Carreras Football Cigarette Cards

Carreras Football Cigarette Cards

Jose Josquin Carreras, from Spain, acquired an old established tobacconist shop in London in 1846. He produced blended mixtures of tobacco for wealthy clients, including the Prince of Wales and the 3rd Earl of Craven (Craven Mixture, his best seller, was named after his customer).

The Carreras brand was acquired by Bernhard Baron in 1903. Although various schemes were used, including coupons and postage stamps, cards did not feature until 1916.

The first set of football cards did not appear until 1934. The series of 75 cards entitled Famous Footballers, included Thomas Hetherington, Ernie Hine, Jock McDougall and Jim Barrett. Original sets can be obtained for about £70 but a reprinted set in 1997 can be purchased for about £13.50.

A second set of 48 cards entitled Popular Footballers appeared in 1936. These painted portraits included Jimmy Hampson, William McKay, Bryn Jones, Billy Wrigglesworth, Ted Hancock, Percy Grosvenor, John Thompson and Arnold Whiteside. The scale of collecting cards is shown by the fact that in 1936 W.D. & H.O. Wills printed 600 million cards for their series on Railway Engines.

The outbreak of the Second World War caused a severe shortage of paper and tobacco companies were forced to bring an end to the production of cigarette cards. This shortage remained after the war and it was too expensive to provide free cards in packets of cards. In 1947 Carreras printed pictures of on the sliding part of the cigarette carton for collectors to cut out. The following year they issued a set of 50 footballers. These cards are currently valued at £4 each.


Massive Job Lot Football Cigarette Cards /Trade Cards Ardath-Carreras-Ogdens etc

Seller: filecab15 ✉️ (896) 99.6% , Location: coventry, West Midlands , Ships to: GB & many other countries, Item: 254976757805 Massive Job Lot Football Cigarette Cards /Trade Cards Ardath-Carreras-Ogdens etc. Massive Job Lot Football Cigarette Cards & Trade Cards. Condition is "Used"mainly part sets and a few oddsmany makes including ardath-senior service-carreras-godfreyphillips-gallagher-ogdens-barrett& co-trade cards including clevedon-thomsons real photos-wizard-hotspur-the champion 1922-adventure signiturerover-tiger-victor-hornet and many moresome other football memorabillia - wembly booklet ect - see picseverything in pics is included Condition: Used , Returns Accepted: ReturnsNotAccepted , Theme: Sport: Football , Type: Cigarette Cards , Card Type: Collections/ Mixed Lots , Brand: Carreras & many more , Original/ Repro: Original See More


Guide to the Cigarette & Trade Card Collection

Title: Guide to the Cigarette & Trade Card collection.

Date range of collection: c1900 - 1995.

Scope and content note: The cigarette and trade card collection consists of series of cards which were issued by cigarette companies, or other companies such as confectionery firms, cereal manufacturers and clothes companies. Beginning with advertisement cards, they soon progressed to numbered series (ranging from 10 to 100 cards) on particular themes . Themes include scenes from war/war incidents, crests and badges, officers and VC winners, medals, aircraft, warships, uniforms and modern war weapons. Non-conflict subjects include cars, sports, butterflies, birds and flags. The collection is printed on either card, or silk (sometimes paper backed). Cards are stored by series in both folders and albums. The average size of a card is 360mm x 640mm, however this can range up to the size of a playing card. The series in the collection were all produced between 1900 and 1995. However some series, notably German ones produced in the 1930s, cover topics from as early as 1813, up to 1939. Features of the the collection included a series called Australian VCs and Officers, and cards featuring Australian Official War Photographs.

Extent: 9 folders 25 albums. (Approximately 6812 original cards 1046 duplicate cards).

Location: Published & Digitised Collections, Research Centre, Australian War Memorial.

Related collections: Postcards and Souvenirs.

Administrative Information

Copyright: Contact Senior Curator of Published & Digitised Collections.

Preferred citation:Cigarette and trade card collection, Published & Digitised Collections, Australian War Memorial.

Historical background

History of Cigarette and Trade Cards

Cigarette and trade cards were a form of advertising card issued between the 19th century to the present day to promote goods or services. They were often distributed by merchants or enclosed with products such as bread, cigarettes, coffee and chocolate. Cards often bear the sellers or product name and a pictorial representation of the service or product. In other cases the picture may be unrelated to the product.

