Thursday, December 27, 2007

Card Spotlight 12-28-07

My Christmas present to myself this year was to finally get a card older than my 1952 Red Man of Eddie Robinson. Well, I saw my opportunity on eBay and went for it. I am now the proud owner of a 1933 World Wide Gum card of Ralph "Red" Kress.

"But doesn't that look like a 1933 Goudey card?" Why, yes it does. World Wide Gum was the Canadian version of Goudey. It's the same principle as Topps and O-Pee-Chee used to be or Donruss and Leaf used to be.

See, and you thought Canadian versions of cards were only a recent trend. Silly collector. Canadians have invaded before the great US/Canadian war of 1999 happened and they will invade again. Everytime Canada invades, something good comes of it. Except for Celine Dion. I still think the theme song made Jack Dawson let go of the door and into an icy grave.

The card only has some soft corners, nothing major. No creases and no paper loss on either side, except for a slight loss on the lower right side on the front. It's a beautiful card!

I've always said I was going to own one of these cards in a decent condition one day and that day has come. Sometime in the future I hope to obtain a T205 and a T206 of a White Sox player in a condition like this. I may get there one day. If I do, you know I'll post it.
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