I hadn't bought a tobacco card in ages. So, having acquired some monies in my Paypal account, I quenched my nicotine-induced desires and made a nice purchase. The shipping was wicked fast; purchased on Friday the 21st, in my hands on Monday the 24th. Most excellent.
1909-11 T206 Tom Downey (Batting). As good of condition as I can expect out of one of these, given the amount I'm willing to pay. Despite the major creases all over, the color is fantastic, and the portrait lines are crisp. So I'm very happy to add this one to the display shelf. But my favorite part of the card is the back...
Polar Bear! All 6 of my other T206 cards have either the Piedmont or the Sweet Caporal back, which are the two most common. This, the only non-cigarette back, is the 10th most common. Not bad.
A little about Tom Downey: Played in 6 professional seasons between 1909 and 1915 (DNP in 1913). He began with the Reds, then played a year each for the Phillies and Cubs, then spent his final two years with the Buffalo Buffeds in the Federal League. Career National League batting average of .257 with a high of .292.
And for posterity, I do have the fielding version of Downey from the set, too, in excellent condition.