Do I have to pay for your catalogue?

First time UK enquirers may receive a free copy of the latest catalogue (see the link at the top of the page). Thereafter, a U.K. subscription of £2.50 (£5 for Europe/Eire, £8 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 of badge 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 tray stacks with a transparent cover, showing off badges very professionally. You can enhance the effect with the use of card squares which you can cut to size to fit precisely into the tray recesses and hold the badges in position. 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 of sizes 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 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. Return postage is your expense.

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. 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 historic so I have reduced usage of such reference numbers.

Do you have a shop where I can see your badges?

No shop as such since Lower Mead, the Wealdstone FC ground became a Tescos supermarket! However I display a dozen or so boards of badges at my stand inside Wealdstone's current ground at Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip, at home League, FA Cup and FA Trophy games. I have for now ceased to be a stallholder at the two major Football Memorabilia fairs in London at the start of January and June.

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 more than £3.

I need a badge that is not listed.  Can you help?

I used to run a “Book-a-Badge” service where I pictured wanted badges in my catalogue in the hope of locating a willing seller. However, badges requested tended to be very rare and purchasers often moved address or found the badge without telling me, so the service was withdrawn. I would suggest a subscription to my catalogue or looking on my website to check you miss nothing! Feel free to E-mail me on LapelsToby@aol.com with any queries.

My club needs a new badge.  Do you make badges too?

Yes, subject to a minimum order of 50 badges Production Terms are viewable online or can be E-mailed upon request to LapelsToby@aol.com.

Do you have all the badges pictured at the foot of your catalogue pages?

Those badges are for decoration only though often they have been held in stock. You will need to check 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 current top division clubs from around the world if not already listed. I will exchange 1:1 for English or Scottish League badges, or 1:1 for Non-League OF MY CHOICE. Other badges in my catalogue are for sale only.

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 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 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, but there is a small charge when paying by Paypal which I will include in the total sum I ask for.

What is Paypal?

Paypal is the fastest growing internet payment system in the world, with over 86 million account holders globally.  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.

What is the Wealdstone Megastore? The Wealdstone Megastore is the excellent online shop set up originally to service supporters of Wealdstone FC. Many of my badges can be viewed on this website via www.wfcmegastore.co.uk. Under "Categories" on left click on the "+" sign next to "Lapels-badges". You will save money if only ordering badges by ordering via "Lapels" rather than the Megastore as postage is charged on each badge via the Megastore.
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