The first card that I picked up was from a set that I'd read about on the boards. I can't say that I have too much of an interest in them, but I do like them. I like that when you read the back, they are at least somewhat educational.
|West Virginia 1953 Topps License Plates #68|
|West Virginia 1953 Topps License Plates #68 (back)|
I grew up in West Virginia and my degree is from THE West Virginia University. I haven't lived there in about 15 years, but it will always be where I grew up.
The other three cards I picked up were from the Topps World Of Wheels set. I don't know what exact year they are, but I've seen 1953, 1954 and 1953-54. I'm going to use the last one. The cards I picked up were chosen for a particular reason.
|Cummins Diesel 1953-54 Topps World of Wheels #2|
|Cummins Diesel 1953-54 Topps World of Wheels #2 (back)|
|Mercer Raceabout 1953-54 Topps World of Wheels #5|
|Mercer Raceabout 1953-54 Topps World of Wheels #5 (back)|
|Maserati 1953-54 Topps World of Wheels #11|
|Maserati 1953-54 Topps World of Wheels #11 (back)|
I collect vintage trading cards related to the race and the men that drove in it. These were a definite buy for me, at the price.
Per the "Cummins History at the Indianapolis 500," the Cummins Diesel is the only diesel to win the pole at Indianapolis. It was also the first Indy car tested in a wind tunnel. Fred Agabashian finished 27th in the race after only completing 71 laps.
Hughie Hughes and Charles Bigelow drove Mercers in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911. Per wikipedia (always there, sometimes accurate), neither Mercer entry finished in the money in the race. However, Mercers won the five other races that they ran in 1911.
Hughes did finish third, and in the money, in the 1912 Indianapolis 500. Spencer Wishart finished second in the 1913 race. Mercer ended their auto racing program in 1914 after Wishart was killed in a race incident.
I can't recite all of the Indianapolis 500 winners or anything, but I have a pretty solid knowledge of race history. I was pretty sure that nobody named Wilbur Hatch had won the race, as the back of the last card stated. I assumed that it was supposed to be Wilbur Shaw and some quick research verified my hypothesis. Shaw won three times and drove a Maserati to victory in the 1939 and 1940 races.
I didn't dig too deeply into researching the set, but I found posts on this set as well over at "The Topps Archives." I will probably head over to Duane's Sportscards this weekend. Another of the sellers at his weekly show has some of these cards and I will look to see if there are any other Indy 500 related ones.