A set of 32 playing cards
where Bobby Charlton purportedly selects his all-time world cup greats. The full
set comes in a plastic case with a cover card and the rules on the reverse.
The cards are 'numbered' from A to H, and 1 to 4. The set is described as
'The Trump Game for Collectors'. This set was 'Made in Western Germany'.
The first of two
new sets from this mysterious company. The 1977/78 stickers are much rarer
than the 1978/79 set. The album cover has a logo and the name 'Ava Americana
- Series'. The set includes 15 players for each of the 22 Division One teams,
plus one player from each of the 22 Division Two teams. The last 16 stickers
are of International Football Stars.
A set of 50 cards depicting action from English and Scottish games,
plus international matches. As with the previous year's issue, there was a Wall Chart
to display your set of sweet cigarette cards.
An expanded collection
with players from 28 different teams. The player name and sticker numbers
are printed on the front of the stickers, with the reverse blank (another
FKS innovation which only lasted one year). It appears that you no longer
applied the adhesive only at the top, which appears a bit foolish since
you would cover the biography in the album. The album was priced at 20p,
but reduced to 10p as a 'Jubilee Offer'. Album: Price 20p.
A set of 32 cards for a game, plus a Rules card.
A set of 32 cards for a game, plus a Rules card.
A set of 24 cards of Britain's top soccer stars, given away
in crisp packets. The album records © Golden Wonder, July 1977, First Issue.
The backs of this set and the later World Cup All Stars are very similar
and it is easy to confuse the two sets.
A set of 36 cards, depicting World Cup footballers. The cards
and the album illustration were by Doug Harker, a man who is still into
sports illustrating. The illustrations are very attractive, making this
a good set to collect. The cards could be glued into the album, with the
first issue of the album dated May 1978.
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.
K Soccer, also known as the Kentalong Football Card Game, was produced
in 1978 by Kentalong Limited of Osborne House, 12 Mount Ephraim
Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1EE. The cost of the game was £1.10 per
pack including postage and packing.
The game, designed for 2 players, consisted
of 38 cards made up of 30 team crest cards (5 cards for each of 6 teams),
4 penalty cards, 2 offside cards and 2 goalkeeper cards. The makers 'gratefully
acknowledge the help and assistance given to us by every club represented
which has enabled us to produce this exciting game', which suggests that
Kentalong did the right thing and contacted clubs to ask for permission
to use their crests.The rules sheet states 'If you enjoyed playing
this Kentalong card game why not form a League with your friends? If your
favourite Club's Crest is not included in the game, please send a stamped
addressed envelope to the address overleaf and we shall be pleased to advise
you whether this Crest is available'. This suggests that the game came in
different versions, with different Club Crests. The version I own has Arsenal,
Brighton and Hove Albion, Charlton Athletic, Fulham, Millwall and Tottenham
Hotspur. I'm also aware of Birmingham City, Crystal Palace, Derby County,
Everton, Liverpool, Luton Town, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Notts County,
Oldham Athletic, Orient, Q.P.R., Sheffield United, Southampton, Stoke City
and W.B.A. Presumably not every club gave their permission, and perhaps
after a while Kentalong went out of business and didn't produce any more.
Unnumbered, poor quality cards on a cheap card with plain grey backs. The wrapper says 'Hannah's
present'. The set is mainly of individual
players, but also includes some team cards. The wrapper (shown) has some
English text on the back which states:
Euro Football 78. Another 'international'
collection which was available in the U.K.
The first ever
Panini-production (not Top Sellers) designed solely for the U.K. market.
In an introduction to the album David Gregory, Editor of Shoot Magazine
states '...this album... ranks as the latest publication to join the elite
amongst football publications'. The album states that information in the
album was 'compiled up to date on 20 September 1977'.The collection was actually distributed by Minicards
Ltd, of Regina House, Queen Street, London, as sole U.K. and Eire distributors
of Figurine Panini.
A set comprising individual footballers from the First and Second Divisions.
One section of cards (Nos. 101 to 120) includes Club Histories. The cards
have '© 1977 Topps Chewing Gum Inc.' printed on the back.
Topps stuck to the
132 card set, but got a bit lazy by including a number of Shoot Scottish
All Stars. The number of teams is strange, thirteen, being the 10 teams
in the Premier Division in 1976/77, plus promoted St. Mirren and
Clydebank, plus third placed Dundee.