General Books and Video on Card Collecting..

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Collecting Cigarette & Trade Cards by Gordon Howsden Published in 1995

Collecting Cigarette & Trade Cards by Gordon Howsden

Traces the history and development of cards from their beginning to the present day and includes the background of the issuing firms, thematic collecting, printing and production, grading, pricing and so on.

Beautifully illustrated in colour the book is not only an indispensable reference work, but also a joy to read or just browse through. 152 large-format pages with 220 colour illustrations featuring 750 cards and related ephemera.

Price: £17.50

Classic Brooke Bond Picture Card Collections Published in 2009

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Mark Knowler's book should appeal to all collectors, not just those specialising in Brooke Bond, because it is a wonderful advert for the hobby (320 pages). Impeccably presented and with superb colour illustrations throughout, it is the kind of book you can dip into for a few minutes or browse through for hours. As described by the publisher "this beautifully produced nostalgic book comprises the best 12 original albums, presented slightly larger than they were, 40 to 50 years ago to bring out the best in the wonderfully detailed illustrations. Every card is printed in its correct position, making every page an enormously colourful feast for the eyes."

The albums that have been included are Out Into Space, British Wild Life, Wild Flowers Series 2, Freshwater Fish, African Wild Life, Asian Wild Life, British Butterflies, Wild Birds in Britain, Transport Through The Ages, Trees in Britain, Flags and Emblems of the World and History of The Motor Car,

Price: £25.00

The First World War on Cigarette and Trade Cards by Dr Cyril Mazansky Published in 2015

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What a wonderful advertisement for our hobby! “The First World War on Cigarette and Trade Cards” is a book illustrated with 941 cards mostly issued at the time and including many rarities. This is no mere picture book. It is an authoritative history of the war written by an expert on the subject employing cards from a collection built up over a period of more than thirty years. The result is a richly illustrated descriptive tapestry of this great conflict, using cards and silks to great effect both as a source of information and also as a means of showing how events, personalities and various aspects of the war were presented to the public at the time. The book is split into chapters dealing with particular topics such as Military Leaders, Armaments, War Scenes, Army Life, VC Heroes and The Home Front, plus a special section on the History of Card Collecting. The author, Dr. Cyril Mazansky, will be familiar to readers of Card Collectors News magazine as he has contributed many articles. We cannot recommend this book too highly. It is a marvellous production, well researched, well written in a style which involves the reader in “The War to End All Wars”, impeccably illustrated with a magnificent array of cards.

Price: £37.50

Prophets of Zoom Published in 2007

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An unusual, but fascinating book called Prophets of Zoom, it reproduces the front and back of each card in Mitchell's 1936 series of fifty The World of Tomorrow, opposite which is pictured a modern equivalent – and it's surprising how many of the predictions have become true!

From author Alfredo Marcantonio's introduction, we learn that the card set was inspired by a book called 'The World of Tomorrow' and drew upon images from contemporary films, in particular Alexanda Korda's 'Things to Come', as well as inventions then at the cutting edge of technology. The individual predictions range from the amazing to the amusing and together they paint a unique picture of the world we life in now, as pre-war Britain imagined it would be.

To take just one example. The very first card informs us that 'coal-mines and oil-wells will not last forever. We shall have to gain the energy we need, not from fuel, but from the inexhaustible forces of nature', and the set forecasts wind turbines, atomic energy and solar motors as being the power sources of the future.

From space travel and giant television screens, robots and bullet trains, to London's skyscraper skyline, this is highly entertaining stuff.

Price: £7.95

'Miniature Masterpieces' The Cigarette Card Video

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On 7th January 1993, history was made. The first ever television programme devoted entirely to cigarette cards was broadcast on HTV. Introduced by the well-known West Country personality Fred Wedlock, the programme concentrates on the heyday of cigarette cards. Fred interviews some of the artists who worked in the tobacco company's studios in the 1930s, investigates the printing processes, and sees how modern cards are produced. The cameras tour The London Cigarette Card Company's premises in Somerton and Frank Doggett demonstrates some of the more unusual cartophilic items.

Normal Price £10.50

Special Offer Price: £5.25

The Red Men of Liverpool Football Club by G A Rowlands

The Red Men of Liverpool Football Club by G A Rowlands

Published in 2017, this excellent colourful and well researched book is packed with pictures and gives details of Liverpool players who appear on cigarette cards and information on card issuers and their sets as well as a brief general card collecting history. George Rowlands has been a life-long card collector and fan of the club and his 168-page book lists over 330 cards issued between 1892 and 1952 and includes a foreword by former Liverpool player Ian Callaghan. This is an interesting book for any football fan, particularly supporters of The Reds.

Price: £14.99

Regiments and Corps of the British Army

Regiments and Corps of the British Army

The following series of books feature the different Regiments and Corps of the British Army illustrated on Cigarette and Trade Cards contain History, Uniforms, Badges, Regimental Colours, Victoria Cross Winners and Personalities. Approximately 200 illustrations in each book 56 pages with 16 in full colour all produced by David J Hunter. Published between 1999 and 2001

Title / Description Price Basket
Queen's Own Highlanders - Seaforth & Camerons (Book by D J Hunter) £8.50
The Coldstream Guards (Book by D J Hunter) £8.50
The Gordon Highlanders (Book by D J Hunter) £8.50
The Queen's Royal Lancers (Book by D J Hunter) £8.50
The Regiments of Wales (The Welsh Guards, The Royal Welsh Fusiliers & The Royal Regiment of Wales) (Book by D J Hunter) £8.50
The Royal Army Medical Corps (Book by D J Hunter) £8.50
The Royal Marines (Book by D J Hunter) £8.50
The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers - Part 1 (The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers & The Royal Warwickshire Regiment) (Book by D J Hunter) £8.50
The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers - Part 2 (The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) & The Lancashire Fusiliers) (Book by D J Hunter) £8.50
The Scots Guards (Book by D J Hunter) £8.50
The Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Regiment (Book by D J Hunter) £8.50