This one has become a bit of a rollercoaster. One of my long-standing goals has been to get into the 1800s. In the world of non-sports, in my opinion, the peak years for cards were before World War II, when there were Tobacco sets for pretty much everything and anything under the sun. (not all issued by tobacco, but called that anyway). For many years just getting a tobacco card in and of itself felt like an impossible dream. I got my first in 2010 or 2011, years before I began blogging about cards.
But the 1800s again seemed impossible. Until I found this card for sale.
Too good to be true strikes again.
I'm a fool. I just figured that it was so old they hadn't invented the concept of card backs yet. My own haste, and the thrill of finding a card from the 1800s that I could afford, caused me to buy first and then do the research.
So...I have HALF a card from 1890.
The front half I do have IS from 1890. Does it count? I'm not sure that it does. When I've gotten a few really badly mutilated cards I didn't count them as part of my collection...but do I look past that considering the card IS 126 years old? I mean, consider this: the card itself is older than the sport of basketball. It's older than my Great-Grandparents would have been, had they still been alive. It predates aircraft. It predates the automobile being practical. I think it predates electric lighting in people's homes.
But it's only half a card.
And what's worse. I spent $5.25 on this half of a card. For only about 4 dollars more, I could have gotten one with both halves from one of my favorite ebay sellers, Openbinders, who I am taking this next picture from.