News archive

27th May 2024
Thinking of Streamlining Your Collection?
I am currently buying Cigarette & Trade Card Types, Sets and Collections. Contact Oliver Cleaver on 07899 300405    - or by email at
27th May 2024
JS Cards
Our updated website - - is now up and running, and we are continually adding new stock. Higher value cards are always wanted for purchase.
27th May 2024
Theme of the Week Solution
as we reveal the back of our third clue card, here`s how we got to this week`s theme....
25th April 2024
Lockdales Auction
next Paper Collectables Sale will be on the 25th and 26th June 2024
24th April 2024
Loddon Auctions
Next auction Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th and Friday 28th June
4th March 2024
A reader asks ....
They have seen some card storage online, these are zip fastened and inside are pockets, held in a ring binder format. However they have been told that the rings damage the cards.
15th July 2023
So did you ..... ?
swap football stickers at Portman Road, Ipswich, back in 2002 ? If so you may be featured here
14th June 2023
newsletter update
Friday 2nd of June 2023 - W.D. & H.O. Wills [tobacco : UK] "Musical Celebrities" first series (November 1912) 38/50 – W675-123 : W62-90.1 : W/83 -  and birthday boy of the day Edward Elgar.
1st June 2023
A Centenary of Cards
Another of our brief snippets into card collecting of a hundred years ago - with this set, issued in June 1923
29th May 2023
C For The Cigarette Card Review
One of the more unusual card magazines was this one, and it remains quite hard to come by today. So, for the benefit of anyone who has never come across it, lets have a chat about "The Cigarette Card Review" .... 
4th May 2023
A centenary of Cards
The first of a regular series chatting about centenary cards. And this month, one hundred years ago, May 1923, a new set began its circulation. This was W.D. & H.O. Wills` "Arms of Universities", showing here.
1st April 2023
Our Annual Golfing Challenge
28th March 2023
RB.2 - R. & J. Hill
RB.2 – The Cigarette Card Issues of R. & J. Hill, Ltd
25th March 2023
Murray Catalogue of Values 2023/24 is out now
Yes, it is time to add a new volume to your bookshelf. And this, the fifty-first edition of the ever popular guide to Cigarette Cards, Trade Cards, Gum Cards, and Tea Cards, is better than ever. It contains colour illustrations, and is completely updated.
30th January 2023
Evans, Idrsyn Oliver
So let us chat, first of all, about I. O. Evans. or to give him his full name Idrisyn Oliver Evans. He was born in 1894, in South Africa, in the Orange Free State, but was brought to England as a child. In 1912 he became a civil servant. 
29th December 2022
Another legend is lost
we featured Pele as our card of the day on the 27th of November 2022. If you missed that, you can read it now as a tribute
30th November 2022
St Andrews Day
and our never forgotten Scottish Branches
8th November 2022
Orpington here we come
A quick and very welcome note to let you know that ORPINGTON CLUB is not closing; Mike Heard is going to take it over ...
5th November 2022
F for Fawkes and Fireworks
With the flashes and percussions surrounding me, I sit to update another rolling research blog. And this one is dedicated to Guy Fawkes, for it is in his honour that I am so surrounded.
5th November 2022
C for Coronation
How many of us remember the last one in 1953 ?