“Football and Cricket Cards (Series 2)” (Battock)

Year of issue: 1924
Issued by: J.C. Battock
Trade reference number(s): BEV-1-2 / BAT-200
Number of cards in set: 109 known
Size: M (approx. 70mm x 57mm)
Approximate value (per card): Murrays unlisted; FCCM £65.00

These cards are really very, very rare, rarer than the elusive Baines cards of the late-Victorian/Edwardian period. Cards appeared with different backs although it’s not clear whether or not they all appeared as variations; it could be that each only ever appeared with one type of back. Cards in this set are identified by their lighter, thinner typeface and no full stop after the team name. Carl Wilkes has identified them as being a 1924 issue.

Known backs in this series are:

BEV-1-2 BAT-200 back 1   BATTOCKS back variation   BATTOCKS back variation 5   battocks back variation skimmer

Cards featured both cricket and football subjects although I am only dealing with the latter here. The backs declare that “there are 108 different cards” but 109 are known to exist. The publishers also played fast and loose with the shirt designs although they got the actual colours correct more often than not.

N.B. I am hugely grateful to Mark Hughesdon who has provided many of the images that you see here.

BEV-1-2 BAT-200 Arsenal S2   Bev-1-2 Bat-200 Aston Villa 2   BEV-1-2 BAT-200 Barnsley S2   BEV-1-2 BAT-200 Bolton S2   BEV-1-2 BAT-200 Bournemouth S2   BEV-1-2 BAT-200 Bradford S2   BEV-1-2 BAT-200 Bradford CIty S2   BEV-1-2 BAT-200 Brentford   Bev-1-2 Bat-200 Bury 2   BEV-1-2 BAT-200 Chelsea S2   BEV-1-2 BAT-200 Clydebank S2   BEV-1-2 BAT-200 Crystal Palace   BEV-1-2 BAT-200 Exeter S2   BEV-1-2 BAT-200 Hull City   BEV-1-2 BAT-200 Leeds   BEV-1-2 BAT-200 Leicester S2   Bev-1-2 Bat-200 Luton Town 2   BEV-1-2 BAT-200 Manchester City S2   BEV-1-2 BAT-200 Manchester Utd 2   BEV-1-2 BAT-200 New Brighton 2   BEV-1-2 BAT-200 Notts County S2   bev-1-2 bat 200 Reading s2   Bev-1-2 Bat-200 Sunderland   BEV-1-2 BAT-200 West Ham United S2

  • Aberdare
  • Aberdeen
  • Accrington
  • Airdrieoniansnot included in CSGB Trade Card Index/Handbook
  • Arsenal
  • Ashington
  • Aston Villa
  • Ayr United – not included in CSGB Trade Card Index/Handbook
  • Barnsley
  • Barrow
  • Birmingham
  • Blackburn Rovers
  • Blackpool – not included in CSGB Trade Card Index/Handbook
  • Bolton Wanderers – not included in CSGB Trade Card Index/Handbook
  • Bournemouth & Boscombe
  • Bradford City
  • Bradford (Park Avenue)
  • Brentford
  • Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Bristol City – not included in CSGB Trade Card Index/Handbook
  • Bristol Rovers – not included in CSGB Trade Card Index/Handbook
  • Burnley
  • Bury
  • Cardiff City
  • Celtic
  • Charlton Athletic – not included in CSGB Trade Card Index/Handbook
  • Chelsea
  • Chesterfield
  • Clapton Orient
  • Clyde
  • Clydebank
  • Coventry City
  • Crewe Alexandra
  • Crystal Palace
  • Darlington
  • Derby County
  • Doncaster Rovers
  • Dundee
  • Durham City
  • Edinburgh Hibernian
  • Everton
  • Exeter City
  • Falkirk
  • Fulham – not included in CSGB Trade Card Index/Handbook
  • Gillingham
  • Glasgow Rangers
  • Greenock Morton
  • Grimsby Town – not included in CSGB Trade Card Index/Handbook
  • Halifax Town
  • Hamilton Academical
  • Hartlepool
  • Heart of Midlothian
  • Huddersfield Town – not included in CSGB Trade Card Index/Handbook
  • Hull City
  • Kilmarnock
  • Leeds United
  • Leicester City
  • Lincoln City
  • Liverpool
  • Luton Town
  • Manchester City
  • Manchester United
  • Merthyr Town
  • Middlesbrough
  • Millwall – not included in CSGB Trade Card Index/Handbook
  • Motherwell
  • Nelson
  • New Brighton
  • Newcastle United – not included in CSGB Trade Card Index/Handbook
  • Newport County
  • Northampton Town – not included in CSGB Trade Card Index/Handbook
  • Norwich City
  • Nottingham Forest – not included in CSGB Trade Card Index/Handbook
  • Notts County
  • Oldham Athletic
  • Partick Thistle
  • Plymouth Argyle
  • Port Vale
  • Portsmouth
  • Preston North End
  • Queen’s Park
  • Queens Park Rangers
  • Raith Rovers
  • Reading
  • Rochdale
  • Rotherham County
  • Sheffield United
  • Sheffield Wednesday
  • South Shields – not included in CSGB Trade Card Index/Handbook
  • Southampton
  • Southend United
  • Southport
  • St. Mirren – not included in CSGB Trade Card Index/Handbook
  • Stockport County
  • Stoke
  • Sunderland
  • Swansea Town – not included in CSGB Trade Card Index/Handbook
  • Swindon Town
  • The Wednesday
  • Third Lanark
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Tranmere Rovers
  • Walsall
  • Watford
  • West Bromwich Albion
  • West Ham United
  • Wigan Borough
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers – not included in CSGB Trade Card Index/Handbook
  • Wrexham

Many of these images are from eBay and are of very poor quality – can YOU send me better ones, please?