Wednesday, January 13, 2010

'CREATURES OF LEGEND' - PG Tips cards & Album

I used to really like it when my Mum many years ago now used to buy PG Tips[Brooke Bond] tea bags and the simple reason was because of the cards they had in which you could collect and also send for an album to stick them in. The bigger the box of tea bags or tea the more cards would be inside [usually 1 to 3 cards]. There have been a large variety of card sets that could be collected; but for the benifit of this blog here we have a set called 'Creatures of Legend'. The set was introduced in about 1993/94 and there were 24 cards to collect. All were illustrated by Mark Longworth. These wonderful cards covered all manner of classic creatures of legend, mainly from Greek legends but as you see from the 3 cards above the set included 3 of the classic movie monsters Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, and King Kong, all beautifully illustrated. On the backs of each card you could read about the creatures/monsters. Missing from the cards above are the following:

#1 Pegasus
#2 Centaurs
#4 Scylla
#11 Cyclops
#12 Ogres
#13 Trolls
#14 Fairies
#21 The Yeti
#24 The Loch Ness Monster

Also you can see a picture of the album cover also beautifully illustrated.

I wonder why PG Tips stopped including cards in their boxes of tea bags/tea? Its such a shame, the same can be said for cereals too. There just is no fun in buying food products no more, especially for the kids.


Anonymous said...

My god! In had completely forgotten about these. I was a young child when these came out and I remember my mum helping me to collected them. The sensory combination of painted mythical beasts and the smell of tea bags was an odd one indeed!

Paul said...

Such a shame that PG Tips still don't have cards in their packets/boxes anymore. I think the combination of painted mythical beasts and teabags is strangly wonderful. Although reading the words mythical beasts and Teabags just doesn't seem to work somehow together...yet sounds great when you say it out loud. Sounds like a band name or a double act.