Record Haul Of Baggy Greens In One Auction

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13 Cato Street,  Hawthorn East 3123,  Victoria,  Australia






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16th, 2008


Australia’s largest auctioneer of cricket memorabilia has notched up another record with the offer of five

‘baggy green’ test caps in the one auction.  Having set the previous record, Leski Auctions will kick-off this

latest haul with the prized possession of Allan Border, one of Australia’s most distinguished cricket captains. 

Border’s baggy green cap has a presale estimate of $15,000 - $20,000.

Other baggy greens to be auctioned on June 26th include two owned by Colin Miller, the spirited right arm

bowler.  This first was presented by the Prime Minister at the start of the Centenary of Federation Test

Match in 2001 (presale estimate $6,000 - $10,000).  The second is a Mini-Baggy Green that was presented at

a reunion of Australia’s Test players on July 11th, 2003.  This lot is presented in a display case with certificate

(presale estimate $8,000 - $10,000).

There is also a baggy green belonging to Bruce ‘Stumpy’ Laird who made his Test debut at 30 in the 1979-80

series with a lively first innings of 92 against a formidable West Indies side.  It was to be his highest score. 

(Presale estimate $8,000 - $10,000).  

The fifth baggy green (Lot 864) is of unknown provenance but hails from the 1989-90 Test Series against

Pakistan.  The tour was marred by a series of incidents including a walk-off by the Pakistani players during a

tour match of Victoria in protest at an umpire’s ruling.  (Presale estimate $3,000 - $5,000).

“If Lot 864 sells for close to its estimate it will be one of the best value baggy greens ever purchased at

auction,” says Charles Leski.  “Baggy greens are iconic and rarely offered for public sale.” 


The Auction will be held at 13 Cato Street, Hawthorn on Thursday, June 26th at 5.30pm.  The baggy greens

are among 657 lots of sporting and related memorabilia.  (Image of Allan Border baggy green attached) 

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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13 Cato Street,  Hawthorn East 3123,  Victoria,  Australia







A.B.N.13 081 928 921

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