December 10, 2016

Non-Sports Cards of the Day: 1911 T99 American Tobacco Sights & Scenes of the World

Today we feature two non-sports cards that are more than 100 years old and also one of the most personal cards I own in my non-sports collection. These two photo cards showing the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens, Greece come from the 1911 American Tobacco Sights & Scenes of the World. The gold border is reminiscent of the famous T205 baseball set, also issued by American Tobacco. 

As you can see on the reverse, there are actually two tobacco advertisements on the back which were both American Tobacco brands. The product name "Royal Bengals Little Cigars" gives you a pretty good idea as to what you would be getting when purchasing it but "Pan Handle Scrap" might confuse you a little.

"Scrap" was a term used for chewing tobacco as I imagine it was of a lower quality than the tobacco used for cigarettes and cigars. Here's an example of the Pan Handle Scrap packaging I found on eBay and you can see it was literally a paper bag of chewing tobacco with a card inside.

I picked up these two cards specifically because of the sentimental value the Acropolis has as I went on my honeymoon there during the spring of 2013. My wife and I visited Athens and then a few of the islands in the Aegean Sea.

We stayed in an apartment in Athens within walking distance of the Acropolis and it was amazing as we walked along a street market and all of sudden there it was. 

You might notice the cranes from the previous picture and the Parthenon was undergoing some stabilization and repair (as much repair as you can to ruins I guess) and it certainly gave us a unique experience while visiting the site. 

Here's a closer look at the repairs being done along one of the set of columns. 

The Parthenon also was the setting for one of the favorite photos I took during the trip. Here is what I call "The Parthenon Cat" enjoying some sun at one of the most sacred places in the world. 

December 7, 2016

Non-Sports Card of the Day: 1950 Topps Freedom's War 66th Division

Today we dip our toe into the lake of non-sports cards again with a card from the 1950 Topps Freedom's War set. Although you might expect this to be a World War II set, it is mainly a set about the Korean War. The most popular card in the set is #210 of General and future President Dwight D. Eisenhower and several cards, including my card below, features insignia and patches used in battle. 

The 66th Division of the U.S. Army was created in 1943 and its main duty was fighting German forces in Northern France immediately following D-Day. The reverse side of the card gives a nice write up of the history of the division and this is card #179 and also #2 in a 24 card insignia subset. 

The image of the black panther used on the patch was created by a member of the 66th Division, Nicholas Viscardi. He was a comic book artist turned soldier who won a competition to create the image. 

December 5, 2016

Non-Sports Card of the Day: 1936 Wills's Cigarettes Household Hints

Back before you could look up anything on Wikipedia or watch a how-to video on YouTube, smokers could get helpful household hints inside their cigarette packs. I'm talking about a notable Wills's Cigarette tobacco card set that featured a whole host of tips that would make the hosts of This Old House jealous, from how to remove a stuck screw to how to make your own lighter (don't try that one at home!). Today's card, which was issued in 1936, highlights how to fix the casters on a chair with rolling legs.

The household hints cards found an audience with customers and Wills's issued several mroe sets  with the first one coming out in 1927. A second set followed in 1930 with many more into the 50's and 60's. As always, collectors would also get a special album for the cards from their tobacconist.

December 3, 2016

Non-Sports Cards of the Day: 2015 Lawrence Public Library Banned Book Week Cards

Sometimes I think that I should call my daily non-sports posts as "cards you don't have." Here's a small set that I'm sure next to no one else out these has...unless you live in Lawrence, Kansas. I lived in the home of the Jayhawks from 2008 to 2014 and the local library, the Lawrence Public Library, began issuing their own small set of trading cards in honor of Banned Book Week in 2012. I've written about the sets a few times before and today's post highlights the 2015 edition of the cards which you can still purchase if this whets your appetite. 

And by the way, the 2016 winners were recently announced! The winners include The Jungle, The Color Purple, and A People's History of the United States.  

We begin with my favorite from the 2015 sets which honors The Call of the Wild and was created by Alexandra Simmons. 

Next we have Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? with an original art piece by Rosey Anderson and The Secret Life of Bees interpreted by Emmi Murao. 

One work I was personally unfamiliar with until receiving this was was the graphic novel Persepolis which is about growing up during the Iranian Revolution. The artistic interpretation is by Aidan Rothrock. On the right is an original piece by Lana Grove about the novel American Psycho.

The last two cards in the set are devoted to two of the most famous American novels from the 20th century, Catch-22 (with art by Barry Fitzgerald) and Of Mice & Men (with art by Larissa Wilson).

December 1, 2016

Non-Sports Card of the Day: A Little Buddy Relic

Today's non-sports card is the most modern card I've posted since I started daily posing selections from my non-sports P.C and it is also the first non-sports relic card I've highlighted. Today's entry comes from 2013 Panini Golden Age which is the sort of set a lot of collectors either love or hate. It features a checklist where you will find an Al Kaline card sitting next to Lyndon Johnson and Elizabeth Montgomery. I love cards for unexpected people and when I was flipping through the random hits at a card show somewhere in 2016, I just had to pick up this relic of Bob Denver, a.k.a. Gilligan from Gilligan's Island

Appropriately enough, Denver's base card in the set was #73 and card #74 was Alan Hale, Denver's co-star as the Skipper on Gilligan's Island. The back doesn't provide any information as to the origin of the clothing piece and so I doubt it is something from the era of the show. I was surprised to see that the show only ran for three seasons as it seemed like there were a million reruns on when I was a kid. But then again, I'm always surprised The Munsters was only ran for two seasons as well. 

November 30, 2016

Non-Sports Cards of the Day: 1911 T77 American Tobacco Light House Series

In my recent obsessions with posting non-sports cards, I've mainly been doing one card at a time. Today, however, I'm dropping 10 cards from the 1911 American Tobacco Lighthouse series about, you guessed it, light houses from around America. That's 20% of a 105-year-old set which is by far my most complete set from that era. 

The cards in this set are not the typical small tobacco size and instead measure 3-1/4 x 2-1/2 inches. The set has 50 cards in it with 48 lighthouses, the Statue of Liberty, and a final card about what sailors used before lighthouses. This first card below is of the Tillamook Rock Light which was situated off the coast of Oregon and was originally lit in 1887. It served until 1957 and today is privately owned. 

Here's the reverse side of the cards which includes a Hassan Cork Tip Cigarettes ad. The back side also features a historical write up on the lighthouse featured but the cards don't include a card number, although they were kind enough to tell us the card is one of 50 in the set. 

Each card features original painted art and each one is more beautiful than the last. On the left is the Minot's Ledge Light which is located south of Boston Harbor and today is privately owned. The Point Loma Light on the right is actually still in use in San Diego, California. 

Next we have Point Hueneme Light which is located in California near the Santa Barbara Channel. A lighthouse was first constructed on the site in 1874 and the lighthouse as it appears on the card is still in use today.

The Sanibel Island Light on the left is located on the west coast of South Florida and is still in use. The Eastern Point Light on the right is located on the northern coast of Massachusetts and was built on a rock structure called Mother Ann.

The ominously named Executions Rock Light on the left is located in the middle of Long Island Sound in New York. The name was given to the spot because of the dangerous nature of the water at low tide and the lighthouse is still used today. Block Island Light on the right is located off the southern coast of Rhode Island and is often considered to be the most beautiful lighthouse built in the 19th century. 

On the left we have Barnegat Light which is located on Long Beach Island, New Jersey and was deactivated in 1944. A foundation was set up to put the light back in service and in 2009 it was successfully re-lit. Cape Flattery Light is on the north Washington state coast near British Columbia and was deactivated in 2008.