Saturday, April 22, 2017

Doubling Up!!!

The eBay saved search emails are great.  I wish they'd come shortly after something is listed since I've lost a few items before I even saw them.  I will take what I can get though.  Last Friday one came through and I was afraid it was already gone.  It wasn't and I was concerned even in the time to go through and use ebates it could get bought out from under me.  Thankfully it wasn't.

Through one eBay purchase, I was able to double my number of cards from the 1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers (aka T36) set.  Only one was a duplicate front, but it was a different back.  Also, I was able to pick this up at a price I am still thrilled about.  I didn't pay much more than the graded Ralph DePalma that I have.

My T36 posts on Bean's Ballcard Blog
My T36 posts on I Feel Like A Collector Again

What I found interesting is that all of these are Mecca backs.  The seller has one Hassan back that he listed separately (and I did not buy it).  He did tell me these all came from one collection that he purchased.  Very curious.

1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #3 Louis Chevrolet
Does that last name sound familiar?  The answer to your question is yes.  Louis Chevrolet co-founded the Chevrolet Motor Company just months after this card was produced.  He later ran in the Indianapolis 500 four times with a best finish of seventh in the 1919 race.

1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #8 Arthur Duray
Arthur Duray raced in the Indianapolis 500 once, finishing second in 1914.  He's probably best known for breaking the land speed record on three different occasions.
1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #10 Harry E. Grant
Looking through Wikipedia (always there, sometimes accurate), I believe this is Harry Fletcher Grant, despite the "E." initial on the card.  This Wikipedia entry does list him as winning the sixth Vanderbilt Cup race and that matches an article from  Grant competed four times in the Indianapolis 500 with a best finish of seventh in 1914.

1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #11 Victor Hemery
Victor Hemery never competed in the Indianapolis 500.  He did win the second Vanderbilt Cup race in 1905.
1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #12 Camille Jenatzy
Camille Janatzy also never competed in the Indianapolis 500.  He was killed in a hunting accident just a couple of years after this card was produced. Janatzy broke the land speed record three times during his life.

1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #15 Fred Marriott 
The Fred Marriott Wikipedia page doesn't have much more info than can be found on the card back.  No Indianapolis 500.  BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #16 Harry Mitchener
The interwebz has informed me that this card is of Harry MITCHENER, not Mitchner.  He has no Wikipedia page.  What I was able to find is that he won a 24-hour race at Point Breeze, PA with co-driver Ralph Mulford.

1907 Point Breeze 24 Hour Race

After this pickup, my base set stands at 11/25 cards.  My master set, with all back variations, is at 14/100.  You can see all of my cards from the set on my Collector Focus page.

If you shop online and haven't signed up and used ebates yet, you're missing out.  I also use it on eBay to get money back.  FREE CARDS!  If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  Happy collecting!


  1. Those are some really great cards! I especially like the Camille Janatzy.

    I too have missed out on a couple of things because of the slow notification emails. I don't know why it takes so long for them to go out, you'd think they would be sent just seconds after the item was listed.

    And you will be happy to know that I signed up for the ebates using your link, so hopefully it will end up paying off for you. I don't know how I wasn't already using that site:(

    1. I was definitely late to the game as well on ebates. Between cash back and referrals, I've gotten over $100 put into my Paypal account in less than a year.

      I think the same as you on the eBay notifications. I still find myself checking as time allows to make sure nothing else has been listed.

  2. Yep, these are cool. Congrats on the massive pickup!

    1. Thanks! It's been awhile now...I'm itching to get more!