Rare Carlton Premiership Caps up for grabs
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In the world of hi-tech, big money sport where AFL footballers are just as likely to be found on a red carpet as a green playing surface, we tend to forget the code’s history which laid the foundations for this remarkable game.
Few clubs have the proud record of Carlton, one of eight clubs to join the newly-formed Victorian Football League in 1897. Nine years later they won their first premiership, followed by two more in successive years. It was the club’s first golden era.
Quality memorabilia from this era is scarce, so two premiership caps from 1907 and 1908 are a remarkable find and both will be offered for sale in Melbourne by Leski Auctions later this month.
The cap from 1907 has the name ‘V. Gardiner’ inside. This may refer to a Carlton player who was a member of the first international Australian Rules football match played against a team of English rugby union players at the MCG on June 16th, 1888 in front of nearly 30,000 fans.
“Collectibles from this era are highly prized because so few have survived in private hands,” says Charles Leski. “On the rare occasions we see them, we’re reminded about the remarkable history and continuity of our great sporting clubs.”
Article by Michael Krape
Sporting and General MemorabiliaTuesday 15th May 2012
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