Toys, Postcards and Cigarette Cards

17th November 2022

Although not the first collectable trade cards, J. Baines popularised the pastime here in the UK, paving the way for Match Attacks and other such trading cards that are still popular to this day. Warwick and Warwick were pleased to host a spectacular sale of these trailblazing cards in the final Toys, Cigarette cards and Postcards sale of 2022. 

The sale was off to a ferocious start with the collection of the late Mr Richard ‘Dick’ Littlewood selling like proverbial hot cakes! Dick was an avid, life-long collector who specialised in Baines cards – often writing for the Cartophilic society and his collection was offered for sale by his son Roger. Dick’s cards sold spectacularly well with no Baines cards left behind and most lots far surpassing their estimates. The highlight being lot 41 with a hammer price of £2,220 over 10 times the original auction estimate of £120. 

Lot 41

As per usual, the postcards sold incredibly well with multiple lots reaching above their estimates. A notable lot being 270, a Hampshire themed collection with approximately 300 cards with a lovely range of village views, coach and horses, buildings around the area etc, estimated at £700. This collection caught the eye of a keen buyer as it sold for £2,280, a whopping £1,580 above estimate!

Lot 270

Following a brilliant first half of the sale we carried on receiving some great bids going into the toys. Surprisingly lot 387, a Barbie, Stacey, and Ken doll collection sold for an amazing £3,840, way above its original estimate of £250! Lot 423 raced away for £900, £540 above its estimate of £360 and lot 479 reached £288, with an original estimate of £180.

Lot 479

The later part of the sale hosted the ever-popular model railways section. With lot 528 an O gauge Coronation locomotive steaming away for £780, £230 above its estimate of £550. Some exciting bidding battles were indeed seen this sale!

Lot 528

Our next die cast, model soldiers and toys auction will be held on Wednesday 18th January 2023. The full catalogue for this sale will be on our website in the next few weeks or keep an eye on our Twitter, Instagram, Tik Tok and Facebook pages which will include updates of our latest auction news.

If you've been asking yourself how much are my cigarette cards, post cards, soldiers, toys, diecast or trains worth, why not contact one of our friendly collectable’s experts for help with a free valuation!


Jessica Lowe

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