Bassett’s

Bassett’s

Bassett’s, founded by George Bassett in 1842, is the maker of Liquorice Allsorts, Jelly Babies and Sherbet Fountains. The company was acquired by Cadbury Schweppes in 1989 (information from http://www.cadburyschweppes.com). Having taken over Barratt & Co. in 1969 B assett’s appears to have allowed them to continue producing sweets and cards in the original name, until Bassett’s finally produced their own cards in 1974 (through their ‘Barratt Division’). Bassett’s continue to produce football cards today, under the name Trebor Bassett (from the UK company Cadbury Trebor Bassett). Barratt and Bassett’s are amongst the more prolific and reliable football card makers, having produced annual sets of cards almost continuously since the early 1950s.

1974/75

Football Stars

A selection of 50 player photo cards, issued by the Barratt Division of Geo. Bassett & Co. Ltd. This is the first series where the Geo. Bassett name has had more prominence than the Barratt name, though the cards are still attributed to the ‘Barratt Division’. The cards, printed in England, have no date or year to indicate that they were the 1974/75 series.

Number in set: 50
Gallery: Set gallery
Checklists: Set checklistTeam checklist

World Cup Stars

Produced by Geo. Bassett & Co. Ltd. under the heading Barratt. A commemoration of Scotland’s involvement in the 1974 Munich World Cup. An attractive set of cards with a variety of players and teams (mainly Scotland) destined for the Cup.

Number in set: 50
Gallery: Set gallery
Checklists: Set checklistTeam checklist

1975/76

Football Stars

A set of 50 cards depicting players from England and Scotland, issued in packets of Football Sweet Cigarettes. Similar to the 1974/75 series, except with blue writing on the reverse, and the date ‘1975-6’.

Number in set: 50
Gallery: N/A
Checklists: Set checklistTeam checklist

1976/77

Football Action

A change from Football Stars to Football Action, and from a blue back to a red/pink one. The back of the packet shown says that there was a ‘Super Wall Chart’ for the ‘new series of Barratt all action Football Stars. The offer of the wall chart ended on May 31, 1977.

Number in set: 50
Gallery: Set gallery
Checklists: Set

1977/78

 
Football Action

A set of 50 cards depicting action from English and Scottish games, plus international matches. As with the previous year’s issue, there was a Wall Chart to display your set of sweet cigarette cards.

Number in set: 50
Gallery: Set gallery
Checklists: Set

1978/79

Football

A set of 50 cards depicting English and Scottish players. There is an album, ‘Barratt – Football – Sweet Cigarettes Picture Card Album’ (pictured) with 50 spaces to stick the cards into.

Jack has pointed out that there are versions of this set either with or without a thin black frame around the picture.

Number in set: 50
Gallery: Set gallery
Checklist sorted by card number: Set checklist
Checklist sorted by team: Set checklist

1979/80

Football

Bassett’s kept this tradition of producing 50 sweet cigarette type football cards going right up until 1999, though this 1979/80 set is the last one covered by the range of this website.

There is an album, ‘Barratt – Football – Sweet Cigarettes Picture Card Album’ (pictured) with 50 spaces to stick the cards into.

Number in set: 50
Gallery: Set gallery
Checklist sorted by card number: Set checklist
Checklist sorted by team: Set checklist