An enormous sporting collection accumulated over a 40 year period will now be to be sold by Auction in Adelaide.

by Physio Adelaide on June 29, 2011



A major sporting collectibles accumulated over a 40 year period is now to be available by Public Auction in Adelaide. Owned by popular sporting identity Mr William (Bill) Blucher. Amongst the elements of this unique collection is that it is just not sport specific and consists of cricket, baseball, tennis, boxing, golf, football, soccer, American baseball and football, motor and horse racing.
Mr Blucher himself a reputable and well regarded baseball player who played for Glenelg in the past an is a proud recipient of numerous awards. Mr Blucher asserted that it is now time to move the collection on so that others can get pleasure from what’s been an enthusiasm of his within the last few 40 years.
The centerpiece in the collection is the cricketing memorabilia, this includes approximately a hundred and fifty full-sized and miniature match and autograph bats. A showcase is a 1930 bat signed by the Australian Cricket Team right after they played in England. It includes Sir Donald Bradman’s signature and Archie Jackson who died in 1933 at age 24.
Archie Jackson reached his career peak while in Adelaide at only 19 years of age he represented Australia against England in February of 1929. He played his 1st test match and scored a chanceless 164 runs in 368 minutes. He was selected for the 1930 Tour of England where his ill health and the varying weather condotions restrained him, although he still scored  1023 runs.   His 4th wicket partnership of 243 with Sir Donald Bradman at the oval in 1930 still stands being an Australian Test Cricket record for the ground. He remains the youngest batsman ever to have achieved a century in his first test in an Australia vs England Match.
This rare bat is one of few signed by Archie Jackson and together with the ‘Dons’ signature makes this a first-rate purchase with a pre sale appraisal of $3,000 to $5,000.
Sir Donald Bradman’s representation is significant and includes single and team cricket bats, miniature presentation cricket , signed photos and many frameworked collages.
There is 50 other regular size cricket bats that bare signatures of Australian and other world teams from the 1930’s through to present-day.
A personally signed letter by Sir Alec Bedser C.B.E. accompanies a pair of match Bails that were utilised in the Australia v England test in Melbourne in Jan. 1947. This test was the first one played in Melbourne right after the 1939-1945 war. These hard to find Bails have a pre sale estimation of $300 to $500.
Addititionally there is an English Willow Internationally signed regular size bat by Australia, West Indies, England, New Zealand, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka teams with 92 signatures. This also is rare and should realise $1,500 to $2,500.
The Australia Football League selection includes well framed and signed team Guernseys with emphasis towards the Adelaide Crows. One can find signed match and display footballs in presentation cases. One being of local relevance that’s a match ball signed by approximately 40 players of the South Adelaide Football team remembering the winning match in opposition to Norwood on the Norwood Oval.
A massive collection of American baseball cards total approximately 56,000 with numerous rare signed cards displayed. You can find signed baseball bats and balls and numerous photos of American Baseball stars.
This amazing and outstanding collection is an absolute credit to Mr Blucher who has had custom display cabinets designed with extensive illumination, which will also form part of the sale.
The sale will be held on a date to be advised and catalogue requests can be made by emailing
Phone enquiries please call David Weber (Auctioneer) on (08) 8342 1400

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