MOTOR RACING LEGENDS

Motor Racing Legends on every card. FANGIO and MOSS, BUGATTI and MASERATI, the names recall the panache – and sometimes fatal daring – of old. This collectors' pack celebrates, in iconic photos and posters, a golden age when the driver was king, and when cars had classic lines uncluttered by logos.

  Before the 1930s racing cars were essentially expensive road cars, with performance boosters. The 6? Litre Bentley Speed Six won Le Mans in 1929 and 1930 with 'Bentley Boys' drivers Woolf Barnato, Tim Birkin and Glen Kidston.   The 'Bentley Boys' were dashing rich sportsmen, darlings of the press, particularly after Woolf Barnato, who bought Bentley in 1925, bet £200 that he could be at his London club before the famous Train Bleu reached Calais, both train and Barnato's Bentley starting from Marseilles. Barnato won by four minutes. Bentley's great rival was the thoroughbred, beautiful Bugatti.  According to Ettore Bugatti, 'weight is the enemy' – he called Bentleys 'the world's fastest lorries' for their emphasis on rugged durability.

Motor Racing Legends celebrates the golden age of racing and the glamour of racing events such as the Monaco GP including several colourful posters from the era and incredible stills. It truly is a must for the racing fan, filled with nostalgia and history.






ROYAL WEDDING

Celebrating the engagement and forthcoming marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton – an event to cheer even the gloomiest misanthrope. In photographs featuring their life and love, we see two young people whose modesty, charm and sense of duty will be a source of pride to their families, and to their country.

  Royal souvenirs, mostly tacky, have been produced since the first royal wedding. Paintings were painted, engravings engraved, mugs made, coins minted (the latest from the Royal Mint, by the way, is truly terrible). There's even been a royal wedding rocking horse.

But the wedding of Queen Victoria and her cousin Prince Albert in 1840 saw the first real explosion of tat. Junk - collectable now of course – from biscuit tins to bedpans.
  Prince William's engagement to Kate Middleton prompted the usual publishing frenzy. The most absurd is probably William's Princess: The Love Story that will Change the Royal Family Forever - by Robert Jobson, ex-CNN, now at the London Evening Standard. The blurb boasts that he has 'unprecedented access to the very heart of the Royal Family', hyperbole that is difficult to prove either way. If the title alone isn't enough to make you heave the contents will.   Bird Playing Cards cannot be accused of not cashing in...
so we have produced a ROYAL WEDDING pack featuring 54 photos of the couple taken by official photographers. But in stark contrast to the shelves of vulgar crap that taint the happy event, this pack is 'beautifully designed and presented'. Don't take my word for it, buy the pack and see, one day it may come up for auction at Christie's and sell for £1000. So if you're around in 2061 you could make a killing!