Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Latter-Day Tobacco Cards

Most hobby guides will tell you that tobacco cards stopped appearing in the mid 1910s. That's not entirely true.

I picked up this card a little while ago:

It's a 1954 Red Man card. They were inserted into packages of Red Man chewing tobacco, along with a tab at the bottom that could be cut off and redeemed fora baseball cap. The offer was spelled out on the back of the card:

Red Man cards appeared between 1952 and '55. Each year had a set of 50, with 25 All-Star players from each league. Cards are found either with the tab or without, and the tabs make a big difference in the value of the card.

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