A&BC back to basics with a well-designed
set of attractive cards. This set comprises 2 series: cards 1 to 109
(checklist 45), and 110 to 219 (checklist 154).
I have no idea what
A&BC thought they were doing issuing a card game. The quality of
the printing is terrible, as you can see from the scan. The images are
printed in all different directions and often off the sides of the cards!
Large posters of the top English and Scottish teams, each with 12 player portraits. The
posters were collectable from packets of gum costing 4p each.
A strange set issued as two series,
1 to 89 and 90 to 179. There are a number of anomalies in this set. Series 1 cards have a blue back, and Series 2
an Orange back. Card 12 has both a blue (Bob Wilson) and an orange
(Quinton Young) version. Card number 178 (George Connelly) is known
with both a blue and an orange back. Card number 164 is not known to
have been issued.
The Album, Americana Soccer Parade, states that 'Americana
presents you with this really super Album in which to collect the fabulous
new series of Soccer Parade Stars'. In addition to the First Division teams
there is a delightfully named 'Scottisch Gallery', and a page for Clubhemden
(Club Shirts?). As you can see the album represents a strange mix of German
and English. The album welcome page has the name 'Americana Service', though
I'm not sure what this means.
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.
A set of 50 cigarette style cards issued by Barratt &
Co Ltd, London, England. Printed in England.This set includes seven variants
where player teams changed e.g. Alan Mullery from Tottenham Hotspur to Fulham
(March 1972), Chris Nicholl from Luton Town to Aston Villa (March 1972),
Ian Storey-Moore from Nottingham Forest to Manchester United (March 1972),
Dennis Rofe from Orient to Leicester City (August 1972), Ted MacDougall
from Bournemouth to Manchester United (September 1972) and Wyn Davies from
Manchester City to Manchester United (September 1972). In this set there
are cards for each of the player/team variants, hence a total of 57 cards
to collect. The variants date this set to the year 1972 with a first print
run perhaps mid year (prior to the season opening) and another print run
late in the year.
In late 1972 or early 1973 Cadbury Limited began offering
a set of five circular stickers if you sent away 8 wrappers from Cadbury
Fudge bars. The five featured players were Martin Chivers, Allan Clarke,
Kevin Keegan, Rodney Marsh and Bobby Moore.
Cleveland produced this series of 20 sticker sheets which were obtained from petrol
stations each time you bought 3 gallons or £1 worth of petrol.
Some of the sticker sheets had a single image, while others had multiple.
The stickers could be stuck into a hardback album which was
obtainable for only 20p.
Interesting booklets comprising black and white photograph series of
goals. Each booklet contains 32 double-sided pages. By flicking the booklets
the goal action replay appears. Two sets of goals per booklet (one each
For some reason FKS
reverted to 'Apply adhesive here only' at the top of each sticker. Last
year's team badges and the black and white head-shot on the rear of each
sticker have disappeared, and there are no extras to buy! The set did, however,
include 25 circular stickers, which were to be stuck onto a poster with
the title 'Munich 74'. Copies of this poster are rare, so its quite valuable.
Album: Price 15p.
The back of each card states… ‘with every packet of ‘Goal’
crisps you get a free colour action picture of Liverpool FC and Ireland
soccer star, Steve Heighway. Collect all 12 great pictures in the
series. PLUS! You also get one piece of a large 10” x 10.5” colour
picture of your star, collect all 12 pictures and you have a terrific,
autographed picture of Steve, for mounting on our exclusive wall chart’. So, there is also a wall chart to collect. Do you own one of these?
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.
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).
A set of flimsy
cards included in sweet cigarette packets. Each card includes a question,
plus the answer to another card's question.
I think that these and the 1973/74 cards came in identical packets.
1972/73 the Sun went even further with 3 different types of cards in the
same album. Unfortunately they couldn't decide what to call them, so they
go by a number of different names... The cards were all '3D' and comprised:
3-D Gallery of Football Stars (50 to collect); Gallery of Football Action Cards (52 to collect -
50 according to the album, though 52 are known); How to play soccer (6 to collect).
A set of 24 cards presented in two sizes. The smaller
cards came with the Victor comic in a sheet of 16 issued on 26 February 1972, while the larger ones
came in four pairs in issues from 4 to 25 March 1972. The Victor comic commenced on 25 February 1961 and ran
until November 1992 (source www.26pigs.com). The set came with a plastic wallet for storage.
These attractive badges
are also available with the
Lord Neilson and
Mr Softee company
names, however the Tonibell set is a year later than these two. The
Tonibell set has Birmingham City and Norwich City (promoted at the end
of the 1971/72 season) in place of the relegated Huddersfield Town and
Nottingham Forest (with thanks to Mark for this information).
A large set of cards featuring the First Division teams, plus some
puzzle cards. While the player cards are still 'cards', the puzzle cards
have become peel-off stickers.
plaques, one for each of 35 teams. These are quite rare and have become
collectable. The packet (image kindly supplied by Mark) notes that the
actual size of each plaque is 4¼" x 4¾" (though I've seen others
which say 4¼" x 4¼"). The plaques were obtained for 25p 'with
any 2 Ty.phoo Tea or 1 Ty.phoo Tea Bag packet front for each plaque offered'.
Ty.phoo noted that the plaques were 'British made'. The packets had an offer form on the packet side which could be sent to: