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  eNews Issue #91 (November 2011)

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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. Featured Set: 1950 Connie Mack Book Cards
3. Latest Additions to the Website
4. CNB Indians Cards Mailer Reported
5. News Briefs (A Digest of Recent Hobby Happenings)

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 Key Events Calendar on the Old Cardboard website.

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November 2011

16-17Phone/Internet Legendary Auctions (see website for details).
17Internet Sirius Sportscards (see website for details).
18-20Rosemont, Il Sun Times Sports Collectibles Convention (see website for details).
19Phone/Internet SCP Auctions (see website for details).

December 2011

1Phone/Internet Huggins & Scott Auctions (see website for details).
1Phone/Internet Bussineau Sports Rarities (see website for details).
1Phone/Internet Auction (see website for details).
1Phone/Internet Collectible Classics Auction Net 18 (see website for details).
1Phone/Internet Imperial Sports (see website for details).
2-4King of Prussia, PA Philadelphia Sports Card & Memorabilia Show (see website for details).
3Phone/Internet Memory Lane Auction (see website for details).
8Phone/Internet Mile High Auction (see website for details).
8Phone/Internet Goodwin & Co. Auction (see website for details).
17Phone/Internet Memory Lane Auction (see website for details).
29Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).

2. Featured Set: 1950 Connie Mack Book Cards

1950 Connie Mack Book Dust Cover

This interesting and obscure set of only four cards was issued as part of a promotion for Connie Mack's 1950 book titled "My 66 Years in the Big Leagues."

The four cards in the set depict Mack (pictured as a player in the 1880s when Mack was in his twenties), Rube Waddell, Babe Ruth and Christy Mathewson. Each simple but attractive black and white card measures 2-1/4 by 3-1/2 inches and is printed on a sepia toned stock. The full body action poses are labeled on front with the player's first and last name.

The card backs are titled with the player's name along with a summary of his team affiliations. This is followed by a narrative of several paragraphs about the player, with an ad for Mack's book at the bottom.

The cards are listed in the American Card Catalog as set H801-6. The set was originally issued in a small folder entitled "Four Mighty Heroes" that was distributed with some of the books.

Mack's book was very successful. Used copies can be found today with relative ease. The cards, however, were apparently distributed by only a few booksellers and are seldom seen by today's vintage collectors.

1951 Connie Mack Book Cards

As the book subtitle "The Great Story of America's National Game" suggests, it contains many ancedotes of the author's seven decades in baseball. Divided into 24 chapters, it is illustrated with nearly 70 photographs and contains numerous first-hand stories about many of the legends of the game.

A Set Profile, Player Checklist and Gallery of Cards for the 1950 Connie Mack Book Promotion have been added to the Old Cardboard website.

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3. Latest Additions to the Website

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

Set Set Profiles have been added for:
1950   H801-6   Connie Mack Book Promo

Set Checklists have been added for:
1923-24 Billiken Cigarettes
1950   H801-6   Connie Mack Book Promo

Set Galleries have been added for:
1950   H801-6   Connie Mack Book Promo

Updating the website with checklists and full set galleries for additional vintage sets is an ongoing project, so check back often to check out the latest additions. There are now many thousands of card images on the 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

In addition to these additions to the Old Cardboard website, we continue to expand and refine our eBay Custom Search Links to make finding vintage baseball cards on eBay easier than ever. The results of these searches are continuously changing, so check back often to find the most recent listings.

4. CNB Indians Cards Mailer Reported

Input recently received from subscriber Rob Dewolf helps to clarify and add new information about an obscure regional series described in an article in Issue #26 (Fall 2011) of Old Cardboard magazine.

The article profiles a twenty-card set orginally distributed by Central Bank of Cleveland featuring exclusively members of that city's American League Indians franchise. An example card of Hall of Famer Larry Doby from the set is shown at right.

As noted in the article, only one card from the set (that of Early Wynn) has showed up in some recent hobby checklists. Further, the set has been dropped entirely from the current edition of the Krause Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards. However, Dewolf states that he recently completed the set and knows of at least two other Cleveland-area collectors that also own complete runs of the elusive cards from the series.

In addition, Dewolf forwarded a scan of an envelope (shown at left) used by the bank to distribute cards to its young depositers.

The cards in the 1952 CNB set measure 4-7/8 by 6-3/4 and each pictures the player in a full body action pose. His bio and playing record through 1951 are also shown, along with a facsimile signature and an Indians logo.

Five of the twenty players in the set have since been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

All card backs are blank.

Note: A Set Profile along with a complete Player Checklist and Card Gallery of the 1952 Central Bank of Cleveland set was recently added to the Old Cardboard website.

5. News Briefs (A Digest of Recent Hobby Happenings)

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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.