Tobacco card

Reprinted with permission. Read and enjoy.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A Bonus For Honus
By: Leon Castner and Brian Kathenes
Baseball cards. You can collect ’em… You can swap ’em… And you can sell’em for BIG bucks — if you know what to look for.
The “mother” of all baseball cards is the Honus Wagner T-206 tobacco card. One was sold
on eBay recently for $1.1 million! Tobacco card? That’s right tobacco!
The first baseball cards didn’t come with chewing gum for the kiddies, folks. They were
used to promote tobacco products to the big boys.
In the late 1800’s, “trade cards” were used by merchants and salesmen to advertise their
wares and their store addresses. The cards were attractive and eye-catching…not to mention free…so they immediately became collectibles.
And speaking of phenomenon, let’s get back to our man behind the plate… John Peter
“Honus” Wagner — known as “The Flying Dutchman” — is considered one of the greatest
shortstops in history. He was one of the first five players to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Honus is a baseball great, but it’s not his maneuvering between the bags that make the Wagner T206 tobacco card the Mona Lisa of baseball cards. It’s their rarity.
Why so rare??
It seems Honus objected to the use of his name to promote smoking, without being properly compensated. He demanded that the manufacturer — the American Tobacco Company — stop production.
They’re as rare as a triple play! Only 50 or 60 Honus Wagner cards were ever distributed.
Peck and Snyder
You’ve heard of Sears and Roebuck, Abraham and Strauss, Brian and Leon…but do you
know Peck and Snyder? P&S manufactured baseball equipment after the Civil War and advertised their products with trade cards featuring prominent baseball players of the day. P&S’s cards were different from today’s trading cards that carry no advertising, just pix and stats.
This article is an excerpt from the new book: Betcha Didn’t Know That! 101 Antiques and
Collectibles Trivia Tips That Can Make You Rich, Famous, and the Hit of the Party, Volume 1.
It is reprinted here with the permission of the authors Leon Castner and Brian Kathenes.
Leon and Brian are the hosts of “Value This! With Brian And Leon,” a weekly radio antiques and collectibles call-in show. Learn more about antiques and collectibles and get a free report:

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Proper Care of Taxidermy Mounts


Proper Care of Taxidermy Mounts


You wake up and it is still dark outside. As you stumble to get your hunting gear on and venture outside the cold fresh air gives your face a sharp kiss. When you get to your favorite hunting spot, that you spent so many hours researching, you follow the trail, in the dark to your tree stand. Hoisting yourself into your stand you start your hours of waiting for that special moment.

After almost falling asleep you glance the trail in front of you and there is a trophy larger than any you thought possible. After careful aim you successfully bagged your trophy.

The Taxidermist is done with your mount and you bring it home and hang it on the wall, and then invite your friends to show it off, and relive those special moments every time you tell the story.

Without proper care you can be causing the demise of your mount quicker than you think. By neglect or maybe with too much attention your mount’s life could be getting shorter, not longer.

With many years of experience cleaning trophy rooms, one thing has come to my attention, and that is dirt in a clean room.

I have seen some of the nicest trophy collections in gorgeous rooms that are clean.

But I can find spots in those rooms that are feeding grounds for harmful bugs.

These bugs love protein and any collection of dead bugs, spiders, or dirt, are a buffet for these harmful bugs.

These areas are neglected by most home owners, house- keepers, and cleaners.

From the floor the room looks clean, but climb a ladder and look around.

This spot could have been neglected since the house was built, or maybe yours gets cleaned with a thorough Spring cleaning.

Check out your own house and the area I’m talking about is on top of the molding at your doors and windows.

Get your vacuum out and suck these areas off and then wipe them down.

The accumulation of dead stuff is a snack bar for the same bugs that will eat your mounts.

I have seen these bugs leave bald spots on many mounts, I remember one collection of mounts, this owner had, two lions attacking a zebra and both lions had major damage and had to be replaced. There was also a full mount sheep that we repaired by carefully gluing the hair onto it before it fell away from the mount. This mount had so much glue on it we called it “Elmer”.

Mounts need to be maintained and preventive measures are always best before major damage occurs.

For more information on cleaning your mounts, visit

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