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ASSOCIATION OF FOOTBALL BADGE COLLECTORS (AFBC) Votes for Lapels productions by membership*

 1985 - 5th Barry Town  1986 - 3rd Witney Town  1987 - 1st Weymouth    1990 - 5th Bristol St G. 1991 - 2nd John Bull FC  1992 - 2nd Wealdstone  1994 - 2nd Braintree Town 1995/6 - 2nd Blyth Sp. 1996/7 - 1st Wealdstone 1998/9 - 3rd Wealdstone

*Prior to Discontinuation of award.

Below is a selection of some of the most frequently asked questions concerning everything to do with Lapels and badges.  If you do not see the answer to your question below, please email me and I shall respond as quickly as possible.

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 of print.
Do you have a shop where I can see your badges? 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 June.  I 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' Corner" items? 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 CHOICE.
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 debit / credit card details for payment.  You do not need a Paypal account to use this service, and there is no charge to you when paying by Paypal.
What is Paypal? Paypal is the fastest growing internet payment system in the world, with over 86 million account holders around the world.  All major credit and debit cards can be safely used on this system.
Is Paypal secure? Yes!  Paypal is a secure, padlocked site, and all payments are secure and guaranteed.
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