Set_Listing

Set_Name

Brand_Name

Set_Year

Rarity

Number_Issued

Example

Comment

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Prominent Players (Supplement)

PALS Periodical

1931

8

1 known

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This set of magazine inserts shows portraits of leading VFL footballs titled Prominent Players. They are black and white photos overprinted with team colour uniforms as was the method of the time. Only one instance is known at this time and that is No. 8 Haydn Bunton.

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Footballers

Clarke-Ellis Confectionary

1932

8

108

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These cards show the same player photos as the Hoadley's Violet Nutty Bar set. The back of the cards imply a set of 216 but only 108 are known to exist.

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Victorian League & Association Footballers

Godfrey & Phillips Tobacco

1932

6

50

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This series shows head and shoulder photos of leading footballers of the era. The set is equally as hard to complete as the set of 75.

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Victorian League Footballers

Hoadleys

1932

8

108

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This unnumbered set is probably the hardest of the Hoadley's football sets to complete. It shows head and shoulder portraits of VFL footballers with a yellow frame showing the players name below the portrait. The set is more commonly known as the 'Nutty Bar' cards and is based on the same original pictures as the Clarke-Ellis set but the format is different

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Prominent WA Footballers

Plaistowe & Co

1932

9

80

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This series shows head and shoulder portraits of WAFL footballers. The series must have been issued in two batches since cards 1 - 40 read "40 Prominent Footballers to the Set" at the base of the back and cards 41 - 80 read "80 Prominent Footballers to the Set". Cards 41 - 80 also show the players name and team on the front of the card.

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League Footballers

Allen's

1933

4

144 + error

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The first 72 cards have identical fronts to those in the Turf Football Personalities series. The last 72 are more rare than the first 72.

 

An error card exists for card number 120. It shows the same front image as card 122 which is S Barker. The back also says S Barker but is numbered 120 instead of 122. The normal card 120 is S Baker.

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VFL Lapel Pins

Australian Licorice Company

c1933

7

12

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This series of round lapel pins was issued by the Australian Licorice Company who were also the issuer of the Giant Brand Licorice card sets. They show club colours for the 12 VFL teams of the era in a circle with a white arm with the club name in black lettering on the arm. The presence of the Nth Melb stripes and the St Kilda shield would suggest these were issued in approx 1932/33.

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Football Series - Bob Miram's Characters

Carreras

1933

4

72

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These cards show caricatures of VFL footballers drawn by Bob Miram.

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Personality Series

Carreras

1933

5

73 footballers

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This set has the same subjects as the first 72 in the 1933 Allen's series. Card numbers 73 - 96 depict caricatures of sports people from many different sports with the pictured Haydn Bunton card being the only Australian Rules footballer

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Footballers

GIANT Licorice Cigarettes

1933

5

108 players
1 advertisement card

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This series contains both VFL and VFA players with the front of the card differentiating between the two by showing a 'League' or 'Association' banner. An advertisement card was also issued explaining which cards could be obtained with each of the Giant Liquorice products.

 

 

 

 

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Footballers

GIANT Licorice Cigarettes

c1933

7

24

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This series contains both VFL and VFA club colour cards showing solid colour panels for each team plus the team name.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Victorian Footballers (Set of 50)

Godfrey & Phillips Tobacco

1933

3

50

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This is one of the most common series of football cigarette cards showing colour head and shoulder shots of leading VFL footballers. The cards with the Grey's advertisement on the back are significantly harder to find than the Godfrey & Phillips and BDV backs.

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Victorian Footballers (Set of 75)

Godfrey & Phillips Tobacco

1933

7

75 + 1 Information card

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The first 50 subjects of this set are the same as those issued in the 1933 Godfrey & Phillips set of 50. This series is much less prevalent today than the set of 50.

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Who's Who in Australian Sport

Godfrey & Phillips Tobacco

1933

4

7 footballers

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This series consisted of leading Australian sports people from many different types of sports. A celebrity picture appeared on both sides of the cards. Only the Australian Rules footballers are listed here.

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Tasmanian Footballers

Hart's

1933

9

66 x 2 sets

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This set of cards came in two different sizes depending on the confection they were packaged with. The larger sized set showed the same player photos with a plain border whereas the smaller size (shown) had no border.

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Victorian Footballers

Hoadleys

1933

4

100

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This set has two sections. Cards numbers 1-50 show the same base photo and format as the Godfrey & Phillips 1933 set of 50, the difference being that the backs advertise Hoadley’s. Section 2 comprises cards 51 - 100 which have a slightly different format on the front of the card and include players from VFA as well as VFL teams.

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SANFL Football Captains

The News Newspaper

1933

7

6 known

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These large sepia portraits were issued as a supplement to The News newspaper in Adelaide.

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WAFL Team Postcards

Unknown

1933

8

7

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This post card series shows team photos of WAFL teams from 1933. The photos are black and white but the team uniforms have been overprinted in colour. The players names are printed in a bottom panel of the card.

 

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Footballers - Larger Size

W.D. & H.O. Wills

1933

4

200

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This series shows identical photos to the above Wills series however the cards were wider. They are much harder to find than the smaller version

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League Footballers

W.D. & H.O. Wills

1933

3

200

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Probably the most prolific football cigarette card series issued. This series shows a mixture of head and shoulder and full length portraits of past and present VFL and VFA players.

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Portraits and Club Colors

W.D. & H.O. Wills

1933 cc

8

5

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Die Cut cards designed to stand up when the base was folded back, showing several VFL footballers. These cards are very difficult to find.

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Capstan Advertising Card

WD and HO Wills

c1933

7

1 known

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This rather large card shows a black and white head and shoulder portrait image of Ron Hillis from Sth Melbourne. The card has a gold name panel at the bottom and the words Capstan embossed in gold diagonally across his shoulders. The photo is the same one that appears on other Wills cigarette cards. It's quite possible that other player photos exist in this set but no others have been seen to date.

