Football Cards

I have been a football card collector for many years getting the bug as many did in the 60's spending my pocket money on packs of cards from the sweet shop or newsagent often issued with that horrible strip of gum!. If we can be of any help please don't hesitate to get in contact & if we don't have the answer we may know someone who does.

Brief History of football cards

Cigarette cards bearing footballers first appeared in the 1890's & were designed to be collected in sets of 50, which encouraged people to purchase more & more packets. Some of the early manufacturers include W.D & H.O. Wills, Ogdens Churchman & Gallagher. Coloured cards also appeared but these were drawings as the concept of colour photography was still some years away.

The period between 1920 & 1940 saw the number of cigarette cards produced reach its maximum, both in terms of quality & quantity. Seeing the success of cigarette cards, manufacturers of other products, particularly Boys' magazines & sweets began to produce similar cards which have now become known as 'Trade Cards'.

In the 60's & 70's trade cards had become well established as a collector's item & were traded across the country in many a school playground. Trade cards typically came in packets with bubblegum A.& B. C., Topps and others, while the forerunners to the modern stickers were purchased in packets on their own.

Sticker production is now dominated by Panini, Merlin & Topps & are widely available in thousands of retail outlets nationwide.