HUNTERS AND COLLECTORS: The Lord family Triston, 5, Summer, 7, Ryan, 6 and Andy, 2, of Bangalow have enjoyed collecting the cards.
HUNTERS AND COLLECTORS: The Lord family Triston, 5, Summer, 7, Ryan, 6 and Andy, 2, of Bangalow have enjoyed collecting the cards. Rodney Stevens

Woolies animal cards go wild here - but they taste lousy

THE craze of Woolworths Aussie Animals collector cards has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of Northern Rivers children.

From Tasmanian devils to long-nosed potoroos, to king parrots and red kangaroos, children have been collecting and trading the enormously popular cards over the past month.

Bangalow mother of six, Natalie Lord said her children adored the animal cards, with each having their favourite animal.

She said her children had collected more than 250 cards, but were yet to get the complete set.

"I think it is the different animals on the cards that makes it exciting for the kids," she said.

"Whenever we went shopping the kids would never let us leave Woolworths without the cards.

Summer Lord, 7, said she enjoyed going shopping with her parents to get more animal cards.

"We always opened them up straight away," she said.

Her favourite was the blue Ulysses butterfly.

"I liked it because the butterfly is blue and that's my favourite colour."

Ryan, 6, liked the Tasmanian devil, while Triston, 5, liked the king parrot.

Andy, 2, even got into it, eating a red kangaroo card.

Packs of the free cards were given to customers for every $20 purchase.

But desperate parents have paid $100 for full sets of 108 cards and collectors albums have been listed on eBay for up to $5000 with a full set of cards.

Despite discontinuing the cards on Tuesday, Woolworths Goonellabah assistant manager Nori Bensley said more collector's albums will be available from early December.

Customers who missed out can order albums from Woolworths until November 11, $5 for one, $8 for two.

If you cannot bear to go another minute without a completed collector card album, some enterprising souls are hocking them on eBay. Completed albums being sold at auction are generally going for anywhere between $60 and $90.

In the meantime, the optimistic folk at Melbourne trying to sell a "mint condition" album for $1000 are still dangling their line, hoping for a bite.



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