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  eNews Issue #94 (February 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. T204 "Hartzell" Card Actually Pictures Topsy Hartsel
3. Latest Additions to the Website
4. 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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February 2012

24Phone/Internet Memory Lane "Own It Now" Spring Sale Opens (see website for details).
29Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
29Phone/Internet SCP Auctions (see website for details).

March 2012

1Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
2-3Phone/Internet Legendary Auctions (see website for details).
3Internet Brockelman & Luckey Auctions (see website for details).
9Phone/Internet Memory Lane "Own It Now" Spring Sale Closes (see website for details).
15Phone/Internet Goodwin & Co. Auction (see website for details).
20Phone/Internet Hake's Americana & Collectibles Auction (includes baseball; see website).
29Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
3/30-4/1Chantilly, VA CSA Chantilly Show (see website for details).

2. T204 "Hartzell" Card Actually Pictures Topsy Hartsel

For decades, hobby checklists have identified card #53 in the T204 Ramly set as that of (Roy) Hartzell as is stated on the card. The caption on the card reads "Hartzell, Center Field, St Louis A L." (see card image at right). Roy Hartzell did play for the Browns (St. Louis A.L.) at the time the set was produced.

So we were at least mildly skeptical when we received a brief email from Dave Stinsman that read simply "I have a T204 Ramly that is labeled as Roy Hartzell, Center Field, St Louis A.L. The picture on the card is Topsy Hartsel, Left Field, Philadelphia A.L."

Our curiosity sufficiently piqued, we inquired back: "Why do you think that the image is of Hartzel who played for Philadelphia?"

Stinsman's convincing reply: "Topsy Hartsel is my Grandmother's Uncle. I only collect Topsy Hartsel cards and stuff. I've attached a pair of pictures to compare." As if being Hartsel's great-grand newphew was not convincing enough, Stinsman attached a scan of the Hartsel card from the PC760 Rose Postcard set (see image below). As readily apparent, it is based on the same image as the one found on card #53 in the T204 Ramly set.

Properly labeled, the Rose postcard places Hartsel with the Philadelphia Athletics.

As a result, we have updated the T204 Ramly Set Checklist on the Old Cardboard website to properly identify Hartsel. In addition, we have added an entry in the Mislabeled Players list of the Reference Library section of the website to properly identify the photo as Hartsel.

As a player, Hartsel stood at just 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed just under 170 pounds. According to a profile article by John Husman on the Society for Baseball Research (SABR) website, "Hartsel used his small size to become the most effective leadoff batter of the Deadball Era. During his 10 seasons with the Athletics, Hartsel led the American League in walks five times, on base percentage twice, and runs scored once. His 121 free passes in 1905 remained the American League record until Babe Ruth shattered it in 1920. Batting at the top of Connie Mack's order and playing a solid left field, he set the table for some of the era's best teams as his Philadelphia Athletics won four pennants during his ten year tenure with the club."

According to Husman, after Hartsel's retirement from Major League Baseball, he became a strong supporter of amateur baseball in Toledo, Ohio. He managed several junior teams and was a member of the Toledo Old Timers' Baseball Association.

Hartsel never lost his interest in the game and followed the 1944 World Series from his deathbed. He died on October 14, 1944 after being ill for several months and is buried in Historic Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo.

On behalf of our readers, we thank Dave Stinsman for bringing this T204 card mis-identification to our attention. We welcome all such input and will continue to update our Mislabeled Players list on the Old Cardboard website. The list now includes nearly sixty mislabeled cards from all major American Card Catalog groupings of vintage sets.

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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 Checklists have been added for:
Circa 1900   PD1   Baseball Position Pinbacks
1909   T204   Ramly Cigarettes (updated to identify mis-labeled player; see above article)

Set Galleries have been added for:
Circa 1900   PD1   Baseball Position 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. News Briefs (A Digest of Recent Hobby Happenings)

Key Vintage Sportscard Show Re-Scheduled. The Spring edition of the Philadelphia Sports Card & Memorabilia Show, a longtime "must-attend" for many vintage collectors, has been re-scheduled. According to the show sponsor's website (Hunt Auctions): "Due to circumstances beyond our control relating to construction at the Valley Forge Convention Center, the March Philly Show has been re-scheduled for June 8-10, 2012. Please check the website for updates or call Hunt Auctions at 610-524-0822." The correct date for the re-scheduled show has been added to the Key Events Calendar page of 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.