The home of the Cartophilic Society of Great Britain


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Secretary: Glyn Roberts


Welcome to Northampton, and to our Branch, which meets at Weston Favell Parish Hall, Booth Lane South, Northampton, NN3 3EP.

Our meetings start at 6pm and usually end at 9pm.

We offer a warm welcome whether you are a long standing collector intrigued to find out more about us, or someone who has never before seen a cigarette card and would like to know more. If you are a new attendee please make yourself known and we will introduce you to the regulars. 

Our featured card is by local manufacturer J. Lees, it dates from 1912, was issued in their hand-filled cigarettes, and the cards all show footballers from the Northampton Town Football Club. This was a series of 21 cards, but for some reason each of the card numbers are prefixed by the number 3, which makes it look as if there were over 300 cards in the set.

A list of all the cards in this set may be found at

We note card 301 actually shows W.D. Tull. And to read more about him, as a footballer and war hero, click

We also love the back images of these cards, with their patriotic exhortations – “Smoke Northampton Made Cigarettes” – and “Support Local Industry”, so the back is also reproduced on this page; in fact, we were the first Society Branch to show the back of a cigarette card on our webpage.. 

Now if you come across a card, or cards, from this set being sold cheaply do check it carefully, because this sought-after set has been reproduced as “The Nostalgia Classic Limited Edition Collection”. The makers have clearly marked their cards as being reprints on the bottom under the framelines, but this can be removed by cutting it very close to the picture.

BREAKING NEWS: How exciting to see our featured card, the very one above, reproduced on the back cover of the current edition of “Card World” Magazine as part of the selection from Postal Auction 558. Did you all spot it? The first thing we noticed was that our card has more equality to the borders, whilst the card on the magazine favours the left side. Does this mean they were hand-cut as well as hand-filled? Actually there are two cards on offer in the auction. We wonder if a local will buy one or both? 

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