Another popular A&BC set. The backs included a Football Facts
quiz. Series 1 comprises cards 1 to 64, Series 2 cards 65 to 117 and
Series 3 cards 117 to 170. The 3 checklist cards are unnumbered. Two
players (Lawrence and Woodfield) have card number 117.
Crinkle-cut photographs. Attractive black and white photograph
cards with a crinkle-cut edge. Numbers 1 to 18 were issued with
Series 2 of the Green Backs. Numbers 19 to 36 were issued with
World Cup Posters. A super set of posters. You bought the posters
through buying the bubble gum packets (6d each). The player
photographs (see below) came for free with the posters.
Super attractive cards for the 1970 England World Cup Squad.
Available in two forms - with or without an embossed Jules Rimet
trophy. These cards were issued with the World Cup Posters above.
A set of 75 cards plus two checklists, issued as two series.
Whereas the previous Scottish sets had only players from Scottish
clubs, this set included a number of Scottish players from English
clubs. The checklists are unnumbered, so I have included them in the
series they refer to.
Picture cards with Football Quiz. Each card has Quiz questions on
the back, with the answers available on the following card. The
interesting thing about this set is the variety of players and clubs
featured, not just the elite club players but inclusions from Bury,
Chester, Darlington, Lincoln City, Port Vale, Southport, York City,
to name but a few...
A rare set of 56 attractive cards. Each card states 'Colours of
national teams shown in this series are colours officially
registered with F.I.F.A. - Federation Internationale de Football
Association, the governing body of World Football.
Around 1970 Coffer produced three different styles of player
photos. They produced 'posters', with a player name and number on
the front, as well as the Coffer name clearly identified. They also
produced small 'cards' (60mm x 36mm) with the same images as the
poster, again with blank backs and the details on the front (see Ron
Davies image). In addition, they produced 'postcards', with 'Coffer,
London' on the back plus the player name and card number. The
posters, cards and postcards all seem to have the same images and
numbers, though the postcards have a 'P' prefix (e.g. Alan Ball,
In anticipation of the Mexico 70 World Cup the Daily Mail
produced a large colour World Cup Wallchart. The wallchart has
spaces for the 22 members of the England squad. Each space on the
wallchart notes that 'The coupon for this colour picture & biography
will appear in the Daily Mail from April 6th. The set of stickers
for the wallchart, available as a single sheet of glue-backed
stickers, actually comprises 28 stickers, the sheet noting that
'These 28 players are the travelling party for Mexico named by Sir
Alf Ramsey on March 25th. His final squad of 22 will be announced
eight days before the May 31 World Cup kickoff". Each sticker has
'Daily Mail World Cup Souvenir' printed, plus a player biography.
The World Cup Souvenir Cards were produced to acknowledge
'England World Cup candidates plus international stars of world
renown'. The cards were obtained by cutting out coupons which
appeared in the Daily Sketch. You needed to collect 5 coupons then
send them to the newspaper who sent you 5 cards (as a strip of 5).
The first coupons appeared in the newspaper dated 23 February 1970.
These transfers were issued as two sheets, each of 14. They were
often cut into single transfers and stuck onto school books. I'm not
sure how you got them or much more about them. The stickers were
designed to be stuck onto the Daily Sketch 1970 World Cup Picture
In 1970 Esso commissioned 30 coins depicting the England squad
for the World Cup. The coins are made of solid metal, and were
wrapped for distribution through petrol stations. You were given a
coin each time you bought four gallons of petrol, or two coins if
you bought eight.
The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars in Action. Similar to the
previous year's album, except that the player biographies are no
longer printed on the backs of the cards. The now familiar phrase 'A
full biography of this player will be found in the appropriate space
in the album' first appears. Album: Price 2s 6d.
For most of their relatively short lives these football magazines
produced colour pictures on the back cover, which were to be cut out as
individual cards. These have now become quite collectible.
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
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.
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.
A set of team pictures produced for the international market
which includes 12 English teams. I'm showing a scan of the packet
which they came in plus one card. The back of the packet is written
in Dutch, so its all foreign to me. However, I suspect that it says
that the backs of all of the cards make up a 4-colour poster of
Benfica. The Benfica picture is the same image as card number 57
from the set. There are no markings on the cards to indicate that
they are produced by Monty Gum or are part of this set.
A set of 24 cards included in packs of Shredded Wheat. There are
two varieties of these cards, perhaps representing an initial print
run and a reprint. One set has 'Nabisco Foods, Welwyn Garden City,
Herts' on the back, while the other has 'Nabisco Foods Ltd., Welwyn
Garden City, Herts'.
For the Mexico 70 collection Panini issued two different sets of
cards and stickers. In Italy they produced green back and red/blue
cards, and for the rest of the world (international market) they
produced red/black cards.
Number in set: 288 (42 stickers, 242 cards)
Checklists: Set checklist or Team checklist
Scotties were a brand of facial tissues launched by the Scott Paper
Company in 1943 to compete with Kleenex. What is a company like this
doing producing football cards I hear you ask? This set of rare cards is
labelled 'Series 1', but I'm not aware that a second series was ever
produced, which is a pity since they are high quality cards.
The Sun's first ever set of football cards, a set of coloured
drawings given away, I think, with tokens from the newspaper. The
cards came as part of a sheet, with all 22 cards in a long strip
format with two side by side portraits by eleven cards underneath.
The stickers are actually ordered by club alphabetically in the
In early 1970 the Sun produced a Souvenir Wallchart (price 1/-)
in anticipation of the 1970 Mexico City World Cup. The chart had
spaces for a number of stickers, which you ordered from the Sun. The
stickers were: Great British players of the past (22 stickers),
Flags of World Cup Nations (16 stickers),
Stars of previous World Cups (16 stickers),
England's squad for Mexico (28 stickers). You sent away to
the Sun on an application form for each of the different sets. The
Sun then posted them to you.
The wallchart has spaces for a number of stickers, which you ordered
from the Sun. The stickers were: Teams (22 stickers), Club Crests (22
stickers), Captains (22 stickers)
In 1969 Texaco issued a series of bronze-coloured coins, which
could be placed into a plastic holder. These are quite rare. If you
can collect a full set of the coins then you have a good collection,
but much better to have them in the plastic holder.
A set of 16 cards in a plastic wallet, issued with the Wizard
comic. The Wizard comic was relaunched on 14 February 1970, and 8 of
these cards were given out with the plastic wallet with No. 2 (21
February), and the remaining 8 cards with No. 3 (28 February).
Football Favourites, presented with the Victor. A set of 2
posters, each with 8 panels of colour and black and white photos.
The Week-By-Week Record of All Football Leagues, presented with "The Victor". A fascinating booklet with pages for each of the English and Scottish leagues, including league ladders. In the centre of the booklet was a page of stickers with each of the 129 teams. The idea was that you cut out each of the team names, removed the backing paper and stuck them down in the correct place in the league tables. According to D.C. Thomson there was no need to wet the panels, they stick by themselves! Each week you could unstick the panels, move them and stick them down again. The panels would 'retain their stickiness no matter how often they are moved'. Where has this technology gone? P.S. I've got one of these, but unfortunately after 30+ years they are no longer able to be unstuck and restuck - pity!
The cards were able to be cut from the side of the tea packets.
The quality of the cards therefore depends a lot on the person who
cut them out, since this dictates how much of the packet was
included, and how neat the borders will be. Some people cut them out
with the accompanying text, while others cut around the picture
If you collected any 12 of the tea packet cards you could send
them away to Typhoo Tea and obtain a 10" x 8" colour photo of your
favourite team, 'suitable for framing'. The address for postage was: