If you read Tuesday’s post, I picked that card up via a rare eBay auction for the cards from this set. This card was won at the same time. I was thrilled to pick both of them up for about the price of currently “Buy It Now” listed cards.
In my Ralph DePalma pickup post, I posted an image that indicated when the T36 cards were supposedly printed. This card would have been printed less than two months before Bob Burman ran in the inaugural Indianapolis 500.
Burman won the first feature race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Prest-O-Lite 250, in 1909. He would finish fourth in the American Automobile Association final standings.
LINK: Bob Burman Driver Profile at Vanderbilt Cup Races
LINK: Wild Bob Burman Named to Drive Benz
LINK: Bob Burman at Land Speed Racing History
LINK: Bob Burman and The Blitzen Benz – “Makes the Greatest Speed Ever Known”
He raced in the first five Indianapolis 500 races. His best finish was 7th, in his final race in 1915. He was killed on April 8, 1916 when he rolled the open-cockpit car was was driving in a race in Corona, California.
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I don’t collect auto racing, or even tobacco era cards, but these look very cool. Love the colors and the kind of whimsical nature of the pictures.
I completely agree about the colors and pictures. I believe that’s something that has also drawn me to 1950 and earlier football cards (in addition to the 1955 All American set). To me, they are more than trading cards. They are small pieces of history and artwork.