By 1910, Murad, who were still relatively new to the cigarette game, had already been adding cards to their products for a few years in an attempt to attract more sales. The College Series (or, if you want to sound like a card snob, the T51's) released in either 1909 or 1910 (some people seem to think it might even have been as early as 1908), would go on to be by far their most popular card line.
Measuring roughly 2'' x 3'', they were issued in six sets of 25 cards. Each card featured a depiction of a sporting activity (not always a sport that was associated with that school) and the school emblem. There are two variations that exist through the first 50 cards, one variation says "College Series" on the back, while the other says "2nd Series". There was also a premium mail-in series (referred to as T6's) that featured the first 25 cards in the regular set, measuring 5'' x 8'' these cards could be gotten by mailing in 15 cigarette pack coupons per card. Being part of a mail-away offer, the T6's are more scarce, and therefor command a higher price tag on the secondary market.
Fun Fact: One of the schools three founding members, William Ellery, Jr., would later go on to be one of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Fun Fact: The Case family home served as the "school" during the first four years of it's existence.
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