Cricket World Cup memorabilia and collectibles
Cricket World Cup memorabilia and collectibles consist of cricket memorabilia associated with Cricket World Cups. The competition takes place every four years, and was hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in 2011.
Types of collectibles
Cricket World Cup collectibles can consist of:
- Game-worn shirts
- Match-used bats and balls
- Match programmes
- Ticket stubs
- Signed photographs
Cricket World Cup memorabilia figures are relatively modest when compared with events like the FIFA World Cup.
Due to the relative infancy of the Cricket World Cup (the first one took place in 1975), and the low standing of the one-day game compared with five-day cricket in collectors’ and investors’ eyes, Cricket World Cup memorabilia does not generally command the top figures.
The official coin used for the toss in the 2011 final between India and Sri Lanka sold for $100,200.00 through an online auction conducted by the International Cricket Council in April 2011. The coin was at the centre of much controversy at the toss: Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara incorrectly called heads, only for the toss to be conducted a second time because the match referee did not hear the first call. Sangakkara this time guessed correctly but India went on to win.
The bat used by South African Herschelle Gibbs to knock six sixes in an over against the bowling of Dutchman Daan van Bunge during the Cricket World Cup in 2007 sold for £1,620 at Bonhams in February 2011.
The bat used by Indian captain MS Dhoni to hit the winning runs of the 2011 final sold for £100,000 at a charity auction in July 2011.
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