A selection of reference books for the card collecting hobby.

Reference Books

Helpful for collectors needing further information. These books give some background about the companies concerned, list the subjects (or illustrate the cards) in some of the unnumbered series. Please remember that these are useful reference works and not priced catalogues.

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Book Books Directory of British Cigarette Card Issuers Reference Book Directory of British Cigarette Card Issuers Reference Book 1 - 36 pages. Reprint, originally published in 1946. Ever wanted to find out more about J. Lomax Cockayne or James Quinton Ltd? Probably not, but if you did, you need look no further than this 36-page booklet with 231 entries with addresses, dates, brands, mergers, trading situation (many defunct) etc., to a greater or lesser extent according to the information available to the compilers or to its potential usefulness to the collector. 16 cards are illustrated. There are some fascinating facts within that would make a starting point for some interesting research using modern tools such as the worldwideweb. What do you think?
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Book Books Glossary of Cartophilic Terms Reference Book Glossary of Cartophilic Terms Reference Book 1 - 40 pages. Reprint, originally published in 1948. Described as a “glossary drawn up for the special use of collectors of cigarette and other trade cards”, this book sets out to provide uniformity for terms in common usage within the hobby. Arranged alphabetically from A to Z, a clear, concise definition is given for each with the intention of standardisation to eliminate looseness in expression. 27 illustrations are included where they enhance understanding of a particular term or expression. In all almost 300 terms are explained from the obvious such as ‘catalogue’ to the obscure such as ‘deckle-edged’ – you could really show you were an ‘advanced collector’ with that one! It’s a fascinating little booklet to dip into.
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Book Books The Card Issues of A & BC Chewing Gum Reference Book 2004 Edition The Card Issues of A & BC Chewing Gum Reference Book 2004 Edition 1 - Compiled by I. A Laker 52 pages (3rd Revised Edition 2004) First published in 1981 A & B C produced their first cards in 1953, during a period of more than twenty years they were to become one of the most popular and prolific sources of cards. They issued well over a hundred different series, usually in a large format, and covering a variety of subjects, although football and entertainment were dominant. Several of their series were produced under licence from Topps USA who eventually took over ownership and are still issuing cards today under the Topps name. This booklet is the third revised edition published in 2004. It lists on pages 1 to 40 alphabetically all the series issued by A & BC giving a comprehensive subject-listing where necessary, together with details of varieties, etc. Illustrations have been used where appropriate. On pages 41 to 50 contain new information that has come to light since the original publication in 1981. Also since this was published new information has come to light regarding the actual issuing name. It has long been referred to as American & British Chewing Gum Limited, but in fact new information has established that the actual name was taken from the initials of the actual founders and should in fact be A & B C Chewing Gum Limited.
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Book Books The Card Issues of Abdulla/Adkin/Anstie Tobacco Reference Book The Card Issues of Abdulla/Adkin/Anstie Tobacco Reference Book 1 - 20 pages (reprint, originally published in 1943)
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Book Books The Card Issues of Ardath Tobacco Reference Book The Card Issues of Ardath Tobacco Reference Book 1 - This is a reprint of the book originally published in 1943 this little 28-page booklet tells us the history of the Ardath Tobacco Company from the time Albert Levy set up the business through to B.A.T taking a controlling interest. It then covers alphabetically all the firm’s card issues, frequently listing the subject titles within unnumbered series, ending with those produced during World War II under the auspices of the Ministry of Information..
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Book Books The Card Issues of F & J Smith Reference Book The Card Issues of F & J Smith Reference Book 1 - 36 pages (published in 1980)
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Book Books The Card Issues of Gallaher Limited Reference Book The Card Issues of Gallaher Limited Reference Book 1 - 40 pages (reprint, originally published in 1944). The firm began issuing cards in the 1890s and continued with a regular flow of high-class series right through to the outbreak of World War II. The Gallaher Reference Book, compiled over a number of years and edited by Erick Gurd, was first published in 1944. It covers all the firm’s issues giving background information, details of printings, listings and unnumbered series etc. A huge amount of detail is compressed into the book’s forty pages and it is an essential reference work for every collector.
