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Newsletter #2 (26th August): This newsletter announced my purchase of several 2012 ‘Match Attax’ cards of Town players which had been autographed; ‘Website Highlight’ first appeared, focusing on my 1914-15 Central League medal; ‘Another site you might like’ first appeared, featuring ‘Historical Football Kits’. Also new this time were ‘Auction Watch’ and ‘I wish that I had this …’ as well as ‘New Acquisitions’ and ‘For Sale‘.
Newsletter #3 (September): This newsletter featured my unique telegram, Alan Jenkins’ Football Cartophilic Information Exchange website, ‘Auction Watch’, an autographed ‘Pinnace’ card in ‘I wish that I had this …’, ‘Latest Acquisitions’, ‘For Sale’ and a very rare, but tatty, autographed Blackburn Rovers card from 1926.
Newsletter #4 (8th October): The featured website this time was ‘Pete’s Picture Palace’. All the usual categories appeared, including the announcement of the new ‘In Memoriam’ section.
Newsletter #5 (31st October): The featured website this time was ‘Nigel’s Webspace – Galleries of English and Scottish Football Cards – 1965/66 to 1979/80’. All the usual categories appeared, including the announcement of the new ‘At the Auctions’ section.
Newsletter #6 (November): Chris Lee’s wonderful ‘Biscuitmen: Reading FC History’ was the featured website this time, together with some very interesting Town auction items and results. The highlight of my website was the ‘Individual Collections’ section featuring lots of memorabilia pertaining to Jimmy Naylor, Harry Raw and Wayne Fairclough.
Newsletter #7 (December): There’s a bit of a ‘Baines’ theme running through this newsletter with reference to some of the cards that I have, some that I need and an excellent website packed with images. There’s also the usual stuff with new acquisitions and the result of the auction which featured Ron Staniforth’s 1954 World Cup participant’s medal.
Newsletter #8 (8th January): This one was a bit ‘thin’ as not a lot had happened over the Christmas and New Year period, especially where auctions were concerned. The featured website was Steve Marsh’s wonderful ‘They Fly So High’ West Ham Utd. site, and I also announced three new ‘sections’ to my website. New acquisitions highlighted included the very rare and uncatalogued 1932 Teasdale ‘Footballers’ card of Roy Goodall.
Newsletter #9 (31st January): The second newsletter of 2017 showed that the auctions had picked up significantly since the rather lean end to 2016. This edition’s featured website was my own ‘The Pinnace Collection’ and new items included a rare Baines card, a few magazine items and a few other odds and ends.
Newsletter #10 (February): The featured website this time was Danny G’s wonderful ‘HTFC World’ which is a MUST for all Town fans with a sense of humour. New acquisitions included yet more clappers, a genuine c1970 leather keyfob with enamelled metal crest and a very, VERY rare 1951 SPORT card, and ‘Auction Watch’ featured a 1924 Dinner Menu that I forgot to bid on! Grrrrr!
Newsletter #11 (March): Paul Briers’ ‘Brentford Memorabilia’ was the featured website this time and the highlight of my own website was the section covering the FAC Finals that Town have appeared in. A couple more clappers, a 1950s pre-printed autographed card of Eddie Boot, a 2008 reprint of a 1962 Ray Wilson sticker and a Ken Taylor Benefit brochure were amongst the new acquisitions and an ‘autographed’ photocard of Skippy, the original ‘Town Terrier’, was ‘the one that got away’ in auctions.
Newsletter #12 (April): The featured website this time was Jim Mechan’s ‘Ayr United Archive’ and the highlight from my own site was the PA Adolph ‘Subbuteo’ cards, specifically how they differ widely in value. Several interesting programmes appear in the Auction highlights and there’s news of my investing quite heavily in the Italian card market.
Newsletter #13 (1st May): Carl Wilkes’ RareCards.co.uk was the featured website this time and amongst the new items was a 1920s tram photograph, a lovely 1928 press photo of Town’s forward line, a 1984 wristwatch and more clappers. The featured set of general football cards was that of the 1926 ‘Famous Footer Internationals’ and ‘Herbert Chapman On Football’ was the recommended read.
Newsletter #14 (3rd May): The first in the slightly different format, this newsletter featured the NewsNow website, Greg Lansdowne’s Panini history book ‘Stuck On You’ and amongst my new acquisitions, the 1953 Chix card of Harold Hassall/Hassell, a rare c1927 Teasdale card and more clappers. The 1922 set of PALS ‘Football Series’ cards was featured too.
