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

Held on Saturday & Sunday, 11th & 12th February 2017.

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Lot 314. A photograph of Tate and Chapman walking out to bat at Leeds, signed and inscribed by Tate, July 1930 from the Percy Chapman (Kent & England) photographic and ephemeral archive. (Lots 311-327a)
Estimate £700/1000
Hammer price: £2800

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Lot 1162. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1896. 33rd edition. The rare first issue of the original hard back. From a full run of original hardbacks being sold in the auction.
Estimate £7000/10000
Hammer price: £8800

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Lot 370. A magnificent large silver salver presented to R.E. Foster following his world record Test match score of 287 against Australia in 1903. The silver salver, with pie-crust edge and three scrolled feet, was made by Thomas Bradbury & Sons of London and is hallmarked London 1904, weighs 1.7kg and measures 16" diameter.
Estimate £1500/2500
Hammer price: £2400

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Lot 118. William Lucius Kelly (1875-1968). Manager of the Australian touring team to England 1930. A collection of correspondence, letters, photographs and cards covering the period 1930 to 1939 between Kelly and a Miss Sheila Chase, Manageress of the Midland Grand Hotel, London. Together with a rare black opal and diamond gold ring given to Miss Sheila Chase by Kelly. The correspondence covers the 1930 Australian tour, feelings over the Bodyline controversy, the enormous problems faced by European Jews in the late 1930’s and on the onset of the Second World War.
Estimate £4000/6000
Hammer price: £5100

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Lot 666. 'The Tour of the West Indian Cricketers, August & September 1886'. Charles Guy Austin Wyatt and Lawrence R. Fyfe. The Argosy Press, Demerara, West Indies 1887
Estimate £5000/7000
Hammer price: £6000

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Gordon Phillips, Wisden Cricketers Almanack 2003

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