My Year in Hobbies 2019: September Part IV

Meanwhile, in the Upside Down…

We  already covered that I somehow managed to do this, right?

OK.

How about this?

An album page full of 1927 John Player & Sons Wild Animals’ Heads tobacco cards, featuring paintings by Arthur Wardle.
An album page full of 1927 John Player & Sons Wild Animals’ Heads tobacco cards, featuring paintings by Arthur Wardle. First Row: Sable Antelope, Argali, Badger, Grizzly Bear, Polar Bear. Second Row: Beisa, American Bison, Wild Boar, African Buffalo, Wild White Bull. Third Row: Bactrian Camel, Wild Cat, Chamois, Cheetah, Chimpanzee.  
An album page full of 1927 John Player & Sons Wild Animals’ Heads tobacco cards, featuring paintings by Arthur Wardle.
An album page full of 1927 John Player & Sons Wild Animals’ Heads tobacco cards, featuring paintings by Arthur Wardle. First Row: Fallow Deer, Red Deer, Wapiti, Eland, empty space. Second Row: empty space, Fennec, empty space, Grant’s Gazelle, Giraffe. Third Row: Gnu, Rocky Mountain Goat, Gorilla, Hippopotamus, Jackal.
An album page full of 1927 John Player & Sons Wild Animals’ Heads tobacco cards, featuring paintings by Arthur Wardle.
An album page full of 1927 John Player & Sons Wild Animals’ Heads tobacco cards, featuring paintings by Arthur Wardle. First Row: Jaguar, Kangaroo, Lesser Kudu, Leopard, Lion. Second Row: Lynx, Markhor, empty space, empty space, empty space. Third Row: African Rhinoceros, Indian Rhinoceros, Sambar, Snow Leopard, Springbok.
An album page full of 1927 John Player & Sons Wild Animals’ Heads tobacco cards, featuring paintings by Arthur Wardle.
An album page full of 1927 John Player & Sons Wild Animals’ Heads tobacco cards, featuring paintings by Arthur Wardle. First Row: Tiger, Walrus, Wolf, Yak, Grevy’s Zebra. Second Row: empty spaces. Third Row: Empty Spaces.

Toward the end of the flea market season, at the regular table of a coin dealer that I don’t usually spend a lot of time at, I spotted a bin of non-sports tobacco cards, and, when I glanced a little closer, almost immediately spotted the Arthur Wardle artwork. (I’ve wanted to get some of his cards for the longest time.) After a bunch of digging, I ended up with a near-complete set in great shape for a pretty reasonable price. Every card you see here except the Polar Bear card (which is the first I’ve gotten around to grabbing from eBay and, if it isn’t obvious right now, is not in the excellent condition these other cards are) is from that one lot.

My want list for these:

20 African Elephant

21 Indian Elephant

23 Common Fox

38 Moose

39 Nilgai

40 Puma

Television seasons binge-watched in September 2019 (2): Fleabag Seasons 1 and 2 (I accidentally watched it all in one sitting. I found it to be relatably problematic, if that makes sense.)

I will get through the rest of 2019, y’all, though in the past few weeks, the year summary and the goals for 2020 have become very different things. Stay tuned.

2 thoughts on “My Year in Hobbies 2019: September Part IV”

  1. I suspect that most people’s goals for 2020 have changed in recent weeks. I’ve seen quite a few cards from this set over the years, but I don’t think that I’ve ever seen them in this good of shape before! Makes me wonder what else was in that bin?

  2. The rest of the bin was stuff of about the same value, but not of as much interest to me. Assuming there even is a flea market this spring, I may go back and try to get the rest of it, as he is a regular dealer.

    And yeah, if your 2020 hobby goals haven’t switched to “survive 2020”, you’re doing better than a WHOLE lotta people.

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