Flashback Product of the Week: 1911 C59 Imperial Tobacco Lacrosse

Last week Upper Deck announced that they plan to make a lacrosse set.  I’m probably going to stay far away from this product since I’m really not into lacrosse.  I think its a preppy version of hockey 🙂  Its always interesting to see what a company like Upper Deck will do to survive.

Oddly though, this won’t be the first time lacrosse players have found their way onto cardboard.  Imperial Tobacco Company created a few sets between 1910 and 1912.  They are classified as C59, C60, and C61.  Somehow the 1911 cards are classified as C59 and not C60.  This is where it can be a bit confusing, especially when two of the years basically are the same except for a few cards.  They aren’t the most valuable tobacco cards on the market, but if one surfaces that is in excellent condition the sky is the limit.

A few weeks ago while visiting Baltimore, I went into the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards.  Inside they had a pair of lacrosse sticks from 1780.  I should haven taken a picture of them.


I think its odd that they have the card number on the front.