Don Bradman

Don Bradman Invincibles

Reference number:

11113
£198.00

Description:

A desirable original pair of vintage autograph book pages obtained in July 1948 during Don Bradmans final test tour of the UK with "The Invincibles". Clearly signed in ink by eight team members ; Don Bradman d2001 (captain) / Lindsay Hassett d1993 (vice-captain) / Ray Lindwall d1996 / Keith Miller d2004 / Arthur Morris d2015 / Ian Johnson d1998 / Colin McCool d1986 and Don Tallon d1984 (wicket-keeper)

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Due to the popularity of Bradman, generally regarded as the greatest batsman of all time and the fact that he had announced that it was his farewell International Tour, the Australians were greeted with much fanfare across the country and many records for match attendances were broken. This team became famous for being the first Test Match side to play an entire tour of England without losing a match. This feat earned them the nickname of "The Invincibles" and they are regarded as one of the greatest cricket teams of all time. Including five Test matches, Australia played a total of 31 first-class fixtures, plus three other games, two of the non-first-class matches being played in Scotland. They had a busy schedule with 112 days of play scheduled in 144 days, meaning that they often played every day of the week except Sunday. Their record in the first-class games was 23 won and 8 drawn. In all matches, they won 25 and drew 9 ; many of the victories were by large margins. They won the Test series 4–0 with one draw. In the final Test at The Oval, Don Bradman walked out to bat in Australia's first innings. He received a standing ovation from the crowd and three cheers from the opposition. His Test batting average stood at 101.39. Facing the wrist-spin of Eric Hollies, Bradman pushed forward to the second ball that he faced, was deceived by a googly and bowled for a duck. An England batting collapse resulted in an innings defeat, denying him the opportunity to bat again and so his career average finished at 99.94. If he had scored just four runs in his last innings, it would have been 100. A story developed over the years that claimed Bradman missed the ball because of tears in his eyes, a claim Bradman denied for the rest of his life. From the autograph collection of Sheila Freeman of East Sussex collected at the Theatres in Brighton during the 1940-50s. Many are dedicated to her and some show collectors date / place notations. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Size:

14x12cm Sized Page

Condition:

Average. View Image

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Don Bradman

DON BRADMAN d2001. Australian cricket idol widely acknowledged to be the greatest batsman of all time. Over his 20 year career his test captain Bill Woodfull described him as being worth "three normal batsmen". The English team of 1932-33 devised a still controversial tactic of bowling called "Bodyline" to try to curb Bradmans scoring. In 1948 he captained the unbeaten Australian Touring team that became known as "The Invincibles". Bradman famously was out for a duck in his final test appearance at The Oval in August 1948 when needing just 4 runs to ensure maintaining his career test average above the magical 100. He played 52 tests scoring 6996 runs at an average of 99.94. A complex driven man he did not enjoy the adulation that his fame brought him and in later years became reclusive despite maintaining a pre-eminent position in the game as an administrator / selecter / writer and adviser into his retirement.

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Don Bradman

Reference number:

5381
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An original handwritten Aerogramme in blue ballpoint costing 14c (stamp-dated 11th March 1974) sent from Adelaide Australia by Don Bradman to Sir Richard Powell at The Institute of Directors, 10 Belgrave Square London.

The 1974 letter and address is written entirely and signed at the conclusion by Don Bradman. The letter refers to a meeting, discussing the mysterys of politics and responds to a request for a signed photograph.

 

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An original Aerogramme letter that really authenticates itself. Copy of the reverse of the page are included to see the address. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Don Bradman

Reference number:

6557
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Description:

A vintage (circa 1948) autograph book page clearly signed in ink by Don Bradman.

 

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AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Don Bradman

Reference number:

4056
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An original circa 1980s scale 15in wooden cricket bat, clearly signed in black marker "To Mark Best Wishes Don Bradman".

 

Certification:

UACC RD Memorabilia UK

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