H. Pardon, Mr Edgar S. Pardon and Mr C. Stewart Caine who have for many years been my principal assistants. The business will be continued precisely as before, under my management and in my name', with printed signature of 'Charles F. Pardon' below. The text somewhat faded but legible. Horizontal folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £25
Three of the business partners were successive editors of the Wisden Almanack, Charles Pardon from 1887-1890, succeeded on his death by his younger brother, Sydney, until his death in 1925, followed by Stewart Caine who held the post until 1933, shortly before his death in 1934
Lot 118:
Lot 118
Frederic Moore Searle 'Eric' Parker. Cricket, field sports and countryside writer (1870-1955). Single page handwritten letter dated 24th October 1926 from Parker to the novelist and poet, Mr Coulson Kernahan. Parker writes to apologise for not having forwarded a copy of his recently published book, 'Between the Wickets', which he now encloses. Sold with a single page handwritten note dated 27th September 1945 to an unknown correspondent acknowledging 'your kind loan'. Both letters nicely signed 'Eric Parker'. Also an original press cutting from the Sheffield Mail, dated 19th July 1930, of an article titled 'Laureates of the Cricket Field', featuring a poem by Kernahan. Folds and creasing to the letters, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £15
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Lot 119
Henry Perkins. Cambridge University, Cambridgeshire & M.C.C. 1854-1868. Single page handwritten letter on M.C.C. letterhead, dated 7th June 1894. Writing in his capacity as Secretary of M.C.C., Perkins states, 'Mr Perkins presents his compliments to Mr Philip Walker & begs to inform him that Mr Philip Lionel & Mr Cecil Francis Walker are both duly proposed & seconded for the Marylebone Cricket Club'. The unsigned letter is laid down to card. Light folds and ageing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £15
Perkins was Secretary of M.C.C. 1876-1897
Lot 120:
Lot 120
Hubert Preston. Editor of Wisden 1944-1951. Single page typed letter on 'Cricket Reporting Agency' letterhead dated 13th December 1946. Preston is replying to a W.J. Wicks who has provided a list of Births and Deaths 'and the errors which you found in the 1946 Wisden'. Preston notes that the qualification for inclusion in the Births and Deaths is 'ten matches or the awarding of a County Cap', and acknowledges Wicks' 'useful' contribution. Nicely signed in ink 'Hubert Preston'. Light horizontal folds, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £15
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Lot 121
Sir John Collings Squire, journalist, poet and playwright (1884-1958). Single page handwritten letter to J.C. Coldham, dated 9th July 1956. Squire writes apologising for his delay in answering Coldham's letter due to ill health, 'my letters have accumulated, getting polluted I fear with tea and tobacco, and I have answered none of them'. Squire refers to the cricket team, The Invalids, which he founded 'just after the '14 war [and] is still touring the countryside. It was never entirely a literary team- soldiers, politicians and stockbrokers came in if I liked them'. He closes hoping to play in August and September, 'I hope to take wickets'. Signed 'J. Squire'. Sold with a facsimile copy of the poem 'Wake for the Ruddy Ball has taken flight' by Francis Thompson, used by Squire in his 'Anthology of Parodies' of 1929. Horizontal and vertical folds to the letter, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
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Robert Arthur 'Bob' Thoms. Excellent three page handwritten letter from Thoms to Charles F. Pardon, Editor of Wisden. Thoms writes expressing in strong terms his neutrality on the lbw law, 'I don't want to have any say, or give any opinion, as to whether any alteration is to be or not to be... It is certain that the question is now being again well ventilated; and can be left to the practical law makers, who will have the interest of the game at heart... it is the voices of the majority of the dancers, that will settle the tunes that they wish- and have- to dance to'. Thoms adds in a postscript that over the years he has always answered questions with, 'you will find it Wisden's Almanack, only a shilling'. He refers to an article to appear in the Evening News on the lbw question, in which Thoms is one of the quoted experts, 'what my old friend Bob Thoms calls scientific and premeditated legging'. The letter with address in ink by Thoms, 9 St George's Road, Regents Park, and dated 'Tuesday 21/ [18]88', nicely signed in black ink by Thoms. Light fold otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £60
