Sunday, June 26, 2011

Vintage Card of the Month: Wood & Beecham

In honor of the 2011 Women’s World Cup, which began today, I am going back to 1927 with this month’s vintage card(s). I do not have any cards from women’s soccer so I am posting 2 cards from the 1927 Football Caricatures by MAC set. This set is a tobacco era card set and cards were included in packs of John Player & Sons cigarettes. The players were from various English leagues but there were also players from Scotland, Wales and Ireland included in the set. The cards are in decent condition with the backs showing a bit more wear then the fronts. Arthur Wood's card is yellowed on the back and Beecham's card has some stains.

 Arthur Wood was a goalkeeper for the Clapton Orient, the team is now known as Leyton Orient F.C., and was very effective during the 1920s making 373 appearances for the team. He retired following the 1931 but made the occasional appearance for 2 club teams on the Isle of Wight. 

 Ernie Beecham was also a goalkeeper, he played for Fulham from 1925 through 1932, and to say he was just mediocre would do him justice. He played 187 total games over those 7 years and was an average player. Most of the cards in the set can be found for a dollar or two with the entire 50-card set selling around $60-65.

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