In non-sport card collecting, there is nothing more beautiful than pre-1901 (19th century) tobacco cards. With the printing technologies of the time, it is amazing such eye-pleasing small paintings were able to be produced. Originally, there were just cardboard stiffeners in cigarette packs to keep them firm. An unknown very creative individual decided to put images on the stiffeners. Thus began a variety of appealing subjects to ignite the collecting urge in everyone and now serve as history from this early time.
There is an amazing book being published by the Cartophilic Society of GB Ltd. There is no one better to be behind this project than Martin Murray who has been a member of the governing Council of the Society since 1959 and is currently a Vice President. He has been a card collector for almost 70 years and founded Murray Cards (International ) Ltd in 1967. This mail-order and store front business continued successfully until his retirement in 2012. To help with this latest enterprise, Murray has attempted to obtain as many cards as possible from all over the world. He finds the U.S. cards to be prime examples of attractive and well-produced pictures.
The North American Tobacco Issues Part 1 – U.S. Nineteenth Century is a 357 page, hard cover book, with 250 color illustrations and shows approximately 2700 cards plus banners and albums. You will find all series previously listed by Burdick, Benjamin, Forbes & Mitchell, as well as many new ones added from Murray’s collection.
This book is something you will have to see to believe and will make a magnificent addition to your collections. Even if you have never collected a tobacco card before, after seeing this book, you will certainly find some you will want to collect now.
Non-Sport Update is the sole distributor in the USA and Canada. Books will be available for the first time at the Philly Non-Sports Card Show on October 17 & 18 at the Merchants Square Mall, 1901 S. 12th Allentown. The price of the book is $75. For those who can not make the show, we are pre-selling the books via the NSU Online Store with the books expected to ship within a day or two after the Philly Show has ended.