We have a wonderful selection of Cigarette cards  for sale suitable for all collectors from beginners to advanced


Cigarette and Trade cards, 

 a brief explanation.

 Trade cards are usually picture cards that were given free with, or inside, a product, with the intention of both promoting the product and to be collected, and built into sets.   If the picture subject on the card was beautiful, or a popular subject, then folks would keep such pretty cards, and build collections, or use as décor, or for scrap books,  and in doing so, would inadvertently be promoting the product in which the company gave the card.    

Cigarette cards are a similar idea but packed inside packets of cigarettes.     Originally, towards the end of the 19 th century, they were first used as “stiffeners” for a fragile paper pack to hold the cigarettes, but the opportunity was there for the company to advertise on the stiff card, and that progressed to sets of cards for customers to collect.   Most of these cards were finished by the time of the second world war, and the more modern types do not have the same beauty as their forerunners.  For those of you unfamiliar with cigarette cards, the average size for most cards that were packed inside packets of 10 cigarettes is approximatelly .... ....40 x 71 mm. and the large size, which were packed into packets of 20 cigarettes are usually 80 x 71 millimetres.  Different companies vary slightly in size but these are averages given.    In the following pages, you will find sets of cards from all types of companies, carrying all aspects of themes and topics, to suit all types of collecting interests, whether it be sport, or movies, or fauna, or whatever.   The variety is endless, and these small beautiful cards were often referred to as the “poor man’s encyclopaedia”.  
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