Thoms (1826-1903) was a first-class cricket umpire who stood in two Test Matches, the first two played in England, in 1880 and 1882. His long umpiring career in first-class matches lasted from 1863 to 1900. When he died, The Times said that he was "the most famous umpire the game has known". He played in three first-class matches in the period 1850-1851: one for an Under 36 XI, one for Marylebone Cricket Club and Metropolitan Clubs and one for the All England Eleven
Lot 123:
Lot 123
Pelham Francis Warner. Oxford University, Middlesex & England 1894-1920. Two page handwritten letter dated 30th September 1952 from Warner. Writing to an unknown correspondent, Warner is making arrangements for transport to and from a dinner he is attending in Camberley on 3rd October, to which he is much looking forward. 'I hope we shall not be too late back, as I am a very old gentleman, 79 on Oct 2! DV and I like to get to bed at a reasonable time'. Signed 'P.F. Warner'. Small adhesive mark to lower edge, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £12
Lot 124:
Lot 124
Edward Desmond Russell Eagar. Gloucestershire, Oxford University and Hampshire 1935-1957. Single page typed letter on Hampshire C.C.C. letterhead, from Eagar, Secretary of Hampshire C.C.C., to H.W. 'Plum' Warner, Kent enthusiast and collector. Eagar thanks Warner for a cheque in payment for some Club records, and hopes that Warner will return as a member in due course'. Includes the original envelope with receipt enclosed. Very nicely signed 'Desmond Eagar' and dated 11th August 1969. G/VG
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £15
Lot 125:
Lot 125
H.A. Brown. Single page typed letter on Nottinghamshire C.C.C. letterhead from the Secretary, H.A. Brown. Writing to a 'Master Malyon', Brown is returning letters sent to his office, presumably requesting autographs, 'as these players have died. W.W. Whysall died many years ago'. Very nicely signed in ink 'H.A. Brown' and dated 29th March 1944. G/VG
Estimate: £15/25
Hammer price: £5
Brown was appointed in 1920 as Secretary as a stop gap following F.S. Ashley-Cooper's resignation after only six months. Brown had no previous knowledge of the game but had a reputation for diplomacy and efficiency, and remained in the post for thirty eight years
Lot 126:
Lot 126
John Henniker-Major, 5th Baron Henniker. Two page handwritten letter on Thornham Hall, Eye (Suffolk) note paper to Dr Short, dated 14th September 1877. Henniker-Major is writing to thank Short 'for the most enjoyable day's cricket the three young people had on Wednesday... I will send you over as good an eleven as I can on Friday next. I cannot come myself as I shall be away from home. Nicely signed 'J Henniker'. Horizontal folds. Good condition
Estimate: £20/30
Hammer price: unsold
John Henniker-Major served as Member of Parliament for East Suffolk and was appointed Governor of the Isle of Man in 1895 where he died in 1902. He established a cricket ground at Thornham Hall in 1876
Lot 127:
Lot 127
W.G. Grace. Nice signature in ink of Grace window mounted below a mono copy photograph of Grace, full length leaving the field of play. Mounted overall 10.25"x16". G
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £75
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Signed ephemera 1930s-2000s. Red file comprising a collection of signed postcards, plain cards, collectors' and trade cards, cuttings, signatures on pieces etc. Over one hundred and twenty signatures in total. Earlier signatures on pieces include Ben Barnett (Australia 1938), Basil Butcher (West Indies) etc. Others include Ali Baig (India), Bob Cowper, Peter Burge (Australia), Ali Bacher (South Africa), Ken Barrington, Michael Edwards (Surrey), John Snow (Sussex), Derek Morgan, Harold Rhodes (Derbyshire), Ken Cranston (Lancashire), Peter Walker (Glamorgan) etc. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £50
Lot 129:
Lot 129
