D.C. THOMPSON & CO. LTD, 'ROVER: Histories of Britain's Football Clubs' cut-out

Issued 3rd April

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Sporting Publicity (Leeds) 'Soccer Stars' plain back trade card (Daily Herald) [Trade Ref: DAI-180]

Originally to be kept in a booklet called 'Sport Stars: 1. Soccer Stars'.

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[The above two have the same Trade Reference DAI-180.3.1] [Trade Ref DAI-180.3.2a] [Trade Ref DAI-180.3.2b]
Name normal spacing; normal name & number Name normal spacing; bold name & number Name normal spacing; Sportfoto capitals Name narrow spacing; Sportfoto capitals


'Sport' or 'Sporting Mirror' newspaper, original Mickey Durling caricature

(Modern reprints of this series can be seen on the 1980 page)

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D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd. 'Famous Sports Stars (Rover)' unnumbered paper trade

As with the previous year's issue, these are much desirable with the yellow border but were often trimmed.

1954 Rover Famous Sports Stars photo Rovercover_zpsb897632d.jpg

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28th August

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11th September

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9th October

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6th November

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5th March, 1955


A.&BC Gum 'All Sport Series' plain back trade card (Trade Ref: ABF-1)

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P.A. Adolph (Subbuteo) 'Famous Footballers'

2nd Series trade card (Trade Ref: ADP-1 / ADO-040-2b)

Series numbered 25-48. Narrower card and slightly cropped image

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Glossy photographic trade card (Trade Ref: ADP-1B / ADO-040-1)

The much rarer glossy photographic card which fetches up to 60 in some catalogues

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Barratt & Co. Ltd. 'Famous Footballers (Series A.2)' trade card (Trade Ref: BAR-72-02 / BAR-315)

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Liam Devlin & Sons Ltd. 'Famous Footballers (Series A.2)' trade cards (Trade Ref: DEV-3-3 / DEV-060-3)

These Republic of Ireland cards were the same as the Barratt set issued in the UK with the Barratt details on the back replaced with details for Liam Devlin & Son, Ltd. although these cards are much harder to find. The cards can also be found officially trimmed to fit into smaller packets of sweet cigarettes.

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Blue Band Margarine (Netherlands) '40 Sporten en Spelen in Woord en Beeld'

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144. Green (Birmingham), Hooper (West Ham), Bill McGarry (Town) and Robb (Tottenham). The Dutch translates as "144. Even masters must keep up. English footballers do ball exercises. One of 150 splendid colour photographs in the large Blue Band Sportbook '40 Sports and Games in Words and Pictures." (The date is an approximation)


H. B. Langham & Co. 'The Legible Soccer Diary'

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J. A. Bailey (Stoke) 'Large Action Transfer of Football Action' unnumbered plain-backed transfer

Charlton Athletic v Huddersfield Town: 'Wet-transfer' to be used on a ceramic mug

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