Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Best of the Worst: Tobacco-soaked 1953 Red Man cards

We are sometimes amazed at the condition of the cards that come in here on a daily basis, but this 1953 Red Man baseball card set really blew us away. These cards are soaked with 58-year-old tobacco juice, which particularly shows on the backs.

As gross as these stains are, they are an extreme example of nostalgia trumping condition. And I don’t know about other collectors, but I definitely prefer tobacco juice to the stains that are on the Kahn’s hot dog cards!

1 comment:

  1. Those cards are great. I view card collecting as a hobby and really don't care if everything is mint. I also think that nostalgia plays a big role in whether I display a card or not. I just know that the rougher stuff looks better on my shelf then my graded cards in hard plastic, those usually just go into one of my boxes.