Newsletter #15 (19th May): GOT, NOT GOT was the featured website and Tony Ambrosen’s ‘The Illustrated Footballer’ was my recommended read. Lots of new stuff was added and the feature on other cards centred upon the rare Topical Times ‘Football Teams’ 6-cards issue.
Newsletter #16 (5th June): My website highlight this time was ‘Town fan at Kings Cross, 1930’; the worthy website was Sportspages, whilst the new acquisitions featured signed Match Attax cards, a 2007 keyring, a 1998 ‘Team Tab’ and some new clappers; I Wish That I Owned … a 1930s HTAFC teapot; the featured other football cards were the DC Thomson ‘British Team Of Footballers’ (1922); and my recommended read was Duncan Chilcott’s ‘The Hamlyn Guide To Football Collectables‘. Something for everyone!
Newsletter #17 (25th June): Leslie Millman’s Manchester United FLICKR site was the ‘worthy’ website this time and the featured item was a 1926 newspaper article chronicling Town’s Triple Championship win; new additions included a 1959 Express Weekly cut-out of Denis Law that I had sought for many years, a set of cards commemorating Town’s Wembley Play-Off win and an old 1970’s programme binder; the 1922 ‘Lot-O’-Fun Sports Champions’ cards were covered as were the 1972 ESSO ‘FA Cup Medal Coins‘; the recommended read was Hunter Davies’ marvellous ‘Postcards From The Edge Of Football.’
Newsletter #18 (July): My website highlight was the collection of First Day Covers; the ‘worthy’ website was the ‘general’ collectors website of CigaretteCardCollecting.com; ‘Auction Watch’ was back with the fate of the 1930s HTAFC teapot; latest acquisitions included yet another Barratt card of Billy Smith; the Amalgamated Press ‘Champion Famous Footballers’ album of 1930 also featured; and the recommended read was ‘Half-Time: Football and the Cigarette Card (1890-1940)‘ by David Thompson.
Newsletter #19 (6th August): Football Stickipedia was the worthy website this time and Rob Jovanovic’s ‘Swap Yer!‘ was my recommended read. Cards and stickers were on the up with a couple of Panini issues featuring Aaron Mooy; the extremely rare Rutherford’s Cigarettes ‘Footballer’ cards were featured as was my Huddersfield ‘In Memoriam’ card, a rare Jack Howe sticker by Edizdidasco of Italy and a modern Bosun’s Beer pump clip.
Newsletter #20 (28th August): Chris Lee’s Biscuitment Originals was the featured website and the old J.P.W. Mallalieu ‘Sporting Days’ was my recommended read. New additions covered were a Vic Metcalfe card by Empire, a Steve Mounié card in the Topps NOW ‘Premier League (2017-18)’ series and a few new posters from footy magazines. I also gave a brief introduction to the rare 1900 St Petersburg set of footballers and highlighted my missing Alex Jackson card from the 1928 set of Tucketts ‘Photos of Football Stars’.
Newsletter #21 (September): Focus this time was on my Touchwud ‘Footer ‘charm, Football & The First World War website, a few auction items and the new TOPPS NOW cards which featured yet another Town player, Aaron Mooy. The 1936 ADVENTURE ‘Football Stamp Album’ was visited as was the official HATFC book of the 2016-17 promotion season, ‘#NOLIMITS’.
Newsletter #22 (October): This issue’s ‘Worthy Website’ was Taddy Prominent Footballers, one of my other websites dealing with specific football cards; the special item was a 1932 railway handbill; latest acquisitions included an ‘error’ Match Attax card of Tommy Smith and a few more magazine posters; digital ‘cards’ were also referenced, and the ‘Recommended Read’ was R.J. Spiller’s ‘The Pinnace Collection’, a notoriously difficult book to find.
Newsletter #23 (2nd November): Items covered this time are Dick Parker’s wife’s 1920-21 season ticket, Paine Proffitt HTAFC artwork, more Topps cards, a rare Yugoslavian 1954 issued card, a ‘Town Ales’ beer bottle opener, the series of V.C.C. ‘Footballer’ cards and a fantastic Panini World Cup stickers book.
Newsletter #24 (28th November): Items covered this issue are two 1920s HTAFC enamel matchbox covers; the latest Town issues in the expensive Topps NOW! series and the upcoming Merlin stickers; there’s an amazing lot in the auction section; a 21st birthday card is on my radar; the focus is on Ripley Bros. of Brighouse – once my home town – and their ‘Jerseys & Shirts’ sets of the early 20th century; and the ‘Recommended Read‘ is ‘The Pinnace Collection: Huddersfield Town’ by Paul Days and yours truly.