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Book Books The Card Issues of James Taddy & Co Reference Book The Card Issues of James Taddy & Co Reference Book 1 - 32 pages (reprint, originally published in 1948)
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Book Books The Card Issues of John Player & Sons Reference Book The Card Issues of John Player & Sons Reference Book 1 - 44 pages (reprint, originally published in 1950)
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Book Books The Card Issues of Lambert & Butler Reference Book The Card Issues of Lambert & Butler Reference Book 1 - This is a reprint of the book originally published in 1948 this little 29-page, reprint booklet (plus an additional 3 pages for notes) contains a concise history of the firm then takes a look at their card issues with some black and white pictures or listing of subject titles where the sets are unnumbered and further information is required. The sets appear alphabetically beginning with Actors and Actresses and ending with World’s Locomotives and the text gives information such as number in set, date of issue, type of printing method etc. A useful reference work for anyone interested in this company.
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Book Books The Card Issues of R & J Hill Limited Reference Book The Card Issues of R & J Hill Limited Reference Book 1 - 28 pages (reprint, originally published in 1942)
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Book Books The Card Issues of Typhoo Tea Reference Book The Card Issues of Typhoo Tea Reference Book 1 - Published in 1976 with 36 pages. “Typhoo Tea Cards cover a wide span of years dating from early in the century right up to the present day” said Ian Laker in his preface to this book. The present day was in fact 1976, the year in which the firm ended its distinguished card issuing history with The Amazing World of Doctor Who. The heyday of their issues from 1926 to 1938 was marked by distinctive long cards with special offers on the backs, whilst many postwar sets were printed on the sides of the packets – as is evident from the illustratins of seventy cards included in this reference book which groups issues into three main styles – Card Issues, Packet Issues and Extra Large Premium Issues. Many of the card series are “multi-backed”, where each card can be collected with a number of different styles of back, or “vari-backed” where several back designs occur throughout the series but no particular card can be collected in more than one style. This becomes clearer when you look at the listings within the book, which also gives subject titles for unnumbered series. There’s a lot more to Typhoo cards than is obvious at first sight, and this book will be indispensable for collectors wishing to navigate their way through some of the complexities.
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Book Books The Card Issues of W & F Faulkner Reference Book The Card Issues of W & F Faulkner Reference Book 1 - 12 pages (reprint, originally published in 1942)
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Book Books The Card Issues of W A & A C Churchman Reference Book The Card Issues of W A & A C Churchman Reference Book 1 - 36 pages (reprint, originally published in 1948)
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Book Books Handbook Part II (1920-1940) British Tobacco Issues Reference Book Handbook Part II (1920-1940) British Tobacco Issues Reference Book 1 - Updated by British Tobacco issues Handbook 2003 Edition. but includes Godfrey Phillips Silks listings. 164 pages. Published at £12.00 reprint 1978, originally published in 1955).
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Book Books The Card Issues of Brooke Tea - The First Forty Years 1954 to 1994 Reference Book The Card Issues of Brooke Tea - The First Forty Years 1954 to 1994 Reference Book 1 - 72 pages (Published in 1994)
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Book Books Brooke Bond Tea Cards Reference Book 2007 Edition Brooke Bond Tea Cards Reference Book 2007 Edition 1 - Published December 2007, the Definitive Reference Book on Brooke Bond Tea Cards Eight Years in Preparation A5 size with 104 pages packed with information 319 full colour illustrations of cards and albums Includes separate sections on overseas issues The Story of the Company's first Hundred years from one shop to market leader.
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Book Books Australian and New Zealand Card Issues Part 2 Reference Book Australian and New Zealand Card Issues Part 2 Reference Book 1 - 257 pages published in 1993.
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Book Books World Tobacco Card Index and Handbook Part IV Reference Book World Tobacco Card Index and Handbook Part IV Reference Book 1 - Supplement to Index I.II and III, published in 1981.
