Rumor has it that the world's most famous card was in fact one of the world's first gimmick short printed cards. It seems that Mr. Wagner wasn't opposed to the cigarettes that were promoted by his likeness. He was actually convinced by a family friend, Dr. J. Beckett, that the scarcity created by requesting the recall of his "tobacco cards" would increase the popularity of his likeness.
With the company that was founded by Dr. Beckett and J.P. Wagner holding hundreds of the now rare cards; the descendants, and current owners, of Topps Deck, Inc. (a mysterious corporation that currently produces 97% of all sports cards) are worth billions of dollars.
Arrrrrrrrrgh! Screw 'em.
Is that a Pirate Do Rag?
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