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  eNews Issue #112 (August 2013)

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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. Thinking Vintage at the 2013 National
3. Latest Additions to the Website
4. New Identity for E104-1 Nadja "Morgan"
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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August 2013

23-25Richmond, VA Richmond Sports Show (see website for details).
24Internet Love of the Game Auction (see website for details).
28Internet Bagger's Auctions (see website for details).
28-29Phone/Internet Legendary Auctions (see website for details).
29Phone/Internet Memory Lane Auction (see website for details).
29Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
29Internet All-Sports Auctions (see website for details).
31Phone/Internet Small Traditions Auction #12 (see website for details).

September 2013

4Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
4Phone/Internet Hunt Auctions (see website for details).
5Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
5Internet Sirius Sportscards (see website for details).
21Internet Brockelman & Luckey Auctions (see website for details).
26Phone/Internet Small Traditions Auction #11 (see website for details).
27-29King of Prussia, PA Philadelphia Sports Card & Memorabilia Show (see website for details).

2. Thinking Vintage at the 2013 National

Entrance to Stephens Center
For some, the annual National Sports Collectors Convention is a place to obtain autographs of favorite players or purchase and then open packs of newly minted cards.

For vintage baseball card collectors, however, the yearly event is considered to be the largest assemblage of vintage cards, memorabilia, collectors and dealers on the planet--the Grand Bazaar of vintage baseball cards. While this year's event is now only a memory for those who were able to attend, many are no doubt still organizing their "National finds" into their collections.

In addition to the dozens of dealers of vintage material on the show floor, this year's show was highlighted for many vintage collectors by live evening auctions sponsored by Heritage Auctions (Thursday evening) and Legendary Auctions (Friday evening).

Section of Show Floor (2013)

Vintage Collectors Relaxing at Net54 Dinner

For others, the highlight of "The National" was the well attended annual dinner of the Net54 vintage collector's forum (also held on Friday evening). As indicated in the photo (above right), Net54 dinner attendees relaxed for several hours to share collecting stories after an "exhausting" day on the convention floor. Sitting at the table in the foreground are long-time vintage collectors Scott Forrest and Frank Burkett on the left, and Chris Browne on the right. Scores more fill the room in the background.

Rather than repeat a video of the show as we have done in the past, Old Cardboard photographer Brett Hardeman has documented the 2013 National with more than 50 images taken at the event. These have all been posted on the newly activated Old Cardboard Facebook page. Please stop by and take a look when you have a chance--and don't hesitate to "Like" what you see. ;-)

1949 Leaf Album Front Cover (enlarge)

Back Cover (enlarge)
PS: Our own modest "find" at National was the 1949 Leaf album shown at right. The album is promoted on the backs of some of cards in the Leaf set.

Ironically, when author Ted Zanidakis penned his blockbuster Leaf article printed in Issue #9 (Fall 2006) of Old Cardboard magazine, neither we nor Ted had ever seen first hand an example of the album. In Ted's article, we used a black and white photocopy of an album cover first printed by Lew Lipset in Issue #27 of Lipset's December 1989 Old Judge Newsletter.

The only printing on the 8-1/2 by 11-inch 32-page album is on the front and back covers. All inside pages are blank except for mounting slots cut on each page to hold six cards. All pages are constructed from what appears to be heavy construction-type paper.

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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:
1952   F219-6   Royal Desserts Premiums

Set Checklists have been added for:
1908   PC773-4   Detroit Free Press Postcards
1911   T208   Cullivan's Fireside tobacco
1924   V122   Willard's Sports Champions (expanded to include all sports)
1933   R337   Eclipse Import
1937   R342   Goudey Thum Movies
1939   V351   World Wide Gum
1941   R336   Play Ball
1952   F219-6   Royal Desserts Premiums

Set Galleries have been added for:
1905-06   Lincoln Publishing Am. League Champs
1907   PC778   Morgan Stationery "Red Belts" Postcards (back variations)
1908   PC773-4   Detroit Free Press Postcards
1933   R337   Eclipse Import
1937   R342   Goudey Thum Movies
1941   R336   Play Ball

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 every month. We welcome and encourage feedback with checklist additions, card images, error corrections and suggestions. Please send all input to

Beyond the above pages recently added 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 eBay listings. Samples of a few of these custom searches are provided below. Hundreds more are provided on the Set Profile pages throughout the Old Cardboard website.

1888 N28 Allen & Ginter
1888 N29 Allen & Ginter
N162 Goodwin Champions
N172 Old Judge
N184 Kimballs
1800s BB Trade Cards

D303/D304 General Baking
D305 Bond Bread
1946-50 D317 Remar Bread
1910 D322 Tip Top Bread
1947 D323 Tip Top Bread
1916-21 D350 Standard Biscuit

(more custom searches
by major card groups)

4. New Identity for E104-1 Nadja "Morgan"

After a lengthy and circuitous analysis, Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) photo researchers T. Scott Brandon and Mark Fimoff have concluded that the image on the
E104-1 Nadja Caramels card--long attributed to be that of Cy Morgan--is not Morgan. The card is labeled simply "Morgan, Athletics" and has long shown up in hobby checklists as that of Cy Morgan of the 1910 World Champion Philadelphia team.

According to their analysis, the image is actually that of Benny Bowcock. Interestingly, Bowcock played in only 14 Major League games as a second baseman for the St. Louis Browns in 1903. Seven years later when the Nadja set was produced, he was playing minor league ball for the New England league--not the World Champion Athletics.

Getting from "Morgan" to "Bowcock" was not a straight path connecting two dots. It involved many turns with the use of "mirrored" portrait images, references to player images in early editions of The Sporting Life and the Spalding Guide as well as other photos from SABR files.

Details of the photo analysis are documented in last month's (July 2013) issue of Reflecting the Past, the official newsletter of SABR's Pictorial History Committee. The newsletter can be downloaded or viewed in PDF format from the SABR website.

The E104-1 Nadja portraits are also used in the ultra rare T208 Cullivan's Fireside tobacco set as well as the D359 William's Bakery issue from the same period. The resulting checklists are therefore the identical for all three sets.

A notation has been added to these checklists on the Old Cardboard website to reflect the identity of Bowcock as the portrait on the "Morgan" cards. We have also noted the error in the Mislabeled Cards list in the Reference Library section of the website.

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

Bruce Dorskind (1951-2013). We were saddened to learn of the passing of hobby veteran Bruce Dorskind earlier this month at the age of just 62 years. While sometimes polarizing in his views, Bruce contributed much to the vintage card hobby and was an early supporter of Old Cardboard magazine. He was an avid and very knowledgeable collector widely known for his "America's Toughest Want List." May he rest in peace.

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.