Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Aviator Cards: A Closer Look

Aviator: Then and Now
I'm glad that Aviators are still made. Even though they've been redesigned over the years, this is still the brand that was introduced in 1927 to commemorate Charles Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic flight. They've become somewhat hard to find in most stories, which is why I was surprised to walk into my local 5 & 10 and find a stack of them along with Bicycles and Bees. (Also: I'm continually surprised that I have a local 5 & 10, but that's one of the benefits of living in a small town.)

These are actually my least favorite card among the USPC roster. The faces are standard Bicycle-style art, and the backs are an elaborate design that seems purpose-made for card-marking. The feel is a bit stiff and slick. Some people like this, which is why Aviators have a devoted following. I personally prefer a more textured feel.


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