Monday, August 18, 2014

2014 Panini Mini Cards

Just like Topps Allen & Ginter and Upper Deck's Goodwin Champions, Panini Golden Age has mini cards. The front of the cards looks just like the regular cards. The back features some product, like cigarettes. Instead of just showing them to you, I thought I'd see if these are based on actual cards from the past.  It turns out they are.

Panini Golden Age Mini Croft's Swiss Milk Cocoa
A Google image search turned up this:

The web site said these were issued in 1909 and were attached to bottles of the product.

Panini Golden Age Mini Hindu Brown Back
These also come in a red variant. I got several of each.

These are from the 1909-1911 T206 series of cards. In red and brown! Cork tipped cigarettes. Seems like they'd be hard to smoke.

Panini Golden Age Mini Mono Brand Blue Back
These also come in Green.

The Mono Brand cards are from the 1911 T227 set. I like the combination "Leading Actresses and Base Ball Players".  Goggle didn't turn up any green backs. Two different sources said this was a 25-card set featuring players from the Pacific Coast League. I'm not sure how you get 200 portraits on 25 cards.

Panini Golden Age Mini Smith's Mello-Mint

I only pulled one of these.
This is a 50-card set from 1910 designated E105. They came in a pack of gum.

Well, that was fun.

1 comment:

JediJeff said...

Thanks for the comparison to the originals. I never thought to go out and see how the backs compared to their original counterparts.