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eNews Issue #41 (September 2007)

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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. A Rare New Find: 1933 R306 Butter Cream Ruth
3. Latest Updates to the Website
4. T205 Gold Border Player Acquires New Identity
5. OC Magazine Issue #13 on Schedule for mid-October Delivery

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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2. A Rare New Find: 1933 R306 Butter Cream Ruth

For many years, vintage collectors believed that the R306 set, issued in 1933 by Butter Cream Confectionery Co. of Union City, NY, contained only 29 cards. Then in 1989, two examples of a previously unknown Ruth card showed up at the National Sportscard Show held that year in Chicago. The Ruth card brought the checklist for the set to an even thirty cards.

Unfortunately, one of those two cards was later lost in a shipping mishap, leaving only one example of the Ruth card that remained in hobby hands. Until a recent disclosure of another R306 Ruth card by Robert Edward Auctions (REA), no additional examples of the card have ever been found. The newly discovered card is thus one of only two surviving examples in an already scarce set.

This most recent example, according to REA President Robert Lifson, was only recently made known to him and will be one of the highlights of REA’s Spring 2008 auction. The visually appealing REA example is shown here. As seen, it has a Type 1 (Sept. 1st coupon) back--the only one known for a Ruth card. Both of the earlier examples are known to have Type 2 (Oct. 1 coupon) backs.

This most recently discovered Butter Cream Ruth card has been graded PSA-4 (VG-EX).

Additional information about the R306 Butter Cream set is can be found on the Old Cardboard website including examples of both back types, a detailed checklist and gallery of all thirty cards.

Note: Hobby auctions in the next few months will present an exceedingly rare opportunity for a collector-investor to own a complete set of all thirty cards from the R306 set. The REA auction next April will include the newly discovered Ruth card. Before then, however, a full "partial" set of the remaining 29 cards in the set (excluding Ruth) are being offered in a Lew Lipset auction set to close on November 1. Both auctions are expected to bring very active bidding and record prices. We wish our readers the best of luck in both.

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3. Latest Updates to the Website

We are continually expanding the Old Cardboard website with more set profiles, checklists and set galleries. Recent (past 30-40 days) additions include:

Set Checklists have been added for:
1910   "Orange Borders"
1910   E125   American Caramel Die-Cuts
1933   R306   Butter Cream

Set Galleries have been added for:
1910   E125   American Caramel Die-Cuts
1933   R306   Butter Cream

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. There are now many thousands of card images on the Old Cardboard website and the list continues to grow. We welcome and encourage feedback with checklist additions, card images, error corrections and suggestions. Please send all input to

4. T205 Gold Border Player Acquires New Identity

Mark Fimoff is not a vintage baseball card collector. He does, however, have a passion for Deadball Era photos. As a Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) photo ID expert, Fimoff has compared countless photos of Deadball Era players. In his pursuit, he has discovered an identity error long overlooked by collectors of the 1911 T205 "Gold Border" set.

As the result of some fine detective work, Fimoff has provided Old Cardboard with compelling evidence that the T205 card labeled as Wilbur Goode (example at right) is in fact not Wilbur. By the way, Wilbur spelled his last name Good--not Goode as printed on the card.

Further, through his research, Fimoff believes that he has positively identified the pictured player and developing a brief article that presents his findings. The article is now planned for publication in Issue #14 (Winter 2008) of Old Cardboard magazine.

Be sure to check out the article to find out the true name of the player pictured on the card and how, through Fimoff's detective work, the case of this 97-year identity theft was solved. Meanwhile, further information on the T205 set can be found on the "T205 Gold Borders" page of the Old Cardboard website.

5. OC Magazine Issue #13 on Schedule for mid-October Delivery

The content for Issue #13 (Fall 2007) of Old Cardboard magazine is now at the printer and scheduled for delivery by mid-October as promised. This Fall 2007 issue marks the beginning of our fourth year of publication. All issues to date have been produced in full-color and delivered on or ahead of schedule. We appreciate your continued support as we renew our commitment to bring you the most comprehensive information resource for vintage baseball cards and memorabilia.

The cover for this latest issue highlights our lead article by Joe Gonsowski, a second-time author for Old Cardboard magazine. Gonsowski's thorough research has not only uncovered a number of early photographs produced by Detroit's Tomlinson studios, he has located a newspaper clipping from the Detroit Free Press that pinpoints the exact date and time that the photo session took place. The photos from this session found their way onto several card sets familiar to vintage collectors, including the N172 Old Judge regular issue as well as the N173 Old Judge Cabinets, the N338-2 "Big League" issue of S. F. Hess tobacco, the Lorillard Tobacco Detroit team card, the Detroit team cards from two different sets produced by Kalamazoo Bats, and more.

The second article in the Fall 2007 issue, written by David Hornish, supplements the lead article from our last issue. This Part II of Hornish's two-part series focuses on the Topps Gum Company's inserts and other special issues from the 1950s. Together, the two-part series profiles all of Topps' sets (both mainstream and special issues) from the company's first decade of issuing baseball cards for promoting their gum products.

A third article by Jon Canfield (another second-time Old Cardboard author), focuses on the 1887 N184 set produced by W. S. Kimball tobacco company of Rochester, New York (which happens to be Canfield's home town). Highlights of Canfield's article include a set overview, a gallery of all 50 cards in the multisport set, career information about the four baseball "champions" in the set, background information about the company that produced the set, the company's founder, and a companion album for the set (designated "A42" in the American Card Catalog) that was offered as a mail-in premium.

Another brief article put together by the Old Cardboard staff showcases a panoramic photograph auctioned last year by Heritage Galleries of Dallas, Texas. The photo provides a unique view into the dead-ball era of baseball and records a game played August 30, 1908 between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Giants. The article narrative includes background perspective (all related to the content of the photograph) about the pennant race and World Series held that year.

The above feature articles are in addition to the magazine's regular "Editor's Notebook," "Collector's Dugout," and "Old Cardboard Crosswords" sections. Abstracts for each of the above articles, including thumbnail images of the full-color page layouts, can be viewed on the Old Cardboard website.

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 fifty years ago or longer.  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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