My First Official New Cards of the Season
January 16th, 2012 by slangon

Before I get into it, I just want to say way to go to the New York Football Giants on beating the Packers and moving onto the next round of the playoffs. Obviously I was really hoping they would do it, but I don’t think I (or many others for that matter) really thought they would do it. It was a well played game by the offense, defense and special teams though, and they deserve it. I guess there’s really something to be said about getting hot at just the right time. I also guess this proves that we’re at least as good as the Kansas City Chiefs.

But enough about that. Onto some cards.

We’re about 2 weeks into the New Year and I’ve already shown a couple of recent additions to my collection. Everything that has been showcased thus far was actually gotten during the waning days of 2011, however. Today I would like to share with you the first 2 cards that I got in 2012, and they’re some pretty cool ones, if’n I do say so meself.

Both cards come from the 1910 T218 set, which was put out by the American Tobacco Company under their Mecca, Hassan and Tolstoi brands.

Even though these particular cards are in less than perfect condition, these are are pretty damn awesome looking. The artwork is incredible and even after 102 years and a ton of abuse, the colors are beautiful.

The top card is of champion swimmer Leo Joseph “Budd” Goodwin. He represented the United States in the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis where he won gold medals in the Men’s 4×50 yard Freestyle Relay and water polo. He also won bronze in the Men’s Plunge for Distance diving competition. Four years later in the London Olympics, he won the bronze medal in the Men’s 4×200 meter Freestyle Relay. His swimming career was almost prematurely cut off (no pun intended) in 1906 when doctors thought they would have to amputate his left arm due to a severe case of blood poisoning. Thankfully for Budd, Dr. Dave Hennen, who was a swim enthusiast and fellow member of the New York Athletic Club, didn’t agree with his fellow sawbones and performed a intricate 80 minute operation during which he dissected the entire forearm and then re-assembled the veins, muscles and ligaments. The operation was so successful Budd was able to try out for the 1906 Intercalated Games, although he didn’t make the team that year.

The bottom card is of champion track and field athlete Lawson Robertson. He was also a member of the U.S. team in the 1904 and 1908 Olympics as well as the 1906 Intercalated Games. In 1904, he won the bronze for the Standing High Jump and in 1906 he won the silver for the Standing High Jump and the bronze for the Standing Long Jump. Much like Budd Goodwin, Robertson was a victim of a bizarre injury. In 1909, he was preparing a 42 pound shot which was to be used by Martin Sheridan and John Flanagan in the shoutput at the annual field day of the Second Regiment of the Irish Volunteers. Apparently, the shot was a little underweight so Lawson drilled a hole in it so he could add enough lead to bring it up to the required 42 pound mark. Somehow, some water fell into the molten lead causing it to explode right in Robertsons face. Although he had his eyes tightly shut at the time, thus avoiding any serious eye damage, the flesh around his face and neck was badly burned. After Robertson was rushed to a doctor, the Irish Whales of the Irish American Athletic Club proceeded with the competition, and Martin Sheridan set a world’s record with the very same weight, putting the shot 27 ft 0.5 in, three and half inches further than the long standing record of fellow Irishman James Mitchell.

As you can see from the backs, the name of this set is “Champion Athlete and Prize Fighter Series”, not to be confused with the T220 set, which is also called the “Champion Athlete and Prize Fighter Series” and was also put out under the Mecca Cigarettes brand.

2 Responses to “My First Official New Cards of the Season”

  1. “Have you ever been adding lead to a shot put ball and it explodes and molten lead hits you in the face. Yeah, I hate when that happens.” Seriously though, nice cards.

  2. Gorgeous cards.

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