Five Years In

Christmas Day, 2017 marks the five-year anniversary of Pioneers of Aviation.

It was a blog I started because I was bored… and, because I knew next to nothing about aviation let alone early aviation, it seemed like a great idea to write about this subject.

What… you think you are the only one who likes to learn about new things?

I love learning about new things. I write about Japan every day in my Japan–It’s A Wonderful Rife blog… and after writing about my own three-year adventure… spending five years to write about those three years, I began to research things I had seemingly missed while there.

To me, any day where I don’t learn something new is a wasted day. I haven’t wasted a day since 2010, to be sure, as I spend hours doing my best to research every article… and with Pioneers of Aviation, I often spend anywhere between 20 and 40 hours on each article.

Well… at least I do on the articles specific to collector cards.

This past November, I completed writing about the 75-card Wills‘s series, completing the 50-card series in December of 2016.

I should complete the 85-card series a few months in to 2018… except there’s a problem. I had always figured that by the time I got around to writing about it, I would have all of the cards from No. 76-85… but I don’t.

I have an idea about what card is in what order, so I will soldier on… but you’d think that after five years I would have been able to collect all the cards I need.

Trouble is… when I started writing about this 50-card series from 1910, I thought that was all there was. Then I discovered the 75-card series… and the multitude of various series within that 75-card series… the Black and Green back versions… the No-name, Capstan, Havelock and Vice Regal versions… and then recently discovering that the green backed cards come in matte and glazed/glossy… holy crap.

And who knew it would be so difficult to find reasonably priced Havelock green back cards? I only have one of the 75 cards!

As tough as that series is, finding the 85 card series has proven equally elusive…

Of course, for me, like most collectors, money IS an object.

Being a writer, I’m not a rich guy. Married with kid, too. Paying for medical, along with paying for all the sports… ugh… and then I began volunteering my free-time as an assistant coach  – first in soccer, then baseball, and now hockey… the latter two I do now as a coach and assistant coach respectively.

Heck… I played semi-pro soccer, but aside from hacking around with friends, I never played organized baseball (been watching since 1971, though), and I can’t skate (but have been watching since 1970). That’s me… doing stuff I don’t know how to do.

I guess I just love a challenge. Too bad the pay sucks. (I don’t get paid.)

So… what will I do when I complete the 85-card series early in 2018?

I guess I don’t really have to have cigarette/tobacco cards in my collection in order to research and write about them. I’d say where’s the fun in that, but sometimes reality wins out – even in my head.

There are plenty of other tobacco card company sets to write about that were issued like Wills’s from 1919 and earlier… and yes, I know there are lots of sets from other companies issued afterwards, so maybe I can do card sets outside of tobacco – such as bread, candies or chewing gum…  but I would prefer to keep things in the same era, if possible.

There are plenty of pioneers of aviation, after all. Lots of research to research… and lots of things for me to learn.

Thanks for indulging me.

Onwards and upwards.

About mreman47

Andrew was born in London, UK, raised in Toronto, Canada, and cavorted in Ohtawara, Japan for three years. He is married, has a son and a cat. He has over 35,000 comic books and a plethora of pioneer aviation-related tobacco and sports cards and likes to build LEGO dioramas. Along with writing for a monthly industrial magazine, he also writes comic books and hates writing in the 3rd person. He also hates having to write this crap that no one will ever read. Along with the daily Japan - It's A Wonderful Rife blog, when he feels the hate, will also write another blog entitled: You Know What I Hate? He also works on his Pioneers Of Aviation - a cool blog on early fliers. He also wants to do more writing - for money, though. Help him out so he can stop talking in the 3rd person.
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3 Responses to Five Years In

  1. Alvaro Bellon says:

    Thanks for sharing your research into these aviation cards. I enjoy reading your postings, specially when the refer to lighter-than-air flight.

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