In late 1969 or
early 1970, Patterson Blick produced a series of well-written and well-produced
Instant Picture Books. The books were compiled by Dennis Knight, illustrated
by Ralph Bruce. Number 24 in the series is entitled 'Football'. It includes
10-pages of text on football, and a double-page inside spread and inside
back cover for kids to apply the transfers provided. The transfers were
produced for Patterson Blick by Letraset, and numbered GK27. The Instant
Picture Book is © 1970 Patterson Blick. The transfers are © 1969.
Letraset's first eponymous foray into the football collectables marketplace.
A set of 24 Action Transfers where you received a set of transfers and a
'scene'. The scene was printed in the middle of a fold-out paper folder,
and you were supposed to apply the transfers in order to make up the specified
action replay e.g. a hand ball or a brilliant header. As well as featuring
an action replay each item featured a top player, with an image of that
player which could be rubbed onto a space in the folder.
A small Scottish set from Letraset, featuring
key games and players. This set is called Soccer Action Replay. It is referred
to as 'An Action Transfer Product'. The transfer sheets are understood to
be numbered GK 120/1 to GK 120/12.
A second English set from Letraset, similar to the first. It still gives
you a scene, though this time the transfers are from a specific game e.g.
1971/72 F.A. Cup Final. Instead of providing a transfer of a top player
you only get two 'Star photos' this time (boring!). Most of the scenes featured
in this set are from the 1971/72 season, which I am guessing dates the set
(since there is no © date on the folder).