An overview of 19th century tobacco/cigarette packaging and related insert baseball cards shows elegant design, classic poses. Here is a complete update from a 2005 article.
The cards coming out of the woodwork of late is astounding. The latest are a pair of scrapbooks containing Old Judge, Gypsy Queen and non-sports cards dating back to the 1800s. The Cambridge Collection, as it is dubbed, will be sold through Goldin Auctions.
The National Sports Collectors Convention is about six weeks away, but news is starting to trickle out on special promotions taking place. Topps has revealed it will produce two sets that will be exclusive to National attendees.
In its second year, Topps’ Gypsy Queen is a remake of the 1887 product with 350 base cards and mini cards, with plenty of “hits” per pack.