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Sports memorabilia including cricket, golf, tennis, Olympic Games, football (soccer), rugby union, rugby league and Australian rules football

Olympic Games Collectables

Summer Olympics   1896 Athens 1900 Paris 1904 St Louis 1908 London 1912 Stockholm 1920 Antwerp 1924 Paris 1928 Stockholm 1932 Los Angeles 1936 Berlin 1948 London 1952 Helsinki 1956 Melbourne 1960 Rome 1964 Tokyo 1968 Mexico City 1972 Munich 1976 Montreal 1980 Moscow 1984 Los Angeles 1988 Soeul 1992 Barcelona 1996 Atlanta 2000 Sydney […]  Continue Reading »

Olympic Games Pins

Before 1908, only athletes and officials wore pins and these for for identification, rather than as souvenirs. From 1908 to 1920, there were very few pins. Some of these were exchanged between athlete from different countries. Pins became more common from the 1924 Paris Games. By the 1932 Games, they were readily available and, in […]  Continue Reading »

Football (Soccer) Collectables

Various games resembling modern football have been played at least since Roman times and probably long before in various countries around the world. However, it wasn’t until the 19th century in England that serious attempts were made to standardise the rules. Ball games, sometimes involving hundreds of players with goals kilometres apart had been played […]  Continue Reading »

Football (International Soccer) Collectables

Click here for the main Football article.  British Football British football collectables available now(Clicking on an item of interest will open a new window)   European Football European football collectables available now(Clicking on an item of interest will open a new window)   South American Football South American football collectables available now(Clicking on an item […]  Continue Reading »

Rugby League Collectables

Rugby League was an offshoot from Rugby Union by players who felt that they should be paid in the same way as players in the British Football (soccer) Association. The Rugby League was formed in 1895. Initially, the rules of Rugby League were the same as those for Rugby Union but, almost immediately, the administrators […]  Continue Reading »

Rugby Union Collectables

Various games resembling modern football have been played at least since Roman times and probably long before in various countries around the world. However, it wasn’t until the 19th century in England that serious attempts were made to standardise the rules. Ball games, sometimes involving hundreds of players with goals kilometres apart had been played […]  Continue Reading »

Australian Rules Football Collectables

Various games resembling modern football have been played at least since Roman times and probably long before in various countries around the world. However, it wasn’t until the 19th century in England that serious attempts were made to standardise the rules. Ball games, sometimes involving hundreds of players with goals kilometres apart had been played […]  Continue Reading »

Cricket Collectables

Cricket probably began with the Celts in south-eastern England. The curious numbering system used in cricket, based on eleven (eleven players in a side, a 22 yard pitch and so on), was used in northern France and parts of England. The first known use of the word cricket (“criquet”) occurs in the “Archives de France” […]  Continue Reading »

Tennis Collectables

Tennis originated in the monasteries of France in the 10th and 11th centuries. Many of the terms used in tennis stem from these French origins. The original game (“real tennis”) was played in a huge indoor court with angled walls and galleries at various points. Lawn tennis was developed as an outdoor version of real […]  Continue Reading »

Golf Collectables

The game of golf was devised in Scotland in the 14th or 15th century. In 1457, the Scottish Parliament banned golf and football for fear that they would interfere with archery practice. Mary Queen of Scots was educated in France and introduced the game there. The young men who attended her on the golf course […]  Continue Reading »