Unique and Never Before Seen Sporting Treasures at Auction
An impressive collection of sporting gems will be offered at Fraser's Autographs' - Autographs, Documents & Historic Sports Memorabilia sale on Thursday 25th September 2014 including, possibly "The world's most profusely signed cricket bat", Billy Jennings's F.A Cup winner's medal, a 1905 Welsh Rugby gold badge and the J.J. Warr cricket memorabilia collection.
Bearing the signatures of over 200 contemporary cricketers Syd Gregory's historic bat from 1912 is a unique part of cricketing history. Syd captained Australia six times and used the bat to score 150 against Northamptonshire during the early part of their tour to England. He then proceeded to use it when playing in the inaugural "Triangular Tournament" against England and South Africa and against most English counties - collecting the signatures of almost every first-class cricketer he played against. What is particularly symbolic about the era of these autographs is that a number of the signatories would go on to serve their country in the Great War two years later, including Colin Blythe (Kent and England) who was killed in action in 1917. [Lot 268] Est. £2,000-3,000.
On 16th December 1905 at Cardiff Arms Park a Welsh team, who were unbeaten at home for six years, met the All Blacks, a team undefeated in 27 games. Teddy Morgan's try settled a bruising encounter 3-0 in Wales's favour. This rare, medallion was awarded to players (and committee members) before or after the game. The quality of the enamelling and the gold used implies that the Welsh Football Union recognised the importance of a match so aptly described as "the greatest game ever played". [Lot 259] Est. £1,000-1,500.
The Billy Jennings' football collection is crowned by [lot 250], a team shirt worn by Jennings when playing for Bolton Wanders in the 1923 F.A. Cup final. The game resulted in a 2-0 win for Bolton Wanderers over West Ham with King George V presenting the trophy Est. £6,000-10,000. Also in the collection is [lot 251], a gold hunter pocket watch, presumably awarded to members of the victorious Bolton Wanderers team following their historic victory in 1923 Est. £1,000-1,200, and [lot 252], a 15ct gold F.A. Cup winners medal won by Billy Jennings when Bolton Wanderers returned to Wembley to beat Manchester City 1-0 in 1926. Est. £3,000-5,000
Between the years of 1914 and 1928, Jennings played 11 times for Wales and the collection features many impressive mementos from his time with his national team, including [lot 253], Billy Jennings' 1914 red Wales shirt with white cuffs and the iconic rampant dragon. [lot 254] is Wales's first and only Triple Crown medal to commemorate the winning of the "Triple Crown Season 1923/24", as it took the Football Association of Wales four years to at last recognise the achievement of this team ,resulting in this medal being struck in 1928.
Opening the John James Warr collection of cricket memorabilia is [lot 260], a collection relating to the Duke of Norfolk's XI Tour of Jamaica in 1957. The lot contains, among many other interesting items, a black and white photograph signed by the Duke and Desmond Eagar, and a black and white team photograph signed by all 14 members of the party Est. £40-60. [lot 261] is an official printed team sheet of Australia tour to UK 1975, signed by every member of the team, also included is "The Captains Dinner" limited edition brochure held on 28th January 1988 and signed by Sir Donald Bradman among others as well as other printed material relating to the 1988 bicentennial test Est. £40-60.
[lot 262], with an estimate of £40-60, is a scrapbook belonging to J.J. and recording his one and only full overseas tour with M.C.C. [lot 263] features mementoes of M.C.C. membership culminating in J.J.'s appointment as president in 1987 where he oversaw the celebration of the bicentenary of the club Est. £30-40. [lot 264] is a wonderful collection of autographed correspondence from the world of cricket, including a signed letter from Pelham "Plum" Warner expressing his disappointment that John had resigned as Captain of Middlesex in 1959 Est. £30-40. Closing the J.J. Warr collection is [lot 265], a miscellany of ephemera acquired by J.J. Warr during a lifetime in and around the game, including three "Spy" cricketers' prints and cigarette cards Est. £30-40.
Fraser's Autographs' Autographs, Documents & Historic Sports Memorabilia Sale' will be held in the Bloomsbury Auctions' Mayfair saleroom in London on Thursday 25th September 2014. The catalogue will be available to view online at www.bloomsburyauctions.com.\
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Stanley Gibbons we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin', and Frasers Autograph's. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.
London - 04th September 2014