Monday, December 7, 2015

where are the pictures????

Sorry, as of today something went "crash" here on blogger, all my photos disappeared and have been replaced by this:
I have slowly been trying to update the pictures, but some of them are a few years old now and I don't have them at hand - I am hoping they spontaneously come back, but not holding my breath.  If there is something you needed to see just send me an email via the box on this page (to the right)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Tobacciana - cigarettes cigars smoking cards collection and catalogue

Due to numerous requests I have now placed all of my tobacciana cards into a catalogue.  It is done in a doc.x format so you should be able to download and print your own copy.  It is a complete list of all cards I have produced and includes all current and out of print cards.  

Any cards you need that are not currently listed (in my ebay store click here) please use the catalogue reference number and I can do a special order for you - usually takes around 3 weeks to get printed and delivered.  PayPal payment is required at time of ordering and you will be kept informed of progress.

I have been asked if I will print it and sell hard copies - it is not really viable to do this as it costs too much to produce - better if you save the document and print it yourself.  It will be updated as new cards are released.

tobacciana catalogue


 click picture to download catalogue



Friday, September 25, 2015



My new and current listings on Quicksales

Just a quick message, I am back on Quicksales (for those who remember it was quite the hub of activity a while ago for sellers/buyers).  Australian and overeseas buyers can join Quicksales, it is free to join and has the same benefits of ebay (feedback, PayPal etc).





Just in the middle of listing many thousands of cards - some not seen before and not listed anywhere else.  Many thousands to list still!  Get in and grab a bargain while you can!  If you are on Facebook and want to stay updated with sales and listing information please "like" my page:

My Facebook page

My Facebook page is slowly being updated as I get the time.  I don't post a great deal on it, just updates when I am have discounts/sales.  If you would like to be notified when new orders are in or when I am having the next discount sale then click below and "like" the page.


Friday, March 27, 2015

repro POSTCARDS art cards NOW FOR SALE!

After much effort and time I have finally got the reproduction postcards or art cards ready.  They are approximately 13cm x 18cm or 5 x 7 inches in size and have a smooth glossy finish.  They are not really suitable for writing on as postcard, they are more designed for collecting or framing.  There are several I have framed in pairs or sets of 4 and I always get lots of comments.  I will be adding designs as I have time to do them so keep an eye on the dedicated Pinterest board for click-to-buy links below or visit my ebay store to view.

click here for dedicated Pinterest postcards or art cards board

Friday, March 6, 2015

new clutch handbag designs I have been working on! (for sale)

Ok so not exactly swap card related - although some of the designs are from swap cards so I guess there is a tenuous link....

Here is a sneak peek at some of the new handbag designs I have been working on... almost ready for sale, will post links when complete  (9/3/2015 - now active and ready to go click here to view). They are all designed from various original art from Morocco, Italy, Japan, Turkey and other places I adore. I have also done some great retro designs. This is only a few of the many!


Click pictures to enlarge





Watch this space for links to the actual store to purchase.  Note I am not the manufacturer of them, just the designer.  You can shop via their website and if you order more than $30 the shipping is FREE if you use the voucher "SHIP30" during checkout when you pay (via PayPal, credit card etc).  Designs usually take around 10 days to reach you after order is shipped.

Designs are active!  Click the above pictures to go to my store or click here to go there:

I can also produce the designs onto other types of products, so notebooks, mousepads, tote bags, coasters etc etc.  Just send me a message and I will design and add it to their site.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

nice bulk lot of swap cards for sale!

click here to go to my ebay store for this offer


(summary here:)

130 x single swap playing cards (not decks of cards).  All playing card back, no blank backs.  All genuine early c1900's antique wides, art deco era right through to 1960's-70's.  Huge bulk lot and all in excellent or better condition.  Only one or two pairs in good condition - no creases or tears.  Good lot to fill in some gaps in a collection or an ideal pack for a new collector.  Dogs, cats, horses, flowers, ships, named, Wides etc etc.  Great value, many of these pairs sell for $3 or $4 each and the Wides $5 each.



2ND OFFER! - SOLD OUT IN THE FIRST WEEK!

