Historic cricket cards featuring stars of the bodyline series have been found in a raid on an alleged burglar's Bicton home.
Some of the cards are almost 100 years old - dating back to 1914 - and others feature greats of the game including Sir Donald Bradman, whose card is from the 1928-29 season.
Many feature players from the late 1920s and early 1930s, including when Douglas Jardine led the English team to victory over Australia in the spiteful bodyline series when bowlers allegedly targeted the batsmen's upper bodies and heads in a tactic to curtail Bradman's scoring abilities.
Cards featuring Jardine and fast bowler Harold Larwood, the key to the series, were found.
There are also cards from other sports, such as athletics and golf, birds, dogs and crests from private schools in NSW and Victoria.
Most cards had been carefully displayed, though some were loose in the accused man's home.
Central metropolitan district detectives were investigating a burglary at a Carillon City business when they found the cards. A 29-year-old man has been charged.
They believe the cards were stolen from a home in Fremantle.Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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