Newsletter #25 (December): There was a major focus on books this time – the ‘Recommended Read’ was ‘Soccer Memorabilia’ by Graham Budd, whilst I also briefly reviewed the 1925 DC Thompson ‘ADVENTURE Book Of Cup Fighters (Part One)’ and the ‘Huddersfield Town Official Handbook 1908-1926’ . Other items covered included the new Merlin ‘Premier League 2018’ stickers, the new Panini America ‘Select Soccer 2017’ series of – expensive! – die-cut cards, the V.C.C. set of footballer cards from the early 1920s, and the usual bits and bobs for sale.
Newsletter #26 (February): This missive began with an explanation for the long delay in publication and the birth of this NEW website. There followed a look at the ‘Comptons Gravy Salts ‘Football Clubs’ sets of cards together with an appeal for the missing HTAFC one. My ‘Recommended Read’ was McElroy & MacDougall’s ‘Football Memorabilia’; new acquisitions included the 1970 HATFC photocard of Frank Worthington that had eluded me for years, a 1922 Pinnace medium card of Charlie Slade and a rare 1962 Brazilian JD Campos sticker of Ray Wilson. A £75 card of Bill Shankley (sic) and a lump of Leeds Road figured in my ‘Auction Watch’ section.
Newsletter #27 (March): This time the Collection Highlight was a 2004 Play-Offs medal; Latest Acquisitions included Topps NOW and Premier Gold 2017/18 cards, a 1920 Turton postcard, a NLER railway handbill for the 1928 FAC Final, a beer mat and magazine posters of Alex Pritchard and Terence Kongolo; Auction Watch returned with a 1995 Play-Off celebratory plate and a Triple Championship tankard; I Wish That I Owned This… featured the c1962 Webcosa ‘Football Bingo’ wax wrapper of Ray Wilson; Other Football Cards was the set of Bucktrout & Co. Ltd. (‘Islanders Fags’) ‘Specials Cards’ (1924) and my Recommended Read was ‘Underdog’ by Raj Bains.
Newsletter #28 (1st April): My Collection Highlight this time was a sheet of 1920-21 Huddersfield Town Autographs; Latest Acquisitions included Match Attax Extra, official HTAFC cards, Panini WC stickers and cards, a ‘Year of the Dog’ enamel badge and magazine posters of Jonas Lössl and Florent Hadergjonaj; Auction Watch featured an odd Huddersfield Town FA Cup Winners shield (but not really!); I Wish That I Owned This… featured the D.C. Thomson ‘Football Transfers’ (1924); Other Football Cards focused on D.C. Thomson Ltd., ‘Coloured Photos Of Star Footballers’ (1924); my Recommended Read was ‘The Worst Football Kits Of All Time’ by Dave Moor (2011) and some new items for sale.
Newsletter #29 (22nd April): The Collection Highlight was William Conway Smith’s 1948-49 Fixture Card; my Latest Acquisitions included two cards from the set of JF Sporting Collectibles’ Wartime Guests (2011), two ‘special’ programmes, a 1964-65 ‘Team Tab’, another 2018 Topps Now card, digital ‘cards’ and a couple of interesting magazine articles; Auction Watch featured a 1990 Mercury Paytelco phone card and George ‘Bomber’ Brown’s Triple Championship medals; I Wish That I Owned This… was a Parrish & Sons ‘Wetherdair Raincoats’ calendar card; the Other Football Cards were not really cards this time but DC Thomson ‘Footballers & Racing Cars’ (1923); and my Recommended Read was Jeff Stelling’s ‘England’s Worst Footballers’ (2004).
Newsletter #30 (May): This edition’s Collection Highlight was my shirt-worn ‘Terrier’ badge and the history behind it; Latest Acquisitions included a 1933-34 team photograph, Topps ‘Platinum’ PL 2018 cards, a Lychgate Press card of Tom Ince, a Ray Wilson clapper and posters of Mooy, Kachunga and Ince; Auction Watch featured an autographed postcard of Billy Smith a FAC Runners-Up medal, some 1923-24 autographs and an expensive Mooy card; I Wish That I Owned This… was a selection of c1965-66 Huddersfield Town Official Player photo cards; Other Football Cards was the classic ESSO ‘Football Club Badges’ (1971) and my Recommended Read was the ‘Huddersfield Town Miscellany’ by Tony Matthews (2014).
