The home of the Cartophilic Society of Great Britain

Nottingham & East Midlands Branch

nottinghamSecretary: Alan Wain

We meet bi-monthly on Thursdays from 7.30 to 9.30 pm at West Bridgford Conservative Club, 28 Rectory Rd, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 6BG  

Our area includes Derbyshire, Leicestershire, parts of Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland. All card collectors from this area are welcome to our meetings

And we hope to meet a lot of collectors in these areas in April this year, when we are co-hosting the CSGB ANNUAL CARD FAIR AND CONVENTION. This grand event, with countless cards, amazing albums, and everything else related to the hobby, will be taking place on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th of April, 2019, at the DeVere Jubilee Conference Centre & Hotel, Triumph Road NG8 1DH. Please DO NOT confuse this with the DeVere ORCHARD Hotel which is also in Nottingham. Members of our Society are entitled to free admission at all times and can go in at 11am on the Friday. Non members have to pay entry fees and will not be allowed in until 1pm on the Friday. Thems, as they say, being the perks. Do note also that this year we will be trialling modern swapping tables, concentrating on the most popular 2017-2019 cards – Topps Match Attax, Panini Adrenalyn XL Football, and Pokemon.

We have co-hosted the Cartophilic Society Annual Convention twice before; in 1998, which was The Society`s 60th Anniversary – and 2006, which is described / photographed at:


NOTTINGHAM has many card connections.

It’s the home of John Player, whose  first advertising cards were issued in the 1890s, closely followed by a set of 20 “Castles and Abbeys” in 1895castles abbeysplayer back, which were issued as either bordered or unbordered cards. Yes those card collecting complexities were about right from the start!  This card is Fountains Abbey, the unbordered version, and on the left is its back so you can see the design of Nottingham Castle that they used on their early cards and their packets.
John Player issued cigarette cards right through World War One and the inter-war years, plus many sets of adhesive (or sticky) back sets and their special albums, but stopped issuing cards just after the start of the Second World War. However their “Doncella”, “Grandee” and “Tom Thumb” brands briefly issued cards again in the 1970s and 80s.

If you are on flickr, check out

You might also be interested in this website – both to read, and to get involved with!

Nottingham is also the site of the oldest Inn in England, “Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem”, dating back to 1189, still in business, and coincidentally shown on a John Player card. Anyone have one to scan for us? Plus its the home of Nottingham Forest Football Club, as shown on our header card. Does anyone know who issued this? And its also where HP Sauce was invented. Who remembers “Wilson`s Gravy” now eh? If YOU dont, check out

But we must not leave this area without a nod to Robin Hood – as portrayed by Errol Flynn on this super Mitchell Stars of Screen and History card (number 11), as well as countless other incarnations, even a whole set issued by Typhoo Tea. 

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