Limited stock available of a bulk lot of my modern wides.  Huge lot here:  SOLD OUT 

100+ (approx 110) x single swap playing cards (not decks of cards).  All playing card back, no blank backs.  All modern wides produced from my original ephemera.  Huge bulk lot and all in mint condition.  Good lot to fill in some gaps in a collection or an ideal pack for a new collector.  Dogs, cats, horses, ladies, kids etc etc.  All have some type of production error, maybe colour was off or it was slightly offset, strip to edge but some have no issues just extras hanging around.  Click here to view this offer in my store:    



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

some lovely & rare antique Jokers & Spade Aces worlwide

This will just be a short and sweet post, the pictures will do the talking :)  Some lovely images of mid-late 1800's to early 1900's Aces and Jokers from various playing card manufacturers.  These hardly see the light of day so I though it would be nice to share them with fellow Joker and Spade Aces collectors. click here to check my pinterest joker/aces album

Monday, December 8, 2014

blank greeting birthday zodiac cards for sale!

I have a range of greeting cards for sale created by me from some of my lovely original Art Nouveau ephemera. They are glossy finish, quality cardstock, blank inside and come with a warm white coloured envelope.   

If you want any other designs in greeting cards made I can get them produced for you, all of the swap card designs I have can be transferred to greeting card so there are more than 1,500 designs to choose from!  They measure 5" x 7" or approx. 18cm x 13cm.

click here for ebay listing of Art Nouveau greeting cards (link will open in a new window)  Pics of each design are below in groups of 4.  





Friday, November 28, 2014

great original swap card collection, Coles swap cards and albums 2,800+ cards! SOLD!

COLLECTION NOW SOLD - CHEERS!

Great opportunity here, a fellow collector is selling her childhood collection.  There are some wonderful cards in this lot, Coles swap trading cards, c1970's blank backs and a great range of vintage artists.  There are Joy girls, Sarah Kay etc etc!  Also comes with all the albums as in the pics, and over 2,800 cards.  Ideal lot for a new collector, a seller or for a veteran to fill a few holes in the collection and have plenty of spares for swapping.

These are not my cards, they are being sold on behalf of another collector who has no selling account on ebay etc.  Click the link to view her advert on Gumtree (contact details are there) or send me a message via the contact on this page and I will put you in touch.

Karen's Gumtree advert

Serious collectors and serious offers only.  Original collections sealed away for so many years in their albums don't come along too often.   Item location is Tasmania, willing to post to any location.  Sorry for the low-res pics but it was the best she could do.  Any good collector knows what's here even though the resolution isn't the best - note the Coles cards mixed in with the regular albums too.


Pics here (click to enlarge):  pics no longer available

Sunday, November 16, 2014

How my swap cards are made


Due to many questions I will discuss how my cards are produced.  

Firstly I must state my images come from the ORIGINAL ephemera that I own, so this gives me much more flexibility when transferring them to cards.  I do not simply google images and lift them off the internet – so there are no cut images, lost edges or “dirty” images.   

Classic examples are when my competitors see my images selling well so want to copy them and make their own.  So they google search and find a similar image.  I have a couple at the moment that I can show you the differences of the quality of the finished product when you actually own the artwork therefore can be more fussy about how the image is placed when the cards are manufactured:


This is the competitors "copy", the edges near dog's nose, text cut, dirty image etc


my image taken from the original magazine, so no cut images, centered and clean



competitors copy - image dirty and edges cut

mine produced from the original, clean and centered image



I only choose the very best examples of ephemera to transfer to cards and my collection is extensive.   I am very fussy with the quality of my images and cards and it makes me a little annoyed when other sellers "steal" ideas and make inferior copies because it lowers the value of cards and people seeing those copies may think I have stolen their ideas.  Not a good situation but unfortunately when money is to be made others like to take short cuts. 

It is easier and cheaper for them to google the images and lift them from the net than it is to pay to acquire good quality original ephemera.  The proof, as they say is in the pudding.


CARD SIZES AND FORMATS:

I also have chosen to do produce my cards in the wider “poker” format so they will fit perfectly into the Ultrapro pages as standard sized playing cards always fall out of the pockets.  I don't refer to my cards as "wides" in my listings because it can be misleading to buyers.  A Wide usually refers to the antique playing cards so I don't want any confusion and want it crystal clear exactly what era these cards are from.  Misleading buyers by claiming they are Wides is not my intention.