Produced at the same factory that put out the gorgeous 1910 and 1911 Obak issues, this scarce set of boxers, swimmers, cyclists, track & field athletes, and aviators—most with West Coast connections—was made to the highest printing standards of the era. As with Obaks, these cards are often found with a purple factory stamp on the back. All T229’s are scarce and ones with a Kopec back are much harder to find than those with a Pet back.
For ACC nerds: Burdick realized by the time of the 1960 ACC printing that T224 (Pet Cigarettes) and T229 (Kopec Cigarettes) were actually a single set—see the Parmalee cards below—so he retired the T224 designation. PSA didn’t get that message, apparently. I’ve included a full checklist at the bottom of this page.
Tom Longboat, a great First Nations of Canada (Mohawk) long distance runner, is included in this set, as well as the roller skater Harley Davidson, who had no connection to the motorcycle manufacturer.
T224/T229 Complete Checklist
|James J. Corbett||boxing|
|Harley Davidson||roller skating|
|Harry A. Gibson||cycling|
|Johnny Hayes||track & field/running|
|James J. Jeffries||boxing|
|Soldier King||track & field/running|
|J. Scott Leary||swimming|
|Tom Longboat||track & field/running|
|John L. Sullivan||boxing|
|Chas. F. Willard||aviation|
|Ad. Wolgast [Adolph]||boxing|