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Old 01-12-2019, 11:59 PM
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Old 01-13-2019, 06:48 AM
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I enjoyed reading the articles thanks for posting them!
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:39 AM
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what a badass!!

sounds like he didn't take any shit....


I wonder if boss Schmidt did kick his ass???
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:12 AM
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Default Who was the target of T206?

Did the American Tobacco Company deliberately target minors with T206 and other tobacco cards, or was this just an unintended consequence of a successful marketing campaign that was targeted at adults? It seems at best this craze resulted in children hounding smokers for their cards, and even buying cigarettes themselves just for the cards, but at worst it may have resulted in many kids buying and trying tobacco for the first time and becoming life long smokers themselves.

Maybe Wagner saw this as deliberate targeting of minors and wanted no part of it?
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I think it was targeted at adults, but the kids wanted the cards. Companies had been using cards to promote cigarettes for years (Old Judge, Allen & Ginter, etc.) without this problem, or at least to this degree. My impression has always been that baseball in the 19th century wasn't that popular. It was dominated by players gambling and drinking heavily. It had a very negative public image. By 1909, the game was "cleaning" itself up and was much more popular with the public in general and kids specifically. Parents would have been more accepting of their children following the game. Local players would be looked up to as well as the legends, Wagner and Cobb. So, when these cards were released, it was natural for kids to chase cards of their heroes.

Also, remember at this time we saw a bunch of candy card sets released. I think that the candy manufacturers saw that kids were chasing after t206 baseball cards and saw a new market. The followed ATC's lead and started issuing cards with their products. If t206 was targeting kids, then why hadn't candy manufacturers recognized this market and exploited it? I think the explosion of t206 was something that took everyone by surprise. Like any other fad or new hobby, it comes out of no where. t206 is the beginning of the baseball card collecting hobby that we have today.

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Old 01-13-2019, 01:29 PM
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Did the American Tobacco Company deliberately target minors with T206 and other tobacco cards, or was this just an unintended consequence of a successful marketing campaign that was targeted at adults? It seems at best this craze resulted in children hounding smokers for their cards, and even buying cigarettes themselves just for the cards, but at worst it may have resulted in many kids buying and trying tobacco for the first time and becoming life long smokers themselves.

Maybe Wagner saw this as deliberate targeting of minors and wanted no part of it?
This was happening in the 1880's but maybe not to the same degree.

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Default Amazing articles!

Those are some spectacular hobby stories! Thanks for sharing!
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Some more that Patrick found..the first ones were sort of small, sorry about that.



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Old 01-17-2019, 11:59 AM
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Here's another nice Cobb article

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I was surprised this Old Mill ad said that you get two cards per pack. It seems that it was usually only 1 per pack in most of the examples I've seen for other brands.
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