Newsletter #31 (June): Collection Highlight – Baines ‘Scarlet Runners’ card; Latest Acquisitions – Topps Now card, Panini ’GOLD EDITION’ stickers, Serbian ’Russia 2018’ sticker & an Alex Pritchard poster; Auction Watch – a medal and a huge Ardath card; I Wish That I Owned This… – The “Gem” Footer Puzzle (1926); Other Football Cards – “The Boys’ Friend” ‘Famous Footballers’ (1922); Recommended Read – ‘The Book Of Football Quotations’ by Phil Shaw (2003); For Sale – new items… and my book!
Newsletter #32 (1st July): Collection Highlight – Ali White HTFC Canvas; Latest Acquisitions – a ceramic Terrier money-box, a rare Aaron Mooy Tschutti Heftli sticker, a Panini ‘PRIZM’ card of new signing Ramadan Sobhi, a 2004 First Day Cover, an Edito Lampo ‘double’ card and yet another Mooy poster; Auction Watch – Len Butt’s kit bag; I Wish That I Owned This… a ‘Cyrillic’ Panini ‘PRIZM’ card of Mooy; Other Football Cards – Pluck ‘Famous Football Teams’ (1922); Recommended Read – ‘The Damned United’ by David Peace (2006).
Newsletter #33 (29th July): Collection Highlight – not really an item, just a celebration as Mathias “Zanka” Jorgensen scores for Denmark at the World Cup; Latest Acquisitions – more Panini ‘PRIZM’ cards and three extremely rare foreign stickers; I Wish That I Owned This… – Billy Smith’s and Willie Watson’s ‘Football Life Story’ booklets; Other Football Cards – Boys’ Magazine ‘Coloured Studies of Famous Internationals’ (1922-23); Recommended Read – ‘Spotlight on Football’ by Peter Doherty (1947) and a ‘plug’ for the new YouTube section on my website.
Newsletter #34 (August): Collection Highlight – a really rare Bologna v HTAFC programme; Latest Acquisitions – all sorts of cards, team tabs, a clapper and a press photo of George “Bomber” Brown; Auction Watch – a Leeds Road ground survey/plan; I Wish That I Owned This… – a very rare Panini ‘Mexico ‘70’ original album and stickers; Other Football Cards – the set of Football & Sports Favourite “Sportsmen” stamps (1922); Recommended Read – ‘Picking Up The Threads’ by John Chandler (2012) which is, perhaps, not all that recommended.
Newsletter #35 (September): Collection Highlight this time is a rare 1920 HTAFC Share Certificate; Latest Acquisitions include a rare 1962 LQL sticker, Topps Premier League ‘Gold’ cards, Team Tabs and two more posters; Auction Watch includes a 1916 HTAFC team postcard, about which there will be more next month; I Wish That I Owned This… features a Crescent Confectionery 1923 “Footballer” card of Willie Watson; Other Football Cards looks at the Adventure & Vanguard set of “Football Photos” (1925); Recommended Read is ‘Jelleyman’s Thrown A Wobbly’ by Jeff Stelling (2011).
Newsletter #36 (October): My Collection Highlight was a rare 1916 team postcard; my Latest Acquisitions included some 2018/19 Topps Match Attax cards; a complete strip of three cards from the 1922 Sport & Adventure set of ‘Famous Footballers’; Auction Watch featured a 1954-55 fixture card and a joke ‘In Memoriam’ card; I Wish That I Owned This… covered the Liam Devlin A.3 Series of ‘Famous Footballers’; Other Football Cards this time centred on the Nelson Lee Library ‘Footballers’ (1922); and finally my Recommended Read was ‘The Beautiful Badge’ by Martyn Routledge & Elspeth Wills (2018).
Newsletter #37 (November): My Collection Highlight this time was a 1922 FAC song sheet celebrating Town’s only FAC win; Latest Acquisitions included a 1938-39 Albert Wilkes original team photograph, a scarce Topps ‘Match Attax Ultimate’ autograph card, some 1922 All Sports Illustrated articles, Panini ‘Select Soccer’ and ‘2018 WC Prizm’ cards; Auction Watch highlighted a 1932 HTAFC Souvenir Blotter, a rare Baines card of Sandy Mutch and a 1922 FAC celebration programme; I Wish That I Owned This… looked at the humorous ‘In Memoriam’ postcards; Other Football Cards featured the Chums ‘Football Teams’ of 1922-23 and my Recommended Read was ‘Ally McCoist’s Question of Soccer’.
