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Variations Within a Series


Within a series there can be variations. As an example, in series 1, there are three different layouts for the back of the card. At the bottom of the card one variation reads "Mount your collection..." while another reads "Albums available at your grocers..." while the final variation reads "Save your cards in a colorful album..." Of course Bill has to collect each variation. Don't forget the albums. It's not just the cards that get alternate printings. 

Some of the cards come as "Red Tops." This means on the back the top line is in red instead of the usual black top line. Series 7 only comes in "Red Top." 

We know that blue backed (or cards with blue ink on the description side) are US and that (for the most part) black backed cards are Canadian.

Here is a comprehensive list of variations that I am aware of. Don't forget that there are errors, too. Check them out on the errors page.

 

Red Rose Tea Card Series Variations

Series Series Name Variations
1 Songbirds of North America On the text side at the bottom it says 1 of 3 different things Albums Available...
Mount Your Collection...
Save Your Cards...
2 Animals of North America - Canadian On the text side there are 3 variations In the text, Rolland Dumais is spelled with 2 L's.
In the text, Roland Dumais is spelled with1 L and the distance between the black bars is 49 mm.
In the text, Roland Dumais is spelled with1 L and the distance between the black bars is 47 mm.
Animals of North America - US On the text side there are 2 back color variations Blue Back.
Black Back. (Harder to find)
3 Wild Flowers of North America - Canadian No Variations - Black Backed.
Wild Flowers of North America - US On the back side there are two shade variations. Some feel there are three. Blue Back. 
Light Blue Back, almost a sky blue or teal. (Harder to find)
4 Birds of North America Black backed for Canada and Blue backed for US.
5 Dinosaurs Black backed for Canada and Blue backed for US.
Dinosaurs - 1991 Lipton reissue (almost) Black backed Canadian. Never issued but collectors have gotten a few sets somehow.   and Blue backed for US. Click here to see one.
6 Tropical Birds - Canadian On the top of the text side, there is a variation. Another variation is that some of the cards are much thicker (and firmer) than others. Black Top - Thick Card - This variation is significantly thicker than the standard card.  
Black Top - Standard Thickness - Number of card and series in black ink. 
Red Top - Standard Thickness - Number of card and series in red ink. (Harder to find) 
Tropical Birds - US Blue Backed
7 African Animals Only Canadian Black Backed Red Topped. 
8 Butterflies of North America Black backed for Canada and Blue backed for US.
9 Canadian / American Songbirds Black backed for Canada and Blue backed for US.
10 Transportation Through the Ages On the top of the text side, there is a variation. Black Top - Number of card and series in black ink. 
Red Top - Number of card and series in red ink. (Harder to find) 
11 Trees of North America Only Black Backed. 
12 The Space Age Only Black Backed. 
13 North American Wildlife In Danger Only Black Backed. 
14 Exploring the Oceans Only Black Backed. 
15 Animals and Their Young At the bottom of the text "Products"
"Tea / Coffee" (harder to find)
16 The Arctic Only Black Backed. 
17 Indians of Canada Only Black Backed. 

 

 

Lipton's Red Rose Tea Series Variations

Series Series Name Variations
1 Animals and Their Young Only Black Backed. No Series Number at Top.  Round Corners
Square Corners
2 Dinosaurs Only Black Backed. 
 

 

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