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SA Footballers

Weight Cards

1933-37

10

16 known footballers

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These cards were available from weight machines where a celebrity photo appeared on the front of the card and your weight was printed on the back. The celebrity photos comprised sportsmen and actors with two known subjects being footballers.

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League Footballers

Allen's

1934

5

72

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This series shows head and shoulder hand coloured photos of VFL players. It is well known for making all the players appear somewhat angelic.

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Victorian Footballers

Hoadleys

1934

5

50

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This series shows training action shots of VFL players on a yellow and green background.

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1/2d Champions

MacRobertsons

1934

7

17 footballers

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This set contains champions from many different sports. The Aussie Rules footballers only seem to appear in the range of cards from numbers 55 to 72.

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1/2d Footballers

MacRobertsons

1934

9

216

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This series shows head and shoulder photos of many VFL players. The set is very large and fairly rare so determining the complete list is very difficult. The cards were issued in three sets of 72 with the first set being the most common (as shown in availability), the second set being less common and the final 72 being close to impossible to find.

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Portrait Gallery of Prominent Footballers

Tasmanian Mail Newspaper

1934

9

60

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This series shows black and white training portraits on leading Southern Tasmanian footballers. The portraits appeared weekly in the Tasmanian Mail newspaper showing four portraits per issue. They could be cut out and pasted into an album issued to house them.

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SANFL Team Photos

The News Newspaper

1934

7

8

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These photographic inserts show posed team photos of SANFL teams in 1934. They appear to be similar to those issued in the Australasian newspaper in Melbourne.

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WAFL Team Postcards

Unknown

1934

8

7

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This post card series shows team photos of WAFL teams from 1934. Similar to the 1933 series although this time they show colour photos rather than b/w overprinted with colour uniforms. The players names are printed in a bottom panel of the card.

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Football Series

Weekly Times

1934

8

5 VFL teams

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Similar in format to prior years issues from the Weekly times. These posters show colourised team photo's. Only five VFL teams were issued. The photo's are headed "Melbourne League Football - teamname Team". Country teams photos were also issued later in the year, two per page.

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WA Team Photos

Western Mail Newspaper

1934

8

8

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Colour team photos of Western Australian teams of the era. Apparently the Victoria Park team was actually the Perth Football Club, which had a short lived name change at that time.

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League Footballers

Hoadleys

1935

7

100

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This series once again shows full length action shots of the players. Only five teams are included. Safety council warnings appear on the back of the card underneath a brief description of the player.

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The Football Exercise Book

M.P. Co

1935

8

12 players on one book cover

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These cards can occasionally be found as single cards cut out from the cover of a mid 30's school exercise book, but in reality they were all issued as pictures on the front cover of the one exercise book.

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St.Kilda Review - Footballers

St.Kilda Football Club

1935 cc

8

20 known

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This set contains large cards with a sepia and white half length player photo. Twelve cards in the set are numbered with a further eight known to be unnumbered.

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Sports and Flags of Nations

Allen's

1936

4

1 football

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This series depicted many sports and flags from different nations. Australian Rules Football appeared on one of these cards.

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SANFL Team Photos

The News Newspaper

1936

7

8

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These photographic inserts show posed team photos of SANFL teams in 1936. They are a similar style to The Leader photos issued for VFL teams.

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St.Kilda Christmas Raffle

St.Kilda Football Club

1937

10

10 known

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These cards appear to be issued as tickets to the 1937 St.Kilda Christmas raffle. The front shows a sepia photo of a player and the back has a ticket number and a list of the prizes that could be won.

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League Footballers (Medium Size)

Hoadleys

1938

7

72

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This series is of a similar format to the 1934 set of 50 showing training action shots of VFL players, however the cards are larger and no safety council warning appears on the back.

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Ken Farmer Testimonal Card

Jim McDowall Ltd.

1938

7

1

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This single post card sized card was issued to commemorate the occasion of Ken Farmer kicking his 1000th goal in SANFL football. It shows a black and white photo of him kicking the goal.

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WAFL Team Post Cards

Michelides Ltd.

1938

8

8

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An early post card series showing team photos of all teams competing in the WAFL at the time.

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St.Kilda Football Personalities

St.Kilda Football Club

1938

10

66

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This set contains colour head and shoulder photos of St.Kilda footballers. The number printed on the back of the card may suggest that they were issued as raffle tickets or door prize tickets to the 1938 annual ball.

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Team Photos

The Leader

1938

7

24

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Team Photos of VFL and VFA teams issued with compliments of "THE LEADER" newspaper.

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Footballers

Allen's

1939

6

48

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This set is arguably one of the most popular series of cards ever issued, sowing coloured full length action shots of VFL players.

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St.Kilda Footballers Miniature Photographs

St.Kilda Football Club

1939

10

3 known

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These cards appear to be issued as raffle tickets. The front shows a black and white head and shoulders photo of a player and the reverse has a ticket number and a list of the prizes that could be won. They are similar in appearance to the 1937 series but the reverse shows them to be a completely separate issue.

 

 

 

 

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Various Post Cards

Boyles, Chas

1940 -

6

Unknown

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As an official VFL photographer, Boyles turned many team shots and individual player shots into post cards. The actual number and subjects produced are not known. Some photos have captions and others are anonymous.

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Team Colours

Hoyts Picture Theatres

1940 cc

10

2 known

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The top half of these cards show team colour stripes with the words Hoyt’s Pictures showing on the stripe. The bottom half is blank except for the team name. The back of the card describes the discounts available. It appears that both VFL and VFA teams were issued.

 

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