Newsletter #38 (December): The Collection Highlight this time was a newspaper cutting from late 1919 as Town were on the verge of ‘folding’; there were lots of Latest Acquisitions including a 1926 Gem Footer Puzzle, three Dawn Covers First Day Postal Covers, three very rare 1949 Fowden Film & Optical Services ‘Film Stips’, two of the new Topps ‘Now’ and ‘Match Attax On Demand’ cards, and a pair of very rare 1930s Town programmes together with a small selection of magazine posters; Auction Watch featured two Darren Herbert ‘lots’ of Town badges and a unique ‘black’ Panini ‘Select’ card of Aaron Mooy; I Wish I Owned This… featured a 1922 FAC Final hotel banquet serviette; Other Football Cards centred on the Pals set of ‘Famous Footballers Fine Art Supplements’ (1922-23); and Rodney Marsh’s ‘Priceless – The Autobiography’ was my Recommended Read.
Newsletter #39 (January): My Collection Highlight was an original 1919 handwritten team sheet; lots of new items were featured including the Merlin ‘Premier League 2019’ stickers, a signed Topps ‘Match Attax Ultimate’ card, the new Topps ‘Chrome 2019’ cards, a 1935 team-group postcard and a new set of JF Sporting Collectibles Town cards; Auction Watch covered an unsold medal belonging to Jack Wood, an Anglo-Italian programme and a rare Donaldson Metcalfe release; I Wish That I Owned This… centred upon a very rare Huddersfield Atalanta Ladies postcard and the story behind it; Other Football Cards featured the Rover ‘Cricketers & Footballers’ set of 1922-23; and finally a NEW section called A Highlight From YOUR Collection began with Baz Warburton showing us his medals which belonged to Bury legend Jack Plant.
Newsletter #40 (February): This edition’s Collection Highlight was an original leaf from a Pinnace album replete with HTAFC cards representing the FAC Final winning side of 1922; my Latest Acquisitions included a 1957/58 Woodbine fixture card, a 1927/28 Turton team postcard, a 1947 press photo, three official HTAFC ‘photocards’ from c1966, a couple of Bill Priddy ‘Footballers’ cards and a Tudor Crisps c1971 rosette badge; Auction Watch covered the eventual sale of the James Wood medal, a Sportsman’s Dinner Menu, a 1927-28 season ticket book and a 1928 ‘home’ programme of some significance; I Wish That I Owned This… featured a Bentley & Shaw’s metal & enamel sign; finally, Other Football Cards centred on three sets, the identical Lovells, Tucketts and Pattreiouex ‘Photo’s Of Football Stars’ of 1928/29.
Newsletter #41 (March): The Collection Highlight this time around was an anonymous 1922 postcard; my Latest Acquisitions included the new club-produced ‘Moment In Time’ book, a poster of Aaron Mooy, a couple of Topps ‘Premier Gold 2017/18′ yellow ‘parallel’ cards, and a Topps ‘Now’ card and a ‘Match Attax On Demand’ card, both issued to celebrate Town’s victory over Wolves on 26th February; the Auction Watch section highlighted a 1920 FAC Final ash-tray, another anonymous 1922 postcard, and George “Bomber” Brown’s 1925 silver cigarette case; I Wish That I Owned This… looked at a selection of Turton ‘Town Series’ postcards which I know for sure are out there somewhere but not in my personal collection; and, finally, in Other Football Cards, I presented readers with the D.C. Thomson (Wizard) ‘Footballers & Secret Signs’ plastic/metal trinkets of 1929.
Newsletter #42 (April): My Collection Highlight this month was a page from a 1922 FAC Final programme signed by seven Town players; Latest Acquisitions featured the Topps Match Attax Extra update cards, a couple of player posters from magazines and two official club photocards of Les Smith c1948 and Jack Howe c1950; Auction Watch showed Town memorabilia to be very thin on the ground with just one lot of three Turton ‘Town Series’ portrait postcards and a 1930 ‘Coming Of Age’ souvenir brochure; I Wish That I Owned This… featured an AGFA Films issue of legendary striker Frank Worthington; Other Football Cards focused on the early (1921) issue of ‘Footballers’ plates by the Nelson Lee Library periodical; and once again the Highlight From YOUR Collection was blank – come on, chaps!
