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eNews Issue #19 (November 2005)

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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. Latest Updates to the Website
3. White Sox Championship Fuels Interest in Cards and Memorabilia
4. Rare and Unusual D355 (Niagara Baking) Card Reported
5. Subscription Renewal Reminder

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 most current listings on additional vintage card shows and auctions, see the Show and Auction Calendar on the Old Cardboard website.

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November 2005
10Internet/Phone Goodwin & Co. Auction (see website for details).
11Internet Auction (see website for details).
12Live/eBay Fusco Auctions (see website for details).
16Internet Memory Lane Auction (see website for details).
17Phone Barry Sloate Auction (see website for details).
23Phone/Internet Leland's Busch Stadium Farewell Auction (see website for details).
December 2005
2-4Philadelphia, PA EPSCC Ft. Washington Show, Ft. Washington, PA (see website for details).
7Catalog/Internet Mile High Card Company Premier Auction (see website for details).
7-9Internet MastroNet Auction (see website for details).
8-9New York City Grey Flannel Auctions (see website for details).
New York City
SCP Auctions with Sotheby's (see website for details).

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2. Latest Updates to the Website

We are continually expanding the Old Cardboard website with more set profiles, checklists and galleries. Recent (past 30 days) additions include:

Set Profiles
have been added or significantly expanded for:
1909 D355 Niagara Baking Co. (note: see separate D355 Niagara Baking article below)
1910 E103 Williams Caramel

Set Checklists have been added for:
1909 D355 Niagara Baking Co. (note: see separate D355 Niagara Baking article below)
1910 E103 Williams Caramel
1934 R313A Gold Medal Foods

Set Galleries have been added for:
1910 E103 Williams Caramel
1934 R313A Gold Medal Foods

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

3. White Sox Championship Fuels Interest in Cards and Memorabilia

After 88 years, the Chicago White Sox have reclaimed the title of World Champions after defeating the Houston Astros in a dramatic 4-game sweep. The victory is reminiscent of last year's World Series win by the Boston Red Sox, who also ended an eight-and-a-half-decade drought attributed to the "Curse of the Bambino."

The White Sox have struggled to overcome their own curse--that of the "Black Sox" scandal of 1919. The scandal started out as a few gamblers trying to get rich, but turned into one of the biggest, and easily the darkest, events in baseball history. It was another jolt to a nation already in turmoil and cause many fans to lose faith in the game they loved. Although the players and conspirators are all long deceased, the controversy rages on. Baseball historians still debate the questions "How much did everyone know?" and "How big a part did they play?."

Much of the controversy centers more pointedly on "Shoeless" Joe Jackson--who was by far the most talented of the eight accused players. Until his death in 1951, Jackson maintained his innocence of the scandal, and many of his fans believe that he should now be enshrined into the baseball Hall of Fame, an honor he otherwise earned.

No less than seven of the eight players charged in the scandal, including Jackson, can be found in the W514 Strip Card set. The only Black Sox player missing from the set is Fred McMullin, who some believe was still in the minors when this set was produced. Nevertheless, the set includes more of the Black Sox players than any other card set of the period and has joined other strip card sets that now enjoy a tidal wave of recent interest.

Among the largest an most collected of the strip card issues, this colorful set contains 120 cards. The set was originally produced and distributed in strips of 10 cards each.

The color drawings on the card fronts depict the subject player in either portrait or upper body action poses. All cards are numbered within either the lower right or lower left corner of the image. Labeling in the margin below the player image identifies the player's first and last name, along with his playing position and team.

Because of the set's large size, it contains cards for some of the lesser-known players of the period. For some players, such as #71 Pickles Dilhoefer or #77 Milton Watson, it is the player's only baseball card.

Note: A complete W514 set of 124 cards (120 cards plus 4 variations) is currently being auctioned by Memory Lane, Inc. of Tustin, CA. Overall, the ungraded set is in above average condition and closes with the company's auction ending November 16. For more information about this and numerous other cards and sets found in the auction, visit the Memory Lane website.

4. Rare and Unusual D355 (Niagara Baking) Card Reported

Old Cardboard subscriber Marc Schoenen recently provided scans of a rare and unusual card from the D355 "Niagara Baking Co." set of 1909. The set is based on the more familiar E101 Anonymous "Set of 50," but with a stamped overprint on the reverse.

The overprint cards are barely known to even the most seasoned of vintage collectors. And many hobby veterans are not aware that the Niagara Baking "overprint" cards have their own listing in the American Card Catalog. Properly listed under the Bakery (D) section of ACC, the set is described as:

"D355--50 Baseball Players, hand stamped, Niagara Baking, as E101."
Price in the most recent (1967) edition of the ACC is twenty-five cents!

The D355 back overprint reads "One of these pictures given with Tip-Top, Family, Butternut or Homestead Breads. Niagara Baking Co., Lockport, N. Y."

According to Schoenen, "One of the interesting things about the set that I think many people do not realize is the close association with the Tip-Top Bread issue, as noted by the overprint."

Based on the checklist for the E101 set, we have begun a working checklist on the Old Cardboard website to identify cards known to be in the D355 set. We encourage any of our readers to notify us of additional cards from the set found with the Niagara Baking back overprint. For all verified cards, we will add the appropriate notations to the checklist. We (and your fellow collectors) appreciate your input.

5. Subscription Renewal Reminder

If you are a charter subscriber to Old Cardboard magazine and have not yet renewed your subscription then now is the time to do so to ensure that your subscription continues uninterrupted.

You can renew your subscription in two convenient ways. The easiest is over the Internet using PayPal. Just access the Old Cardboard subscription order page at and follow the PayPal links for ordering via credit card.

If you prefer to order the "vintage" way, just send a check or money order to Old Cardboard at 13506 Caldwell Dr. Austin, TX 78750. Annual subscriptions/renewals remain at $23.50 postpaid to all US locations. Back issues are also available at $8 each.

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.

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