Cigarette cards were also used as a form of propaganda as illustrated by the German Cigarette cards used to promote the virtues of the Third Reich and Raemaekers Cartoon series, based on anti-German propaganda cartoons drawn by Louis Raemaekers.

Skinner, Dion H. Cigarette cards Australian issues and values (Rennicks books: Malvern South Australia,1983)

London cigarette card company, The complete catalogue of British cigarette cards / compiled by the London cigarette card company (Webb & Bower : Exter [Devon], 1981)

Series number Title of Series and Date
1 Unbound cards, c1900s - 1980s
2 Album Cards, c1900 - 1980s
3 Telephone cards, 1995

SERIES 1: Unbound cards

Description: Consists of 97 series of which many are incomplete and held in plastic folders. The collection is arranged alphabetically by series name.


Sheffield Wednesday Cricket Club 1840

From the Sheffield and Rotherham Independent - 4th July 1840

Cricket - Sheffield Wednesday Club v. Denton.

On Monday last, a match was commenced between eleven of the Sheffield Wednesday Club (those staunch and almost only supporters of the manly and truly English game of cricket, in this town.) and ten of the Denton club, with T. Marsden given. Denton is a village a little on this side of Manchester and its cricket club have at present the benefit of the superior abilities and judgement of the veteren Marsden.

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Marsden was one of the great players of the early part of the 19th century. Born of 1805, he died at the age of 37 in 1843, just three years after this match.
Marsden played for Sheffield, Yorkshire and England.

He was, however, on the losing side in this match.

Wednesday made 119 and 97
Denton made 55 and 83

So Wednesday won by 69 runs.

As with the early years of the football club, the cricket team are referred to as Sheffield Wednesday when they play 'foreign' teams, but the Wednesday Club when they play local teams.


Football card

From 1885 football cards invented by my Great Grandfather were collected by young boys and girls. They swapped them and received prizes for most collected in a dictated time span. They also used them for games.It was a craze which lasted from it's inception to about the mid 1920's. The cards were the forerunners of cigarette cards and latterly modern day football cards. The cards dipicted sports clubs, rugby, cricket, football etc from local towns and villages as well as those of sporting and national heroes. More than 20 million were produced.

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Cigarette & Trade Cards Valuations

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Carreras Football Cigarette Cards - History

Cigarette cards, Football, 3 sets, Ardath, Famous Footballers, (50 cards), & Carreras, Popular Footballers, (50 cards) & Footballers (small titles) (75 cards) (gd/vg) (175)

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A hallmarked silver card case with a silver stamp case and a hallmarked silver cigarette box without liner.

A Victorian silver cigarette case, by George Unite, Birmingham 1880, with chased decoration depicting birds amongst branches, enclosing a lined interior, 10cm high, together with a silver card case, Birmingham 1899, 9.5cm high and a cigarette case, by Colen Hewer Cheshire, Chester 1911, with presentation inscription, 11cm high, total 9.6oztCondition report: Bird cigarette case with some wear and losses to interior. Knocks and dents throughout commensurate with age.

A George V Silver Card-Case and a George V Silver Cigarette-Case, The First by Henry Matthews, Birmingham, 1914, The Second by William Neale and Son Ltd., Birmingham, 1921, the first shaped oblong, with hinged cover and engraved with initials, 9.5cm high, the second oblong, engraved with initials, 8.5cm high, total gross weight 5oz 2dwt, 159gr (2) . The first fully marked on bezel and part marked on cover. The second fully marked inside cover and part marked inside base. There is some wear to the marks, though generally they are still visible. There is some surface scratching and wear, consistent with age and use.

Cigarette cards - Kinnear Ltd 1898. Jockeys. Single card - Tod Sloan, Lord Beresford's Colors.

Cigarette cards - Kinnear Ltd 1898. Jockeys, a single card (With "Printed in England" and large space between jockey's and owner' s names) - K Cannon, Mr T Cannon's colors. Together with Two other cards (With "Printed in England" and jockey's and owner's names closer together) - Fagan, A Ross's colors and Toon, Sir Blundell Maple's colors. (3)

Cigarette cards - Martins Ltd 1910. Single card set - Arf A Mo Kaiser!

Cigarette cards - Seven old cigarette card albums, containing a selection of W D & H O Wills, John Player & Sons and other manufacturers sets, part sets and odd cards, including Taddy & Co - 11 VC Heroes of the Boer War, 11 Autographs and 2 Russo - Japanese War, together with two small slip in albums. (900+cards)

Cigarette cards - Red, W D & H O Wills Cigarette Card Album, containing a complete set of 101 Wills 1895 Soldiers of the World (No Ld on backs), including England Drummer Coldstream Guards.

