Well, it certainly took me long enough (just over 7 years now since I got back into collecting), but I've finally landed my very first T206 tobacco card! I don't know why it took me so long, as a lover of all things vintage it's hard to get much cooler than this:
I've had it for a couple of weeks now and I still smile whenever I look at it. Jake's got great visual appeal, while at the same time displaying the rounded corners, folds and stains that a card of 100+ years should have. Although it's not proper fielding form by any stretch of the imagination, I love the picture itself with the subject's arms upraised, and BOSTON prominently displayed on the uniform. Here's a closer look:
This officially becomes (and will likely always be) my oldest Red Sox card, and my oldest baseball card period as a matter of fact. I can certainly see the appeal of these tobacco releases, there's just something fascinating about a card that's been around for well over a century at this point.
Here's a look at the back, I think they guy operating the printing press may have been a bit "tipsy on the job" the day this one came off the line, as it's quite a bit off-center. I don't mind in the least especially since the front is fine, and it certainly seems to have made this card more affordable. I always assumed a genuine, authenticated T206 would set me back a hefty sum, so you can imagine my shock when I landed this one for less than $30!
I will most certainly be picking up some more of these if I can find them at that kind of price in the future...
Superb! More reasons why you don't buy blasters.
That's a great card! It almost looks like he's gesturing to someone rather than waiting for a ball.
I thought the same thing....like a Pope or something.
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