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  eNews Issue #96 (April 2012)

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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. 1909 Mineapolis Tribune Supplements
3. Latest Additions to the Website
4. OC Issue #27 (Spring 2012) on Track for Early May Delivery
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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April 2012

19Phone/Internet Goodwin & Co. Auction (see website for details).
19Internet Sirius Sportscards (see website for details).
20-22Glendale, CA Los Angeles Sports Card & Memorabilia Show (see website for details).
26Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
26-27Phone/Internet Heritage Signature Sports Collectibles Auction (see website for details).
27-28Phone/Internet Hunt Auctions (see website for details).
27-29Oaks, PA CSA Oaks Show (see website for details).

May 2012

4Phone/Internet PWCC (see website for details).
5Phone/Internet Memory Lane Auction (see website for details).
12Phone/Internet Robert Edward Auctions (see website for details).
18-19Phone/Internet SCP Auctions (see website for details).
24Phone/Internet Mile High Auction (see website for details).
31Phone/Internet Huggins & Scott Auctions (see website for details).

2. 1909 Minneapolis Tribune Supplements

Minneapolis Tribune Supplement (Gill)

Here's a supplement set that you may not have seen before. We hadn't when it was first brought to our attention by collector Mark Peavey. The set is another example of a hundred-year-old issue that has not yet made it into hobby checklists.

The unnumbered supplements were produced in 1909 by the Minneapolis Tribune and feature exclusively members of the 1909 Minneapolis Millers team. To date, supplements for a dozen different players are known. However, more are likely to exist.

Most of the supplements measure approximately 4-1/2 inches wide by 10 inches high. The supplement for pitcher Nick Altrock, however, is about 5-1/2 inches wide while that for catcher Jimmy Block is about five inches wide.

The Tribune set is very similar in size and design to the much more widely distributed M101-2 Sporting Life supplements of the same period. The stock used for printing is also similar.

The player's name and position is printed in script near the bottom of each of the borderless supplements along with a promotional tag line reading "Compliments of the Minneapolis Tribune." The backs of all supplements are blank.

Although the Millers were a minor league team, Peavy notes that every player on the team except Joseph Rapp played in the majors at one time or another. He also notes that one of the players represented in the set, Dr. Warren Gill, is perhaps best known for his indirect involvement the previous year (1908) in one of the most notorious plays in baseball history.

Thus, in his only year in the majors, Gill played for the Pirates in a contest with the Cubs on September 4, 1908. With the game tied at 0 in the bottom of the 10th, Chief Wilson stroked a two-out single that scored the winning run. However, Cubs player Johnny Evers noticed that baserunner Gill didn't touch second base and pointed that out to Umpire Hank O'Day. O'Day, the only umpire working the game that day, said he didn't see it and called the game over with a Pirates victory.

Three weeks later on September 23, New York Giants rookie Fred Merkle repeated Gill's error during a game against the Cubs. This time, however, Umpire O'Day called the baserunning gaffe in what is now famously (or infamously) known as "Merkle's Boner."

According to Peavy, only about half of the 1909 Minneapolis roster is represented in the Minneapolis Tribune set, leaving the strong possibility that supplements of other players will be found. Peavy would like to hear from collectors with any additional information about the set. He can be reached at

A Set Profile, Player Checklist and Card Gallery of all known 1909 Minneapolis Tribune supplements has 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 Profiles have been added for:
1909   Minneapolis Tribune Supplements

Set Checklists have been added for:
1909   Minneapolis Tribune Supplements
1921   PD3   Mrs. Sherlock's Bread Pinbacks

Set Galleries have been added for:
1909   Minneapolis Tribune Supplements
1921   PD3   Mrs. Sherlock's Bread Pinbacks

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. Old Cardboard Issue #27 (Spring 2012) on Track for Early May Delivery

Issue #27 (
Spring 2012) of Old Cardboard magazine is now at our printer and ready to be mailed very soon.

Brett just returned from the printer to see how things were going. With his ever present video camera, he grabbed a few shots of the presses in action and put together a short (1:03 minute) video of what he saw. If you look carefully at the last 10 seconds of the video, you can catch a glimpse of the cover and a couple of other pages of the Spring issue as it is being printed.

As always, the five articles in the Spring issue cover a diverse range of card sets from the nineteenth century through the middle 1900's.

An article by Thomas Slowey reveals for the first time the tobacco company that sponsored the cards in the 1893 Just So tobacco set. Another article by high school junior Ben Lee reports the results of his research at the U.S. Library of Congress about the copyright registrations of the earliest sets produced by the Goudey Gum Company.

The first of two installments for an article on T209 Contentnea cigarette cards is penned by long-time hobbyists Mike Peich and Tim Newcomb. Another very rare set produced about the same time by the Washington Times newspaper is profiled by Baltimore collector and part-time dealer Dan McKee. In addition, we have profiled and provide a full gallery of 1947 Smack-A-Roo candy cards, whose chief "claim to fame" is their listing as set R447 in the American Card Catalog.

The above feature articles are in addition to the magazine's regular "Editor's Notebook" and "Collector's Dugout" sections and lots of informative messages from our sponsors. Subscriptions to the magazine, beginning with Issue #27, can be ordered (or renewed) on the Old Cardboard website at

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

Bert Sugar (1936-2012), the flambouyant writer of scores of books on topics ranging from baseball cards to boxing, died March 25 of cardiac arrest. He was 75. Sugar is best known today in the world of boxing and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005 as a boxing writer. However, his contributions to baseball and the vintage card hobby are far more extensive that many of today's hobbyists are aware. As depicted on the cover of Issue #23 (Summer 2010) of Old Cardboard magazine, he was known for his trademark fedora and ever-present cigar. Of his dozen or so publications related to vintage baseball card collecting, the most significant and best known were his four editions of The Sports Collectors Bible in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The SCB continues today as an important resource for many vintage card researchers. Two years ago this Spring while developing the OC article featuring Sugar, my wife and I had the pleasure of visiting with him at a breakfast interview in Dallas. We found him strikingly vibrant, personable and witty. May he rest in peace.

Reader Question (1949 R203-2 M.P. & Co.): Your checklist does not show an unnumbered Jimmy Foxx card in the 1949 M.P. & Co. set. Is there such a card? If so, the checklist needs to be corrected. Thanks for checking. Barry (4/4/2012)... Reply: To our knowledge, there is no unnumbered Foxx card in the 1949 R302-2 set although a few hobby checklists indicate that there is. Some collectors believe that the alledged Foxx card is simply one from the 1943 R302-1 issue (which is unnumbered), and is listed in error in the R302-2 checklist. If any of our readers have knowledge of a 1949 M.P. & Co. Foxx card, please let us know.

Three Wagners at a Time: Based on the laws of supply and demand, now might be a good time to add a T206 Honus Wagner card--the "Holy Grail" of vintage card collecting--to your collection. It's been a long time if ever since the hobby has seen a supply of three Wagners up for auction--all at the same time. The first of the three (graded SGC 40/3) will close this Thursday, April 19 in a Goodwin & Co. auction. Next, on May 5, Memory Lane will close on a PSA 2 example. Then on May 12, Robert Edward Auctions will close on another, also graded as PSA 2. Counting the buyer's premium, the first up of the three has already surpassed $1.1 million. Good luck with your bidding!

Lyman and Brett Hardeman
Old Cardboard, LLC.

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