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Sachin Tendulkar's top collector's items: Coins

Nov 27 2013, 17:39 IST
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SummaryI think the most important memorabilia for me are these coins: Sachin Tendulkar

What would Sachin Tendulkar opt for were he asked to choose his favourite pick from the following memorabilia: a signed boxing glove by Muhammed Ali, a guitar autographed by Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler, a bat signed by none other than Sir Don Bradman?

But ask Sachin Tendulkar, whose retirement created such a stir recently, and the answer will be the coins that he earned from his childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar after those rigorous training sessions at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana ground.

During those days, Achrekar would put a Re 1 coin on top of the stump and if Sachin wouldn't get out, the coin would be his.

"I think the most important memorabilia for me are the coins that I have got from my coach Achrekar sir, those are the most important ones," Tendulkar said at the launch of India's first celebrity commerce website Collectabillia in association with Cafe Coffee Day lounge.

The Collectabilia Celebrity Walls which would feature some rare authentic memorabilia autographed by legends from different walks of life.

The collection includes Sachin Tendulkar 200th Test commemorative autographed bat, along with boxing gloves signed by Muhammad Ali.

After having a look at Ali's big gloves, Tendulkar said that it was exactly the same that is there in his Bandra bunglow.

"On my 40th birthday, I got a pleasant surprise from Anjana (Anjana Reddy, who is MD of Universal Sportsbiz that operates Collectabilia.com). The Muhammad Ali's glove that you are seeing here --I have one exactly like that at home signed by Muhammad Ali. That has to be a special memorabilia."

Another priceless piece of memorabilia has to be the framed picture and bat signed by Sir Don.

"Apart from Ali's signed gloves, Sir Don's autographed bat and framed picture another precious item that I possess," the cricket legend said.

A music buff and a big fan of Knopfler, it is obvious that rock star's signed personal guitar is also a treasured item for Tendulkar.

"Other than cricket, I like motorsports and football but moving away from sport then it is music. Music, obviously from the western part of the world, it has got to be Dire Straits.

Knopfler presented me his personal guitar. So that has to be the top of the music (collectors' item) list," he said.

The iconic Lata Mangeshkar treats Tendulkar like his son and by cricketer's own admission, he is waiting for the gift from his "Lata Didi".

"Something which I am really looking forward

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