Do I have to pay for your catalogue?
First time enquiries may receive a free copy
of the latest catalogue
(see the link at the top of the page). A stamped, addressed A5 envelope is appreciated.
Thereafter, a U.K. subscription of £2 (£3 for Europe/Eire, £5 Rest of World)
will secure delivery of the next four issues.
What is the best way to store badges?
This is very much a matter of
personal taste, and can be dictated by the size and rear clasp type on your
badges. Some collectors use sheets of foam rubber; some use albums for coins
available through coin dealers. Through “Lapels” you can purchase both
Lindner trays and the “Pin Traders” range made specifically for badges.
The trays are manufactured
for coin collections and each one stacks with a transparent
cover, showing off badges very professionally. You can enhance the effect
with the purchase of red felt squares which fit precisely into the tray
recesses and hold the badges in position in the “48” and “80” compartment
sizes. The “Pin Trader” range comprises wallets, bags and cases of fabric
pages which unzip to cater for every kind of rear clasp. The other advantage
of the Pin Traders is the varied range which can accommodate from 180 badges
up to 1500 badges.
How do I know if advertised badges are
enamel or plastic?
All UK badges are enamel
unless otherwise stated (shown as “n/e” for non-enamel). Foreign badges can
be either type as there is often less choice when obtaining from overseas.
If you specifically do not want non-enamel (or maybe painted) badges, please
say so when ordering, otherwise I shall send the best issue available
regardless of style.
Can I return badges?
I will accept any badges back
for exchange if in same condition as when sent out, and if returned within
14 days of receipt.
My bank will not accept "unquantified"
cheques. What should I do?
My stocks change daily, so I
may have sold out of some of the badges you ask for. For this reason I
request from mail-order customers an “unquantified” cheque which is signed,
dated and made payable to “Lapels”, but does not quote the
amount/value in words (e.g. Twelve pounds 35 pence) and figures (e.g. £12.35
on the right). I can then insert the full sum due on your order, reducing
the amount for out-of-stock badges. The cheque will then be in an acceptable
state for banking. You can safeguard yourself by writing “Not to exceed ………
pounds” at the top or bottom of your cheque, inserting the maximum total
that your order may come to if all badges are available, not forgetting to
add postage. Of course you also have the option of paying online via PayPal.
I am not happy sending an "unquantified"
cheque. What alternatives are there?
This system is used without
problems by the majority of my mail-order customers, but for those that do
not know me, I can understand your reluctance. You can avoid the use of such
cheques by quoting sufficient alternative acceptable badges when you order.
However, if I cannot fulfill your order to the value of a fully completed
cheque due to some badges being out of stock, you will receive a Lapels
Credit Note for the difference which you can use towards future orders. Of
course you also have the option of paying online via PayPal.
What are the reference numbers quoted
after some of your badges?
The reference numbers relate
to the Association of Football Badge Collectors British Badge Directory.
Each Football League and Scottish League club has its own page in the
Directory for its official badges, so “Fulham 12” indicates badge no. 12 on
the page showing Fulham FC official badges. Non-League and Irish League
badges are shown in alphabetical order (with updated, new issues at the end
under each letter), so “Wealdstone 28” is badge no. 28 in the Non-League
section of the Directory under letter “W”. The Directory is currently out
Do you have a shop where I can see your
Not since the Wealdstone FC
ground became a Tescos supermarket! However I am a stallholder at the
major Football Memorabilia fairs in London
at the start of January and
also hope to attend two additional Fairs at the Hotel Russell, Russell
Square, in March and October, making four fairs per year.
What are the badges listed as "Collectors'
Invariably these are the
slightly older badges that I may only have one of, so they tend to be priced
at £4 and above.
I need a badge that is not listed.
Can you help?
I run a “Book-a-Badge” service
where I picture the wanted badge in my catalogue for you in the hope of
locating a willing seller. I also advertise for it in the Association of
Football Badge Collectors monthly newsletter. You pay £3 deposit per badge
and supply a SAE so I can contact you at any time. You state the price you
are prepared to pay, so I have an idea of the price I can offer on your
behalf. Your deposit goes towards the cost of the badge if found, or can be
returned to you if you find the badge yourself (less any costs I have
incurred writing off for the badge myself).
My club needs a new badge. Do you
make badges too?
Yes, subject to a minimum
order of 50 badges (or just 30 badges if in the name of a club in the main
Non-League pyramid). Production Terms are viewable online or can be sent
upon receipt of an A5 SAE.
Do you have all the badges pictured at the
foot of your catalogue pages?
Those badges are for
decoration only though often they are held in stock. You will need to see if
the badge required is actually listed.
Do you exchange badges?
You need to let me know what
you have on offer first. I am always after enamel Non-League club badges if
not listed in my catalogue and also First Division clubs from around the
world if not already listed (max 2 per club initially). I will exchange 1:1
for English or Scottish League badges, or 1:1 for Non-League OF MY
I run a club shop. Can you supply me
with an assortment of badges more cheaply?
Yes, I have wholesale and
discount selections of 40 or 80 English League club badges, 20 Scottish
League, 50 or 100 mixed English & Scottish League, 25 or 50 assorted
Non-League clubs. All selections are content of my choice.
How do I order online?
Simply fill in the form and click the
Submit button. You will be emailed shortly with confirmation of your
order and a Paypal payment button. Click this button and follow the simple, on screen instructions, and enter your
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