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Last Updated 28 November 2020

Welcome to our Card Gallery. And many thanks to everyone who has been helping with our brand new captioning system. It may take a while before every card follows this new system but if you can help to update any old ones please let us know at www.card-world.co.uk/contact We think that for the foreseeable future the following system of using two main groups will suffice, and the information given ought to allow you to find any of these cards and sets in any catalogue, or online auction or dealer, and order the right cards or sets without any error. If you need any additional information though do please contact us, and we will try and help you out.

The first card in our gallery is this one. It is a “trade” card – and at its most basic level this is simply one which has been given away with any product other than with tobacco or cigarettes.

The captioning code for this is
AAB-040.1a.b. [trade : UK] A & B.C. Gum “Batman” (1966) 40/55

To take this caption in order:

  • AAB-040 – is the reference number, the basic code of three letters and three numbers being the cataloguing system we use in our British Trade Index (Reference Book No.125). You may instead find a code of S???, which is a Liebig Sanguinetti reference – we may update to or simply add the Fada referencing if Liebig Collectors would prefer – just let us know
  • 1a.b. – any extra letters or numbers after the above six digits are additional information to help track down a set of which there is more than one printing. In this case the “1” refers to the version of the set which has front captions in black – the “a.” means the front is matt (rather than “b.” varnished) – and the “b.” means the backs on this version are pink with a large full length Batman figure to the right (rather than “a.” backs, which have a panel with information on joining the fan club, and a small Batman figure hugging the top left hand corner of that panel)
  • [trade : UK] – means it was issued with a product other than tobacco or cigarettes, and so will be found in the trade card section of any segregated catalogue. Also that it was issued in the UK. If an item had primarily been issued overseas these initials would have been OS not UK, and the country code would follow the issuer’s name in brackets.
  • A & B. C. Gum – is the issuer’s name
  • “Batman” – is the name of the set. In this case it appears on the cards, hence the double quotation marks. If the title did not appear on the cards the title would be enclosed by single quotation marks and it would be followed by (A) which means “adopted title”, in other words a title given by cartophilists past to an untitled set at the time when it was first recorded or first issued.
  • (1966) – is the year of issue. If we know it, we will add the month !
  • 40/55 – means that this is card number 40 from a set of 55 cards. If this had said -/55 the hyphen will mean the cards are not numbered, but that it was definitely a set of 55 cards. And if this had said -/55 ? that question mark would have meant that we are not totally sure how many cards are in that set yet, and there may well be more that await discovery. So if you have cards from such a set, please contact us, and we will happily see if yours are so far unrecorded.

The next type of card in our gallery is a “tobacco” or “cigarette” card – and at its most basic level this is simply one which has been given away with tobacco or cigarettes.

The captioning code for this is
A065-440 [tobacco : UK] Abdulla & Co. Ltd. “Feathered Friends” (1935) 19/25

To take this caption in order:

  • A065-440 – is the reference number, the basic code of one letter and six numbers being the cataloguing system we use in our two part World Tobacco Issues Index (Reference Books No.123 part one and two). You may also find a code of USA/???, which is a Burdick Reference, taken from ‘The American Card Catalogue’.
  • any extra letters or numbers after the above seven digits are additional information to help track down a set of which there is more than one printing. In this case there are none.
  • [tobacco : UK] – means it will be found in the tobacco card section of any segregated catalogue, and it was issued in the UK. If an item had primarily been issued overseas these initials would have been OS not UK, and the country code would follow the issuer’s name in brackets.
  • Abdulla & Co. Ltd – is the issuer’s name.
  • “Feathered Friends” – is the name of the set. In this case it appears on the cards. If the title did not appear on the cards the title would be followed by (A) which means “adopted title”, in other words a title given to the set by cartophilists of the past, from a time when the card was first recorded or first issued.
  • (1935) – is the year of issue
  • 19/25 – means that this is card number 19 from a set of 25 cards. If this had said -/25 that hyphen would have meant the cards were un-numbered, but that it was definitely a set of 25. And if this had said -/25 ? that question mark would have meant that we are not totally sure how many cards are in that set yet, and there may well be more that await discovery. So if you have cards from such a set, please contact us, and we will happily see if yours are so far unrecorded.

 

It is also perhaps worth noting that we have not added sizes in the captioning codes above. Yet. But we will add a note if a card is other than standard size, simply because the images in our gallery are not to scale.

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