Soccer Cards

My first cigarette card. And it’s not hockey or baseball. It’s Football (soccer).

1933 Ogden’s Cigarettes AFC Nicknames.

A 50 card set giving a history of the nicknames of the top teams of the time.

palace-front palace-back

This is now my oldest, and smallest card I own. It’s also definitely top 2 or 3 for coolest.

Not my favourite team (that would be Tottenham Hotspur), but it is a team I have seen play live at their home stadium Selhurst Park, which is one of the smaller and older stadiums left in the English Premier League.

Here’s what it says on the back.

” Crystal Palace at first played in that wonderful natural ampitheatre in the picturesque grounds at Sydenham where the Cup final used to be decided and under the shadow of “the big glass house”. It was in this setting that they were given the nickname of “the Glaziers.” They subsequently moved to a ground at Selhurst Park a few miles away, but there has been no change of name. Admitted to the Second Division of the League in season 1921-22 they lost their place at the end of 1925 and have since competed in the Third Division, finishing as runners-up in 1929 and 1931. The “Glaziers” have some fine performances to their credit in the Cup competition.”

Here’s a checklist for the rest of the set..

1.  Arsenal
2.  Aston Villa
3.  Barnsley
4.  Birmingham
5.  Blackburn Rovers
6.  Bolton Wanderers
7.  Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic
8.  Brentford
9.  Bristol City
10.  Bristol Rovers
11.  Bury
12.  Chelsea
13.  Clapton Orient
14.  Crystal Palace
15.  Darlington
16.  Derby County
17.  Everton
18.  Exeter City
19.  Fulham
20.  Grimsby Town
21.  Hull City
22.  Leicester City
23.  Lincoln City
24.  Liverpool
25.  Luton Town
26.  Manchester City
27.  Millwall
28.  New Brighton
29.  Newcastle United
30.  Northampton Town
31.  Norwich City
32.  Nottingham Forest
33.  Notts County
34.  Oldham Athletic
35.  Plymouth Argyle
36.  Portsmouth
37.  Preston North End
38.  Reading
39.  Sheffield United
40.  Sheffield Wednesday
41.  Southampton
42.  Stockport County
43.  Stoke City
44.  Swansea Town
45.  Swindon Town
46.  Sunderland
47.  Tottenham Hotspur
48.  West Bromwich Albion
49.  West Ham United
50.  Wolverhampton Wanderers

AFC Nicknames – errors/varieties

22.  Leicester City – founded 1844 (on the back)
22.  Leicester City – founded 1884 (on the back)


…and then there were these. In a random box of baseball and hockey cards that I bought for $20. Just these two.

Forza Italia indeed.

I love soccer. Huge Tottenham Hotspur and Toronto FC fan (yes we have the worst team in North America). But Italian league cards hold no interest.

My wife was able to translate the info on the back. Basic stuff. One drives a golf and the other plays golf or something like that.



Basic back info.


Any soccer collectors or Italy fans want these?

One of my favorite methods of acquiring cards is to pick up boxed lots from friends, classifieds or ebay. I generally have a $20 limit on these and will buy it based on a handful of cards that I want, knowing I am going to pick up a large amount of fluff along with it.

As anyone doing this knows, these days you are ljust as ikely to get a lot of Proset 90’s or Score cards as anything else.

Every once in a while you get something rare or different or interesting. Like this….

This is a UK Issue 1978 Topps Soccer Card.

I have many other soccer cards, but this is the only one from this set I have.

Topps took over A&BC Gum in 1975, signalling the last A&BC Gum English football cards in 1974/75 and the first Topps cards in 1975/76.

The 1975/76 and 1976/77 sets were printed in the U.S., but Topps set up production in the Republic of Ireland and produced their 1977/78 and subsequent football sets from there under the name Topps Ireland Ltd. (T.I.L.). Topps produced English football cards from 1975/76 to 1980/81 only, as well as Scottish sets.

This set had 396 cards so my completion rate is .0025% but I’ll put it aside and maybe others will cross my path. My general rule is once it crosses 50% then I actively track and pursue the set. No worries about this set for a while.

Here’s the back

Here’s what I like.

Old school look mirrored the North America card layouts. Unlike baseball or hockey there just are not a lot of stats tracked in soccer so really all you get is LGE Apps ( same as GP) and DIV (where the team was at the time. For all you Man U fans please note the top line says Division 2. Yes even Man U get relegated.

For the uninitiated the last category is Goals broken down by various sub groups.

League (regular season)
FA Cup
League Cup

This would be similar to breaking down hockey goals by Playoff and Regular Season and listing both.

Best (worst?) of all is that Jimmy was Canadian! Well he was born in Canada at least. According to the back he was capped by Northern Ireland (1 goal vs Sweden in a 1982 WCQ). This problem continues today with players born in Canada playing for other teams. Owen Hargreaves, Teal Bunbury, Jonathan DeGuzman. Maybe Jimmy was the start of the trend?

After this card was issued Jimmy bounced around a bit and even spent a couple season in Canada with the Toronto Blizzard of the old NASL scoring 8 goals in 49 games.

Just a neat card to find as a soccer fan.