Test and international cricket autographs 1940s-2010s. A collection of approx. sixty signatures of Test and overseas cricketers who represented English counties, on pages, cards, pieces laid down, cutting photographs etc. Signatures include Cyril Washbrook, Alan Oakman, David Allen, Allan Watkins (England), Bevan Congdon, Richard Collinge, Brian Hastings, John Bracewell, Ian Smith (New Zealand), Peter van de Merwe, Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa), Terry Jenner, Ashley Mallett (Australia), Mushtaq Ahmed (Pakistan), Sonny Ramadhin, David Holford (West Indies) etc. From the personal collection of Brian Downing OBE. The signatures mainly obtained in person, firstly as a schoolboy and later through his work in positions of Chairman and President of Surrey C.C.C. and Chairman of Marketing for the T.C.C.B./E.C.B. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £20
Lot 130:
Lot 130
County autographs 1950s-2000s. A large selection of over one hundred signatures, the majority on press cuttings, others on album pages and pieces, laid down to larger pages. Counties featured include Warwickshire (25 signatures), Northamptonshire (24), Nottinghamshire (18), Gloucestershire (16), Sussex (13), Surrey (8) etc. Some duplication of autographs. From the personal collection of Brian Downing OBE. The signatures mainly obtained in person, firstly as a schoolboy and later through his work in positions of Chairman and President of Surrey C.C.C. and Chairman of Marketing for the T.C.C.B./E.C.B. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £18
Lot 131:
Lot 131
Harold Dennis 'Dickie' Bird. Yorkshire & Leicestershire 1956-1964. Original Thames Television typed transcript for Bird's 'This Is Your Life' first broadcast 7th October 1992. Signed in ink to the front page by Bird and Garry Sobers. G
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £65
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Australian Test cricketers 1930s-1990s. A selection of copy photographs, cuttings, pages, pieces etc. signed by Australian Test cricketers, some in later years. Twenty signatures including Don Bradman (2), Graeme Hole, Ray Lindwall, Len Darling, Richie Benaud, Sam Loxton, Neil Harvey, Dennis Lillee, Ian Healy, Alan Davidson (2), Frank Misson, Alan Thomson, Ron Gaunt etc. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £65
Lot 133:
Lot 133
Test, International and County cricketers 1920s onwards. Three red files comprising photographs, postcards, cuttings, match ticket, letters, signatures on pieces etc. Approx. one hundred and fifty signatures in total with good county coverage for Derbyshire, Essex, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire, Worcestershire etc. Earlier signatures include Alec and Eric Bedser, Jack Hobbs, Alf Gover, R.E.S. Wyatt, John Reid, Colin Cowdrey, Clyde Walcott, Sonny Ramadhin etc. Includes a signed photograph with accompanying letter from Sunil Gavaskar, seven signed player photographs of Pakistan players including Salim Malik, Rameez Raja, Ijaz Ahmed etc. G
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £130
Lot 134:
Lot 134
Charles Burgess Fry. Oxford University, Sussex, London County, Hampshire & England 1892-1921. Ink cartoon, by Fry, of a face on a cricket ball with good signature of Fry on small page laid to card. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £55
Lot 135:
Lot 135
'The Centurions- Scorers of 100 First-Class Centuries'. Headed book insert by Boundary Books containing the ink signatures of nine players who have achieved the feat. Signatures, nicely signed in ink, by Don Bradman, Glenn Turner, Colin Cowdrey, Tom Graveney, Dennis Amiss, Geoff Boycott, John Edrich, Zaheer Abbas and Graham Gooch. 8.75"x12". G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £38
Lot 136:
Lot 136
E.V. Lucas. 'The Parson and the Peer'. Twenty four page handwritten manuscript of an article by Lucas for the series 'A Wanderer's Note Book'. Written in his distinctive hand with corrections, Lucas writes about cricket in old age and opens, 'I wish that Mr Ashley-Cooper, to whom cricket statistics are a passion, would tell us something about old age & the game'. He recalls a match in which Rhodes at the age of 51 teased Hendren with 'absolute accuracy of length I marvelled... the adoring crowd normally victims of what might be called Patsimania were uttering ironical cheer'. Lucas tells of Lord Harris playing into his seventies and bowling lobs as captain to Eton Ramblers, also Rev. Denning playing at an advanced age at Hungerford, Jephson and Humphreys and their lobs, the latter bowling William Gunn, and concludes that Ashley-Cooper could produce a list of septuagenarian cricketers and find the oldest man to play first-class cricket. Signed to the first page by Lucas. VG
