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Published February 06, 2023 Updated February 06, 2023

Football playing cards

52 different legends from the world of football.

2004 Sweden Offason Football Sports Add to Collection

The title of this pack, “Football”, is rather misleading. In fact, all of the footballers depicted are from the UK. Each player is named – which is just as well as some of them are almost unrecognisable! No doubt in order to avoid having to pay reproduction rights or royalties, none of the images is an actual photograph: all have been redrawn, some rather better than others. The Jokers depict a hand holding a red card, a hand holding a yellow card (x2), and a football. The back design shows the layout of a football pitch in green and white. See the box

52 different legends from the world of football playing cards printed by Offason AB, Sweden, c.2004 52 different legends from the world of football playing cards printed by Offason AB, Sweden, c.2004 52 different legends from the world of football playing cards printed by Offason AB, Sweden, c.2004

Above: 52 different legends from the world of football playing cards printed by Offason AB, Sweden, c.2004. 52 cards + 4 Jokers in drop-lid box. Size: 63 x 84 mm.

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Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.


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