George Keeling caricature postcards
Technically postcards rather than football cards, but interesting
nonetheless. I'm not sure how they were sold, but perhaps personally
by George Keeling outside of football grounds.
These postcards are known for the eight teams listed below, plus the
'All Stars'. There are two versions of the Arsenal and Leeds United
cards, the first having borders and card numbers, probably produced
for the 1972 F.A. Cup Final, and then subsequently reproduced
without the borders (see
Alan Jenkins' blog).
The selections of Norwich City and Orient are interesting. Norwich
are probably included due to their 1972/73 League Cup Final
appearance, and apparently George Keeling may have been an Orient
supporter, as he is known to have lived close to the Orient Football
Club ground.I don't know much else about who George Keeling is, or
was, and his relationship with Arbeshi Reproductions, so if you know
please be in touch.
There are 12 players per team, so a total
of 108 postcards to collect.
I've dated the postcards to late 1972 to early 1973, based on the
players in the teams. This assumes that all of the caricatures were
produced around the same time, but this may not be the case. For
example, Arsenal includes George Graham who was transferred to
Manchester United in December 1972. Liverpool includes Peter
Cormack, transfer from Nottingham Forest in July 1972, while Norwich
City includes Jim Bone, transferred to Norwich in March 1972, and
away again in February 1973. Orient includes Peter Wall, transferred
from Crystal Palace in December 1972.
These postcards were
printed by the Malvern Press, London E8.
Number in set: 108
Galleries: Arsenal, Chelsea,
Orient, Tottenham Hotspur,
West Ham United, All Stars
Thanks to James Cotton for the Liverpool images, and to Steve Marsh
Ham United Memorabilia Collection) for the West Ham images.