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Canadian cellophane
wrapped cards - online survey

Also known as "cellos" these were issued in coffee and protected by cellophane wrappers. They have become very collectable, and this online survey aims to identify how many different kinds are available.
Cellophane packets include 2 or more cards per pack, plus in some instances set completion cards and free album coupons.

Where they are believed to exist they are shown in bold type and where this is uncertain, they are shown in light italic type. It is also possible that cellos exist that are not shown here.

If you can confirm the existence of any cellos, please email me at: webmaster@teacards.com

CU1. Songbirds of NA
Cards only - Red Rose "Mount your collection"
Cards only - Red Rose only "Albums available"
Cards only - Red Rose & Blue Ribbon

CU2. Animals of NA

Cards only - Roland 'wide'
Cards - Roland 'wide' PLUS CU1 completion card
Cards only - Roland 'narrow'
Cards - Roland 'narrow' PLUS CU1 completion card
Cards only - Rolland
NOTE: completion cards were obviously issued with early issues of a new series ie. first printing. If the first printing had a very short life, possibly the second printing contained completion cards. It is unlikely third printings contained completion cards - but not impossible.
CU3. Wild Flowers of NA
Cards only
Cards PLUS CU2 completion card
CU4. Birds of NA
Cards only
Cards PLUS CU3 completion card
CU5. Dinosaurs
Cards only
Cards PLUS CU4 completion card
CU6. Tropical Birds
Cards only - top line red
Cards - top line red PLUS CU5 completion card
Cards only - top line black
Cards - top line black PLUS CU5 completion card
CU7. African Animals
NOTE: Free album coupons, with two vertical creases caused by being originally cello wrapped, first occur with this set. The cards and album on the coupon have to be the same series.
Cards only
Cards PLUS CU6 completion card
Cards PLUS CU7 free album coupon
Cards PLUS completion card AND free album coupon
CU8. Butterflies of NA
Cards only
Cards PLUS CU7 completion card
Cards PLUS CU8 free album coupon
Cards PLUS completion card AND free ablum coupon
CU9. Canadian/American Songbirds
Cards only
Cards PLUS CU8 completion card
Cards PLUS CU9 free album coupon
Cards PLUS completion card AND free album coupon
CU10. Transportation
NOTE: If cello packs exist with coupon AND completion card, then it does not matter if the cards are top line black or red as the cards cannot be seen.
Cards only - top line red
Cards - top line red PLUS CU9 completion card
Cards - top line red PLUS CU10 free album coupon
Cards - top line red PLUS completion card AND free album coupon (will look the same as that for top line black version)
Cards only - top line black
Cards - top line black PLUS CU9 completion card
Cards - top line black PLUS CU10 free album coupon
Cards - top line black PLUS completion card AND free album coupon (will look the same as that for top line red version)
Cards - top line black and coupon informing of change of colour of blue ribbon packets
CU11. Trees
Cards only
Cards PLUS CU10 completion card
Cards PLUS CU11 free album coupon
Cards PLUS completion card AND free album coupon
CU12. The Space Age
Cards only
Cards PLUS CU11 completion card
Cards PLUS CU12 free album coupon
Cards PLUS completion card AND free album coupon
CU13. NA Wildlife in Danger
Cards only
Cards PLUS CU12 completion card
Cards PLUS CU13 free album coupon
Cards PLUS completion card AND free album coupon
CU14. Exploring the Oceans
Cards only
Cards PLUS CU13 completion card
Cards PLUS CU14 free album coupon
Cards PLUS completion card AND free album coupon
CU15. Animals & their Young
Cards only - "tea/coffee"
Cards - "tea/coffee" PLUS CU14 completion card
Cards - "tea/coffee" PLUS CU15 free album coupon
Cards - "tea/coffee" PLUS completion card AND free album coupon (will look the same as that for "products")
Cards only - "products"
Cards - "products" PLUS CU14 completion card
Cards - "products" PLUS CU15 free album coupon
Cards - "products" PLUS completion card AND free album coupon (will look the same as that for "tea/coffee")
CU16. The Arctic
Cards only
Cards PLUS CU15 completion card
Cards PLUS CU16 free album coupon
Cards PLUS completion card AND free album coupon
CU17. Indians of Canada
Cards only
Cards PLUS CU16 completion card
Cards PLUS CU17 free album coupon
Cards PLUS completion card AND free album coupon

This list identifies 57 different cello packs that logic says do exist plus another 14 that may also exist, giving a possible total of 71 variations.

It is hoped that this research will reveal a final listing - and possibly some as yet undiscovered items.

If you can confirm the existence of any cellos, please email me at:
webmaster@teacards.com


  Information courtesy of Terry Calleyne - May 2002

Please see www.teacard.com for more information on both Canadian and US issues.

Please note that cellophane wrapped cards were also issued in Great Britain, South Africa and the USA - but are not part of this survey.