Cigarette cards - Old Brown Cigarette Card Album, containing a complete set of 50 Ogdens 1908 Soldiers of the King (Grey caption &4ITC clause). Together with another album containing a complete set of 25 Ogdens 1914 Owners, Racing Colours & Jockeys (Green back).

Cigarette cards - The Anglo Cigarette Manufacturing Co Ltd 1909 - 3 Cards from Trade Reform Series - A Game That Only Two Can Play, Badly Bunkered and Free Trade Party. The American Cigarette Co (China)1900 - 1 card Admirals & Generals - Admiral England (corner damaged). Cope Bros 1912 - 1 card British Warriors (No 50). J & F Bell 1903 - 3 cards Scottish Clan Series (Including 25).

Cigarette card - Single card Brigham & Coy Reading 1912. No 7 Reading Football Players - F Bartholomew.

Cigarette cards - Overseas Issues including W D & H O Wills Ltd (Flag Cigarettes) - 29/50, with some duplicates, Types of the British Army. John Player & Sons (Drumhead Cigarettes) 1928 - Pugilists in Action. Together with one other anonymous card - Bombadier Wells and BAT - 49/50 Zoological Studies (Photographs)Condition report: The set Types of British Army is not complete,29 different cards, 39 in total, 10 duplicated.  Condition varies poor to very good.

Cigarette cards - Alex Jones & Co. Diamond Jubilee 1897. Single card issue.

Cigarette cards - Taddy & Co. Type card Clowns & Circus Artists - Elephant pulling a Stagecoach.

Cigarette cards - Taddy & Co. Type card Clowns & Circus Artists - Horse and rider jumping a gate.

Cigarette cards - Kinnear Ltd 1898. Jockeys (Large name). Single card - J Watts.

Selection of Cartophilic reference books, old cigarette card catalogues and albums, a copy of "Cigarette Cards and How to Collect Them" by L O Evans (1937) and "A Guide to Collecting Trade and Cigarette Cards" by Roy Genders (1975), together with 4 boxes containing a complete run of Cigarette Card News (Volume 36/37 No 368, March 1975 to Volume 82 No 917 February 2021) and similar Cartophilic Notes & News/Card World (Vol 7 Jan/Feb 1977 to Vol 44 Nov/Dec 2020). (Qty)

Cigarette cards - J & F Bell Ltd 1897. Beauties (Tobacco Leaf/Three Bells back). Single card - Half portrait lady in low cut dress.

Cigarette cards selection of golfing cards including Players Golf (large card) (113), Championship Golf Courses (large card) (38), Wills Golfing (large card) (92), Famous Golfers (large card) (7), Churchman Famous Golfers (101), Prominent Golfers (18), Can you beat bogey at St Andrews (112), 3 Jovial Golfers (51)

Cigarette cards album of football card odds better items incl J&F Bell 1902 Footballers No25 AG Raisbeck, Ogdens Football Club Colours (52), Lees 1906 Northampton Football Players (3), Ogdens 1910 Football Club Colours (shaped) (10), Ogdens 1901 General Interest (plain back), Priest and A McQueen tab back G Lawley (signed on front), R&J Hill 1912 Famous Footballers (2), Copes Clips Noted Footballers (5), Franklyn Davey 1909 (2) Faulkner Football Terms (5), Cohen Weenen 1907-8 Football Captains (4), Clarkes 1902 Football Series No 19&31 (2), Clarkes 1900 Sporting Terms (5) and others (1 album)

Cigarette card reprints a selection of sets incl Wills Cricketers 1896 (x2 sets), Puppies large cards, Waterloo, Fish & Bait plus others. All VG-EX (13 sets)

Cigarette card - William Clarke & Son 1898. "Tobacco Leaf Girls". Single card - Girl sitting on plinth,with bottle and glass, smoking a cigarette.

Cigarette card - William Clark & Son 1898 "Tobacco Leaf Girls". Single card - Girl dancing, holding her skirt.

Cigarette card - William Clark & Son 1898. "Tobacco Leaf Girls". Single card - Girl with umbrella.

Cigarette card - William Clark & Son 1898. "Tobacco Leaf Girls" Single card - Girl in a red dress dancing, holding up her skirt.

