Part II of my 1920 Godfrey Philips BDV silk cards posting is a card that I can actually trace to a specific team, the Middlesbrough Football Club. The Boro (or Smoggies) were founded in 1876 and at the time of this card were just an average team before being relegated to Division Two following 1924 season.
Interestingly even those these cards are 90 years old they can often be found up for auction for a couple of bucks though I only found them being offered by English sellers. I think the problem being that since the cards are not of any single player only team collectors are buying the cards so bidding does not usually become a problem.
While looking up the history of these cards I came across other cards from the set and I found that some of the footballers were all in the same exact pose. I guess it would be easier to use a couple of poses only and just change out the ink used in the coloring of the player’s kit. I am including an image from the Huddersfield Town FC card for comparison.
This card is in much worse shape than the rugby player. The thread is pulling on all sides of the card, the upper right hand corner is unwound completely and there is significant staining through the entire card, it actually looks like someone used it as a coaster and I say that only half joking. Also I am not sure if the card was cut at an angle or if time caused the warping but the card is not rectangle but actually more of a parallelogram in shape.