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Here’s something you may not know…

We are not just this magazine, entertaining and informative as it is, regularly appearing in your letterbox to amuse and delight you…

Nor are we just this website you are currently browsing, filled with wonderful and useful information…

Yes, both of these are good reason to join the Society, but they are just words, they lack the vital spark that only comes with human interaction. 

You see, our greatest selling point is this: that, uniquely, we have a physical network of collectors clubs and branches right across the country where you can go along, meet and chat to your fellow collectors, swap cards and tales.

Plus we hold a grand National Card Convention which travels the country, being co-hosted by a different branch, or branches, every year. This two day extravaganza must not be missed. Its usually held over 2 days in April.

Read all about it at

Here is a list of all our branches, clubs,
and their meeting dates:

Branch Name / weblink:D E C 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020November 2020December 2020
East Anglia14th 🎅
Hants &
8th 🎅
Hants & Surrey8th12th ❇️12th ❇️
Kent14th 🎅
London19th 🎅
Midlandsno meeting
North Eastno meetingno meeting6th12th2nd14th4th9thno meeting10th1stno meetingno meeting
North West20th
Nottingham & East Midlandsno meeting
Reading & District12th9th and 28th
Sussexno meeting
& Solent

Affiliated Clubs:
Lea Valley15th
Middlesexno meeting

Ah but this isn’t just a list; because if you click on any branch name in the first column you can visit them, or at least their virtual form, via their web page/s. These have extra information – meeting places and times, local card-related news, and a contact phone or email where enquiries can be made about joining, or simply visiting that branch.

A typical meeting – [courtesy of Lea Valley]

At all events you will find lots of cards, and card collectors. Some meetings are simply an informal gathering for a few hours –  others (marked on our calendar with asterisks) are special events with dealers, displays, and/or auctions; and sometimes they last all day! 

We always advise that before you set out, you  contact the relevant branch secretary to check on any last minute changes 

The following weblinks will whisk you to our Overseas Branches. Whilst travelling there in person may not be possible, a virtual visit can still be entertaining

Our two Antipodean Associates
are both full websites, run by themselves:

AB&C Gum “Flags of the World” – card number 59

Well worth a visit, this is an extensive website with lots to read, including the history of the A.C.S. since it’s founding in 1968.

Today we are delighted to report they have almost 300 members, who recieve, and enjoy regular newsletters, postal auctions, meetings, competitions, and five card fairs a year.

In addition, representatives often stall out at regional non-society fairs to keep cards in the public eye.

And they also maintain a library of reference books and information, as well as an online shop for cards, books and collectors supplies.

AB&C Gum “Flags of the World” – card number 68

The Cartophilic Society of New Zealand Inc was formed in 1975, along the lines of our own Society That was now over 40 years ago, and we are delighted to report that they now have around 150 members. 

Trade Cards actually appeared before cigarette cards in New Zealand; still today, their largest card issuer, with over 100 different sets, is a trade one – Sanitarium, makers of Weet-Bix, the top selling breakfast cereal in New Zealand, since 1941. 

The Society holds regular meetings, attended by local and national dealers; also members trade amongst themselves, much like in the UK. They also hold a National Card Convention, again along the same lines as us – usually held over 2 days in April at a different place in the country every year.

AB&C Gum “Flags of the World” – card number 9

At the moment this is simply a homepage run by us, rather than a full website, and its really only just starting to be constructed.

So if anyone out there specialises in South African cards and would like to assist do get in touch!

We do know that most collectors in this country will be familiar with the large and attractive hard back albums containing South African cards. They turn up frequently at auctions and at book sales, in fact some people do believe them to be books. 



We regret that the following Branches are no longer in operation. However we add them here in fond memory of the pleasure they brought to so many collectors, that their rich histories might be preserved rather than forgotten, and in the hope that one day a local collector may read of their tales, and breathe of new life into their veins…

Cornwall Branch

West Country Branch

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