Cricket fanatic wanted

The owner of an autograph collection with some of the greatest names in cricketing history is looking for a dedicated researcher to identify all the cricketers.

The rare collection of autographs from 1952 – 1957 is believed to have been Middlesex and England cricketer Denis Compton’s personal collection and was inherited by Julian Bosdet, who beleives the cricketing legend credited with commercialising the sport is his father’s uncle by marriage.

The 27 pages of autographs cover 17 County clubs for the 1952 season: Surrey, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Middlesex, Warwickshire, Worcester, Sussex, Somerset, Kent, Hampshire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Gloucestershire, Essex, Nottinghamshire, and Glamorgan.

The book also includes touring teams India (1952), Australia (1953 + 1956), Pakistan (1954), South Africa (1955), England (1956), West Indies (1957). It finishes with pages entitled Cricket Personalities, signed by the likes of Colin Cowdrey.

Julian would like to establish whether any signatures are missing. “A cursory check suggests that the teams are 100% complete. The names are sadly lost on me but the few cricket lovers who have seen the book get very excited as it apparently includes all of the “greats” from that era” he says.

Cricket fanatics with time on their hands can contact Julian at