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eNews (January 2005, Issue #9)

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.  Issue #2 of Old Cardboard Magazine Now in Subscriber Hands
3.  Latest Updates to Website
4. OC's Featured Set of the Month (Wheaties Set of Sets)
5.  ID Assistance, Please 

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 auction calendar on the Old Cardboard website.

January 2005
12-14 Internet/Phone Collectible Classics. See CCA Website for details.
18 Internet Prestige Collectibles Auction (Japanese Baseball Cards and Memorabilia; see website for details).
26 Internet Clean Sweep "Something for Everyone" auction. See website for details.
27 Phone Lew Lipset's "Bob Ikins" telephone auction. See Lipset website for details and lot descriptions.
27 Internet Bricol Sports Auction (Contact: see website for details).
28-30 Philadelphia Naxcom Philly Convention Center Show (Contact: see Naxcom Trade Shows events page).
February 2005
2-3 Internet/Phone Huggins & Scott World Wide Internet/Phone Auction (see website for details).
4 Internet 19th Century Only auction (for details, see the website; auction opens January 4).
4-5 Honolulu 22nd Annual Kit Young Hawaii Trade Conference (Contact: see Naxcom Trade Shows events page).
11 Internet Auction #5 (See website for details and auction listings).
17 Internet Goodwin and Co. "Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons III" auction (See Goodwin & Co. website for details and auction listings).

*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 website sponsor. 

2.  Issue #2 of Old Cardboard Magazine is Now in Subscriber Hands

By now, Old Cardboard's Issue #2 (Winter 2005) is history and should be in the hands of all subscribers.  It was sent via First Class mail on Monday, January 10 for delivery by mid-January as promised.

Brett and I want to thank all authors for the articles in Issue #2.  Again, initial feedback from readers has been most gratifying.  Chris Stufflestreet's cover feature on "Baseball in the Military through WWI" is an especially meaningful reminder of the sacrifices made in today's global war on terror.  We also thank Kevin Andrew's for his well illustrated feature on the "1935 Goudey Puzzle Backs" set, and the insight into the origins of baseball provided by Frank Ceresi and Carol McMains in their article on what is believed to be the earliest "bat and ball" card.  

Again, thanks to all.  We hope that these author's and articles will help inspire you to share your knowledge and expertise by contributing similar articles on other topics and vintage card sets that you have collected and researched.  We are especially interested in manuscripts that include new or relatively little-known information about "mainstream" vintage sets.  In many cases, we would like to consider printing a checklist and/or color gallery of all of the cards in the set.  Please contact with your ideas for future articles.

3.   Latest Updates to website

Recent (past 30-45 days) additions and updates to the
Old Cardboard website include: 

New sets that have been added include:
1921-30 Major League Die-cuts
1904 Allegheny Card Co. Game Cards

Checklists that have been added include:
1910-11 T3 Turkey Reds
1888 N28 Allen & Ginter
1911 E94 George Close Candy
1935 R309-2 Goudey Premiums
1948 R448 Swell Sport Thrills

Set Galleries that have been added include:
1910-11 T3 Turkey Reds
1888 N28 Allen & Ginter
1911 E94 George Close Candy
1935 R309-2 Goudey Premiums
1948 R448 Swell Sport Thrills

Key information that has been added includes:
1935-41 Wheaties Type Gallery of Sets is now complete (see next article).
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 and will help speed this process. 

4. OC's featured Set of the Month (Wheaties Set of Sets) 

Our featured set for January is in fact a series of several sets produced by the Wheaties cereal brand--beginning with their inaugural baseball issue in 1935.  The 1935 set started a tradition of placing sports figures on the backs of the cereal boxes.  And this year (2005) marks the 70th year of a tradition that now continues into the twenty-first century.  The brand was (and is) owned and produced by General Mills, Incorporated with general offices and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   

The production of the 70-year run of Wheaties box-backs, however, has been somewhat sporadic.  While several sets were produced each year during the later part of the decade of the 1930s, the practice was discontinued in 1941--the last set produced for more than a decade. 

In total, 15 sets were produced from 1935 through 1941.  The design changed a little with each new series, although the basic orange and blue color theme continued. 

For more information about these early Wheaties box-backs, visit the
1935-41 Wheaties page on the Old Cardboard website.  There, a table compares the key aspects of each of the fifteen sets.  In addition, a Gallery of Sets has been recently completed that displays image examples from each series.

5.  ID Assistance, Please

Subscriber Joe Maples of Pinckney, MI is trying to identify the two cards shown here and could use a little help from our readers. 

He describes the McIntyre card (left) as "some type of cabinet, with blank back."  Size including border is 5-7/16 x 6-15/16 inches.  Size of actual photo is 4 x 5-5/8 inches. 

Joe believes that the "Ownie" Bush card (right) was once the top part of a calendar.  It is heavy cardboard; size is 4-7/16 x 6-3/4 inches.  He also has two other cards (Jennings and Donovan) from the same "set."  The text in the lower right corner reads "All Rights reserved by the Curtis Adv Co of Detroit." 

Please send any information or questions on either of these images directly to Joe at

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 the newly launched Old Cardboard Magazine, please visit the home page of the website at If you find this information resource helpful, please tell your friends. We need your support and your feedback. Thank you.