Estimate: £140/180
Hammer price: £120
Lot 137:
Lot 137
England Test cricketers early 1900s. Three trimmed signatures on pieces laid down to card. Signatures are E. Arnold (Worcestershire & England 1899-1913), B.J.T. Bosanquet (Oxford University, Middlesex & England 1898-1919), and A.E. Relf (Sussex & England 1900-1921). G
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £60
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M.C.C. and Representative tours to India 1964-1970. An original visitor's book from a hotel, apparently in Bombay, signed by a good number of members of M.C.C. touring parties and other representative teams, a good number with 'remarks' relating to their stay. Signatures include members of the M.C.C. touring party 1963/64 including Barrington, Titmus, Mortimore, M.J.K. Smith, Parks, Knight, Wilson, Bolus, Binks, Edrich, Stewart (who describes the hotel as 'the number one convalescent home in Bombay'), Sharpe etc. Members of the 'International XI' touring party to India 1967/68 stayed for the match v an Indian XI played at Bombay, 23rd-26th February 1968. Signatures include Tolchard, Birkenshaw, Stewart, Suttle, Ibadulla, Greig, Underwood, Fletcher, Goonesena etc, also Kunderan of the Indian XI. Includes two official M.C.C. Christmas cards from the tours to South Africa 1964/65 and 1965/66, both signed by 'Mike [M.J.K. Smith]', and three mono photographs of visiting touring parties, one signed by Jim Parks. Some pages detached, old tape repairs to detached front cover, only fair condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
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Autograph collection c1948-1955. Brown leather autograph album comprising approx. one hundred and forty pages of individual autographs, the majority in ink on small page(s), album pages, official sheets and letters, all tipped in with neatly handwritten titles and captions. Larger items have been folded to fit the album. Contents include official sheets of the South African touring party to England 1951 (16 signatures) 'provided by Dudley Nourse', Northamptonshire 1951 (13) 'provided by N. Oldfield', India in England 1952 fully signed by all eighteen members of the touring party, Hampshire 1952 (18) 'provided by J.R. Gray', Somerset (11), Australia 1953 fully signed by all seventeen 'provided by Ian Craig' etc. Other pages include Yorkshire 1950 (12 signatures), Somerset 1951 (12) 'provided by M. Tremlett', Derbyshire 1951 (13) 'provided by J. Kelly', India in England 1952 (16) 'provided by R.V. Divecha', Glamorgan 1952 (11) 'provided by P.B. Clift', Pakistan 1954 (15) 'provided by Imtiaz Ahmed' etc. Individual signatures on small pages include fourteen members of the 1950 West Indies touring party to England of Stollmeyer, Rae, Worrell, Weekes, Marshall, Christiani, Walcott, Valentine, Gomez etc. Other individual signatures include Umrigar, Mankad, Phadkar, Hazare, Nayudu, Shinde (India), Taylor, Hayes, Reid (New Zealand), Simpson, Washbrook, Parkhouse, Ikin, Insole, May, Watkins, Statham, Close, Carr, Alec and Eric Bedser (England), Dooland, Tribe, Lindwall, Benaud (Australia), Pairaudeau (West Indies), Nel (South Africa) etc. Letters include a single page handwritten letter from Jack Iverson (Australian 'mystery' spinner, five Tests 1950/51) in which he writes about his disappointment 'over my inability to continue in big cricket' and not having the opportunity to bowl on spin-friendly wickets on the forthcoming tour to England in 1953. Two page letter from John Watkins (South Africa 1949-1957) etc. Odd duplication of signatures. Ownership name handwritten to inside front cover. An excellent selection of very nice autographs for the period. G/VG
Estimate: £400/600
Hammer price: £500
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Australia 1938. Official 'Australian XI English Tour 1938' souvenir brochure for the tour issued by 'Orient Line R.M.S. Orontes 20,000 tons'. The brochure lists the members of the touring party, list of fixtures and biographies with pen picture of each of the members of the touring Australian team. The pen pictures have been individually signed in ink by the player featured. Fully signed with seventeen signatures including Bradman, McCabe, Barnes, Brown, Fingleton, Hassett, McCormick, O'Reilly, Ward, Chipperfield etc. Original wrappers grubby, some foxing. Signatures excellent
Estimate: £300/400
Hammer price: £300
Lot 141:
