Nikola Tesla Trading Cards in new 2009 Topps Mayo Football Set

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Other than an entry on their release calendar, the Topps website makes no mention of the recent release of their 2009 Mayo Football set which includes two styles of Nikola Tesla cards. The first is the number 95 base card which is also produced in a relic card, a mini card and limited edition red and blue back versions. The relic card includes an authentic piece of brick from the 1893 Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World's Fair.

The back of the number 95 card reads: “Nikola Tesla: Electrical Engineer - Tesla, a Serbian inventor and engineer, developed theories that helped form the foundation for the type of electricity that power companies supply to homes today. In the late 1800s, he worked briefly for American icon Thomas Edison. Later, while partnering with George Westinghouse, Nickola (Editor Note: This misspelling was not my mistake. Take a look at the photo of the card in the gallery. Maybe Topps should consider using spell check next time.) made revolutionary advances in alternating-current theory. Tesla also had a deep interest in radio communication. As early as 1897, he demonstrated remote control of two model boats in New York City.”

The second card is the WF9, or World's Fair number 9, mini card. This card features the famous profile photo of Tesla reading a book in front of his large pancake Tesla coil from the Houston Street lab. I am still waiting on this card to arrive and will update this post with the text from the back of the card when I receive it.

I'm not sure which is worse, misspelling Tesla's name, or implying that Tesla only “theorized” alternating current and the polyphase system we use today. Either way, I'm going to choose to focus on the positive which is the fact that Topps did honor Tesla by featuring him on their cards. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment.

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kilovolter's picture

Tesla became irked at the misspelling of his name and stated "...I wish I could turn all the forked lightning discharge in my laboratory on the fellow...Let us have a profound contempt for the creature."

In regards to the claim that Tesla only "theorized" the polyphase system presently in use, this is an prime example of a person unqualified to comment on the history of the development of our AC system. The Tesla patents were dragged through the courts over a lengthy legal debate and in each case, the Tesla patents were upheld. One only has to read the declaration of Judge W.K. Townsend to accurately get the picture of Tesla's momentous achievement.

cameron's picture

Hi kilovolter,

This is a great comment. I had forgotten about Tesla's statement of redirecting the lightning from his lab down on those who misspell his name until you mentioned it. This is certainly worthy of being added to the quote database, which I've now added to my to-do list.

Thanks for your participation,

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