Frequently Asked Questions... FAQ
I know that you know what a FAQ is. This is where I answer commonly
asked questions about Red Rose. Email
me if you have a question. If I like it, your question may wind up on this
I've been very remiss with this page. I almost never update it and
you keep asking the questions.... Sorry about that!
Question: Debbie Barrett
"What is the rarest tea card in the set of wildlife in danger ."
I'm afraid there is no rarest card that I can speak of. I am not aware of any variations and the
wildlife set is quite common. This means the cards go pretty cheap.
I think part of the lack of appeal comes in the fact that what is endangered and what is not has changed in 40 years so the information on the cards is dated.
The pics are great and it's neat to see what was endangered way back when but they are not a really popular set.
Sorry I couldn't help better with your question.
Thanks for the
Question: Jen McNeil from
"I have two tea cards from the birds of North America series they are
the black ones. The two I have are no 14 and 17. I have no idea where to
go to sell them. But I googled and found your website. Please get back to
Answer: My advise to Jen is what I
tell many people who have only a few common cards for sale. You can do
eBay if you want but a couple of cards are worth a buck or less and the
shipping you have to charge is going to be $2 or $3 making the sale less
than desirable to the average collector. A seller needs at least 20 or 30
common cards to make the sale worth the shipping. Thanks for the
email. That is a good faq!
Question: David Curtis of England asks,
"I have picked up a couple of Tropical Bird empty albums. In one it has
the order form, the other hasn't, (it hasn't been pulled out either
because the staples are to tight), also the pages are slightly different
shades. My point is, do you think the album with no order form is an early
print run, and the one with the form, was printed towards the end of the
card print run or vise versa?"
Answer: I I have never considered
them running the series 6 without the order form. I agree there are plenty
around both ways but I can add or remove the order form in an album so
that you cannot tell I have tampered with it. It is a lot easier to take
it out than to put it back though. ;-) My opinion is that someone removed
the order form. It is however, hard to prove either way. Thanks for the
email. That was interesting,
Question: Dwayne Nagy of Saskatchewan asks,
"I have a question about series # 1 songbird of N.A. album variations .
I have two songbird albums with the Redrose only text on the back cover ,
however one album has the glossy finish and one album is the dull finish.
Which one of these are more rare? Could you tell me any info you have
about this ?"
Answer: I have noticed the glossy
finish before but have never thought too much of collecting variations of
it. With the finish as the only difference, it becomes a matter of degree.
You can have a shiny and a dull and 5 others in varying degrees in the
middle. It all becomes a bit murky. The same thing happens with the
series 3 wildflower blue backs. There is the ultra
rare variation (but the print is slightly different) and then you are left
with different shades of blue. I have people that contact me wishing to
collect the lighter (or darker) shades but I don't catalog them that way,
again, because of all the guesswork in the middle. Sorry it wasn't better
news, but the good news is that shiny or not, you have two of the
Question: What is a Red Rose Tea Card
Answer: I am afraid that is a
tough one. There are several factors in general and specifically that
effect the value of tea cards. Value factors include:
- Series (which one does the card belong
- Is the card part of a rare set or
- Blue Back or Black Back?
Did I mention condition? Everyone has
their own opinion about value. No one opinion is right or wrong, it is about what
people are willing to pay. For cards in common series (i.e.- 11 Trees or
13 NA Wildlife in Danger), a
card in great shape is worth at most .05¢ in my opinion. For a US blue
backed dinosaur card in great shape, I have paid up to $2. Most
collectors are willing to pay a little more to get those last few cards to
finish out a set. If a card has creases
or stains or is deep yellow then the value drops to as low as 10% of a
Reynolds asks "...
some of the images used (by Red Rose) are much older than the publication
date of the set, any ideas?"
Answer: Good and very common
question Andrew. Let's give a specific example. Why is it that the first
series (Songbirds of North America) came out in 1959 and yet #11 has
a 1949 NWF copyright date on it?
Many people assume that the card was
issued in 1949. Sorry, that was the year that they copyrighted this
particular National Wildlife Federation (NWF) image at NWF. Red Rose got
most if not all of it's tea card images at NWF. Some were specially
commissioned and others were based on the vast library of beautiful imagery
previously done by NWF artists. When Red Rose published the cards, they
chose not to date the issue of the cards but they had to list the copyright on
Skurda asks "I
clearly remember collecting series 10, 11 and 12 here in the states. You
list series 10 as identical to the Canadian set and say that 11 and 12
were not issued, if that is true then what do I have?"
Answer: I used to think that just
series 10, Transportation through the Ages was produced in the US but
thanks to Bob's question, I dug a little deeper and found that, yes, they
did produce the cards in the US. The point is proven with the free album
coupons from those series. If you are interested check it out.
Red Rose Issues of Series 10,
11 and 12 in the US
also asks "Do
you know why some cards fade and yellow? I have some that look as good as
the day I got them and others that have yellowed, I have stored them the
same over the years, any ideas?"
Answer: I wish I could answer that
one but my only guess is that some chemical process was different for some
cards as storage does not seem to matter, some cards just yellow up. A
prime example are the series 3 Canadian cards. The yellow on them is not
normal aging but some chemical thing by my best guess. It makes sense to
keep them from light and moisture. If anyone feels differently, let me
Skurda again asks "I
know that the cards were printed in Canada but do have any idea as to how
many of each set? More of some than others? I have never been able to get
numbers from Red Rose or Brooke Bond but it would be kind of nice to know.
Did they use more than one printer and thus the variety of sets?"
Answer: Another great question,
Bob. As far as I know, the cards were all printed at one printer. I don't
think Red Rose or the printer have an idea of how many were printed of
each series. When they ran low, I think they just had another batch
printed up. If anyone else has numbers, I would like to see them
Question: Many of you
have asked "Why don't you list
issues I know exist on your "types" lists?
For example, I know that there are "C" types go all the way to
series 1 and you start at series 7."
Answer: A good question. The
types I am listing are for Free Album Coupons. Several of the types did
double duty as a check list and a source for a free album. Using the
"C' type check list, I am aware of Red Rose issuing that type of card
from series 1 to 15 and although I haven't seen one yet, I am sure they
were issued for series 16 and 17 as well. Only series 7 to 14 offer free
albums. The others offer albums but at a cost of .25¢. Since the list is
only about free album coupons, then the other series are not listed. There
is another list of check list cards I have finished and that has all
of the "C" types there as well as some new types. Check List Cards
Calleyne of So Limerick, Ireland writes "I
think I solved the question of the "V" on your proof cards from
Answer: I agree with Terry. What
did he have to say? Click the link and get the whole story. Printer's Proof
Start asking those questions! You may wind up on this page....
Either one will get to me.