Saturday, August 13, 2011
1910 T218 Champions
Front Design: A white border surrounds a painting of the subject; his name appears in capital print in a corner.
Back Design: The backs contain a simple frame with fanciful loopy corners. Inside the frame is the subject's name in caps and a short career highlights biography. Beneath the biography is an advertisement for a tobacco brand, and some identification of the card series. There are multiple series and tobacco brands (Hassan and Mecca); as a result the tobacco advertisement can vary slightly from card to card.
Parallels and Similars: None known, though there are multiple series and tobacco backs. I don't have enough experience with tobacco cards, especially of this size, to know if there are other similar issues.
Distribution: Tobacco cards were distributed with packs of cigarettes as "premiums" designed mainly to keep the cigarettes from being crushed.
Thoughts: There are no baseball players in this set, but it fits into the multi-sport part of my type collection. The art is high-quality, and a baseball set or other interesting subject of the same style would be a great set to pursue. Since this set doesn't contain baseball players, information is scarce.
Additional Images: Card back: