Two of the Most Famous Train Robbers
EDWARDS, Buster (1931-1994). British criminal, boxer and nightclub owner. One of the masterminds of Britain’s “Great Train Robbery” of 1963” Edwards avoided arrest and escaped to Mexico. When the money ran out he negotiated his return to England in 1966. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.. He was the subject of the movie “Buster” (1988). Phil Collins played Edwards in “Buster. Edwards was found dead in a lock-up garage near London’s Waterloo Station. Apparently he hung himself.
BIGGS, Ronnie (1929-2013). The Great Train Robber. Biggs and his band of thieves electrified the world on August 8, 1963 (his birthday) pulling off the largest robbery in history known as “The Great Train Robbery.” The total haul was 2,631,784 pounds worth over 30 million dollars at today’s rates. Biggs was the only one to escape prison (July 1965) and managed to elude the world’s police until 1974. His successful battle against arrest in Brazil by Scotland Yard made world headlines. Brazilian law allowed Biggs to stay in Brazil. Biggs is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest outstanding fugitive. He was dubbed by Scotland yard as “The Brain of the Great Train Robbery,”
Large First Day Cover, commemorating the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, the world’s first regular passenger-carrying railway Cachet of the first train. Five postage stamps depicting the entire train are affixed to this cover. Cancelled 12 march 1980. Hand signed: “Best Wishes Buster Edwards.” In addition also hand signed: “and Ronnie Biggs. Cheers!” Extremely rare to find both these criminals on the same item. Most likely one of a kind. Excellent condition...............$350.00