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Wisden collecting
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A diversion from discussion of actual cricket, but as the pre-season excitement is now starting to kick in (For me at least) I look forward to reading this year's Wisden in a few weeks.

Do any other members collect Wisdens like I do? Personally speaking I have every issue from 2017 going back to 1968, with a couple of isolated issues from the 50s and 60s.

I can't really explain why I started to collect them; I brought my first Wisden in 2004 when I was still at university and held an intermediate membership (Remember those!) but only started collecting seriously around 2 years back. I initially set my sights on owning every issue going back to the year of my birth (1985) but didn't stop.

Of the editions I own, my favourites are, in no particular order, 2006 (After the famous Ashes win) 1995 (Reflecting on our greatest ever season, I doubt we, or any other county, will surpass our achievements in my lifetime) 2004 (My first, plus a brilliant write-up of Sussex's first Championship) and 1969 (This edition provided first hand reaction to the Basil D'Oliveira affair)

Rather sad I know, but at least my wife knows what to buy me for my birthday :)
Bears fan, Wolves fan, blood red Socialist, a not so vital statistician; what a collection...
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Anya Shrubsole the first lady cricketer to feature on the front cover in this year's issue
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(06-03-2018, 05:13 AM)randombear Wrote: A diversion from discussion of actual cricket, but as the pre-season excitement is now starting to kick in (For me at least) I look forward to reading this year's Wisden in a few weeks.

Do any other members collect Wisdens like I do? Personally speaking I have every issue from 2017 going back to 1968, with a couple of isolated issues from the 50s and 60s.

I can't really explain why I started to collect them; I brought my first Wisden in 2004 when I was still at university and held an intermediate membership (Remember those!) but only started collecting seriously around 2 years back. I initially set my sights on owning every issue going back to the year of my birth (1985) but didn't stop.

Of the editions I own, my favourites are, in no particular order, 2006 (After the famous Ashes win) 1995 (Reflecting on our greatest ever season, I doubt we, or any other county, will surpass our achievements in my lifetime) 2004 (My first, plus a brilliant write-up of Sussex's first Championship) and 1969 (This edition provided first hand reaction to the Basil D'Oliveira affair)

Rather sad I know, but at least my wife knows what to buy me for my birthday :)

In answer to your question - yes, I have Wisdens going back to 1955 but with some gaps.
A word of warning - as your collection expands, you may have to consider building an annex onto your house.  And then the big decision is whether it is the Wisdens or the wife that move into the annex. 
Another word of warning - it may not be you that gets to make that decision!
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I have a few Wisden’s, but not enough to call it a collection unfortunately! I always like to read through them if I get the opportunity, the older editions offer a real snapshot and insight into the game at that time. I was talking to my dad about one I’d read a couple of years ago that had a piece on cricket and WW2. It had a picture of a Wisden that had been stamped by the Japanese as “non seditious literature”! I took a look online for what year’s Wisden the article would have been in, but couldn’t see it. I assume it’s from an anniversary of the end of the war but if anyone knows then it’ll me help track it down.
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(02-04-2018, 04:02 PM)Lara 501* Wrote: I have a few Wisden’s, but not enough to call it a collection unfortunately! I always like to read through them if I get the opportunity, the older editions offer a real snapshot and insight into the game at that time. I was talking to my dad about one I’d read a couple of years ago that had a piece on cricket and WW2. It had a picture of a Wisden that had been stamped by the Japanese as “non seditious literature”! I took a look online for what year’s Wisden the article would have been in, but couldn’t see it. I assume it’s from an anniversary of the end of the war but if anyone knows then it’ll me help track it down.

I hope this helps
Cricket writer E. W. (Jim) Swanton was a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese in World War 2.  His Wikipedia entry says:
"his well-thumbed copy of the 1939 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack boosted morale. He later described playing cricket with makeshift equipment and under conditions of extreme privation and the constant threat of brutality in an article, "Cricket under the Japs", for the 1946 edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack."
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(02-04-2018, 04:50 PM)Terry Wrote:
(02-04-2018, 04:02 PM)Lara 501* Wrote: I have a few Wisden’s, but not enough to call it a collection unfortunately! I always like to read through them if I get the opportunity, the older editions offer a real snapshot and insight into the game at that time. I was talking to my dad about one I’d read a couple of years ago that had a piece on cricket and WW2. It had a picture of a Wisden that had been stamped by the Japanese as “non seditious literature”! I took a look online for what year’s Wisden the article would have been in, but couldn’t see it. I assume it’s from an anniversary of the end of the war but if anyone knows then it’ll me help track it down.

I hope this helps
Cricket writer E. W. (Jim) Swanton was a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese in World War 2.  His Wikipedia entry says:
"his well-thumbed copy of the 1939 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack boosted morale. He later described playing cricket with makeshift equipment and under conditions of extreme privation and the constant threat of brutality in an article, "Cricket under the Japs", for the 1946 edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack."

Thanks Terry, I’d not come across this. I could of swore it was a later Wisden than 1946, but it was a while ago and I only thumbed through it in a coffee shop
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OK, I've checked and a photo of Swanton's 1939 Wisden is in the photo section of the 2001 Wisden, the same edition that has Swanton's obituary.
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(02-04-2018, 10:52 PM)Terry Wrote: OK, I've checked and a photo of Swanton's 1939 Wisden is in the photo section of the 2001 Wisden, the same edition that has Swanton's obituary.

Thanks again for this, your research skills are obviously much better than mine! I’ve managed to pick it up on Amazon, I’ll give the obituary a read as well when it arrives.
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(03-04-2018, 07:17 PM)Lara 501* Wrote:
(02-04-2018, 10:52 PM)Terry Wrote: OK, I've checked and a photo of Swanton's 1939 Wisden is in the photo section of the 2001 Wisden, the same edition that has Swanton's obituary.

Thanks again for this, your research skills are obviously much better than mine! I’ve managed to pick it up on Amazon, I’ll give the obituary a read as well when it arrives.
No problem!
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