Cigarette card - William Clark & Son 1898. "Tobacco Leaf Girls". Single card - Girl in a short skirt, smoking a cigarette and holding a walking cane.

Cigarette card - William Clark & Son 1898. "Tobacco Leaf Girls". Single card - Girl with cloak, standing, with hands behind her back.

Cigarette card - William Clark & Son 1898. "Tobacco Leaf Girls". Single card - Girl in a long dress, holding ribbons.

Cigarette card - William Clark & Son 1898. "Tobacco Leaf Girls". Single card - Girl in blue tights, smoking a cigarette and holding a wand.

Six: Lance-Bombardier E. J. Harvey, Royal Artillery, formerly Surrey and Sussex Yeomanry, who served as the personal Driver to Major-General E. C. Mansergh, and was Mentioned in Despatches for his services in Burma 1939-45 Star Africa Star Burma Star Defence and War Medals 1939-45, with M.I.D. oak leaf, with Army Council enclosure, in named card box of issue addressed to ‘Mr. E. J. Harvey, 175 Fair Oak Road, Eastleigh, Hants’ Efficiency Medal, G.VI.R., 1st issue, Territorial (897071. Gnr. E. J. Harvey. R.A.) nearly extremely fine (6) 𧵬-𧶔 --- M.I.D. London Gazette 5 April 1945: ‘in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Burma and on the Eastern Frontier of India 16 November 1943 to 15 May 1944.’ Edwin John Harvey was born in Richmond, Surrey on 14 October 1920, and enlisted in the Surrey and Sussex Yeomanry at Midhurst, Sussex, on 19 April 1939. He served during the Great War with the Royal Artillery as the personal driver to Major-General E. C. Mansergh, and for his services was Mentioned in Despatches- he was the only man from his unit to receive the Burma Star. Post-War he served as a Motor Transport Driver for the Admiralty at the Royal Naval Air Station, Eastleigh. Sold together with a presentation silver cigarette case, 117mm x 84mm, the outside engraved ‘E. J. H.’, the inside engraved ‘L/Bdr. E. J. Harvey, Surrey & Sussex Yeo., from Brigadier E. C. Mansergh. 1940: Dursley - H.M.T. Highland Bde. Middle East 1941: Gallabat - Keren - Massawa - Amba Alagi - Western Desert - Almaza 1942: Libya - Matruh - Fuka - Ruweizat Ridge - El Alamein - Iraq 1943: India - Arakan 1944: Imphal - Kohima Rd. - Tiddim Rd. - Burma’ Sold also with the recipient’s Mentioned in Despatches Certificate, this mounted in a glazed frame the recipient’s Record of Service Soldier’s Service and Pay Book Soldier’s Release Book and Driving Licence a H.Q. 5th Indian Division, SEAC letter of testimonial signed by Major-General E. C. Mansergh, and dated 22 March 1946 and various other ephemera including buttons, letters, newspaper cuttings, and postcard photographs.

Quantity cigarette cards to include folding cigarette card album within copper embossed York Minster and Shambles back and front panels, postcards and other items 


Cigarette Cards

Cigarette cards are trade cards issued by tobacco manufacturers to stiffen cigarette packaging and advertise cigarette brands.

Beginning in 1875, cards depicting actresses, baseball players, Indian chiefs, and boxers were issued by the Allen and Ginter tobacco company. These are considered to be some of the first cigarette cards.[1] Other tobacco companies soon followed suit.
Some very early cigarette cards were printed on silk which was then attached to a paper backing. Each set of cards typically consisted of 25 or 50 related subjects, for example famous football players, Boy Scouts or British butterflies. They were discontinued in order to save paper during World War II, and never fully reintroduced thereafter.

One notable cigarette card is the example of Honus Wagner from the American Tobacco Company's T206 set. Sometimes referred to as "the Holy Grail", one such example sold for over $1 Millon.[2].
Another notable and sought-after set of cards is the untitled series issued by Taddy and known by collectors as "Clowns and Circus Artistes". While not the rarest cards in existence (there are a number of series in which only one known example remains), they are still very rare and command high prices whenever they come up for auction.


We have a wonderful selection of Cigarette cards for sale suitable for all collectors from beginners to advanced, also including all other topics and themes of collecting, ie. railroad, aviation, royalty, sport, patriotic, shipping, cinema-movies, magic, military, glamour & pin-up art, native American, ethnic, coca-cola, dogs, motoring, celebrities, beer & drinks, tarot & fortunes, card games, tobacco, history, mythology, etc, etc.

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