99 Cricket Bats Signed by Sir Donald Bradman to Return to Australia

For two decades, 99 cricket bats signed by Sir Donald Bradman sat carefully wrapped up in a cage in a Texas storage unit, forgotten by everyone but the man who bought them. The 99 signed bats are now being returned to Australia. They will be given to charities and community sports groups who can use them to raise money.

Helping Hand Group will sell the bats to charity groups for a margin, and the charities can sell them at action for fundraising. “It was perfect, I thought we should bring them back to Australia where they belong,” Mr Oliver Slobodetsky, Co-Founder of Helping Hand Group said.

“A lot of people don’t know this but Bradman signed anything and everything he could to almost devalue his signature, he believed everyone should have the opportunity to have signed memorabilia of his, so there are a lot of miniature bats, caps and that sort of thing around.

“But being in the industry for a while, I know that these bats will be valuable back in Australia because they’re full sized and Bradman signed the bats on the wood, whereas most bats being sold online have Bradman’s signature on a piece of paper mounted onto the bats.

Klassnik wouldn’t reveal how much he initially paid for the 99 bats, but conceded it “was a lot”.

The Helping Hand Group has donated one of the Bradman bats to The Sunday Telegraph and a special charity campaign to raise money will be announced next week.

For more details contact Helping Hand Group Co-Founder Richard Ernster.

How to choose the best auction items for silent auctions

What are the best auction items for silent and live auctions?

Does the value or uniqueness of the item matter? Or perhaps the type of item?

Actually, both of these factors come into play in choosing the best auction items. Even more importantly, it is important to think about who you are inviting. What are they interested in? What do they gravitate to when they want to be entertained or relax? Everyone has a hobby, interest, or niche topic that you can appeal to with auction items tailored to them. The more you know about your guests, the better. Start with demographics (age, gender, etc) and consider their jobs or where they live. If you know them better than that – great! What are their hobbies and interests? What do they do when they are want to go on vacation? Both general and specific information about your guests can point you in the right direction and choose the best auction items for great results.

What if I don’t know much about my guests?

That’s ok! A team of fundraising event experts like Helping Hand Group’s can walk you through the best auction items that suit certain crowds. A fundraising event expert can use past event experience to guide you towards items that tend to get guests excited for the auctions. This can lead to more bids, higher bids, and more raise for your cause.

What are some examples of the best auction items?

Vacation packages are a great place to start. They appeal to a wide range of event guests. However, autographed memorabilia can get certain guests very excited to join your silent or live auction. The best auction items are unique, stand-out, and cannot be purchased in stores. They often come in the form of items and artwork signed by musicians, athletes and artists.

Some examples of three fundraising auction item categories that our team has available – art, sport, and music memorabilia:

Elton John – Signed original LP framed as part of a larger tribute piece. One of the world’s best-selling artists. Elton John has a long list of achievements including multiple Grammy and Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Tony Award and a back catalogue of hit singles from over 50 years in the music industry.

 

 

Charles Blackman – Framed ‘Alice on the Table’ print on artist paper. A Printer’s Proof from a Limited Edition, and featuring the embossed seal of the artist. A stunning piece from one of one of Australia’s greatest artists!

 

 

 

LeBron James –Signed and box framed LA Lakers jersey. With 3 NBA championships, 2 Olympic gold medals, and many other individual achievements to his name, LeBron James is recognised as the greatest basketballer in the world today. Stands shoulder to shoulder with the best basketballers in history and only time will tell if he can surpass them all.

 

Contact our team to discuss the many items we have available that would the best auction items for your next silent or live auction.

View more samples from our fundraising auction item list.