Originals Are Awesome

One of the best things that card manufacturers, specifically Topps & Upper Deck, have done in recent years is include original cards within their newer products.  I think its great that collectors have the chance of pulling a card from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  Pulling old cards, gives you the chance to learn about great players that you probably never heard of.  Take this card as an example.

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This is an original 1894 Mayo Cut Plug football card of Sam “Brinck” Thorne.  He was born in 1873 and died at the age of 56 in 1930.  Thorne was a halfback for Yale and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1970.

The first time collectors could pull any type of vintage cards came during the 1990’s with products such as All-Sport Plus.  Products like All-Sport Plus didn’t last very long because the manufacturer hyped up their product making collectors think a base card from the 1970’s was really worth a lot.  You might have seen infomercials featuring Don West selling products like this.  Topps and Upper Deck have done a much better job allowing collectors to pull vintage cards.  

Just for fun.  Here is a classic Don West 🙂

One Response

  1. That is a very cool card. I remember that All-Sport Plus stuff. I got a few packs of that and pulled a Barry Sanders Topps traded rookie, a couple Dan Marino first year “in Action” cards and not much else.

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