Lot 141
M.C.C. tour of New Zealand 1954/55. Official programme for the second Test match played at Eden Park, 25th-30th March 1955. Signed in ink to the front cover by all twenty two members of both teams. England signatures include Simpson, Graveney, May, Cowdrey, Hutton, Bailey, Evans, Wardle, Tyson, Appleyard and Statham. New Zealand signatures are Sutcliffe, Leggat, Poore, Reid, McGregor, Rabone, Cave, MacGibbon, Colquhoun, Moir and Hayes. Also signed by other members of the England touring party, Loader, Edrich, Andrew and Wilson (signed twice). Vertical fold, wear and rusting to staples, otherwise good condition
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: £330
In a remarkable Test match, New Zealand batting first scored 200. England in reply made 246, and then bowled New Zealand out for only 26 to win by an innings and twenty runs, with only Sutcliffe reaching double figures (11). New Zealand's second innings score remains the record lowest total in a Test match innings. Len Hutton and Reg Simpson both made their last Test appearances for England in this match
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'England v Australia. Final Test Match, The Oval 1896'. Original press cuttings laid down to two large cards of a report titled 'Australian Match. A Wet Day at The Oval. The Money Question'. Also laid down are three original sepia photographs, one of W.G. Grace wearing a top hat, very nicely signed in ink by Grace below the photograph. Also original photographs of the victorious team and of the large crowd after the match viewed from the roof of the pavilion. Cards measure 15.5"x12". Ex Edward Wynyard collection. Previously sold by Knights as lot 213 in October 2008. G/VG
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: unsold
England won the deciding third Test by 66 runs to take the three match series 2-1. England scored 145 in their first innings, Australia made 119 in reply. England were then bowled out for 84 setting Australia 111 to win, but were bowled out for 44. For England, Hearne took ten wickets in the match, Trumble taking twelve for Australia. The 'Money Question' alluded to in the article's title refers to a pay dispute with a number of the England professionals, and the issue of expenses incurred by the amateurs
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M.C.C. tour to India 1933/34. Large autograph album comprising a comprehensive and excellent collection of signatures from the tour of the M.C.C. touring party and opposition teams, each team signed nicely signed in ink to an individual page, the odd page signed back to back. One page is fully signed by all seventeen members of the M.C.C. touring party. Signatures are Jardine (Captain), Walters, Valentine, Nichols, Townsend, Mitchell, Verity, Human, Elliott, Langridge, Levett, Barnett, Bakewell, Clark, Gregory, Marriott and Ricketts (Manager). Twenty other pages are signed by members of opposition teams which M.C.C. played during the tour. Teams and matches are C.B. Rubie's XI, Karachi, 15th-16th October (14 signatures), Karachi XI, Karachi, 18th-19th October (13), North West Frontier, Peshawar, 28th-29th October (9), Northern India, Lahore, 4th-5th November (12), Delhi and District, Delhi, 18th-19th November (10), Viceroy's XI, Delhi, 21st-22nd November (11), Rajputana, Ajmere, 25th-26th November (11), Western India, Rajkot, 29th November- 1st December (11), Bombay Presidency, Bombay, 8th-10th December (9), India, First Test, Bombay, 15th-18th December (11), Poona XI, Poona, 20th-21st December (11), Anglo Indians, Calcutta, 28th December (11), Indian XI, Calcutta, 30th December 1933- 2nd January 1934 (10), India, Second Test, Calcutta, 5th-8th January (11), Central India, Indore, 16th-17th January (11), Central Provinces and Berar, Nagpur, 19th- 21st January (10), Nawab of Moin- ud- Dowlah's XI, Secunderabad, 23rd- 25th January (11), Bangalore, Mysore, 28th -29th January (11), Madras XI, Madras, 3rd-5th February (11), and Ceylon, Colombo, 16th-18th February (11). Notable Indian's signatures include Maharaja of Patiala, C.K. Nayudu, S. Wazir Ali, V.M. Merchant, L.P. Jai, C.S. Nayudu, R.J.D. Jamshedji, M. Nisar, Naoomal Jaoomal, L. Amar Singh etc. The album Includes three original sepia candid photographs of match action, one featuring Herbert Sutcliffe in batting action. The owner of the album is not known, possibly a member of the M.C.C. party, or an individual following the tour. Breaking to album hinges and page block, odd page loose, the signed pages in very good condition. An excellent comprehensive collection of signatures from the first M.C.C. 'Test' tour to India including the rarer Indian State and Representative team signatures
