Random Additions… auctioned via Twitter :D

DSCN5181Followers of my Twitter account will notice I am promoting some randomly selected items via @13challenge just now.  These items will be updated on here, but they are just as they suggest.. random items whic h I have collected over the course of time, and am now doing flash auctions of them via twitter.  I’ll accept all fair bids, and sell quickfire to increase my donations to Maggie’s Centres this month :D

If you’ve followed through to this blog via my Twitter from one of those links, then WELCOME :D Please check out my other auctions running via this blog, by CLICKING HERE.

DSCN5183Early additions to the list include the pair of 7×5 photos from St Mirren legend Isma DSCN5182Goncalves celebrating Cup Semi and Final goals on his way to lifting the cup, and signed Celtic and Dundee United Teamsheets.

More to follow.  And remember to…



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Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (Part 2)

Through the Commonwealths, I managed to meet loads of competitors, which was absolutely awesome!  For those I couldn’t meet for various DSCN5177reasons,  I was thrilled with those who were kind enough to send me some items through the post.  I’ll  need to do a part 3 to list them all, but included are these amazing pieces. Pictured left is an awesome GB swimcap arranged by Amy Smith.   It’s difficult to picture because of the material, but it’s signed by 10 including Fran Halsall, Liam Tancock, Joe Roebuck and Welsh star Georgia Davies who took home a gold and silver from Glasgow.  Amusingly, AmyDSCN5176 forgot to sign it herself :D  Keeping with the swimming theme, however, and this awesome official TeamEngland tshirt was donated by Max Litchfield, and this one does have Amy’s signature on it :)  It’s also signed by Roebuck and Tancock as well as multi medal winners Ben Proud and Adam Peaty, Lewis Coleman , Andy Willis, Ellie Faulkner, Rebecca Turner, Molly Renshaw and loads more!


I mentioned yesterday that Olympic Gold and Commonwealth Silver Medal winner Chris Brown had donated some kit.  Here’s possibly the most awesome bit of it, his race suit with number still attached to it from the Games.  It’s not signed, but I am pretty sure it doesn’t need it.  It’s just awesome!


Alison Waters took home a silver medal from Glasgow, and just before the games started she was kind enough to send me a wee package that included this TeamEngland vest, signed in black marker with her world squash DSCN5165ranking added beneath it.

Also donating official Team England gear was 10000m runner Sonia Samuels, who sent up an envelope which included this awesome Kukri made shirt in the iconic design worn by England during the Games, signed in black marker with her distance added under.

Right, we’ve gone too long without a mention of #TeamScotland!  800m runner Emily Dudgeon had spoken to me before the gamesDSCN5175 and promised to send something once they were over.  I was absolutely thrilled when this Scotland tshirt popped through my letterbox, signed by Emily, to date the only bit of official DSCN5170Scottish kit I have in the auction!

Moving around the UK to the Welsh squad, their national table tennis champion Charlotte Carey was awesome enough to send one of the playing shirts she was issued for Glasgow, signed on the reverse under her name.


One “in person signature” I forgot to add yesterday is the main coe1man himself,  double Olympic Gold & Silver medal winner Lord Sebastian Coe!  Lord Coe was, just as when I met him previously, brilliant and was happy to stop for me.  He posed for this pic at his hotel, and then signed a CWCUK vest with his awesome full signature straight across the middle.

DSCN5161 DSCN5162Scottish cyclist Lucy Coldwell was kind enough to donate a couple of her tops to me, both signed on the reverse.  I’ll say this… you won’t miss her when she’s out on the course…. these are BRIGHT!


Britt Goodwin, British Women’s Handball #9 donated a couple of items, including this awesome TeamGB London 2012 player issue shirt which (to quote her) may or may not have been usedDSCN5157 during the games.  It’s signed on the front, with her name and number on the reverse as well.  She also sent a British Handball shirt used just before the Games, multi signed by the majority of the London 2012 squad.

More to come…

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Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (Part 1)

I’ve been busy with 101 other things in the last week or so, including the DR WHO THEMED CHARITY AUCTION (with BONUS OTHER ITEMS) which you should totally check out, and because of this I’ve not yet posted my story of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in my home city of Glasgow. WOW it was a great time.  Loads of athletes contributed items for auction, and I managed to meet the likes of David Millar, Michael Jamieson, Josh Taylor, Chris Brown and loads orchard1more.  I got to wear a Gold Medal round my neck, I met some truly amazing people.  Here’s a rough story of what went down with those I did meet.   I spent a lot of time getting a Games tshirt signed by as many as I could meet, you’ll see that at the end of this post, it’s an awesome one!  ALL THESE ITEMS WILL BE COMING TO A MASSIVE SPORTS THEMED CHARITY AUCTION IN SEPTEMBER ON THIS BLOG, BUT IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A BID… YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND ME :)

Let’s start with a quality one, and my own gold medal which Simon Orchard of the Aussie Hockey Team was happy for me to have a shot of :D  From the same team, Trent Mitton was kind enough to donate one of his 2014 branded tshirts, which looks awesome,mitton2 signed with “Glasgow 2014″ added.

