A set of 44 black and white photograph cards with facsimile
autographs and plain backs. I've dated this set as 1962/63 though
some catalogues list it as 1961/62. The set includes cards showing
the 1961/62 League Champions and Cup Winners, so I've assumed that
A&BC would have produced this set around June/July 1962 ready for
the 1962/63 season.
A set of 81 green backed 'Make-a-Photo' cards, issued as two
series. A superbly democratic sets of cards from A&BC with four
players each from the top 19 teams, though only 3 from Clyde, making
a total of 79 player cards and two checklists. The cards show very
relaxed photos of players within a coloured oval frame, making the
overall effect very appealing.
An interesting set of 81 green backed 'Quiz' cards, issued in two
series, 1-44 and 45-81. One of the things to note about this set is
the mix of teams, with four players from East Stirlingshire, two
from Stranraer, but only three from Aberdeen. Nice to see the
lesser-known club players featured for a change!
A set of 66 coloured photograph cards issued in pairs, but most
often seen as singles. There are 42 different individual footballers
to collect, although they were issued as a number of different
'pairs' - each footballer may therefore appear on more than one
paired card. There are 43 known paired player card combinations,
plus 12 paired cards (24 individual cards) which each depict part of
a photograph of the Celtic team group - these cards are very rare.
Similar to the English yellow backs of the same year. Douglas
Coakley of A&BC Gum has advised that in 1968 they had terrible
trouble in the factory mixing up the English and Scottish cards so
after that year they made the two sets different colours each year.
Team pennants folded in the yellow back card packets, hence the
folds whenever you see these attractive pennants. The pennants have
instructions to 'Cut out Pennant along black line' but thankfully
not too many boys seem to have done this.
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.
Attractive black and white photograph cards with a crinkle-cut
edge. These cards were issued with the Blue back set.
The first large Scottish A&BC set, issued as two series, with
checklist cards 85 and 170. The card style is similar to the 1970/71
English orange backs.
An attractive set of 'pin-up' posters issued with the Green
Backs. Since these pin-ups were squeezed into the bubble gum packets
they always have the creases. While the equivalent English set had
14 pin-ups the Scottish, for some reason, has 28. I'm not sure, but
suspect that the first 14 pin-ups where issued with Series 1, and
the second 14 (relabelled as 'Superstar posters') were issued with
A&BC reversed their previous decision and went with the same
colour backing for the English and Scottish sets of this year. This
set was issued as two series, 1 to 73 and 74 to 144.
Similar to the English set, issued with Series 2 of the Purple
backs, but only 16 of them. This raises questions about whether or
not these were intended to be stuck into an album. The album was
designed for the 23 English Club Crests and 23 Superstars, so
perhaps the Scottish crests were stand-alone.
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.
These cards were issued with Series 2 of the 1972/73 Footballer
cards, both the English and the Scottish versions. The images on the
cards appear identical to the images on the Footballer cards,
without the backgrounds.
This set was issued as two series, 1 to 90 and 91 to 178. By this
time A&BC seem to have run out of steam, with little to excite young
boys in the form of giveaways or new ideas.
The last ever A&BC Footballers production before the takeover by
Topps. A small set, only 132 cards, and no special giveaways.
Checklist card is number 69.