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Last call for Lockdales (sale TODAY 21st April)

Yes collectors, this is your final chance to check the catalogue of Cigarette & Trade Cards, Postcards, Autographs & other Ephemera, which is now online, and free of charge to view. For speed, the link just to the cigarette cards section is : But if you have time, why not have a look through the entire sale, the link

newsletter 17 April

Now next weekend there will be another of our online special events, as we will be celebrating what ought to have been our 2021 Cartophilic Convention, again cancelled because of the pandemic. The reason for mentioning it here is to ask you all to have a think about conventions past that you have visited or been involved with, whether you went to buy, sell, or just to see what it was all about - and of course the cards you bought, sold, or added to your wants lists - and to write down a few bri

Roy Davis

Tonight we mourn one of our collectors and dealers, Roy Davis.  I first met him about twenty years ago, when he ran Middlesex Sports Cards Auctions out near Heathrow in Middlesex. These were interesting sales and always included many scarce items in very fine condition.Our paths crossed again at the Cartophilic Conventions, and by then he was dealing online as R J Davis card auctions. Amazingly I have managed to track down a copy of one of his  catalogues online, thi

our next postal auction

Yes, here it is, and it is a really interesting sale this time with lots of scarce types, so have a good look. And remember you do not have to be a Society Member to bid; the difference is that non-members pay buyers premium of 10% -members do not. So if you intend bidding on a lot of cards,it just might be worth looking at our membership page ... POSTAL AUCTION PA573 - THE CARTOPHILIC SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN LTD - Bids must be received by 30 April - LOTS IN BOLD TYPE ARE ILLUSTRATED BE

Breaking News

We have been asked to announce that the original paintings used to illustrate the Infantry Regimental Colours in the David J Hunter sets are to be sold at auction in early June. The auctioneer will be Tim Davidson of Nottingham. As soon as we receive notice that the catalogue is available to purchase or to view online we will let you all know. This may well be a once in a lifetime chance to buy these wonderful works, which would enhance any cartophilic or military den. If you would li

Newsletter – April 09

Welcome to another week, and a week in which I got my first instalment of the anti-covid jab. So when life resumes, on Monday, I will be more prepared. Though it will definitely seem strange to go out and about again. It was a week of other changes too, and as of now, for the time being, please contact us only through the special contact form at - the two emails that were associated with your webspinner (CSGB2020 - and - webspinner a

a tribute to Mary Pickford

with many thanks to "bowbara" The actress that we know as Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto Canada. There is some confusion over the day, it is variously quoted as April 8 or April 9. However if you do a little digging, you will find out that when she was very young, her father died, and as he had been born on April the 8th, she changed her actual date of birth (April 9) to his. The year is also not firm - it can be quoted as 1892, 1893, or 1894 - but though it appears n

Our Easter Egg-xtravaganza

Just in case you missed then so far the links are FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY from midnight tonight we will be having a Cartophilic Easter Bonnet Parade, plus a quick and hopefully helpful look at those Cartophilic Codes - FROGA, RASH, CERF etc

Looking for your regular newsletter ?

Yes you may need your binoculars this week, as we are having a temporary change of position - not only because this weekend we are also having a four day Easter Special, and if you missed it you can find yesterday`s article, all about the story of the Hot Cross Bun, at - but also because there are a few other fantastic changes in the pipeline, and I am testing to see if we can run these as posts not newsletters. So now let us s

Maynards Mystery – rebooted AGAIN

Well we did not know what we were going to find out when someone casually sent us a little note to say our featured card of Liverpool is identical to the card of Celtic apart from the colour of the strip and the card title. We posed the question, "do any of you have any of these Maynards Cards, and could confirm that all of the cards are this same picture, just in different colours and retitled? Well it turns out that there is an even more astounding reality as all but one of the cards have