Newsletter #43 (May): This month’s Collection Highlight was a programme from the HTFC vs Norwich City game of 1968 – my first ever game! Latest Acquisitions included a Coca Cola tin, a new set of HTFC Official player cards, the new Panini Adrenalyn XL Road to UEFA Euro 2020 cards featuring “Zanka” Jorgensen, and the Panini Donruss Tribute card of Aaron Mooy; Auction Watch covered a 1930 Souvenir brochure, an uncut sheet of beer bottle labels, an original player contract, an original cheque from Birmingham City FC to HTFC and also a 1960/61 bus advert; I Wish That I Owned This… looked at the ‘parallel’ cards that I am missing from the very recent Topps (America) Premier Gold 2017/18 set; Other Football Cards presented the 1969 set of ‘Football Quiz’ cards by Anglo Confectionery Ltd.; and, finally, Graham Clark told us about his HTFC ‘1908 Loyalty Award’ in another of the irregular Your Highlight series.
Newsletter #44 (June): Collection Highlight covered the several Godfrey Phillips Pinnace “Cabinet” cards of Town players; Latest Acquisitions included a Retrocrafts League Ladder tab, a Topps ‘On Demand’ card of Aaron Mooy, a Panini ‘Select Soccer Prizm’ card, also of Mooy, and a Pinnace “Cabinet” card of Ted Taylor; Auction Watch featured a beautiful coloured Baines card showing Sandy Mutch, a 1919-20 FAC Final ashtray and a small collection of Chums ‘Real Colour Photos’ footballers cards; Recommended Read returned with Lee Morris’ new HTAFC book “Where Are They Now?”; Other Football Cards featured the City Bakeries Football Shields from around 1948; and the Your Highlight feature continued with Paul Briers’ Bunsen collection.
Newsletter #45 (July): My Collection Highlight was a 1968 Blackburn Rovers vs HTAFC ticket, my first ever ‘away’ game; Latest Acquisitions included some Billy Smith ‘benefit’ memorabilia, a new card from JF Sporting Collectibles, and a dreadful Topps ‘Match Attax 101’ card of Aaron Mooy; Auction Watch followed the fortunes of a pair of Tiedemanns Tobak 1928 cards of Town, another 1922 FAC Final ash-tray, the re-surfacing of the Birmingham City vs Town FAC 1971 cheque, and a Swedish postcard of the 1937-1938 team; I Wish That I Owned This… charted my hunt for the Ardath red overprint variation of their ‘Photocards (C): Yorkshire Football Teams‘; Other Football Cards focused on the set of ‘Football Swap Cards’ produced in 1971 by The Sun; and, finally, A Highlight From Your Collection featured Phil Martin’s Tinsley Lindley scrapbook – a smashing article!
Newsletter #46 (August): The Collection Highlight this time was an anonymous 1938 German postcard featuring, amongst others, two Town players; Latest Acquisitions was very thin, featuring just a Top Trumps card of Aaron Mooy (who else?!), a Topps Match Attax Extra mini-tin featuring guess who (!) and a Bob Bond card of 1990s loan star Leon Knight, albeit in Brighton kit; Auction Watch focused on a 1937-38 Swedish postcard of Town and yet another pair of Norwegian Tiedemanns Tobak cards of the Town team of 1928, an extremely rare Italian programme for the Bologna v Town Anglo-Italian game of 1971, a vastly overpriced Lockwood Brewery 1930s beer mat, and the now infamous 2019/20 hoax shirt auctions on eBay; my feature on Other Football Cards presented the ESSO 1970 World Cup Coin Collection, a staple of all collectors my age; and finally, Nigel Mercer stepped up to the mark to tell us the story of his website in A Highlight from Your Collection.
Newsletter #47 (September): The Collection Highlight was the 1935 Swindlehurst & Nicholson set of 37 “Huddersfield Town Players & Officials” cards, twenty-three of which are autographed; Latest Acquisitions included several more cards in that same set, the new issues of Team Tabs, some signed Turton ‘Town Series” postcards, some Letts Football Association Diary pages, and a 1961/62 HTAFC squad photograph; Auction Watch featured yet another 1920 FAC Final ashtray, a re-listed HTAFC/Paddy Power ‘sash’ shirt, a 1967 HTAFC calendar, and yet more Swindlehurst & Nicholson cards!; Other Football Cards covered the c1924 series of ten CHUMS Real Colour Photos [of Footballers]; A Highlight from Your Collection saw the return of Paul Briers with an article on Clark’s Toffees Footballers (c1925); and finally, Recommended Read was Carl Wilkes’ A to Z of Football Collectibles (2019).
