Wednesday, 12 April 2017
W.D. & H.O. Wills - "Vanity Fair" Series
"Vanity Fair" Series
W.D. & H.O. Wills
While looking through my database I came across this set. There aren't any footballers featured but two of the characters included in the set of 50 cards have football connections. C.B. Fry (Oxford Athletics) played for Southampton and Corinthians during a long and distinguished sporting career. Lord Baden-Powell, here still just Major-General Baden-Powell, played football for Charterhouse School where the Football Annual for 1876 recorded that he is "a good goalkeeper, keeping cool, and always to be depended upon."
The cards can be found numbered and unnumbered. Although everyone seems to list this set as being issued in 1902 I presume the unnumbered cards were issued before the company decided to issue a second series and then reprinted the first series to distinguish them from the second set of cards.
"Vanity Fair" Series - unnumbered
"Vanity Fair" 1st Series - numbered
"Vanity Fair" 1st Series - 1998 reproduction - The Card Collector's Society
11. Oxford Athletics - C.B. Fry
37. Mafeking - Major-General Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell