D. C. Thomson, publishers since 1905 and still going strong. While best known as publishers of the Dandy and Beano, the company gave away football cards, posters and other memorabilia in the 1960s with the Hornet, Hotspur, Victor and Wizard comics.
D.C. Thomson have produced excellent football cards dating back to the early 1920s when they produced cards on team jerseys, which had to be cut out.
In the period from 1953 through to 1970 the Rover Comic, and later the Rover and Wizard, published pictures of ‘Football Stars’ on their front covers.
In the period from 1965 to 1976 D.C. Thomson issued a number of different stand-up footballers in the Hotspur and Victor comics. The footballers came in sheets, complete with their name on a separate base. The first stand-ups were issued with issues of the Victor comic in January 1965. Sheet 1 had eight players, Sheet 2 had eight players, while Sheet 3 had only four.
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