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Baines Card

Baines Card

Photo: World Rugby Museum

This collector's card, or Baines card, is typical of many that we have in the museum.
It shows a wallaby with mountains in the background and a rugby ball with 'Play Up' written on it floating in the air Produced by John Baines of Manningham, Baines cards were sold in packs of six and collected by children.
The subject matter was usually rugby, football or cricket.

Baines even offered prizes to people who collected the largest number of cards. In the 1920s 13.5million Baines cards were sold across the North of England and Scotland.


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