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CSGB January 2019 Auction

Well, this is the last time I will mention the England cricket team. No sooner had I written about how well they were doing then they get thrashed in the next Test Match. I am of course thrilled that they overcame that setback to win the series 4-1, and a fine series it was too. Great credit must go to both teams, and I thought the Indian team and their captain gave the retiring Alastair Cook a terrific send off. As I have had a few queries recently, I would like to reiterate to bidders that

CSGB October 2018 Auction

Isn’t life strange? After many weeks of extremely hot weather and no rain, people were moaning, this is too much, it has been too hot for too long, we need the rain, and the garden is really suffering and so on. Finally the weather changes, it becomes cooler and we get some of the much needed rain. And guess what? People are moaning; this is typical, just as the kids start the summer holidays, I have got my leave booked and after all that good weather when I was at work it has now turned cool

Hants & Surrey Branch – July 2018 Auction

For a while, I have been compiling a 'Prices Realised' list. I have now decided that, as from now, I will no longer do this, as the amount of extra work is considerable. Sorry. Apologies also to those receiving the list through the post, as somehow, the Printing company managed to reproduce the Jan. 'Notes' sheet, not April. So, to repeat my note about stamps, if anyone receiving this list through the post wishes to send a few stamps to defray our costs, these would be very welcome. This is not

CSGB August 2018 Auction

I realise that this is a bit late, but I hope that everyone who attended the Convention had a great time and found plenty of cards to remove from their wants lists. I thoroughly enjoyed the event, the venue was superb with great lighting and plenty of free parking. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who voted for my article, about how I started collecting, in the Cartophilic Cup competition. I was thrilled, flattered and honoured, not to mention totally surprised to have w

CSGB June 2018 Auction

I am writing this just before setting off for Kings Lynn; I am really looking for to the Convention, as always. I hope many of you were able to come, buy lots of cards and view the auction lots. As usual, my wife and I are having a short break close to the Convention venue, it gives us a chance to have a look around an area we have not been to before. Having a few days away also makes the trip more bearable for my wife, as the whole trip does not just revolve around cards, well not quite! And

CSGB May 2018 Auction

By the time you read this, the Convention will soon be upon us. Again, at least for me, the last 12 months have flown by. It must be well known by now that we no longer have a live auction at the Convention, but the lots will be available for viewing. On Saturday you can view between 2:30 and 3:30, and on Sunday between 12 and 1. As usual I will have bidding sheets with me so I can take bids at the Convention, but the auction itself will not close until Friday May the 4th, or Star Wars day as it

CSGB February 2018 Auction

By the time you read this, Christmas will be over and we will be into 2018. I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas and are looking forward to a happy and peaceful New Year. I am going to have to mention cricket again. At the time of writing this, England has just been humiliated in the third Ashes test and so has of course lost the urn. I am hoping they can avoid another 5-0 whitewash, but that is looking highly unlikely. It is no wonder then that I collect cricketers from the golden age! I believe t

CSGB January 2018 Auction

Well, my last jottings about the cricket almost came back to haunt me! The West Indies managed to win the 2nd test, albeit in my opinion with the help of an extremely generous declaration from Joe Root. I said to my wife, whilst watching the highlights of the fourth days play, that I thought it was an achievable target, and so it proved. I do hope Joe does not give the Australians a chance like that should England be 1 up on the fourth day of the penultimate test, as a minimum lets retain the As

October 2017 – Hants & Surrey Branch Auction – Priced Realised

*Prices Realised now added* From ‘the collection’ this time come Lots 14 – 56. Again, some quite scarce and some quite costly items. Among all these cards, only one do I describe as ‘Fair’, which illustrates the general condition from this collection. Two examples of scarcity are the 49/50 Roche Footballers in very nice condition, only missing the very scarce number 21. The other is the set plus 24 variations of the Duke set of folders, see Lot 34. This must surely be difficult to f

CSGB October 2017 Auction

I am writing these jottings on the Sunday after the day/night test against the West Indies. I have to say that I am not a fan of day/night matches, but if it helps Test cricket to thrive then I think it must be considered. However, my greater problem is the West Indian team. I realise that all sport goes in cycles of domination, but how the mighty are fallen. I think the England team back in the 1980s was a reasonable side, but just totally outclassed by a fabulous West Indian team that included