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Swap Yer : The Wonderful World Of Football Cards And Sticker Albums

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When not playing Subbuteo or rearranging the Shoot League Ladders on a Saturday tea-time to take in that afternoon's results, the rest of the week for your average 1960s or 70s schoolboy was largely given over to amassing the football card collection, and, later, its successor the sticker annual. The cards were eagerly purchased at the newsagent's, complete with luminous stick of pink gum; they were 'skimmed' against a brick wall in some complicated game in the playground, swapped with school mates, fought over, more were purchased...yet somehow you still ended up with only the Birmingham City first team. They were the Pokemon cards of the Wilson governments; and today they are as collectable as their modern-day Japanese equivalent. In this (first ever) history of the football card and sticker annual Rob Jovanovic traces the history of the playing card right back to the golden age of the cigarette card (in turn a development from nineteenth-century French business cards), charting its development through the decades upto the modern-day sticker album. In doing so, the book provides a nostalgic, photographic history of the game.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 122 x 162 x 16mm | 281.23g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 130
  • 0752873121
  • 9780752873121
  • 1,734,594

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'Satisfy your inner anorak' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'A tremendously nostalgic history of football cards and albums' THE TIMES 'A fascinating history by an expert on the subject. Buy it, love it, then give it to dad for Christmas.' SUNDAY SPORT 'The entire history of this collecting craze is wonderfully captured in a smashing little book SWAP YER!' ROTHERHAM STAR 'A fantastic addition to any card collector's library - an ideal Christmas stocking filler!' CARD TIMES 'This colourful book provokes bundles of wonderful memories... splendid' WINGER 'Superb little gem' RACING AND FOOTBALL OUTLOOKshow more

About Rob Jovanovic

Rob Jovanovic is the author of Beck: On a Backwards River, Adventures in Hi-Fi: The complete R.E.M. and books on Pavement, Big Star, Nirvana and the Velvet Underground. He's written for Mojo, Uncut and Record Collector magazines. He's had shelving put in to house his football card collection.show more

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