Cigarette cards have been much-loved by collectors ever since they were first invented by the US company Allen and Ginter back in 1871.

Although the original purpose of cigarette cards was to protect the cigarettes from damage, tobacco companies around the world soon realised the cigarette cards’ value as collectables and started producing picture cards for smokers to collect to encourage brand loyalty.

Having first appeared in the UK in 1887 when issued by W.D. & H.O. Wills, the popularity of cigarette cards really took off a few years later when Ogdens - a Liverpool company - introduced the first series of photographic cards in 1894.

As Britain’s best known provider of cigarette card auctions, Warwick & Warwick has specialised in buying and selling rare cigarette cards for the best part of five decades.

At Warwick & Warwick, we appreciate how much time and effort goes into compiling cigarette card collections and realise the sentimental value they can often carry.

That’s why our specialists are pleased to provide free advice on all matters relating to private treaty sales, probate or insurance purposes, or buying and selling in a cigarette cards auction.


With six cigarette and trade card auctions held throughout the year the prices which are realised at our auctions always reflect the high quality we provide.

Each sale contains a large section of cigarette card collections and accumulations, often offered intact. This is followed by a listing of sets offered by manufacturer, with many for sale as single sets or individual cards of value.

Foreign cards are also offered and we are renowned for selling top quality non-tobacco related items in our trade card auctions.

If you have rare cigarette cards for sale or you’re thinking of selling your collection, our expert valuers will happily give you a free and accurate indication of their worth.

To find out what your old cigarette cards are worth, please call 01926 499031 today.

How to get free cigarette cards valuations

If you have cigarette cards for sale or you’re planning to sell part or all of your collection, our experts will be happy provide a free valuation.

Discover what your old cigarette cards are worth now – it may only be a little, but the value of a holding can often surprise even the most experienced collectors.

Get in touch today, email a picture to or call us on 01926 499031 for an informal discussion.

For more details, please visit our Cigarette Card Valuations page.

The dates of our cigarette card auctions

Our auctions selling rare cigarette cards and trade cards are held regularly throughout the year.

The dates of our upcoming auctions are:

  • January 22nd 2020
  • March 18th 2020
  • May 20th 2020
  • July 15th 2020
  • September 16th 2020
  • November 18th 2020

Our rare cigarette card auctions start at 12 noon.

If you want to buy rare or antique cigarette cards at auction, the online catalogue will be available approximately 3 weeks before the sale.

Click on our auction catalogue to place bids on cigarette card collections and other items in the sale now!

Bids are also accepted by email, post and over the phone.


Viewing times for our cigarette card auctions

Members of the public and cigarette card dealers who prefer to make a first-hand inspection before buying can view all our valuable cigarette cards at Chalon House in Warwick.

The viewing times are:

  • 9am – 4.30pm on the Friday, Monday and Tuesday prior to the sale.
  • 8.30am onwards on the day of the auction.

Please note that there will be no viewing facility outside these periods and viewing is not available at the Court House.

If you want to buy cigarette cards, you don’t actually need to attend our auctions in person because commission bids can be placed in advance of the sale.

You can use our online facility to place bids or do so by telephone, post, fax or email. For further details, please visit our Online Catalogue.

Please click here if you would like to receive a free printed catalogue or apply for a catalogue subscription.

It is worth noting that the printed catalogue contains far fewer illustrations of lots than the online version. So, unless you plan to attend the cigarette and trade cards auction, you’ll be better off viewing the online catalogue.

Requests for further images can be sent to


Our cigarette cards auction venue 

All Warwick & Warwick cigarette cards auctions are held in the Ballroom of the Court House, Jury Street, Warwick, CV34 4EW.

The venue is located on the south side of Jury Street, at the intersection of Castle Street. The Court House can be located on most maps marked with an ‘I’ because it is also the Tourist Information Centre.

The nearest public car parks are:

  • New Street CV34 4RX
  • Linen Street CV34 4DT
  • St Nicholas Park CV34 4QY
  • West Rock CV34 4XQ

There is also plenty of on-street pay and display and on-street parking available.

For further car parks and charging details, click here.

If travelling by train, Warwick Town is the nearest railway station.

The nearest major international airport is Birmingham.

For detailed directions, please visit our How to Find Us page.

When do I get my rare cigarette cards?

Because account settlement and lot allocation takes place progressively at our premises, it means you can pay and collect your lots as the cigarette cards auction continues.

So rather than waiting until the end of the sale, you can simply pay and be on your way as soon as the section of the auction which interests you has finished.


Buy and sell valuable cigarette cards now!

At Warwick & Warwick we like to make buying and selling valuable cigarette cards as easy as possible.

Ben Griffin, our resident cigarette and trade cards expert and valuer, is very well established at Warwick & Warwick and holds a wealth of knowledge in this field.

Contact Ben today to buy and sell cigarette cards in complete confidence.

With a wonderful selection of cigarette cards for sale that are suitable for novice and experienced collectors, it’s no wonder we’re the UK’s leading auctioneers.

To take advantage of our expertise, please send an email to Ben - or call 01926 499031 now.

To view auction reports of previous sales please click here.