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.


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.



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.


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