Auction of Cricket, Football and Sporting Memorabilia

Held on Saturday 14th November 2015.

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

Lot 560

Lot 560. 'E.J. Sanders' Team in the United States and Canada 1885'. A beautifully compiled large photograph album/scrapbook covering this early tour to North America and Canada in 1885, containing sixty seven pages of contemporary photographs, newspaper articles, menus and personalised invitation cards, passenger lists, postcards, scorecards etc. A magnificent record of the tour. No book on this tour is recorded and the scrapbook is an important archive.
Estimate £8000/12000
Hammer price £9500

Lot 450

Lot 450. 'Cricket'. W.G. Grace. Bristol 1891. Limited de luxe edition of 652 numbered copies, signed by the author Grace. This being 113/652. Subscriber number 113 was 'S.M.J. Woods, Jesus College, Cambridge'. (Samuel Moses James Woods, Somerset, England & Australia 1886-1910). The book has been profusely signed by by over four hundred and sixty players in ink from the time of publication, 1891 to 1930, the year before the death of Woods.
Estimate £3000/5000
Hammer price £4900

Lot 433

Lot 433. 'The Tour of the West Indian Cricketers, August & September 1886'. Charles Guy Austin Wyatt and Lawrence R. Fyfe. The Argosy Press, Demerara, WestIndies 1887. 92pp. A rare early West Indian tour book.
Estimate £6000/9000

Lot 542

Lot 542. William Lloyd Murdoch. New South Wales, Sussex, London County & Australia 1875-1904. Splendid sepia cabinet card photograph of Murdoch, head and shoulders, wearing three piece suit, shirt and cricket tie, topped off with an Australia tour boater. Very nicely signed, 'yours sincerely', in black ink by Murdoch to lower photographers border. A very rare and sought after signed card of this early Australia Test player.
Estimate £500/800
Hammer price £1200

Lot 232

Lot 232. Archibald Campbell MacLaren. Lancashire & England 1890-1914. Excellent sepia real photograph postcard of MacLaren, full length, wearing touring blazer and boater. The postcard very nicely signed to image in black ink by MacLaren. E. Hawkins & Co, Brighton. (From a large collection of signed postcards being sold at this auction)
Estimate £200/300
Hammer price £460

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