Your Information Resource for Vintage Baseball Cards
eNews (September 2004, Issue #5)
Hello vintage card collecting friends!  Welcome to Old Cardboard, the most complete reference resource for information about collecting vintage baseball cards and related memorabilia.  More information about this eNewsletter and its companion website and magazine are found at the bottom of this page.
1.  Updated Auction and Show Calendar

2.  Naxcom Vintage Invitational

3.  Charter Subscriptions about to End!
4.  The Fabulous Oregon “Old Judge” Find
5.  G'me an "R" for Rittenhouse
1.  Updated Auction and Show Calendar*
The following is a summary of vintage card events coming up in the next 30-45 days.  For details on all upcoming vintage card shows and auctions see the auction calendar on the Old Cardboard website
September 2004
3-6 San Francisco 17th Annual Labor Day Weekend Collectors Show (Contact: Tri-Star).
10-11 Internet
Heritage Sports Collectibles  Signature Auction #701 (Contact: Heritage Sports Collectibles website).
10-12 Los Angeles
The 21st West Coast Sports Collectors Expo (Contact: see Naxcom Trade Shows events page).
13 Internet Opening: 1st Annual Naxcom  Vintage Invitational (Contact: see Naxcom website).
17-19 Philadelphia 88th Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show (Ft. Washington Expo Center). See EPSCC website for details.
19-22 Internet/eBay
Henry Yee Auction (see Auction Listings; starts Sept. 12-15)
23 Internet Barry Sloate Auctions (see Barry Sloate Auctions website).
October 2004
4 Laguna Niguel, CA
SportsCards Plus "The Babe Comes Home" Live Auction (Contact: SportsCards Plus website).
15 Your Place Date of Delivery for Issue #1 of Old Cardboard Magazine (Contact: Brett Hardeman).
15-17 Kansas City
Tri-Star Show at Overland Park Intl. Trade Ctr. (Contact: Tri-Star website).
*To add an auction or vintage show date to our calendar just send an email to and we'll be happy to post it for you.   The  designates an Old Cardboard sponsor.
2.  Naxcom Vintage Invitational

Over the past several years, has developed a marketplace for baseball and other sportscards patterned after Wall Street's securities exchange model.  Here buyers and sellers come together to post "Bid" and "Ask" orders with the gap between the two prices narrowing until a deal is made.  The innovative model has worked well for cards from the newer sets but for a variety of reasons has developed less quickly for vintage cards.  To help jump-start the Naxcom marketplace for vintage cards, the company has announced a March-Madness style competition among leading vintage dealers.  Called the Vintage Invitational, a pool of 32 dealers will complete this Fall to determine which vintage dealers can sell the most cards via the Naxcom model with a top prize of $10,000 awarded to the winner. 


Naxcom defines vintage as anything before 1980, but has a category on their online marketplace for "Pre-1941."  The promotion will benefit all "vintage" collectors in two ways: (1) the contest provides incentives for dealers to place their most competitive "Ask" prices and (2) the vintage buyer with the highest purchase total throughout the contest is rewarded with a $1000 grand prize.


Further details of the contest are provided at  A preliminary week-long qualifying contest begins this week (starting Monday, September 13-20) to fill the final two dealer spots in the 32-dealer roster.  The Vintage Invitational main event begins September 27.  We wish all dealers and buyers alike success in the contest. 
3.  Charter Subscriptions about to End
Please note:   Charter subscriptions to Old Cardboard Magazine end on September 24.  Become a Charter Subscriber today at and take advantage of our offer to send your first issue FREE!


4.  The Fabulous Oregon "Old Judge" Find

Last month (August 17 to be exact marked one of the most incredible discoveries of N172 Old Judge cards in decades, if not ever. The cache of nearly 1500 cards from the popular 19th century set was uncovered in Oregon. After being stored in a dusty old briefcase for decades and nearly being tossed away last year, they were discovered by the descendents of the original owner and first reported to the hobby by California dealer David Levin.

Jay Miller, a recognized Old Judge specialist, is not aware of a larger single find of cards from the set. "What is interesting is what is not in it,” according to Miller, who notes that there are no "Spotted Ties or California League cards. The most interesting cards that ARE in the collection, he says, "are the new team variations for 19th century players Ryan (Philadelphia) and Burdick (Omaha). Until we see otherwise, each must be considered unique."


Matilda (now 93 years young) with dealer David Levin. The briefcase on the right was home
for the nearly 1,500 N172 Old Judge cards, where they were protected for at least two decades.

The following is an overview of the origins of the cards and how they were found:

The cards were originally collected by A. A. Koch (1877-1947). He turned ten years old in the year the cards were first issued in 1887. It is not known for sure, but believed that he assembled the collection during that period. Koch lived in the Washington, D. C. area until 1911 when he moved his family to Fresno, California shortly after his daughter Matilda was born.

When Koch died in 1947, Matilda was left with the cards unaware of their significance or value. In the 1970's, Matilda's husband Ted took enough interest in the cards to mount them in scrapbooks.

After Ted died in 1981, the cards, protected in a briefcase (see image), were moved into a tool shed outside Matilda's California home. They remained there for more than two decades until Matilda moved to Oregon last year to live with her daughter's family. At one point during the move she was asked what she wanted to do with the dirty old briefcase. Still unaware of its contents, she opted at first to leave it behind to make room for other "more useful" belongings in the limited space of the U-Haul used for the trip. Fortunately, however, the briefcase and its contents found its way into the "off-to-Oregon" pile and survived the move.

Upon arrival in Oregon the briefcase remained undisturbed for another year before anyone decided to take a look inside. Once discovered, the family conducted some Internet research and contacted California dealer David Levin to take a closer look. Levin soon did just that and has since purchased the cards from the family. More information about the set can be found on Levin's website at


5.  G'me an "R" for Rittenhouse


Follow-up from Old Cardboard eNews Issue #4 Set of the Month:  We are still looking for several remaining letters to complete the 70-year-old Rittenhouse Candy Co. contest (see for details about the set and the card-back promotion).  We have the "R" and most other letters, but still need the letters A, E, H, N and O.  If you have cards with any of these backs, please send a scan to  We will post the missing letters to complete the puzzle.  Thanks for your input.


Lyman and Brett Hardeman
Old Cardboard, LLC.

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