Items From The Collection Of Brian Close. (Yorkshire, Somerset & England 1949-1977)

Brian Close played 22 Test matches for England from 1949-1977. In 1949 at the age of 18 he became the youngest player to attain the double, the youngest to gain a Yorkshire County cap and the youngest to represent England in Test cricket. He scored almost 35,000 runs at 33.26 and took over 1100 wickets at 26.42. He is famously remembered facing the West Indian fast bowlers in 1976 having been recalled to the England team at the age of 45. The interval between Close's first and last Test matches was 27 years, the second-longest after Wilfred Rhodes. Close died in September 2015 at the age of 84 years.

Lot 824:
Lot 824
Yorkshire C.C.C. Scarborough Festival 1958. Four mono candid photographs featuring Yorkshire players at Scarborough, each signed to the photograph by the featured player. Signatures are Doug Padgett, Johnny Wardle, Bryan Stott and Jack Birkenshaw. Each approx. 3.5"x4.5". VG
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £45
Lot 825:
Lot 825
Alfred Percy 'Tich' Freeman. Kent & England 1914-1936. Three mono and sepia candid photographs featuring Freeman taken on board the S.S. Ormonde on the 1922/23 tour to Australia and New Zealand, with handwritten annotations to verso in Freeman's own hand. Freeman is depicted with other passengers, including Harry Tyldesley of Lancashire. Includes three mono postcards of Maori scenes and artefacts, presumably collected by Freeman. Qty 6. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £50
Lot 826:
Lot 826
Leicestershire C.C.C. 'Over 1000 runs in 1928'. Original mono press photograph of six Leicestershire players standing in cricket attire at The Oval. The photograph taken in the course of the last match of the 1928 season v Surrey, 29th-31st August 1928. Players featured are Berry, Astill, Dawson, Shipman, Armstrong and Sidwell, all of whom scored over 1000 runs during the 1928 season. Some creasing and odd nicks, otherwise a nice image in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £90
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Indian tour of England 1959. Excellent selection of twelve press photographs taken during the Lord's Test in England. They include Roy and Contractor walking out to bat, Contractor being applauded as he walks in at tea 77 not out, Surendra Nath bowling (he took 3-46 in the first innings), Manjrekar batting, Milton being caught at the wicket, Barrington and May batting, Gupte caught by Evans, England team photograph etc. The photographs by Sport & General Press Agency. The photographs mounted on two large display/exhibition style cards with details on typed labels below, mounted with a scorecard from the game. Each display card measures 19"x26.5". Good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £25
Lot 828:
Lot 828
Brabourne Stadium, Bombay, India. Original panoramic photograph of a match in progress with a large crowd in attendance. Date and match unknown. The photograph measures approx. 21"x5.5". Mounted, framed and glazed, overall 30"x15". VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £25
The Brabourne Stadium was built by the Cricket Club of India and hosted its inaugural first-class match in 1937
Lot 829:
Lot 829
M.C.C. tour to Australia 1936/37. Original mono press photograph depicting the enormous crowds queuing to enter the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the first day of the third Test, 1st-7th January 1937. 10"x5.5" VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £65
Lot 830:
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Leicestershire and Middlesex 1959-1969. Three original mono press photographs of action from Middlesex v Leicestershire matches at Lord's, each signed to the photograph by the featured players. Photographs are from 1959 signed by Hallam (Leicestershire) and Parfitt (Middlesex), 1960 signed by Geloven (Leicestershire), Titmus and Murray (Middlesex), and 1969 signed by Illingworth (Leicestershire), Russell and Parfitt (Middlesex). Various sizes. Small crease to one photograph, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 831:
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County players 1960s-1980s. Three original mono press photographs of match action, each signed to the photograph by the featured players. Matches are Gentlemen v Players, Lord's 1962, signed by David Sheppard, Keith Andrew and Phil Sharpe, and Middlesex v Leicestershire, Lord's 1966, signed by Roger Tolchard. Also a photograph signed by Vic Marks (Somerset) and George Sharpe (Northamptonshire) c1980. Various sizes. Odd minor faults, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 832:
Lot 832
Surrey v Australians 1953. Original mono press photograph of action from the match played at The Oval, 9th-11th May 1953. The photograph depicts Hole of Australia edging a shot passed Surrey wicket keeper McIntyre and Surridge at slip. Nicely signed in blue ink to the photograph by Surridge and McIntyre. 10"x8". G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £25
The Australians bowled out Surrey for 58 runs in the first innings and went on to win by an innings and 76 runs
Lot 833:
Lot 833
Test and County photographs 1990s. Four colour press photographs of match action, each signed by the featured player(s). Matches are England v Australia, third Test, Trent Bridge 1993, signed by Martin McCague. Sussex v Glamorgan, NatWest semi-final, Hove 1993, signed by Peter Moores and Neil Lenham (Sussex) and Steve James (Glamorgan). Glamorgan v Warwickshire, Benson & Hedges quarter-final, Cardiff 1996, signed by Matthew Maynard (Glamorgan) and Dougie Brown (Warwickshire). Leicestershire v Durham, Benson & Hedges Cup, Leicester 1996, signed by John Morris (Durham) and Paul Nixon (Leicestershire). Each photograph 9.5"x8". VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 834:
Lot 834
Leslie Ethelbert George Ames. Kent & England 1926-1951. Original sepia press photograph of Les Ames keeping wicket to the Maharajkumar of Vizianagram 'Vizzy' who has been bowled out, most likely in the match A.P.Freeman's XI v India, Gravesend, 29th April 1936. Nicely signed in ink to the photograph by Ames. 6.5"x8.5". VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £35
Lot 835:
Lot 835
Kenneth George Viljoen. Griqualand West, Orange Free State, Transvaal & South Africa 1926-1949. Original sepia press photograph of Viljoen in batting pose, taken at Lord's on the 1935 South Africa tour to England. 6"x8". A nice image. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 836:
Lot 836
Don Bradman. Mono library photograph of Bradman, head and shoulders wearing suit and tie. Signed in later years to the photograph by Bradman. 7.5"x9.75". VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold













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