Card of the Day: Manti Te’o 2013 Topps Turkey Red RC Auto

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Card of the Day: Tommy Morrison 2011 Ringside Boxing – Round Two – Turkey Red #095

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Card of the Day: N13 Allen & Ginter Wild Turkey Game Birds – Small

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Cardboard Double Take – Reese & Rollins

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Collectors were astonished when their eyes fell upon the 1953 Bowman Color set.  Never before had they seen such beautiful imagery conceived on cardboard.  One of the most impressive looking cards considered by many would be #33.  It features a leaping Pee Wee Reese attempting to make what looks like an impeccable double-play.  Up until this time, collectors didn’t get to see many action shots like this featured on their cards.  Some believe this to be a reverse negative, because it looks as if the runner is going from third back to second.  The runner could have been running in the wrong direction too.  Given that this photograph was taken during a spring training game, you have to imagine that anything could have been going on.

Centering and focus are the two main issues with this specific card.  Some can be blurry.  If you are looking to add one to your collection, poor condition examples can be found for under $100.00.  Ones that are pack fresh and look fantastic can be worth thousands.  If you want a nice one, expect to pay $300.00 to $500.00.

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Since the production of the ’53 Bowman Color Reese, there has been countless action shots included within card sets.  It has become a hobby standard by now.  I’m sure there are shots similar to the Reese, but not as similar as this Jimmy Rollins 2007 Topps Turkey Red #10.  Not only is Rollins throwing in the same direction, but the runner is facing the same way too.  I’m sure the Reese inspired this piece of work.

Card of the Day: 1910 T42 Bird Series Wild Turkey

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HAPPY

THANKSGIVING!

Flashback Product of the Week: 1910 T37 Turkey Red Automobile Series

When you look at all the fancy racing sets that have been produced over the years, you can’t overlook the 1910 T37 Turkey Red Automobile Series.  By this time in the 20th century cars were starting to become part of everyday life.  There are 50 cards that make up the whole set.  The artwork is outstanding and really captures your eye.  Not every card in the set depicts a race car.  Some of them just show people out for a regular drive out in the country.  Probably at that time it was a luxury to take a drive.  I’d like to see Press Pass design a set based on the Turkey Red Automobile Series.

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Card of the Day: Garbage Pail Kids – Tom Turkey

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Card of the Day: Angelo Dundee 2010 KO Boxing Turkey Red #49

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Cards You Can Be “Thankful” For

The Hobby is filled with a ton of strange and unusually cards you normally wouldn’t expect to find in a pack.  With so many products based around historical figures and events, it shouldn’t surprise you that Thanksgiving has found its way into people’s collections.  Upper Deck and Panini (Donruss at the time) steal the show when it comes to Thanksgiving themed trading cards.  Most of them aren’t worth very much, but to player/set collectors they could possible fill that hole which has been in their collection for years.

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From 2006 to 2008, Donruss printed base cards of their popular football products containing their Thanksgiving logo slapped on the front.  There were a few ways you could obtain these.  In 2006, Beckett inserted some of them into issues of Beckett Football Card Monthly.  You could also get team sets if you attended the football game that was playing that Thanksgiving Day.  Finally, Donruss inserted some of them in packs of their football cards that year.  From 2007 to 2008 you could get them at the stadium on Thanksgiving Day or pull them from packs.  Some of these cards contain rookies of popular (at the time they were popular) players such as Reggie Bush, Marshawn Lynch, and Jamarcus Russell.

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This year’s Upper Deck A Piece of History probably contains Thanksgiving’s two best cards in existence.  The one above features the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth and the one below could basically be considered Thanksgiving Day’s rookie card.  Scholars have debated for years when and where Thanksgiving originally started, but most have agreed upon the year 1621 at the Plymouth Plantation.  Its a topic that could be discussed by historians way into the night much like the topic of when and where someone picked up a stick and said lets play baseball.  I’m sure if pieces of the Mayflower were available for sale, Upper Deck would be all over them to insert into the next version of A Piece of History.

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Q & A – Are There Other Turkey Red Images?

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Question:  I wonder if the early Turkey Red Tobacco Trading cards were just images of baseball players or were there other images?  Thanks for your help.

Answer:  The original Turkey Red set contained 76 Cabinet sized cards.  Card numbers 51 – 76 were of popular boxers of the time.  

  • Jem Driscoll #51
  • Abe Attell #52
  • Ad. Wolgast #53
  • Johnny Coulon #54
  • James Jeffries #55
  • Jack (Twin) Sullivan #56
  • Battling Nelson #57
  • Packey McFarland #58
  • Tommy Murphy #59
  • Owen Moran #60
  • Johnny Marto #61
  • Jimmie Gardner #62
  • Harry Lewis #63
  • Wm. Papke #64
  • Sam Langford #65
  • Knock-out Brown #66
  • Stanley Ketchel #67
  • Joe Jeannette #68
  • Leach Cross #69
  • Phil. McGovern #70
  • Battling Hurley #71
  • Honey Mellody #72
  • Al Kaufman #73
  • Willie Lewis #74
  • Philadelphia Jack O’Brien #75
  • Jack Johnson #76