Estimate: £500/700
Hammer price: £600
Lot 144:
Lot 144
Pakistan 1967. Official folding tour itinerary for 'Pakistan Cricketers in England 1967', with printed mono portraits of the touring party to centre pages, emblem to front and fixtures to back. Eight signatures of Majid Jahangir, Asif Iqbal, Ghulam Abbas, Wasim Bari, Mohammad Ilyas, Salim Altaf, Niaz Ahmad, and the manager, I.A. Khan. Also an accompanying official tour brochure, and an official souvenir programme for President's XI v M.C.C. XI, Rawalpindi, 5th-7th February 1967. Sold with a selection of match programmes including Rothmans World Cup tournament, Scarborough and Lord's, September 1966, Rothmans Rest of the World XI 1968, All-India Schools' Cricket Tour of U.K. 1967 etc. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £30
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Test and County cricketers 1951-1955. Large autograph album comprising a comprehensive collection of signatures of Test and County cricketers and others, collected by 'Dorothy' who is thought to have been a member of the catering staff at Lord's. The autographs have been signed a team to a page, some pages signed back to back, the majority of signatures very nicely signed in ink. International teams are South Africans 1951 (16 signatures), India 1952 (18), England 1952 (12), England 1953 (11), Australians 1953, (12), Pakistan 1954 (5), South Africa 1955 (16). Surrey 1951 (12), Kent 1951 (11), Somerset 1951 (12), Nottinghamshire 1951 (11), Middlesex 1951 (13). Counties are Derbyshire 1952 (12), Glamorgan 1952 (12), Surrey 1952 (13), Worcestershire 1952 (13), Gloucestershire 1952 (12), Sussex 1952 (11), Lancashire 1952 (11), Northamptonshire 1952 (12), Kent 1952 (11), Yorkshire 1952 (14), Hampshire 1952 (11), Essex 1952 (10), Nottinghamshire 1952 (12), Warwickshire 1952 (13), Sussex 1954 (12). Representative teams are Gentlemen (11) and Players (9) 1951, Players 1952 (11), M.C.C. 1954 (8), Gentlemen (11) and Players (9) 1954, Lancashire 1954 (10), M.C.C. v Cambridge University (11) 1954, M.C.C. v Oxford University (9) 1954, Oxford University (8) 1954, Eton 1953 (11). Also includes over twenty signatures, of celebrities of stage, film etc., the majority signed to individual pages, including Bruce Seton, Sonny Tufts, Gracie Fields, Arthur Askey, Ian Carmichael, Donald Houston, Topol, Stanley Baxter, Jimmy Edwards, George Formby, John Inman (signed photograph), George Robey (signed card) etc. Minor wear and old tape repair not affecting the signatures, otherwise in good/ very good condition. An excellent collection with a personal association to Lord's
Estimate: £300/400
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 146:
Lot 146
Derbyshire C.C.C. 1950s-1980s. Large selection of signatures of mainly Derbyshire cricketers, some Essex, the majority on pieces laid down to pages, some signed team cutting images. Approx. one hundred and fifty signatures in total including a good number of 2nd XI players or those with limited 1st XI appearances. Signatures include Swarbrook, Borrington, Bradbury, Harvey-Walker, Mohan, Hanson, Rumsey, Hendrick, Tunnicliffe, Taylor, Malcolm etc. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £85
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'The Centurions- Scorers of 100 First-Class Centuries'. Headed book insert by Boundary Books containing the ink signatures of nine players who have achieved the feat. Signatures, nicely signed in ink, by Don Bradman, Glenn Turner, Colin Cowdrey, Tom Graveney, Dennis Amiss, Geoff Boycott, John Edrich, Zaheer Abbas and Graham Gooch. 8.75"x12". Sold with a similar 'Limitation Edition' page for Bill Frindall's 'A Tale of Two Captains' published by Boundary Books in 1992. Signed by the author and Viv Richards. Qty 2. VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £32
Lot 148:
Lot 148
Andrew Ernest Stoddart. Middlesex & England 1885-1990. Good signature of Stoddart in ink on piece laid down to white card with handwritten biographical details. Light crease to left edge slightly affecting the signature, otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £140/160
Hammer price: £130
Lot 149:
Lot 149
