Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Trading Cards

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
         Sunny, clear skies and windy
               (# 2 post of the day)

Trading Cards

   If you're from 100-5 years old, you probably know about trading cards. I used the word "trading", because not all of these cards were manufactured by bubble gum companies. Some, as I'm presenting today were enclosed in cigarette packages. I got the idea for today's post,when I visited and got permission from Mr. George Murphey  whose ebay store is called abhitchant

  When I was a "kid" (child) on the 1950's (I'm 65), I had bubble gum cards. The most common cars have been baseball cards, followed by assorted professional posts. I was never interested in baseball cards (too many to collect), and liked the cars such as western cowboys, Zorro, and so forth. Of course, when you bough the cards, you immediately chewed the gum until you had lockjaw! You also "played" (more like gambling) as you tried to win other people's cards in assorted games. 

   What amazed me, althoughI vaguely recall having read about other non-bubbnle gum cars were George's cards. He had cards of Native American Indians, professional billiards (pool) players, and WWII Japanese war cards/.I'm not going to add the war cards as they're much too graphic for anyone under 10 years old to see - that's war! However, if you go to George's past listings that sold you will see these very historic cards!

The Goudey Gum Company was an American chewing gum company started in 1919. The company was founded by Enos Gordon Goudey (1863–1946) ofBarrington Passage, Nova Scotia. Formerly an employee of Beemans, he opened a factory in Boston, Massachusetts in 1919 and later in Allston. It operated there from 1924 until it closed in 1962. Goudey sold the business in 1932 but he retained an interest as a consultant. On his retirement in 1933, William Wrigley Jr. dubbed him the "penny gum king of America". Today the Goudey name is mainly associated with its collectible baseball cards which were introduced in 1933. Goudey was the first American company to issue baseball cards with each stick of gum. (They had been available with cigarettes and certain lines of candy for many years.)[1][2]*
• Description Courtesy of Wikipedia

I couldn't find  much information on the Mecca Cigarette company, but I did find material about cigarette trading card companies.

For those who don't know, the most valuable trading card in the world is omen of a famous baseball player by the name of Mr. Honus Wagner. The reason this cars is so valuable is that Mr. Wagner disliked cigarettes, and when the American Tobacco Company  was going to include his photos on the cards,he threatened to sue. Most go the cards were removed from the cigarette packages,but a few "got through". As such, several of these Honus Wagner cards have sold and resold for over $ 2,000,000.00 American!

So the moral of today's post is this:
never throw out anything that you think may be valuable one day - one never knows!

Thanks for dropping by,
and as always,
have a great part of the day or night,
wherever you may be.

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