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Newsletter 15 May 2020

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Fleer (1994) ‘Spiderman’

Other web news….. 

We are working on another page to display articles, so that when they fall off the front page newsfeed they can still be accessed. 

Taddy & Co. (c.1920) ‘Clowns & Circus Artistes’ T045-080

We will also add more from the archives as several of you tell us how much you enjoyed the Taddy one. Actually that was originally written at the dawn of this website, in 2014. That’s proof that a well written article never dates.

Well this week started with the death of Little Richard, last Saturday, an inspiration to many other great musicians, not least Mick Jagger.
Little Richard did appear on trade cards, and here is a link to a super one.
On Sunday we heard of record breaking news when a big hitting baseball card of Shoeless Joe made $492,000….
And to read more about the card and why it is so scarce, click

Now if you are sitting there thinking Shoeless Joe sounds familiar, it’s possibly because he was featured in the movie “Field of Dreams” …… a while ago. We are chastened to learn this was over twenty years ago! But in fact the actual story about Shoeless Joe is much more complex and well deserving of more people hearing about. So check out

While researching baseball cards, we stumbled on this interesting web page which turns out it’s again part of the site. This one is about a newly discovered cricket card which rewrote the story of what was thought to be a single card issue.

Taddy & Co. (1912) ‘British Medals & Decorations’ T045-065

This week I have been preoccupied with a sale on the 30th and 31st of May, its Lockdales, but this sale is not cards, it’s medals/militaria, including this very intriguing lot relating to an unsolved murder

I’m very slow with any kind of medals, I like to click the first lot and work through one at a time, reading every word, especially those with details of personal history. If the internet deserves applause for only one good thing it is for the way it has revolutionised medal collecting; now there is access to all manner of war records and you can follow a soldier all through their service until their last fighting breath.

Gum Inc. (1942) ‘War Gum’ (USA/R164)

Speaking of bravery, when I was of an age to still be stuck suffering school, I used to take myself off to Postman’s Park a lot on the bus, there is a building with the walls covered in encaustic tiles, and each one records an act of bravery and sacrifice. You can have a look by clicking on……’s-Park.aspx – sadly this does not show the actual tiles so check out

But this is a card newsletter, enough already! Let’s go off to Richard Winterton Auction, in Lichfield, who is holding a three day interiors sale from the 19th -21st May in which there are a lot of large bulk lots of cards. This link takes you to the first of those, and you can work through a lot at a time by using those next lot arrows, just like I do for medals…
Thursday brought good news! Auction houses and antique shops could start opening in June. Depending on what happens with this week’s first wave of returners, I guess. You can read the press release about this here.
Ok. I had better close, and start labelling my stock….
Ooh, almost forgot, this week’s website of the week is one I have visited a lot recently, it’s:
This is a quite fascinating site and though designed for football and rugby collectors, the images are fantastic and evocative. One thing you may not realise is that this is a labour of love by an auction house. It’s proof of what specialising in just one lot can produce, and still how vibrant and exciting that collection can be. 

W.D. & H.O. Wills (1897) ‘Beauties’ p/c inset

So until next week, stay safe and remain hopeful. The signs of recovery are there, but don’t be tempted to do too much too soon. Remember the simple story of the tortoise and the hare. This tale was one of many written by a Greek storyteller called Aesop, who lived between 620 BC and 564 BC, and it still rings true for all manner of situations, including our current one…..

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