MandersonFootball cards of the 1920s – don’t you just love them? All twirling moustaches, cloth-capped goalkeepers and outfield players with their saggy, baggy shorts pulled up almost to their nipples! Players proudly displaying their international caps, their international shirts and others in their ‘Sunday Best‘! Lovely images of a bygone era, a time when footballers were real men with proper haircuts and not the soft, ‘Fancy Dan show-ponies’ of the modern game. The lovely crisp black and white images and beautiful “hand-coloured” kits are often a little treasure to behold and, even better, to collect. Well, the good news is that this website is devoted exclusively to the multitude of English football trade and trading cards that were issued in the 1920s, usually in boys’ story papers – not comics, you’ll note – and also with products as diverse as toffees and gravy salts. My aim is to produce a FULLY ILLUSTRATED site so it is obviously going to be a long, slow process; I need to find lists and then pictures of cards together with – hopefully – their backs. Wherever possible I will be scanning my own personal collection but I am also going to be scouring the internet.

I would also like to acknowledge right here and now the wonderful work already done on this subject by my good friend Alan Jenkins on his formidable Football Cartophilic Information Exchange website into which I will dip every now and again, with his full backing. Issue dates from specific periodicals have come from Alan’s site.

And, just a word about the valuations that I offer here which are for cards in top condition and are based upon my latest copies of the Murray Cigarette Card Values (2014-15) and Football Card Collector Magazine (FCCM) (2018-19); there may well be variations in more recent editions but usually only by about 25p-50p and, of course, you will certainly find them cheaper at fairs or possibly even online, so my prices are clearly only intended as a rough guide.

Right – off we go on a very long journey. I hope that you will stay with me and that you will call back on a regular basis. Oh, and please feel free to post a comment wherever you feel necessary! 🙂



Do you have any cards from the sets shown here? Am I missing the images? Do you have access to a scanner? If so then please contact me and I will give you an address to which you can send 300dpi scans (no photos please) and I will credit you if you wish (many like to remain anonymous!)

UPDATE: Various additions

FIL-120 FRS-2 RitchieTHO-310 ZB7-3A Dunn singleI am indebted to new contact and Hibs fan, Richard White who has sent me several scans from a couple of series. First was a lovely 1924 FilshillFootballers” card of Harry Ritchie, followed by “singles” cards of Dunn, Halligan, Muirhead and Shaw in the 1922/23 RoverCricketers & Footballers” series. These were then followed up by “pairs” cards from the same series of Archibald & Dunn, and Halligan & Jackson. These Scottish issue cards are particularly hard to hunt down, so this is quite a coup for my website. 😉

UPDATE: 5 more Barratt Football “Stars” cards added

BAR-430 BAR-34A Spence JAs ever, these never seem to turn up in particularly good condition, but Lee Graves has several for sale right now on eBay and I’ve managed to pinch the images of five new cards: J. Collins (Swansea), S. Haden (Notts County), J. Jenkins (Brighton & Hove Albion), Murphy (Bolton Wanderers) and Joe Spence (Manchester United). If you’re interested, the prices range from £19.99 for a card of Gibson of Aston Villa to an astronomical £199.99 for a lovely condition card of Liverpool’s McKinlay. The Jenkins one is in very poor condition but it’s notable because it is either a printer’s proof or a misprint as it has no blue stripes.

Click the picture here to see the set so far.