One of the best thrills for my generation was going up and down the food store isles and finding products that has the words" FREE inside" on the package. For sports card collectors, this was probably the most common post-war theme after the extinction of the cigarette card.
So while I was collecting Kellogg's and Hostess baseball cards, fellow enthusiasts across the Atlantic were collecting biscut and tea cards. I recently acquired two of these food issues.
TY-PHOO, the Chinese word for doctor, was a brandof tea that produced many trading cards on various subjects. For a 10 year period (1963-1973) they issued soccer cards on the side of their boxes. Like many of the sets from this era, the size of the cards were depedent on the discretion of the person cutting the package.
1969 TyPhoo Tea - International Football Stars - Bobby Charlton
The sets, which almost always consisted of 24 cards, featured the best players from England and the 2 Glasgow clubs of Scotland. Manchester United, European Champions in 1968, led the set with 4 players. Their Captain for club and country was BOBBY CHARLTON who appears as # 57 on the Football League 100 top players.
1 Mike Bailey - Wolverhampton
2 Colin Bell - Manchester City
3 George Best - Manchester United
4 Billy Bremner - Leeds United
5 Bobby Charlton - Manchester United
6 Martin Chivers - Tottenham
7 Charlie Cook - Chelsea
8 Ron Davies - Southampton
9 Mike England - Tottenham
10 Tommy Gemmell - Celtic
11 John Giles - Leeds United
12 John Greig - Rangers
13 Pat Jennings - Tottenham
14 Brian Labone - Everton
15 Rodney Marsh - Queens Park Rangers
16 Bobby Moore - West Ham United
17 Terry Neill - Arsenal
18 Keith Newton - Blackburn Rovers
19 Peter Rodrigues - Leicester City
20 Ian St. John - Liverpool
21 Nobby Stiles - Manchester United
22 Mike Summerbee - Manchester City
23 Ian Ure - Manchester United
24 Graham Williams - West Bromwich Albion
Kellogg's made the jump across the pond when they issued a set of 12 International Football Stars which also included Bobby Charlton (see below).
1961 Kellogg's - International Stars - Bobby Charlton