It's a lot of fun to collect all of the cards and albums but there are many other
fun Red Rose things to collect as well. You have:
- Cards came
in the boxes of tea. Also coffee and in baking powder and other Blue Ribbon
because you need someplace to put the cards, right?
- Cello Wrapped Cards were issued in the
coffee so that the coffee would not damage the cards.
- Collectable Forms
are a fun sideline to collect. These include Completion Cards, Order Forms and
Free Album Coupons as well as other offers. What are those? Dig deeper and you will find out.
- Brooke Bond
Naturalist Club Certificates were mail in offers
for certification listed in the albums.
- Printer Proof Cards were never available
through Red Rose but these printer made variations are fun to collect.
- School Wall Charts could be mailed in
for, at least if you were a school.
- Grocery Store Posters were put in the
windows of the grocery stores to remind people to buy Red Rose.
Posters were offered in some stores and through the mail via
coupons. I am only aware of this happening for series 15 (Animals and Their
Young) and series 16 (The Arctic).
- Signs and Push Bars were also put up
to remind people to buy Red Rose.
- Ads in periodicals are fun to collect.
Brooke Bond advertised the tea cards in many Canadian and American
National Wildlife Federation has many images that are found on
the tea cards. You see the images on stamps, paper weights and game cards. All of the
Red Rose artwork was commissioned from the
National Wildlife Federation and the images turn up in surprising places.
Brooke Bond was responsible for the Red Rose Tea Cards. Brooke Bond has issued
over 50 different card / album sets in England with only two sets similar to their Canadian / American cousins. Those would be Transport Through the Ages and African Animals.
What happens when they copy the series over? Check it out
here. If you would like to see all of the series issued by Red Rose,
here. Irish and South African Brooke Bond cards have also been issued. Very little exists as a price guide.
This is a Canadian Series 5 dinosaur card. The dinos are the most popular of
the different series.