'footy' Archive Offers Rare Insight Into The Sherrin Empire

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13 Cato Street,  Hawthorn East 3123,  Victoria,  Australia





Email:  contact@leski.com.au 

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16th, 2008


There is one name that has endured throughout the history of VFL and AFL, transcending even the likes of

Ron Barassi, Dick Reynolds, Ted Whitten and Gary Ablett Snr.  That name is T.W. Sherrin.

From his beginnings as a saddler in Collingwood, T.W. (Tom) Sherrin helped to create one of the greatest

sporting dynasties in the world which is unmistakably Australian and based on a single product.  Today, 128

years after a misshapen rugby ball entered service in the country’s south, Sherrin is not only the official AFL

football but remains beloved by every generation of footballer and fanatic.  It is still made in Australia.

A remarkable archive is now being offered for sale through Leski Auctions of Melbourne.  Painstakingly

preserved since 1880, the archive includes three original handwritten character references for Sherrin from his

earliest employers, the original lease for his shops in Wellington Street, Collingwood (September 24, 1894)

which is a critical date in the creation of sporting goods in Australia, and correspondence from Government

House in Melbourne, from the Collingwood Football Club and Ross Faulkner, another stalwart of the game.

There are more than 100 items and photographs contained in the archive with a presale estimate of $3,000 -


“In many respects the Sherrin ball is the holy grail of Australian Rules Football,” says Charles Leski.  “There

have been other balls used in the game, but the longevity of the brand, its proudly Australian heritage and the

fact that it remains an iconic symbol gives this archive even greater significance.”

The Auction will be held at 13 Cato Street, Hawthorn on Wednesday, June 25th at 6.30pm.  The Sherrin

Archive is one of 471 lots of sporting memorabilia.

About Leski Auctions

Leski Auctions was established in 1973 and is one of Australia’s leading auctioneers of Sporting Memorabilia, Australiana,

Collectibles and World Philately. 

Leski Auctions is a recognised leader in the area of early photography, art, wine, cameras, books, autographs, entertainment

memorabilia, medals, coins, stamps, aerophilately, cigarette and trade cards, maps, railway memorabilia, advertising artwork

and posters, and the Olympics, football and cricket..

It was the first auction house in Australia to introduce an on-line, real-time bidding system ‘Live Bid Online’™, which

allows participation from anywhere in the world.  It currently runs 22 auctions per year.


Leski Auctions has previously sold many significant collections, including those of Shirley Strickland, Ron Clarke, Sir

Reginald Ansett and former RSL President, Bruce Ruxton.  It has sold more ‘baggy green’ caps than any other auction

house in the world, and is one of the largest auctioneers of cricket memorabilia by value and volume.  Leski Auctions

recently sold the newly-discovered Phar Lap horse tonic recipe book.

Managing Director Charles Leski is a registered valuer for the Cultural Gifts Program through the Department of

Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.  He is also the valuer of the displayed items at the National Sports Museum at

the MCG, Melbourne.

The company is located at 13 Cato Street, Hawthorn East 3123 Australia.  Telephone +61-3-864 9999 and

Issued by:

Charles Leski, Leski Auctions  

Michael Krape, Michael Krape Consulting  

Tel: 61-3-9864 9999

Tel:  0403 135 880



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