Newsletter #48 (October): This month’s Collection Highlight covered three 1927 Boys’ Magazine footballer transfers featuring HTAFC players together with their original magazines; Latest Acquisitions included what will probably be the last card to feature Aaron Mooy as a Town player but at least it represented my finally collecting an officially autographed Topps Match Attax Ultimate card, so that’s not so bad; other additions were a 1980/81 postcard-sized colour squad photograph, a MATCH! magazine poster of striker Karlan Grant, a 1972 Marshall Cavendish magazine photograph of the 17th Battalion ‘Footballers Regiment‘ showing Town back Fred Bullock, and a new set of cards from Nikolai Trading showing all the members of the 2019/20 squad; Auction Watch featured only two items, a humorous In Memoriam postcard from a Swindon v HTAFC FAC game of 1913 and a rare 1920/21 Town league programme; Other Football Cards presented the John Filshill ‘Lotus Toffees Footballers‘ of 1924; my Recommended Read was pretty much one exclusively for Town fans and stattos everywhere as it was Alan Hodgson’s new publication Huddersfield Town AFC – The Great War Seasons 1914/15 to 1918/19 (2019); and, finally, nobody stepped forward into the breach with their own particular collection highlight so sadly that was absent on this occasion.
Newsletter #49 (November): This month’s Collection Highlight featured four candid photographs of Town players outside the ground; Latest Acquisitions covered a couple of rare Baines cards, a couple of Australian Mooy cards and a set of Championship Play-Off postcards from Sporting Profiles; Auction Watch covered a signed postcard of Jack Swan, another humorous In Memoriam card from 1913 and Henry Cockburn’s 2nd Division Winners medal from 1970; Other Football Cards featured a lovely set of eight 1922/23 cards from Pals magazine; my Recommended Read was Derek Hammond and Gary Silke’s GOT, NOT GOT Football Gift Book; and finally Mike McIntyre stepped into the ‘Personal Collection Highlight’ breach with the first part of what I suspect will be a long-running article about Burnley FC players in the World Cups.
Newsletter #50 (December): This month’s Collection Highlight featured Tony Sinfield’s 2011 HTAFC jigsaw; Latest Acquisitions included the new HTAFC Official Player 2019/20 cards, a 2018 Caltex Socceroos card of Aaron Mooy, a Topps ‘chase’ card of Chris Schindler, and a postcard featuring Town manager Danny Cowley; Auction Watch followed up the sale of Henry Cockburn’s 2nd Division Winners medal from 1970 and also that of a Wayfarer Football in Action card and a heads-up for the upcoming sale of a set of 1910 Cope ‘Clips’ Town cards; Other Football Cards featured the set of 1923 Footballers & Sportsmen cards from Boys’ Magazine; my Recommended Read was the 2002 autobiography Cloughie: Walking On Water: My Life; and finally the Personal Collection Highlight continued with the second instalment of Mike McIntyre’s long-running article about Burnley FC players in the World Cups.
Newsletter #51 (January): This month’s Collection Highlight featured the three 1925 Sports Budget Who’s Who of Famous Footballers booklets; Latest Acquisitions included more of the new HTAFC Official Player 2019/20 cards, a paper cut-out of the Anglo/Bell Boy Famous Soccer Clubs wax wrappers, a 1954/55 Fixtures card, and a 1958/59 team photograph; Auction Watch followed up the sale of a set of 1910 Cope ‘Clips’ Town cards, a 1954/55 season ticket book, a 1937/38 Turton team postcard, and a copy of Jude Palmer’s book Moment in Time signed by Dean Hoyle; Other Football Cards featured the set of c1923 Crescent Confectionery Ltd. set of Footballers; my Recommended Read was the 2002 Michael Parkinson on Football; and finally the Personal Collection Highlight continued with the third instalment of Mike McIntyre’s long-running article about Burnley FC players in the World Cups.
Newsletter #52 (February): This month’s Collection Highlight featured two carbons of original letters in regard to a Town resignation of 1920; Latest Acquisitions included more of the new HTAFC Official Player 2019/20 cards, two magazine posters and a small 1961 magazine team picture; Auction Watch highlighted a 1928 Town “Souvenir” programme, an anonymous c1924 card of Billy Smith and a collection of old fixture cards; Other Football Cards featured the Boys’ Magazine set of 1922 Art Photos of Famous Footballers; I Wish That I Had This... showed a full-page article from Wizard comic in 1970; and finally the Personal Collection Highlight continued with the fourth instalment of Mike McIntyre’s long-running article about Burnley FC players in the World Cups.
