I threw out some lowball bids and actually managed to win the following two cards for $25.
I was mainly interested in the N32 World's Racer card. I already have 5 cards from this 50 card set, issued in 1888. But, I have to say that the N7 Fans of the Period card is actually my favorite of the two. I can't explain why, it just is. It has this feel of Victorian gentility, though I am not sure that is quite it. I just like it.
Which brings me to the rather cryptic title of this post. I still consider myself a sports card collector. I have finished 10 of the 28 Topps flagship sets issued between 1952 and 1979 (1956 and 1971-1979), am within striking distance of two more (1968 and 1970), and have three more in various states of being started (1955, 1960, and 1965). But I have found some needed hobby joy in the sheer randomness of collecting these old tobacco issues.
To a certain extent, building sports card sets is a restricting hobby. To be sure, you can define your collection any way you want. But, once you do, you have set the boundaries of what you collect. There is a defined group of sets with a fixed checklist. I suppose player collectors are similarly constrained. I can see where team collectors may have some additional freedom, but are still, ultimately, contained within a box of their own creation.
Collecting these tobacco issues, though, has opened up a whole world to me. If you can imagine a subject, there is probably a tobacco issue covering it. I started out wanting to only collect horse themed sets, since my wife and I have a small horse farm. But, I have learned to embrace serendipity and just collect sets that speak to me. At some point, I will put together a post (or posts) about tobacco issues that appeal to me. Suffice it to say, there is some cool stuff out there.
What I am Listening to: A Stór Mo Chroí by Bonnie Raitt and The Chieftains