A&BC entered the era of scary hairstyles with a classy and
popular set. The set was issued in 2 series: cards 1 to 131
(checklist 36) and 132 to 264 (checklist 182). Quality control was
still not a priority for A&BC with cards 235, 262 and 264 never
Another A&BC set of black and white photographs, similar to the
1969/70 set but these tend to be action, rather than head, shots.
Quality is again an issue, with the paper tending to age and
therefore make this set appear older than they really are. These
cards were issued with Series 2 of the Blue back set.
A set of 50 cigarette style cards issued by Barratt & Co Ltd,
London, England. Printed in England. This was the final issue for
Barratt's under their old name, with Bassett's name appearing on
cards after this date.
A strange though attractive set of small, thin metal disks,
referred to as 'photo-discs' by Esso. The 22 'Soccer Superstars'
could be mounted on a card by moistening the back of the photo-disc
and pressing it firmly onto the ready-gummed circle on the
collection card. The collection cards originally came with tissue
paper in the middle to stop the pages of the card sticking to each
Printed inside the sachets were small photos of players. The backs
of the sachets indicated that each sachet should contain two
footballer stamps, but they were from a continuous roll which was
cut according to the needs of the sachets. There are therefore many
different combinations of players.
The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 1973/74 First Division and
1973 F.A. Cup Winners. A new landscape format, complete with club
colours and a small, colour head shot. The centre pages of the album
include fourteen stickers of Sunderland, commemorating their F.A.
Cup win - these stickers are A thru N. The final pages of the album
include 2 pictures each of Bobby and Jack Charlton, stickers O, P, Q
and R. Album: Price 15p.
Football Star gave away sheets of six stand-up footballers with
Issues 1 and 2 (15 and 22 September 1973). These figures may still
be available as either individual cards or, more rarely, as an uncut
sheet. The player cards each had Height, Weight, Age and First Cap
headings on their backs, ready for you to fill in the details.
Following on from the giveaway of the standup footballers
Football Star printed a high colour page with two images of strikers
in hexagons. The ideas was that you collected two of these each week
for nine weeks, giving you 18 Super Strikers. There was a round
poster which looks like a football with 18 spaces, so the idea was
to stick your hexagons onto the poster.
A set of 25 cigarette sized football cards presented by Goodies
Limited, Greenbank, Bristol. The cards came in sweet cigarette
packets, which also advertised that there was an album available for
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.
A small set of coloured drawings given away with Kellogg's Sugar
Smacks. The poster displayed (kindly supplied by Toby) states that a
great free football card special is included in every packet.
Full-colour shots of eight top footballers - Jackie Charlton, Emlyn
Hughes, Billy Bremner, Alan Ball, Derek Dougan, Gordon Banks, Wyn
Davies and Tony Currie.
Number in set: 8
World Cup. A rare set of stickers, again produced for the
international market. The sticker backs have text in six languages,
with the English version being 'Ask your retailer the album for this
collection of picture cards'. Huh? I think we know what it means.
Another set of 25 cards (paper really) which have a cartoon on
the front and the related story on the back, given away with sweet
A football calendar for 1974, presented with the Victor comic in
its edition dated January 19, 1974.
A large set of cards featuring the First Division teams, team
badges, plus some puzzle cards. The back of these cards states
'Printed in Italy by Panini 1973'.
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
only.You needed to collect 12 of the white footballs from the
packets and post them to Typhoo stating which of the set of 24 you
If you collected any 12 of the tea packet footballs you could send
them away to Typhoo Tea and obtain a 10" x 8" colour photo of your