Wednesday, 29 January 2014

F. & J. Smith - Champions of Sport


1902
Champions of Sport
F. & J. Smith
50 (2 football)

I don't know much about these cards. They are extremely rare, and seem to come with red or blue backs. The red backs are numbered and the blue backs are unnumbered. I haven't been able to provide scans of the only two football related cards in this collection, only a few random back designs. It seems that all the cigarette brands are available in either of the two colours, but I don't know if this is a multi-backed set where cards can be found with some or all of the back designs, or whether they are vari-backed - each card having only one back design, which can differ from card to card.
Anyone?

backs in blue - unnumbered - Cup Tie Cigarettes
backs in blue - unnumbered - Evergreen Cigarettes
backs in blue - unnumbered - Glasgow Mixture on back
backs in blue - unnumbered - Glory's Reward Cigarettes
backs in blue - unnumbered - Harvest Moon Cigarettes
backs in blue - unnumbered - Morning Gallop Cigarettes
backs in blue - unnumbered - Pen & Pencil Cigarettes
backs in blue - unnumbered - Regimental Cigarettes
backs in blue - unnumbered - Special Straight Cut Cigarettes
backs in blue - unnumbered - Studio Cigarettes
backs in blue - unnumbered - Sun Cured Mixture
backs in blue - unnumbered - Trilby Cigarettes

backs in red - numbered - Cup Tie Cigarettes
backs in red - numbered - Evergreen Cigarettes
backs in red - numbered - Glasgow Mixture on back
backs in red - numbered - Glory's Reward Cigarettes
backs in red - numbered - Harvest Moon Cigarettes
backs in red - numbered - Morning Gallop Cigarettes
backs in red - numbered - Pen & Pencil Cigarettes
backs in red - numbered - Regimental Cigarettes
backs in red - numbered - Special Straight Cut Cigarettes
backs in red - numbered - Studio Cigarettes
backs in red - numbered - Sun Cured Mixture
backs in red - numbered - Trilby Cigarettes

2001 reprint by Nostalgia Reprints

48.  G.C. McHattie (Hearts)
50.  T. Robertson (Referee)


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