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tim_uk

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I occasionally visit Anson Whaley's excellent site: https://prewarcards.com/ 

I am constantly amazed at the speed at which he turns out high quality research on cards and the hobby, even though I have little understanding of the national obsession with baseball.

One recent article from 8 April caught my eye, showing a Duke Postage Stamp card, with the words "Got any Duke's stamp cards?"

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On a completely different tangent, I was looking at the front cover of the first enlarged edition Murray Cards catalogue, from 1979. This was the first price list I owned, as an 11 year old starting to take an interest in cigarette cards. Can you spot the card that is depicted by Martin on the front cover?

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In the Duke N85 series "Postage Stamps", it appears that there are in fact two (of the 50) cards that depict our hobby. Here they are, courtesy of the VNSF Gallery:

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Are these two the earliest cards depicting card collecting?



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Two of my favorite "common" cards that I still have for the very reason you've posted. There are a few later color postcards I have somewhere as well. Along the same lines are two small advertising pieces - one of which Jeff uses as his avatar depicting a man sweating over the pretty girl insert he just found in a pack. I'll look thru my archives as I haven't visited this aspect of the hobby in quite some time and it's an interesting subject... I can't think of anything older in terms of an actual card inset. There was a thread about this here on the old board at some point but don't recall the direction it went.
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I too think these are great!

Here is a Duke advertising piece with the same theme...

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I love his expression! (I imagine that's how Marty looks when looking at his tobacco cards).

I was trying to see if I could ID the card he pulled, but could not.


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early generic "card fiend"
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OK, so that last card has sent me searching Jim.

Any increase on 5 different designs for "Card Fiends" ?

Plus a couple of colour variations and early examples of how not to treat cards - glue into albums or throw them on the floor.

(courtesy of Dave Cheadle's Victorian Card Hub, here)


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One of the same cards already shown above but this time advertising a Grand Prize Masquerade Ball which dates the card (1884).

[Advertising card for Pacific life, Grand Prize masquerade ball]
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Great stuff, as always, from Tim.
That is a really cool card Matt.
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Thanks for posting that Duke advertising piece Todd.  It's been a long time since I've seen the full piece.

I too tried to search for that exact card in the galleries.  In my opinion it best fits with the N490 cards, but Duke was never an issuer of that series.

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Duke's closest issue would probably be the Stars of the Stage 2nd series N130 cards, but she's not in it.

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