One of the stars of the Games was Adam Gemili who went home with two silver medals (I was lucky enough to see him win 100m silver in person at Hampden thanks to being gifted gemili1tickets by James Smyth!) and he was awesome when I caught him going for a wee wander out the village.   barnaby1

Jared Connaughton of Team Canada was one of the first to come through with a multi signed item when he produced one his running vests signed by loads of the Canadian athletes including Liz Gleadle, Josh Cassidy and Derek Drouin.

His Canadian team mate, cyclist Aidan Caves was the first competitor I met at the games, and he donated loads of items, including this caves1awesome shirt he wore in the Canadian Junior Track Championships.

I managed to cross paths with loads of Team Scotland Medal Winners, including Michael Jamieson who astoundingly


 remembered me from two years ago when I last met him!   Josh Taylor and Stephen Lavelle both took home medals (gold and bronze respectively) from Glasgow and both were kind enough to stop and sign for me, even if it was pouring down some of the time.  Signing under an umbrella in the Scottish josh1“Summertime” can be horrific, but I managed to pull it off I think.  There’s me with Josh the day after the games ended!

The kit donations stayed pretty steady through the games, with some people really going above and beyond to come out and meet me, as brown1well as handing over goodies for me to auction.

Chris Brown, Olympic Gold Medal winner, had been trying to cross paths with me for several weeks, since the Diamond League, and we finally managed it the day after the games ended, with his donations including this Bahamas tshirt, and his actual race kit from the games, with number still attached to the front.  He also brough me a tshirt for myself… what a guy!


Welsh badminton star Joe Morgan met up with me in Central Station where he gave me a couple of his own shirts, with Glasgow 2014 branding, signed by the Welsh squad, like the one pictured there, while fellow badmintoners, the chambersx2Northern Irish brother and sister pairing Ciaran and Sinead Chambers, who signed a 2014 tshirt they very kindly gave me.


Paddy Barnes has won two bronze medals at the Olympics, and successfully defended his Gold Medal at Commonwealth level.  He signed a few items including this mini Lonsdale glove for auctioning. guernsey1

Guernsey swimmers James Jurkiewicz and Alexander Beaton nipped out to see me and James very kindvest1ly came up with some awesome items for me to auction, including a signed pair of England swim shorts from Ben Proud and a multi signed shirt from the Wales swim team.  Well chuffed I was.  Swimmers have been awesome to me during the games, and Northern Ireland’s Danielle Hill who pulled out all the stops to get me some amazing items, like this multi signed CWCUK vest with loads of the biggest medal winners in swimming history like Chad Le Clos, James Magnussen, Ross Murdoch and loads more.  It’s mindblowing!collis1

Next to step up is the awesome Collis Birmingham, double Olympian, and one who has supported my fundraising in the past.  Collis very kindly donated one of his Team Australia vests, which he signed despite it being horrible weather when he came to meet me.


Keeping it down under, Kiwi boxer Leroy Hindley popped out with a tshirt signed by himself and five other NZ boxers, including eventual gold medallist David Nyika!burton1

Scotland’s Euan Burton carried the Saltire into the Opening Ceremony and went on to win Judo Gold before retiring from the sport, and I luckily spotted him as he left the village to get a taxi, and he added his signature to a few items for me.

If you want awesomeness, it’s meeting Team GB medal winners, and here’s England’s pooley1silver medal winning high jumper Isobel Pooley who not only signed items for auction but also donated one of her Glasgow2014 competition crop tops, which she has signed with her medal details and PB jump on it.smyth1

One of the most awesome people I met during the games was Jason Smyth, four time Paralympic gold winner, who was kind enough to give me a couple of tickets for the athletics at Hampden, meaning I got to see the mens 100m final and Libby Clegg winning Scotland’s record breaking 13th Gold. It was amazing to soak up the atmosphere of the night and get to enjoy the games in person. I can’t thank Jason taylor1enough for his generosity.

As I mentioned already, the Canadian guys were awesome in supporting my auctions, and I bumped into middle distance runner Taylor Milne, following his post games celebrations in town.  It was hammering it down so I was unable to get any items signed, but he was kind enough to hand me a bag of Canadian goodies.  Fellow runnerbarnaby2 Daundre Barnaby also handed over some of his kit, the Canadian top he has been using for warm ups.

