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eNews Issue #86 (June 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. "Orange Borders" Checklist Expands
3. Latest Additions to the Website
4. Hornsby Card Sparks New Interest in "Shoulderless Players" Set
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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June 2011

16Phone/Internet Goodwin & Co. Auction (see website for details).
21-23Phone/Internet Hake's Americana & Collectibles Auction (includes baseball; see website).
23Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
24Phone/Internet Leland's Catalog Auction (see website for details).

July 2011

8-10Chantilly, VA CSA Chantilly Show (see website for details).
27-28Phone/Internet Huggins & Scott Auctions (see website for details).

2. "Orange Borders" Checklist Expands


Our April eNewsletter (eNews #84) profiled the 1912 Baseball Bats set, keyed to the news of a recently discovered 1912 magazine ad that promotes the set.

As a result of the article, we have received feedback from another reader, providing updates to both the Baseball Bats set as well as the closely related Orange Borders set. Both sets are of similar design, cut from candy boxes and both have blank backs.

The updates are provided courtesy of Bob Richardson of Boston, who has confirmed the addition of two players in the Orange Borders checklist: Tommy Leach and Sherry Magee.

According to Richardson, "despite the tight trims of the cards, they have discernible orange borders and hand-printed names (so they aren't Baseball Bats)." Richardson also notes that "the card you list of Laporte is identical in format to these and, though they deviate slightly from the Orange Borders most often seen (some lack team designation on uniforms and inside corners appear slightly rounded), they have enough properties in common that they are more likely a second series than a separate set."

The addition of the Leach and Magee cards bring the total number of known cards in the set checklist to thirty-five players.

A Set Profile along with a Checklist of all known cards for the 1910 Orange Borders set can be viewed on 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 Profiles have been added for:
1920s   W-unc   "Shoulderless Players" Cards

Set Checklists have been added for:
1914   E & S Postcards (Buck Weaver added to checklist)
1912   Baseball Bats (Elmer Creiger added; Niles removed)
1910   Orange Borders (addition of Leach and Magee)
1920s   W-unc   "Shoulderless Players" Cards

Set Galleries have been added for:
1920s   W-unc   "Shoulderless Players" Cards

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 have significantly expanded and refined 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. Hornsby Card Sparks New Interest in "Shoulderless Players" Set

"Shoulderless" Hornsby
The sale on eBay last week of a card of Rogers Hornsby from the obscure "Shoulderless" Players" card set has stimulated new interest in the cards for which very little is known. The card was eBay Item Number
180676706916 and sold for a final bid of $302.

The Hornsby card was previously unknown to collectors and increases the set checklist to eight cards. Other known players in the set are: Walter Maranville, Herb Pennock, E. A. Rommel, Babe Ruth, George Sisler, K. R. Williams and Ross Youngs.

As the hobby name for the set indicates, the common design that characterizes all cards is the severely truncated shoulders of the players pictured (the Hornsby card is a good example). The card design includes a sepia-toned image of the player with the player's name and team printed across a light colored panel at the bottom. All cards are blank backed.

The cards are considered authentic and originally printed in the 1920s. However, the thin stock used and the straight but somewhat irregular cut size have caused some collectors to speculate that the cards may be cut from an advertising poster.

A Set Profile along with a Checklist and Gallery of all eight known cards from the set has been added to the Old Cardboard website. To date, there is only one example known for each player in the set.

Although examples from the set were first discovered by the hobby nearly a decade ago, very little is known about the cards today. As always, we appreciate feedback from our readers and would welcome any input or perspective you may have about the "Shoulderless Players" set.

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

Minor Leaguer Profiled on "Baseball in Wartime" Website. A detailed and interesting Profile of minor leaguer Bob Stephens has been recently added to Gary Bedingfield's Baseball in Wartime website. Stephens played only one season for the Bowling Green (KY) Barons of the Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League (a Boston Braves affiliate) before becoming a P51 fighter pilot in WWII. His highly illustrated profile includes caricatures and photos of Stephens both as a budding baseball player and as a pilot in the cockpit of his P51 Mustang fighter.

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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.