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A Blankety-Blank Cheque Book and Pen!

I am so, so, so, sooooooo saaaddddd!

My wife actually accuses me of being a banking geek junkie, which shows just how sad I am.

How sad am I?

Well, there was a classic old gameshow in Britain that ran through the 1980's and 1990's called Blankety Blank

It was a cheap BBC show that gave away old rubbish like a Mug Tree or a Duvet Cover as top prizes. 

You can get an idea of how good the show was from the classic opening of the first show Les Dawson hosted:

Les was the funniest comedian and my personal favourite host because of the way he always took the mickey out of the rubbish prizes (and guests!).

And if the main prizes were that bad, I bet you can't imagine what the consolation prize would be, can you?

You guessed it. 

A  Blankety Blank Cheque Book and Pen!

A Blankety Blank Cheque Book and Pen.

How cheap were the Beeb back then?

Cheap?  They were so cheap that they drowned out the sound of my budgerigar's chirps!

Now why am I telling you all this?

Because I am a sad, geeky banking guy who collects sad, geeky banking things and, for about six months, I've been trying to get a Blankety Blank Cheque Book and Pen!

And I finally tracked one down on eBay and here it is:

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Now you know how very, very sad I am.

But why would I spend good money on this cheap rubbish?

Well, it's obvious.

This is a rare item today, worth a lot on eBay.

So I have placed it with my recently discarded bank cheque books which, in about another twenty years, will be about as rare as one of these.

Now there's a thought!

About Chris M Skinner

Chris M Skinner
Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News. To learn more click here...

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21 comments

  1. I always thought it was a blankety blank cheque pen and book.
    As for current cheque books, I can’t remember the last time I used one, I’ve been living in Belgium for the last 5 years, and never got the option of a cheque book when I opened my account, everything I do is now done by internet / self service banking points, although I complained about having to pay for my account, the systems are much better than what I had in the UK.
    Good luck on Sunday in the Marathon, I’ll keep an eye out for you on TV

  2. I have a blankety blank cheque book and pen with Les Dawson’s signature which my late husband won as a consolation prize when he was on the show in the 1980’s. I’m thinking of selling it, does anyone know the best place to sell this and how much it is worth. Thank you.

  3. Sandra – I would be interested in purchasing the blankety blank cheque book as a gift. How much do you want for it?

  4. Hi Simon, I can’t say how much I want as I don’t know how much it is worth. I’m trying to find out but doesn’t seem to be any available for sale anywhere. I’ll let you know if I find out and if I decide to sell. Many thanks for your interest.

  5. Hi Sandra,
    I too would be interested, if you decide to sell.
    Best wishes,
    Lisa

  6. hi sandra did you find out how mch it was worth, i have a blankety blank chequebook with lilly savage on it? the pen is a beautifu cross fountain pen which i believe is worth a few hundred on its own. jules

  7. Hi Chris,
    Is this photo of the cheque book and pen one that you took yourself?
    If it is, i wondered if you would mind if i used it in an illustration that i’m working on for a magazine – they are doing a review on a book about Les Dawson
    (If you’d like to see how i use photos in my work you can look at my work at http://www.sarahhanson.co.uk)
    Look forward to hearing back,
    Thanks
    Sarah

  8. Sandra, I’ll give you more than anyone else for the blankety blank cheque book and pen. James

  9. Sandra, I’ll give you more than anyone else for the blankety blank cheque book and pen. James

  10. I also have a Lilly Savage Blankety Blank Cheque Book and Pen for sale, boxed and in pristine condition. I am open to offers.

  11. Is anyone selling a Blanckety Blank Cheque Book and Pen?

  12. Is anyone selling a Blanckety Blank Cheque Book and Pen?

  13. Is anyone selling a Blanckety Blank Cheque Book and Pen?

  14. I have a Les Dawson one from when I was on the show in the late 80’s. I also have the name bar that you see in front of the contestants with all of the celebrities autographs on including Les

  15. Dave Kirven can you mail me if you still have your Les Dawson cheque book and name plate for sale.
    uglyklown at hotmail.co.uk

  16. Dave Kirven can you mail me if you still have your Les Dawson cheque book and name plate for sale.
    uglyklown at hotmail.co.uk

  17. Dave Kirven can you mail me if you still have your Les Dawson cheque book and name plate for sale.
    uglyklown at hotmail.co.uk

  18. Dave Kirven can you mail me if you still have your Les Dawson cheque book and name plate for sale.
    uglyklown at hotmail.co.uk

  19. I am very interested in anyone selling a Lily Savage cheque book and pen. I would be extremely grateful to anyone who can help me (:

  20. I am very interested in anyone selling a Lily Savage cheque book and pen. I would be extremely grateful to anyone who can help me (:

  21. I am very interested in anyone selling a Lily Savage cheque book and pen. I would be extremely grateful to anyone who can help me (:

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