The card is pretty beat up with rounded corners and a slight crease down the center... but regardless of condition, this card is an amazing addition to my collection. It's 102 years old and is officially the oldest piece of cardboard in my collection.
I'm a huge fan of the card design, because it reminds me of the 1911 T51 Murad College cards. Outside of the year and name of the set, I wasn't able to find any additional information on the set. Beckett doesn't list it in their database, but they sell for under $5 on eBay. I assume that these cards were inserted into Helmar cigarette packs.
I've been wanting to add another tobacco card to my collection for awhile... but it had to fit into my PC requirements. This card meets that criteria and will fit nicely into my Japanese Players PC.
I'm proud to be a Japanese-American, but the fact is... there aren't many Japanese-American professional athletes (LOL... no Jeremy Lin is not Japanese). Actually... this is a blessing in disguise... because the fewer athletes to choose from... the less I have to spend on pieces of cardboard.
Before I forget... A huge thank you goes out to Greg over at Plaschke Thy Sweater Is Argyle... who shared this card with me on Facebook. This card, which is displayed on my Japan PC shelf in my office will be a reminder of how grateful I am to be a part of this special blogger community. A community that is generous and willing to go out of their way to help each other out. Thanks Greg!
Happy Thursday everyone. Sayonara!