What's a Cello?Red Rose was concerned that the coffee would damage the tea cards that it enclosed in the packages of coffee. To protect the cards, Red Rose wrapped the cards in cellophane. Typically there were two cards and sometimes extras got thrown in like a Free Album Coupon or maybe a Completion Card. Although two cards were typical, up to six might be enclosed in the package. Check out the Cello Multiples page for more details.
What kinds of cellos are there to collect?
My good friend, Mark Knowler, at www.TeaCards.Com has been working very hard with Terry Calleyne, on a survey to help list all of the variations of Canadian cellos. I suggest you go there right now and see if you can help with the survey. Click here to go.
What Series ran Which Cellos?
Mark and Terry have a good working basis for a list so I'll borrow their hard work (OK, shamelessly rip it off!) and modify it a little for my own list. Theirs shows what they believe exists while I'm going for what I know exists. That means I have either seen it with my own eyes or have seen a scan of it. Having said this, if you own something that is not on the list, please email me with a scan and I'll give you credit and post it on this page. I have also added the US varieties that I am aware of, although they appear to be few and far between.
Phil Millen emailed emailed me with some scans of cards I did not have listed. We got those new combinations up on the site pretty quickly. They are reflected in the list below.
So do I think there are more variations than what Phil & I have seen? You bet I do! The only variations I question the existence of are the series 16 and 17 cellos with completion cards in with them. Neither Phil nor I have never seen any series 17 in cello... as far as that goes I have never seen any completion cards for series 16 and 17, cello or not. Have you?
Since we have a new section on the existence of cello packs with more than 2 cards in them, it makes sense that we reflect the multiples in the chart below. It could get tedious if we list 3 cards, 4 cards, 5, and 6 separately, so lets just say "multiple cards" and maybe put the numbers we've spotted in parenthesis. So if two cellos of just cards has been seen with 3 and 4 cards respectively, we would type "Multiple (3,4) Cards" rather than having two rows to represent the two types. Confused? Me too.
OK, as an update, Willie Groombridge has an error cello that should contain the Arctic cards but it just has the completion card. Why couldn't it have cards, darn it! Thanks to Willie for pitching in again and adding quite a few new to our listing.
1 - on the Series 15 with both completion and free album coupon, I cannot tell if the cards are Tea/Coffee or Products
2 - thanks to Phil Millen for the scan.
3 - seen on electronic auction site.
4 - "Yours for only $2.00" on one side, flatware offer on the other - Thanks for the clarity Willie G.!
5 - Although the backsides are hidden, the bars are 49 mm.
6 - thanks to Willie Groombridge for the scans.
7 - thanks to John Lawrence for the scan.
8 - thanks to Jeanette Ens for the scan.
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