Don Bradman cricket memorabilia is highly collectible, in fact, I have one particular hand signed sepia press photograph of my father and Bradman walking out to toss up when the “Invincibles” played Lancashire in May 1948 at the Old Trafford, 3-day match, this remains part of my family collection.

I had the privilege of being introduced to Don Bradman at Lords in the late 90’s and what a pleasure it was.

Don Bradman (1908-2001) New South Wales was without question incomparable in his status as an iconic cricketer he was renowned for his outstanding abilities on the field followed later by his contributions as Chairman of the Australian board of control and as a member of the National Selection Committee. He was awarded a well-deserved Knighthood in 1949 for his services to cricket.

Bradman’s  phenomenal batting  performance pre and post-war so concerned the 1932/33 touring  side that in an attempt to curb Bradman’s batting domination a meeting was scheduled at the Piccadilly Hotel London between four Nottinghamshire players England Captain Douglas Jardine, a player who was obsessive in his will to win, Captain Arthur Carr, and two skilful fast bowlers Harold Larwood, and  Bill Voce,

The purpose of the meeting was to analyse the style in which Australia had toured England in 1930, Don Bradman’s batting had dominated the series, averaging 140 runs Australia won the series 2-1.

The season of 1932-33 saw the introduction of bodyline bowling a decision which was to test the Anglo Australian relationship to the very limit.  Bradman adapted to the bowling attack in the unusual manner of moving around the crease towards the leg side, away from the line of the ball, cutting the delivery into the comparatively open offside midfield.

Bradman went on to average 56.57 runs an average which although significantly below his usual statistics was never the less an outstanding performance given the circumstances.

Bodyline series cricket memorabilia is regarded as highly desirable to collectors, of particular interest are mono sepia photographs, completed signed and printed scorecards, programmes, and autographs.

Tony Selby