Sheets of small black and white
stickers included in the Lion and Champion comic of the time. The stickers,
110 in total, could be cut out and placed into the album. There were 4
sheets of 15, and 2 sheets of 25.
Sheets of small stickers included with
the Tiger and Hurricane comic of the time. The stickers, 110 in total, could be cut out and placed into the album.
There were 4 sheets of 15, and 2 sheets of 25.
Presented free with the Valiant. An interesting poster issued by the IPC comic in their 6 May 1970 issue. It
had spaces for you to fill in all of the results from the World Cup, including
team selections and scorers. Most interestingly the poster has 16 spaces
for stickers which were issued with the comic in four sheets (see below).
These stickers are unnumbered and have no other features to identify them
with this poster, so they are rare finds if still unstuck.
Bobby Moore was the central figure when Shoot
Magazine was released on 16 August 1969. The magazine used the phrase 'Bobby
Moore writes for you...'. In it's fourth edition (dated 6 September 1969)
Shoot gave away a 'super stand-up colour figure of Bobby Moore - the player
of players'. Inside the magazine was a full-page, colour advertisement with
a 'sensational offer, exclusive to Shoot readers'. A set of 8 stand-up figures,
with an average height of 7", could be purchased for only 3s 9d. This
was the first set of 8, followed by three other sets, meaning that there
was a total of 32 stand-ups which you could buy, plus the original Bobby
Moore.The second set was available in the Shoot magazine dated 13 September,
the third set 25 October and the fourth set some time after that (not sure
of the exact date). Since you had to buy them, these stand-ups are very
rare.Thanks to Jim and Dee for providing the images for this gallery.
A set of 160 small cards that
most boys of the period will remember. They were issued as sets of 32 cards
in 5 different comics. The cards came in sheets of 8 per comic, so you had
to buy 5 comics for 4 weeks to collect the whole set. The cards could be
mounted in small albums presented free with the comics. Fortunately the
mounting was done by slipping the cards into slits by their corners, so
the cards should never have been glued. This means that a number of the
cards have survived in excellent condition. The cards featured a number
of players from lesser known clubs and lower divisions, so proved quite
popular to a wide audience. The comics were: Buster, Lion, Scorcher, Smash
and Tiger. The publication dates were: February 7, 14, 21 and 28, 1970. Scorcher
comic only commenced publication on 10 January 1970, so this was obviously
a vehicle to promote the new comic. Smash had begun in 1966, but didn't last
much past these cards, ending in 1971.
The Shoot magazine began in 1969, and has become an
institution for young football fans. On 11 September 1971 they began a new
series of collectables by suggesting that readers cut out a four page section
and fold and trim the pages to form the first four (1-4) and the last four
(109-112) of a booklet. Each of the pages includes a photo of a player with
an accompanying biography. There was also a space to attach an autograph
for each player. The autographs were available separately from the Shoot
The blue backed cards from 1969/70
obviously proved successful, since IPC tried again 20 months later, albeit
with a different set of comics. The comics were: Buster and Jet, Lion and
Thunder, Scorcher and Score, Tiger, and Valiant and TV 21. The publication
dates were: October 16, 23 and 30, and November 6, 1971.
For 14 issues from September 9, 1972 the Shoot magazine dedicated a four-page section to publishing pictures
of 7 international stars and their biographies. The idea was to collect
the whole set and bind them into an album named Shoot's Stars of the World.
The Shoot magazine also produced sheets of Badges Worn by World Stars. The
individual badges were to be cut out and attached to the 'correct position'
in the booklet.
Another in the series of booklets
formed from the inside pages of Shoot magazine. The autograph stickers were
back again, replacing the badges. The series began with the cover pages
of the booklet on 22 September 1973.
Another in the series, though this time the
Shoot magazine also included the old Goal magazine. The Number in set increased
to 135, meaning that it took 17 weeks instead of 14 to complete. The autographs
have been dropped from now onwards.The booklet was part of the Shoot/Goal
magazine dated 14 September 1974.
The ultra-violent Action comic issue dated 28/02/1976 gave away these cards as a free gift.
The front page of the comic states
'There are four sets of 16 players! Which set will you get?'. If I understand
this correctly it is a strange way to give away football cards, and made
it impossible to collect all 64 unless you bought at least four copies of
the comic on the same day. You therefore don't often see these cards as a complete set.
Cost cutting meant that most
of the pictures for this booklet were in black and white, with the magazine
proudly announcing 'Many pages in full colour'. The booklet was part of
the Shoot/Goal magazine dated 18 September 1976.
Soccer Sensations - A Shoot booklet. This set 'featuring star players, managers, clubs
and competitions' continued the successful run, though Shoot has reverted
to its single name, dropping the Goal association. Again, most of the pictures
and pages are black and white. The booklet was part of the Shoot/Goal magazine
dated 17 September 1977.