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Book Books British Trade Card Index Part 4 1986-1994 issues Reference Book British Trade Card Index Part 4 1986-1994 issues Reference Book 1 - 411 pages published in 1997
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Book Books The Card Issues of W D & H O Wills & British American Tobacco (B A T) combined Reference Book The Card Issues of W D & H O Wills & British American Tobacco (B A T) combined Reference Book 1 - 402 pages (originally published 1942-1952 reprinted as one volume in 1998)
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Book Books The Tobacco War Reference Book updated 1999 Edition The Tobacco War Reference Book updated 1999 Edition 1 - 236 pages. (Updated Edition 1999)
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Book Books New World Tobacco Issues Index Part 1. Issuers A to K plus Anonymous Reference Book New World Tobacco Issues Index Part 1. Issuers A to K plus Anonymous Reference Book 1 - 344 pages (Updated Edition 2000)
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Book Books New World Tobacco Issues Index Part 2. Issuers L to Z plus Anonymous Reference Book New World Tobacco Issues Index Part 2. Issuers L to Z plus Anonymous Reference Book 1 - 362 pages (Updated Edition 2000)
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Book Books British Tobacco Issues Handbook Reference Book 2003 Edition British Tobacco Issues Handbook Reference Book 2003 Edition 1 - 369 pages, updates the original Handbooks Parts 1 & 2, but excludes Ogden, Wills and The Godfrey Phillips Group of Companies. (Updated Edition 2003)
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Book Books The Card Issues of Ogdens including Guinea Gold (Soft Back) Reference Book 2015 Edition The Card Issues of Ogdens including Guinea Gold (Soft Back) Reference Book 2015 Edition 1 - This reference book, published in 2015 with 333 pages, lists all Ogdens card issues including Guinea Gold and Tabs Series. This paperback edition has been updated from the hardback 2005 edition with 3 extra pages of additions. Where a series is not numbered, it gives the titles of the cards or illustration so collectors can identify which cards they need to complete their sets. The London Cigarette Card Company’s Cigarette and Trade Card Catalogue (Section 1 Cigarette Card Issues) also contains cross-references to this book. This is an invaluable tool for any collector.
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Book Books The Card Issues of W D & H O Wills Reference Book 2011 Edition The Card Issues of W D & H O Wills Reference Book 2011 Edition 1 - 214 pages - (2011 revised edition)
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Book Books World Tobacco Card Index and Handbook Part III Reference Book World Tobacco Card Index and Handbook Part III Reference Book 1 - Supplement to Index I and II, 504 pages published in 1976.
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Book Books British Trade Card Handbook issues up to 1970 Reference Book British Trade Card Handbook issues up to 1970 Reference Book 1 - This companion volume to the British Trade Index to 1970 contains 535 pages (published in 2006) giving further information on certain series that are unnumbered or untitled etc. This Handbook is cross-reference to the British Trade Index to 1970 and where a series is not numbered it gives the titles of the cards or illustration so collectors can identify which cards they need to complete their sets. The London Cigarette Card Company’s Cigarette and Trade Card Catalogue (Section 4 Trade Card Issues) also contains cross-references to this Handbook. This book and its companion volume British Trade Index to 1970 are invaluable tools for any collector.
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Book Books British Trade Card Index Issues up to 1970 Reference Book British Trade Card Index Issues up to 1970 Reference Book 1 - This book contains 508 pages and was published in 2006. The hardback book covers non-tobacco issues up to 1970 and lists issuing manufacturers and their series titles in alphabetical order. This gives the different printings within a series, the card size, number in set, date of issue etc. Each series has been given its own unique reference number and if the cards are not numbered or need further clarification this Index gives an additional H number i.e. HH-38 that is cross-reference to the companion volume, British Trade Handbook up to 1970, which gives further information. This Index is a reference book and does not contain prices, but it is an invaluable tool for any collector.
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Book Books The Card Issues of Godfrey Phillips & Associated Companies includes Cavanders, Drapkin, Millhoff And Muratti Reference Book 2008 Edition The Card Issues of Godfrey Phillips & Associated Companies includes Cavanders, Drapkin, Millhoff And Muratti Reference Book 2008 Edition 1 - 256 pages Published December 2008
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Book Books Handbook of Worldwide Tobacco and Trade Silk Issues (Soft Back) Reference Book 2016 Edition Handbook of Worldwide Tobacco and Trade Silk Issues (Soft Back) Reference Book 2016 Edition 1 - Paperback 366 pages (Updated 2016 Edition). The original hardback version of this book was published in July 2007 with 342 pages and a new updated paperback version is now available with an additional 24 pages, making 366 pages in all. This new version has been completely revised and updated with many new additions. The illustrations section at the back of the book is now in full colour and has many new pictures which have been re-organised with new reference numbers. This is a must buy for anyone interested in silk issues.
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