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eNews (March 2005, Issue #11)

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1. Updated Auction and Show Calendar
2. J=K Candy Checklist Grows
3. Latest Updates to Website
4. Book Review (Muchinsky, Baseball Pinback Buttons)

1. Updated Auction and Show Calendar*

The following is a summary of vintage card events coming up in the next 30-45 days. For the latest listings on all upcoming vintage card shows and auctions, see the Show and Auction Calendar on the Old Cardboard website.

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1Internet 20thCenturyOnly "Real Collectors" Auction by (see website for details).
13-15Phone/Internet Mastronet Sports Premier Catalog Auction (Contact: see Mastronet website to learn more).
15-17Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh XXVII Spring Classic (see J. Paul Sports Promotions website for details).
15-17Kansas City Overland Park Show (Contact: see NAXCOM events page).
20-21Phone/Email Lew Lipset "Harry Wright Auction" (Contact: see website for details).
4/29-5/1Philadelphia, PA EPSCC Ft. Washington Show, Ft. Washington, PA (see website for details).
28Internet/Phone Memory Lane Buried Treasures Auction #2 (for details, see the website)
30Internet/Phone Robert Edward Auctions (see REA website for details).

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Type 1

Type 2

2.  J=K Candy Checklist Grows

The checklist for a relataively little know candy set produced around 1912 continues to grow. Examples of previously unknown cards have surfaced as recently as last week.

Originally listed in some references as a "W" strip card issue, the cards have now been clearly determined to be cut from boxes of candy. As such, they are now appropriately listed as "E" cards in most references. Although the boxes state that the customer could "Get A Full Series Of 100 Players," less than half of them are currently known to collectors.

The candy and the cards were distributed around 1912 by J. Koenigsberg of New York. They were sold under the "J=K" trademark, hence the "J=K Candy" set title. The set remained under the radar when Jeff Burdick compiled the American Card Catalog and when Lew Lipset printed his Encyclopedia of Baseball Cards.

The cards are found in two different formats, each taken from a panel of the candy box. The smaller Type 1 cards measure about 1-7/8 by 2-7/8 inches. Because the images on the larger Type 2 cards extend onto one of the box flaps, they measure about 5/8-inch longer.

All three of the new cards reported last week by subscriber Patrick Preece of Larchmont, NY were of Type 1 format. They include cards for Hick Cady, Duffy Lewis and Marty Krug, all of whom played for Boston in the American League.

The current checklist, which includes the three cards reported by Preece, can be found on the Old Cardboard website at J=K Candy Checklist. If you are aware of any players that are not on this list, let us know at and we will be happy to add it right away. Please also indicate whether the card is Type 1 or Type 2 format. Your fellow collectors will be glad you did.

3.  Latest Updates to website

We are continually expanding the Old Cardboard website with more set profiles and the addition of checklists and set galleries. Recent (past 30-45 days) updates include:

Set Profiles
have been added or updated for:
1911 Jones, Keyser & Arras Cabinets
1912 J=K Candy Set

Set Checklists have been added for:
1935 M120 Detroit Free Press Tigers
1948 UO10 Signal Oil Oakland Oaks
1915 PC757 The Sporting News Postcards
1912 J=K Candy Set

Set Galleries that have been added for:
1935 M120 Detroit Free Press Tigers
1948 UO10 Signal Oil Oakland Oaks
1915 PC757 The Sporting News Postcards

We will continue to update the website with checklists and full set galleries for additional vintage issues, so come back often to check out the latest additions. Any input or volunteer assistance from website viewers in adding new checklists and scans for card galleries is most welcome. Please send input to

4. Book Review (Muchinsky, Baseball Pinback Buttons)

Baseball-related pinback buttons, especially those featuring images of ball players, have often caught the eyes of vintage baseball card and memorabilia collectors. In an impressive all-color coffee-table reference on the subject, Paul Muchinsky documents his lifelong passion for the little round buttons.

Literally, if not figuratively, Muchinsky's 600-page compendium and price guide covers the subject from A through Z. Section A (Spring Training Pinbacks) leads the way. Toward the end, a very large Section X (World Series Pinbacks) is followed by Section Y (devoted to the 1961 Mantle-Maris race to break Ruth's home run record) and a wrap-up Section Z (Miscellaneous). Baseball-themed pins for almost every aspect of the game are covered in between.

Aside from nearly 3300 buttons displayed in full color and at actual size, the most interesting parts of the book are found in the Introduction. Here, Muchinsky provides an informative overview that classifies the various types of pinbacks and describes how they are manufactured.

For many vintage collectors bent on putting together pinpack sets, however, the book might prove a little dissapointing. According to Muchinsky, the book "deliberately omits baseball pinback buttons in sets," explaining that these are covered in other references. Thus, some of the best known and most widely collected pinback issues--from the Cameo Pepsin Gum set of the 19th century to the Cracker Jack and Orbit Gum sets of the 1930s--are conspicuously missing.

Paul Muchinsky, Baseball Pinback Buttons (Great Oaks Press, Summerfield, NC, 2004)

Lyman and Brett Hardeman
Old Cardboard, LLC.

Old Cardboard, LLC. was established in December, 2003, to help bring information on vintage baseball card collecting to the hobbyist. Produced by collectors for collectors, this comprehensive resource consists of three components: (1) Old Cardboard Magazine, (2) a companion website at and (3) this eNewsletter. The Old Cardboard website contains more than 500 pages of descriptive reference information for baseball card sets produced before 1950.  Each of these set summaries has a direct set-specific link to auctions and a similar link to 's powerful search engine for further research. The website also includes a Show and Auction Calendar, an eBay Top 50 Vintage Sellers List, and much more. As a result, the Old Cardboard website makes a great "Alt-tab" companion for vintage card shoppers and researchers. Old Cardboard eNews provides current hobby news, upcoming shows and auctions, and updates to the website and the magazine. It is published around the middle of each month. For a FREE subscription to the eNewsletter, or for subscription information on Old Cardboard Magazine, please visit the website at If you find this information resource helpful, please tell your friends. We need your support and your feedback. Thank you.