Card of the Day: Elijah Dukes 2007 Topps Finest RC #2

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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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I Love Cards Like This

Before the summer last year, I wrote a post about how sports card manufacturers should make more cards about the industry’s history. ¬†A few months later TRISTAR released Obak that contained a card of The Dukes, who came up with the idea to place cardboard inserts inside packs of their tobacco. ¬†This year in 2010 Topps Series 1, collectors can find an insert set titled “Tales of the Game”. ¬†This set contains a card about how Topps threw a ton of 1952 Topps cases in the Hudson River just to get them out of their way. ¬†I love cards like this! ¬†They don’t contain any autographs, relics, or serial numbers, but they tell the history of The Hobby. ¬†I’d like to see more. ¬†Looks to me like a few companies have been reading the blog.

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Rookie Card Of The Industry

With all the historical figures being placed within trading card products these days, I’m surprised that this is the first card of The Dukes. ¬†James Buchanan Duke came up with the idea to place cardboard inserts within packages of their tobacco and pretty much started the industry we all are in right now. ¬†This is one of my favorite cards of the year just for historical purposes. ¬†This card is from the 25-card subset called Game Changers from the new 2009 TRISTAR Obak. ¬†I can’t wait to give the new Obak a try. ¬†It features the first cards of many pioneers that helped shape the game of baseball. ¬†I guess in a way The Dukes could be considered the rookie card of the entire industry. ¬†A few months ago wrote a post about how someone should make a card of The Dukes. ¬†I guess TRISTAR is a fan of the sports card blogosphere.

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This is the first image I could find that doesn’t contain a Beckett watermark.