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

Held on Saturday & Sunday, 12th & 13th November 2016.

Knights are delighted to offer a preview of their forthcoming specialist auction of Sporting Memorabilia. Over 1200 lots:-

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Lot 253. 'Cricket Match between the Australian Eleven and the Earl of Sheffield's Eleven 1896'. A sumptuous silk menu produced for the match played at Sheffield Park, Uckfield on the 11th to 13th May 1896. The exquisite printed silk menu, hand coloured and fringed in gold braid, was produced for the visit of the Prince of Wales who attended this opening match of the Australian tour on the first day, staying for lunch and watching the game in the afternoon, one of very few menus produced and probably one of few to survive from this prestigious visit
Estimate £4000/6000
Hammer price: £3800

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Lot 324. Colin Blythe. Kent & England 1899-1914. MacLaren's tour of Australia 1901/02. Navy blue cloth cap with raised and beautifully embroidered emblem of the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom, in predominantly red, yellow and blue to front. A very early and rare touring cap
Estimate £2500/3500
Hammer price: £9500

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Lot 352. Australian tour of England 1930. Excellent complete set of fifteen sepia real photograph postcards of each member of the Australian touring party. The postcards produced by B.D.V. cigarettes of Godfrey Phillips of London, as part of their advertising campaign for the 1930 Australian tourists. Each postcard very nicely signed by the player featured in ink including the rarer card of Archie Jackson
Estimate £2500/3500
Hammer price: £2800

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Lot 1057. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1917. 54th edition. Original hardback. Very good condition. A rare wartime hardback edition with gilts to front board and spine bright
Estimate £1800/2500
Hammer price: £2600

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Lot 794. 'Ready for Chances'. A Royal Doulton Black Boy dinner plate, entitled 'Ready for Chances' printed with a boy in red shirt, yellow waistcoat and a floppy hat crouched awaiting a catch. Very good condition. A rarer 'Black Boy' title
Estimate £500/800
Hammer price: £950

"Except for highlight pieces, the dominance of Christies, Sothebys and Bonhams is being eroded by the large, visually appealing and meticulously compiled catalogues from Tim Knight…"

Gordon Phillips, Wisden Cricketers Almanack 2003

Knights are internationally recognised as one of the leading specialist auctioneers of sporting memorabilia, with a database of customers worldwide, and have achieved excellent prices on our sales of sporting memorabilia over the last twenty two years since our conception in 1993.

We hold three major auctions of sporting memorabilia each year specialising in cricket, football, rugby union, rugby league, olympic games, boxing and other sporting memorabilia.

Following highly successful sales of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack within our sporting auctions we now conduct two annual specialist sales of the Almanack every year, in April and September. Please see our sister website for full details.

We are based in north Norfolk but hold our auctions at the Premier Inn, Fosse Park, Leicester ­South West, a more central location, with easy motorway access. We have also had two auctions in Melbourne, Australia (1996 and 1998).

Knights travel the country conducting valuations and collecting items for inclusion in our general sporting sales and specialist Wisden auctions.

For free valuations and advice please contact Tim Knight on 01263 768488 or email him at