Card of the Day: 1890 N21 Allen & Ginter Reindeer Quadrupeds

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1890 N80 Duke’s Holidays

Its that time of the year again. ¬†Time to spend time with your family, stuff your face, and buy a ton of crap to put under the tree ūüôā ¬†Thats why I think the 1890 N80 Duke’s Holidays set would be appropriate for this week. ¬†Tobacco cards from the 19th century contain some of the best artwork in the hobby. ¬†Its also fairly common to find sets that consist of people, places, and things that have nothing to do with sports. ¬†If it wasn’t for Duke’s, there probably wouldn’t be a trading card hobby. ¬†They were the first company to introduce card inserts to reinforce their cigarette packages.

The 1890 N80 Duke’s Holidays set contains 50 cards. ¬†Each card represents a holiday from around the world. ¬†I think they’re really interesting to look at. ¬†Examples that are in great condition can go for top dollar, but ones that look like the card below can be found for under $30.00.

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Connie Mack’s Rookie Card

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. ¬†Someday I hope to own a card from the original Old Judge Tobacco set. ¬†Being some of the first mass produced baseball cards makes these super rare and expensive. ¬†While browsing eBay I came across a Connie Mack from this historical set. ¬†Mack has at least two different cards and you barely ever see one thats real. ¬†Most of the time you’ll find posters and reprints featuring this card. ¬†In a way I guess you could consider this Mack’s rookie card. ¬†One of the many problems collectors have with these cards is that they are usually found trimmed. ¬†You can clearly see that with this Mack at the bottom of the card. ¬†Even though this card has been altered, it still sold for over $500.00. ¬†Every time I see a reasonably priced Old Judge card at a show, I quickly find that it has been altered.

Topps will soon be releasing a product called T206. ¬†One of the big hits you can pull is a Ty Cobb booklet which features an original Cobb T206 on one side and a cut signature on the other. ¬†I’d like Upper Deck to revive their Old Judge product and do something like that. ¬†If they made a Connie Mack card like that Cobb, I’d probably go crazy!

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