A sports collectible items for public auction by Adelaide Auctioneer David Weber

by Physio Adelaide on July 4, 2011



A major sporting collectibles accumulated over a 40 year period is now to be offered by Public Auction in Adelaide. Owned by well known sporting personality Mr William (Bill) Blucher. One of several elements of this unique collection is it isn’t sport specific and contains cricket, baseball, tennis, boxing, golf, football, soccer, American baseball and football, motor and horse racing.
Mr Blucher himself a reputable and well ranked baseball player who played for Glenelg for a long time an is the proud recipient of a large number of awards. Mr Blucher declared that it is now time to move the collection on with the intention that other individuals can appreciate what has been devoted interest of his in the past four decades.
The centrepiece on the collection is the cricketing memorabilia, which includes approximately one hundred fifty full size and miniature match and autograph cricket bats. A highlight is a 1930 bat signed by the Australian Cricket Team when they played in England. It includes Sir Donald Bradman’s signature and Archie Jackson who died in 1933 at age 24.
Archie Jackson attained his career peak while in Adelaide at the age of 19 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 constrained him, although he still scored  1023 runs.   His 4th wicket partnership of 243 with Sir Donald Bradman at the oval in 1930 still stands as an Australian Test Cricket record for that ground. He continues to be youngest batsman to have signed a century in his first test in an Australia vs England Match.
This rare bat is among very few signed by Archie Jackson and along with the ‘Dons’ signature makes this a superb investment with a pre sale estimation of $3,000 to $5,000.
Sir Donald Bradman’s representation is considerable and includes single and team cricket bats, miniature display bats, signed photos and lots of framed collages.
There’re 50 other full size cricket bats with signatures of Australian as well as other world squads from the 1930’s right through to present day.
A personally signed letter by Sir Alec Bedser C.B.E. accompanies a set of match Bails which were used 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 full-sized bat by Australia, West Indies, England, New Zealand, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka teams with 92 signatures. And this also is rare and will realise $1,500 to $2,500.
The AFL assortment contains well framed and signed team Guernseys with emphasis on the Adelaide Crows. There is signed match and display footballs in presentation cases. One being of local meaning this is a match ball signed by approximately forty players of the South Adelaide Football team celebrating the winning match in opposition to Norwood at the Norwood Oval.
An incredible 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 celebrities.
This valuable and outstanding collection is an absolute credit to Mr Blucher who has had customized showcases designed with extensive lighting, 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 megawhogg@chariot.net.au.
Telephone enquiries please call David Weber (Auctioneer) on (08) 8342 1400

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