Auction of Cricket, Football and Sporting Memorabilia

To be held on Saturday 13th February 2016.

Including Part Three of the Cricket Collection of the late
Maurice Blunden, club cricketer, Sussex cricket lover
and avid collector of cricketana.

Knights are delighted to offer a preview of their forthcoming specialist auction of Sporting Memorabilia to be held on the 13th Feburary at Leicester. Over 1100 lots:-

Lot 106

Lot 106. M.C.C. Tour of Australia 1911-12. Early and impressive official menu cover to the victorious M.C.C. team who returned home with the 'Ashes' having won the series by four Tests to one. The Dinner was held at The Trocadero, London on 1st May 1912. Amazingly the menu has been profusely and beautifully signed in black ink by ninety seven players and guests attending the Dinner including nearly all the M.C.C. touring team.
Estimate £3000/5000

Lot 335

Lot 335. Lord Martin Bladen Hawke. Yorkshire & England 1881-1911. Splendid sepia cabinet card photograph of Hawke, half length, wearing three piece suit, shirt and tie. Nicely signed in black ink by Hawke, towards the lower right hand corner of the image, and dated '1891'. From the Kingsmill Key, Surrey 1892-1904 collection.
Estimate £300/500

Lot 1

Lot 1. 'Cricket. A Grand Match will be played in Lord's New Cricket Ground. Near Lisson Grove, St. Mary-Le-Bone, on Wednesday 16th June 1813, and the following day, between the Mary-le-bone and St. John's Wood Clubs with Hammond, against the Mitcham Club, for One Thousand Guineas a Side. Original and very early handbill for the match played at the Lord's 'New' Ground at Dorset Fields on the 16th and 17th June 1813 by Craft, Printer of Wells Street, Oxford Street, London.
Estimate £800/1200

Lot 370

Lot 370. 'Bibliography of Cricket'. Alfred J. Gaston 1895. 12pp. Original card wrappers with red thread to spine. Printed for private circulation by D.B. Friend & Co, of Brighton. Limited edition number 23 of only 25 copies produced and signed by Gaston.
Estimate £1000/1500

Lot 233

Lot 233. Colin Blythe, Kent & England 1899-1914. Excellent sepia real photograph postcard of a youthful Blythe, full length, in batting attire, wearing England touring cap stood in front of the wicket holding a cricket ball. The postcard very nicely signed to image in black ink by Blythe. Foster of Brighton.
Estimate £250/350

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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.

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