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  eNews Issue #124 (August 2014)

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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. Set Profile: 1933 R317 Uncle Jacks Candy
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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September 2014

3Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
3-4Phone/Internet Legendary Auctions (see website for details).
5Internet All-Sports Auctions (see website for details).
9Phone/Internet Wheatland Auction Services (see website for details).
11Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
25Phone/Internet Mile High Catalog Auction (see website for details).
26-28King of Prussia, PA Philly Sports Card & Memorabilia Show (see website for details).
27Phone/Internet Small Traditions Auctions (see website for details).

2. Set Profile: 1933 R317 Uncle Jacks Candy

A New England regional issue of 30 cards, this set was produced by Uncle Jacks Candy, Inc. with facilities in Springfield, Massachussetts and Newport, Rhode Island. While not identified specifically in the American Card Catalog, the set is generally considered by collectors to fall under a loosely defined category, R317. The cards are blank backed.

The player's name is printed in all capital letters on a white panel located in the lower right corner of the card.

The cards were distributed in a glassine (semi-transparent wax paper) wrapper along with two sticks of gum and a coupon. One hundred coupons could be redeemed for a "league baseball" and a chance for a trip to the 1933 World Series.

As the example coupon shows, prizes were offered for boys who collected 100 or more of the coupons. According to the coupon message, the "First one hundred of these coupons entitles you to one league ball; also enters you into the Free World Series Contest." Further, the ten boys sending in the largest number of coupons up to September 15th would be the winners of the contest and win a trip to see a game in the 1933 World Series.

The 1-7/8 inch by 2-7/8 inch cards in the R317 set are found with five color variations. Most common are red, purple and blue. Somewhat more difficult to find are cards printed in green or gray. All variations are shown in the examples below. Perhaps because of the scarcity of the R317 set, cards of more than two color variations have not been reported for any one player.

The Ruth card in the Uncle Jacks set is a sitting pose in uniform. All others are action poses. Most are full body action poses, although several are waist-up poses. All are vertically oriented except two (Chapman and Lazzeri).

R337 Eclipse Import
R317 Uncle Jacks
Butter Cream

Many of the poses in the Uncle Jacks set are also found in the 1933 R306 Butter Cream issue as well as the 1933 R337 Eclipse Import set. Compare, for example, the card of Hall of Famer Frank Frisch from each of the three sets. As can be seen in the card images, all are derived from the same original photograph.

Other players in the Uncle Jacks set that are also found in one or both of the other sets include Averill, Brandt, Cochrane, Cronin, Earnshaw, Ferrell, Foxx, Grove, Hartnett, Herman, Klein, Lindstrom, Lyons, Martin, Ruth, Simmons, Waner (both Lloyd and Paul) and Wilson.

A Set Profile and Player Checklist for the R317 Uncle Jacks Candy set, along with a complete Card Gallery, can be found 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 Checklists have been added for:
1909   W555   Strip Card Set (Cross-checklist with E-Cards)
1933   R317   Uncle Jacks Candy

Set Galleries have been added for:
1909   W555   Strip Card Set
1933   R317   Uncle Jacks Candy

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.

1916 Tango Eggs
1928 F50 Ice Cream
1935-41 Wheaties
1937/38 Dixie Lids
1952-54 Dixie Lids
1937/48 Kelloggs
1947-50 Hage's Dairy
1952 F272-3 Wheaties
Num Num Chips

Sporting News Record Book
M101-2 Sporting News
M101-5/4 Sporting News
M101-7 Sporting News
M113/4 Baseball Mag. Posters
M116 Sporting Life
M120 Det. Free Press
Blum's Bulletin Poster
M110 Sporting Life

(more custom searches
by major card groups)

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

Old Mill Cabinet Teams Identified. Thanks to Karthik Naidu for providing the team designations for several players in the 1910 H801-7 Old Mill Cabinet series. With Karthik's input, there currently is only one known player in the series who's team name has not been identified. A Set Profile for the Old Mill Cabinets, with a link to the Set Checklist, is provided on the Old Cardboard website.

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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.