'Cricket Heroes. England's Cricketers Select Their Heroes' 1981. Lord's Taverners brochure signed by twenty eight contributors to the brochure to their piece and elsewhere. Signatures include Don Brennan, Roland Butcher, Trevor Bailey, Jack Birkenshaw, Colin Cowdrey, Mike Denness, Ted Dexter, Keith Fletcher, Alf Gover, Jim Laker, Tony Lewis, Alan Oakman, Jim Parks, John Snow, Bob Woolmer etc. Some wear to the cover and splitting to spine, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £15
Lot 150:
Lot 150
Worcestershire C.C.C. 1960s-2010s. Red folder comprising a selection of Worcestershire related ephemera. Contents include an original hand coloured pen and ink caricature of the Nawab of Pataudi (artist unknown), signed pages and cuttings, commemorative cover, photographs etc., also scorecards, press photographs, cigarette cards etc. Over fifty signatures including Cumbes, Boyns, Patel, Gifford, Turner, D'Oliveira, Holder, Neale, Hick etc. Some duplication of signatures. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £80
Lot 151:
Lot 151
England Test player signatures 1930s-2000s. A collection of over two hundred signatures on white cards, mainly postcard size, each individually signed by an England Test cricketer. Earlier signatures include Subba Row, Parfitt, Insole, Parks, K. Palmer, Wilson, Hampshire, Price, C. Palmer, Milton, Cartwright, Tyson, A. Bedser, Murray, R. Hobbs, Dexter, Boycott, Titmus, Close, Denness, Trueman, Sheppard, Cowdrey, D.B. Carr, E. Russell, Pullar, Gifford, Birkenshaw, Kenyon, Ames, Brown, Gover, G. Mann etc. Odd duplication. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £75
Lot 152:
Lot 152
Alec Victor Bedser. Surrey & England 1939-1960. Official order of Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Sir Alec Bedser C.B.E. 1918-2010. Held at Southwark Cathedral, 12th July 2010. Signed to the front cover by John Major and to inside by John Barclay, who both gave addresses at the service. VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £42
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Michael Colin Cowdrey. Kent & England 1950-1976. Order of service brochure for the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of The Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge 1932-2000. Signed to inside pages by eight members of the Kent Championship winning team of 1970, Brown, Ealham, Hills, Johnson, Sayer, Shepherd, Underwood and Asif Iqbal. Also signed by John Major who read the tribute. Some staining to front cover. Sold with a large official menu for the 'Tribute to Colin Cowdrey' held at the Royal Star Hotel, Maidstone, 17th July 1968. Some damp damage otherwise in good condition. Qty 2
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £70
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Lot 154
Yorkshire. David Denton and Arthur Dolphin. Two pencil signatures of Dolphin and Denton, each on piece loosely mounted, the Dolphin with a mono press portrait photograph, the Denton with a mono postcard of Denton in batting pose. Sold with a mono portrait photograph of Bill Bowes by A. Wilkes & Son, dated 1935. 4"x6.5". The Dolphin signature slightly trimmed, otherwise in good condition. Qty 3.
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £20
Lot 155:
Lot 155
Yorkshire. F.S. Jackson and George Hirst. Signature in ink on piece of Jackson loose mounted below copy photograph of Jackson. Also the signature of Hirst in pencil on piece loose mounted below a colour postcard of Hirst (Valentine's Series). G/VG. Qty 2.
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £45
Lot 156:
Lot 156
Cricket selection. Australian Centennial Tour 1877 1977. Commemorative cover for the opening match of the tour v Duchess of Norfolk's XI at Arundel, 27th April 1977, signed by the eleven members of the Duchess' team. Signatures are Murray, Cowdrey, Greig, Smith, Old, Randall, Lever, Woolmer, Barclay, Edmonds and Willey. Also a miniature Slazenger 'V12' bat signed by Geoff Boycott on reaching his century of centuries, 11th August 1977, 17". Handwritten letter from Ray Illingworth, South Australian Cricket Association official autograph sheet signed by eleven members of the South Australia team for the Sheffield Shield match v Western Australia, November 1988. Benefit brochures including two signed by Richard Hadlee 1986, Clive Lloyd 1986, and Derek Underwood 1986 . Sold with a further selection of brochures, scorecards etc. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £50

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