I promised you a pic of the tshirt I had been working on, so here it is, in all it’s glory.  Everyone who donated kit during the Games signed it, along with a lot lot more!  Among the signatures are 2014 Medal Winners Greg Rutherford, Kim Mickle, Paddy Barnes, Sally Pearson, Claudia Fragapane, Euan Burton, Michael Jamieson, Josh Taylor, Conrad Williams, Adam Gemili, David Weir and loads more.  It’s also got athletics legends like Victoria tshirt1Pendleton, Steve Cram, Jonathan Williams and Colin Jackson.

I will be doing a full signature map of this shirt before it’s auctioned, but suffice to say it’s one of the big stars of the fundraising.

I’ve got more items to upload, including loads who have sent me kit through the post for my auctions, but that will come tomorrow :D


(In the meantime please, CLICK HERE to check out all the awesome items currently available for bidding!) All auctions ending in August are in support of Maggie’s Centres.

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Dr Who Auction is LIVE!

The first set of items up for grabs in my 2014 Doctor Who charity auction are now available for bidding, either by clicking the link above in the main menu or by CLICKING HERE!  TheDSCN5105 first two sections are currently listed, along with their finishing times, as I have opted to stagger the end times a little bit to help me manage the busy closing periods.  There are loads of DW goodies, like the Arthur Darvill card pictured, as well as some bonus items from Star Wars, Wicked, Fawlty Towers and more.  Well worth having a look :D  More items will be added on in the coming days, so please keep checking back.

As always, bidding is by email (twelveby12@yahoo.co.uk) or Twitter (@13challenge), and I’ll update the bid amounts as time passes.  Full instructions along with postage details etc are on the bidding page.  Payment as always is though Paypal (or in person if local to me in Glasgow for security on both sides)

DSCN5054Auctions of items on my own page allowed me to donate £2400 to Maggie’s Centres, and all items sold in August will go to the same amazing cause.  I’d love to hit four figures again and already have a third of that in the bank for donating.  These auctions all end on Sunday August 24th, across the evening, the day after The Doctor returns to our screens in his new Scottish style.  

Well… what are you waiting for? CLICK HERE and get bidding … there’s some ACE items up for grabs (see what I did there?!?!)


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He Who Dares Wins…. Luvvly Jubbly!

Wow, this is a week and a half isn’t it?  The Capaldi artwork came my way, among other awesome items, but this morning’s mail has REALLY surprised me.  Sir David Jason is delboy1among the hardest to get authentic items from, and even with my fundraising, I have failed several times in the past so you can imagine how stunned I was when I opened my mail this morning.  Tucked into a nondescript white envelope were these goodies from Sir David himself.  Not only that, a lovely wee addition on the Xmas Cards in the style of Del Boy himself.  As he’d say… CUSHTY!

As with all items, offers are always welcome. You don’t have to wait to buy Xmas Cards :Ddelboy2

UPDATE… Interest in both pictured items, and an opening bid of £75 is in on the Xmas Card above.  Would anyone care to top that to benefit Maggie’s Centres?

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Dr Who Items… Coming to an Auction Near You Soon!

I have decided with the arrival of everyone’s favourite Time Lord on our screens this month, I will hold a quickfire auction of Dr Who signed goodies to raise more money for the awesome folk at Maggie’s Centres.  I am just preparing the auction listing page and all the awesome pieces to go on it, but here’s a sneak preview of some of what is pc1coming your way.  The auction will kick off later this week, and run for around ten days, finishing the day after Peter Capaldi is launched on our screens, with finish times staggered across that night.  Speaking of Capaldi, his aweome artwork of The Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, will be one of thebarrowmansigning stars of the run, while there will also be a signed Promo Card from Peter there.  I’ll have doodles from loads more  including DSCN4784DW and Merlin star Angel Coulby and Rory Pond himself, Arthur DarvillDSCN4790.

There’s an awesome signed script page from John Barrowman and Freema Agyeman (there’s John signing it for me on the right) as well as pages from Fenella Woolgar, Barnaby Edwards and more.  There’s also goodies from Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures.  It’s an epic auction through time and space.  Stay tuned to this blog to find out more this week!

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The Piper Pays Off!

billie1More excellent Dr Who goodies came in recently, from the awesome Billie Piper aka Rose Tyler in the modern series.  I’ve waited more time than I can remember for these to come so I am delighted Billie signed eight of my trading cards.  No1005 has already gone (middle left) so the rest are up for grabs, and I will shortly be doing a Dr Who themed auction as the new series prepares to start, once again backing Maggie’s Centres.  Keep an eye on this site for more information.

I’ll be updating shortly with goodies from the last few weeks in Glasgow, but it’s a mammoth task, so bear with me.  Thanks to all those who have supported me during our sporting extravaganza, you’ll all be named in the very near future with massive thanks added :D  It’s going to be HUUUUUUUUUUGE!

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