Items of cricket memorabilia are objects connected with the game of cricket. Those associated with a famous or historically significant event or player are particularly sought-after by collectors.
As with other sports collectibles niches, like golf memorabilia for example, notable collectibles can include items most notable for their age as opposed to their story.
Modern cricket dates back to the 16th century, with the first international matches played in 1844. International Test cricket began in 1877.
Since its origins in England, the game is today played professional in most of the Commonwealth of Nations. This extensive history and continued global appeal means that there are many cricket collectibles with significant provenance and willing global buyers.
- Manuscripts (e.g. scorebooks)
- Tour caps
- Books (e.g. the Wisden Almanac)
- Cricket bats
Samuel Britcher’s cricket scorebooks sold for £324,000 in a Christie’s auction in 2005.
The MCC purchased a collection of cricket scorebooks written by Samuel Britcher, the MCC’s first official scorer. His record of matches between 1795 and 1806, recorded in four books, was sold for a combined total of £324,000.
In 2008 the baggy green cap worn by Don Bradman on the 1948 ‘Invincibles’ tour of England was sold at a Charles Leski auction for approximately A$400,000 (£175,375).
In October 2000 at a Christie’s auction in Melbourne, the bat used by Garfield Sobers to achieve 365 not out for West India against Pakistan in 1958 (breaking Len Hutton’s test record) was sold for A$129,250.
In 1968 Garfield Sobers made county cricket history by hitting six consecutive sixes in a single over for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan. One of the balls used during this historic innings was sold at a Christie’s auction in 2006 for £26,400 (see picture).
In November 2010 a gold medal presented to English cricketer Harry Charlwood after the first ever test match between England and Australia in 1877 was sold at a Graham Budd Auctions sale for £10,000.
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