Newsletter #53 (March): This month’s Collection Highlight featured a newly acquired 1922-23 HTAFC Supporters’ Association Handbook; Latest Acquisitions included four more of the HTAFC Official Player 2019/20 cards, a page from a 1970 issue of Wizard comic, an anonymous 1981/82 colour team photograph, two bespoke cards from Stu Fairbridge’s Green Bridge Designs depicting the Town v Middlesbrough games from this season, a 1990 Reg Priddy Footballers card of Bob Hesford and, finally, the rare cards from Conker Editions which came with the Got, Not Got Football Gift Book; Auction Watch highlighted two Turton postcards, one being a signed card of Charlie Slade, and the failure at auction once more of 22 Swindlehurst & Nicholson Officials & Players cards; Other Football Cards focused on the several FKS stickers series of the 1970s; I Wish That I Had This… showed the front cover of a Score’n’Roar comic in 1970; and finally the Personal Collection Highlight continued with the next instalment of Mike McIntyre’s long-running article about Burnley FC players in the World Cups, this time covering Mexico 1986 to Brazil 2014.
Newsletter #54 (April): This month’s Collection Highlight featured a copy of Topical Times from 1920 which had three Town players on the cover; Latest Acquisitions included a long sought-after 1928 Wetherdair calendar card featuring HTAFC and Blackburn Rovers, and a double-page spread from a 1983 copy of Match! Magazine; Auction Watch highlighted a 1951 Odhams Sporting Personalities postcard of Harold Hassall, an Emile Smith Rowe card in the 2019/20 Player series produced by HTAFC and a couple of Manchester City collectables; Other Football Cards focused on the Cope Bros. & Co. Ltd. series of ‘Solace’ Footballers from 1910; I Wish That I Had This… dealt with an elusive City Bakeries Football Shield from around 1950; and finally the Personal Collection Highlight completed Mike McIntyre’s long-running article about Burnley FC players in the World Cups.
Newsletter #55 (May): This month’s Collection Highlight featured a 1923 Rover ‘League Ladder’, possibly the oldest in existence; Latest Acquisitions included a rare – for now, anyway – HTAFC Player Card of Emile Smith Rowe, a truly rare Teasdale card, and a seemingly unique 1933 cartoon; Auction Watch highlighted another Wills card of Billy Meredith; a “rookie” Vanguard card of Dixie Dean; some 2017 Town player badges and a ridiculously overpriced 2019 Topps card of Jadon Sancho; Other Football Cards focused on the Merrysweets/Soccer Bubble Gum No.1 Series Soccer Teams of 1957; I Wish That I Had This… dealt with a rare complete anonymous booklet entitled Our International Souvenir 1924; and finally the Personal Collection Highlight was Chris Lee’s second contribution, this time a wonderful home-made Reading FC scrapbook from 1929/30.
Newsletter #56 (June): This month’s Collection Highlight featured the rare anonymous Football Clubs & Colours cards of 1956; Latest Acquisitions included some newspaper clippings relating to the 1930 FA Cup Final between Town and Arsenal, some A4 glossy press photos from 1996/97, another Turton Town Series postcard of Billy Smith, three old fixture cards and a 1975 press photo of manager Bobby Collins; Auction Watch highlighted yet another official HTAFC card of Emile Smith Rowe, George “Bomber” Brown’s WRSC Final runners-up medal of 1926, and a wonderful 1938 press photo of the team spread out across a Leeds Road goalmouth; Other Football Cards focused on the Barratt & Co. Ltd. sets of Football Team Folders (1932/33/34); I Wish That I Had This… dealt with another rare and complete 1926 Rover booklet entitled 100 Best Players Photo Album; on this occasion there was no Personal Collection Highlight from contributors/recipients.
Newsletter #57 (July): This month’s Collection Highlight featured an official c1950 ‘signed’ photograph of Jack Howe; Latest Acquisitions included three printers’ metal plates of Kevin McHale, Colin Dobson and Frank Worthington, two JF Sporting Collectible cards of Hugh Turner and Sam Wadsworth, two 1970 press photographs of Dennis Clarke and Colin Dobson, an A3 poster of dreadful hand-drawn stickers produced by No Score Draws and a modern reproduction of a Turton postcard of JJ Williams; Auction Watch highlighted the 1960 Top Flight card of Denis Law, an unknown 1954 Yugoslavian card of Town and England player Ron Staniforth, two signed Turton postcards of Billy Smith and Billy Watson, a 1920s Godfrey Phillips Pinnace card of Everton’s Alex Troupe, and another ridiculously priced modern Topps card of Jadon Sancho; Other Football Cards focused on the News Chronicle and Dispatch set of Pocket Portraits from 1955/56; I Wish That I Owned This… dealt with an extremely rare unknown issuer football card of T. Jackson (St Mirren).